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Namita Bhandare

Namita Bhandare is a journalist with close to 25 years of reporting experience for various publications including Sunday magazine, India Today magazine, and the daily, The Hindustan Times. She is India’s first consulting editor on gender with a daily newspaper, Mint.

As gender editor, Namita writes and commissions stories on gender issues. In the past, she has commissioned and overseen series on acid attacks, human trafficking, sanitation, and work sectors where the gender gap is particularly bad. Her own recent stories include the misuse of a section in Indian law that criminalises homosexual behavior, feminist Muslim groups battling for change with the Shariat and the growing surrogacy industry in India.

In December 2012, following the brutal gang-rape of a young medical student that shocked India, Namita launched a campaign on the website Change.org called Stop Rape Now. The campaign very quickly went viral and collected over 600,000 signatures, the largest ever to come out of India on Change.org. Indian Parliament eventually set up a three-member judicial commission to recommend changes and the result of this commission was a new Criminal Amendment Act of 2013 a wide-ranging law calls for stricter punishments for crimes against women and made police criminally culpable for refusing to file complaints.

Following this campaign, Namita made a documentary film with Miditech for Channel News Asia called Silent Screams: India’s Fight Against Rape.

She is married with two daughters and lives in New Delhi.

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