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Lack of Garbage Disposal Poses Environmental, Health Risks in Kashmir
Heaps of trash line streets and streams in Srinagar, Kashmir’s summer capital. Pests and health risks are on the rise while recycling programs and landfill maintenance remain weak.

SRINAGAR, KASHMIR, INDIA – Garbage disposal has long been inefficient in Kashmir. Local people who throw the trash from their homes out on the streets remain the biggest culprits contributing to increased pests and health risks here. While municipality workers strive to collect street garbage and take it to dumping sites, landfills here remain poorly maintained.

Besides being an unpleasant sight, heaps of trash along roadsides, in streams, and even near schools and government buildings pose significant health risks. Trash piles have become breeding grounds for disease vectors, such as flies, mosquitoes, cockroaches, rats and other pests. Animal advocates say street trash is also contributing to the rise in stray dogs on the streets of Srinagar.

Environmental advocates have also begun to stress the need for segregation in processing the waste. Both biodegradable and nonbiodegradable materials end up in landfills, as recycling of paper, bottles and cans remains rare.
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Lack of Garbage Disposal Poses Environmental, Health Risks in Kashmir

Heaps of trash line streets and streams in Srinagar, Kashmir’s summer capital. Pests and health risks are on the rise while recycling programs and landfill maintenance remain weak.

SRINAGAR, KASHMIR, INDIA – Garbage disposal has long been inefficient in Kashmir. Local people who throw the trash from their homes out on the streets remain the biggest culprits contributing to increased pests and health risks here. While municipality workers strive to collect street garbage and take it to dumping sites, landfills here remain poorly maintained.

Besides being an unpleasant sight, heaps of trash along roadsides, in streams, and even near schools and government buildings pose significant health risks. Trash piles have become breeding grounds for disease vectors, such as flies, mosquitoes, cockroaches, rats and other pests. Animal advocates say street trash is also contributing to the rise in stray dogs on the streets of Srinagar.

Environmental advocates have also begun to stress the need for segregation in processing the waste. Both biodegradable and nonbiodegradable materials end up in landfills, as recycling of paper, bottles and cans remains rare.



View slideshow: http://www.globalpressinstitute.org/global-news/asia/india/lack-garbage-disposal-poses-environmental-health-risks-kashmir#ixzz1S5TfpPZW

Filed under Community Recycling Health Trash Disposal India

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Poll Ranks India Among Most Dangerous Countries for Women, Cites Rising Rates of Female Feticide 
A 2011 poll has named India the fourth most dangerous country in the world for women, thanks in part to rising female feticide and infanticide rates. Despite religious and legal restrictions, even well-educated, wealthy women say they feel social and economic pressures to bear sons and abort daughters.

MUMBAI, INDIA – Jasjit Kaur, 40, who requested her name be changed, is a well-educated urban housewife. Fifteen years ago, she says her family pressured her to have two abortions, a decision she has long regretted.

Kaur says she was a happy mother of two daughters and didn’t want to have more children. But her husband and in-laws kept pressuring her to bear a male child, a preference she didn’t share.

She says that her husband told her that their two daughters would go away to live with their husbands when they got married, but a son would stay and take care of them in their old age. Her husband and her in-laws also worried about the expensive dowries they would have to pay their daughters’ husbands on their wedding days.

Her in-laws also felt they were respected less in their village because they didn’t have a grandson. She says that having a son or grandson was a status symbol for them.

Any attempts to argue about gender equality were in vain. She says daily arguments disrupted the peace of their home, and she didn’t want her daughters to watch their parents fight every day.
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Poll Ranks India Among Most Dangerous Countries for Women, Cites Rising Rates of Female Feticide
 

A 2011 poll has named India the fourth most dangerous country in the world for women, thanks in part to rising female feticide and infanticide rates. Despite religious and legal restrictions, even well-educated, wealthy women say they feel social and economic pressures to bear sons and abort daughters.

MUMBAI, INDIA – Jasjit Kaur, 40, who requested her name be changed, is a well-educated urban housewife. Fifteen years ago, she says her family pressured her to have two abortions, a decision she has long regretted.


Kaur says she was a happy mother of two daughters and didn’t want to have more children. But her husband and in-laws kept pressuring her to bear a male child, a preference she didn’t share.


She says that her husband told her that their two daughters would go away to live with their husbands when they got married, but a son would stay and take care of them in their old age. Her husband and her in-laws also worried about the expensive dowries they would have to pay their daughters’ husbands on their wedding days.


Her in-laws also felt they were respected less in their village because they didn’t have a grandson. She says that having a son or grandson was a status symbol for them.


Any attempts to argue about gender equality were in vain. She says daily arguments disrupted the peace of their home, and she didn’t want her daughters to watch their parents fight every day.



Read more: http://globalpressinstitute.org/global-news/asia/india/poll-ranks-india-among-most-dangerous-countries-women-cites-rising-rates-fema#ixzz1RoEkZW00

Filed under Feticide Gender Justice India Women Dangerous Places