Surrogacy No More

The baby takes all its nutrition from the mother and these poor women do not have a healthy enough postpartum diet to replenish their bodies. Instead, they are likely to give birth again. The bones are robbed of their calcium and the pelvic and urethral muscles can be adversely affected. This wear and tear on the body is called the “maternal depletion syndrome.”

Is India becoming a criminal producing factory?

Two news items about systematic child abuse in child shelters, one in Bihar, and the other in Pune, shocked me. Dozens and dozens of kids had suffered a fate worse than death. I knew these things went on in child shelters – beatings, starvation, sexual assault and drugging of the kids. Even then, when I read…

Rich people and crime – the connection

Rich people may not commit more crimes than poor people, but they certainly do it on a larger scale. Sadly, rich people steal from those who are poorer than them, often the middle class. Perhaps they do this because they have lost the ability to see how the other half live. Studies have also consistently…

Poverty and Crime – the connection

There is a link between poverty and crime, but it is not such a strong one. This has been proven by research in the United States where economic downturns did not result in increased crime. However, there is no co-relation between increased prosperity and crime either. There are other factors at work. If we feel that…

The real causes of crime

Rising crime is blamed on lack of religion, by religious people. It is blamed on secularism, by political extremists. It is blamed on westernisation, by conservative people. And it is blamed on women’s freedom, by misogynists. If these causes sound nonsensical, they are. Here are the real causes of crime, and they have not been…