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1.Sensitive portrayal of life for young women facing the threat of the diktat of khap panchayats in Haryana has earned Ankita Anand, a journalist-writer based here, the European Commission’s prestigious Lorenzo Natali Media Prize for 2015 (Asia-Pacific).
2.Travelling across the areas in Haryana where Khap bodies or caste councils had handed down fiats against women, she interviewed some of the Khap members and also talked to a cross-section of women, including prize-winning sports personalities, for their views on the pronouncements from kangaroo courts and the gender bias in society.
3.Anand’s experience and efforts were contained in a write-up ‘No Country for the New Woman‘ was published in the summer number (April-June 2015) of the quarterly magazine ‘The Equator Line’, which centred on the theme of women’s freedom in India.