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Case study
Publication date: 16 March 2015

Rajeev Sharma and Geeta Choudhury

The case presents the situation prevailing in Loreto Day School, Sealdah, when Sister Cyril took over as the principal of the school. It details the initiatives taken by…

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The case presents the situation prevailing in Loreto Day School, Sealdah, when Sister Cyril took over as the principal of the school. It details the initiatives taken by her to turn around the school. With her active interest and concern for marginalised children, the school started admitting a greater number of non - fee paying children, bringing their number to half of the total enrolled children in the school. Several programmes like providing shelter to street children and integrating them into the education system, weekly visits by school children to nearby village schools, addressing the problem of hidden child labour, programmes for platform children and training for barefoot teachers were organised along with other teaching and learning activities in the school. Pedagogic changes like activity oriented science teaching, value education, work education, and an assessment programme which took into account the effort put in by children were also initiated. Views of a cross-section of parents, some of whom had high praise for the school while some others expressed concerns about its divergent activities are also included.

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Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, vol. no.
Type: Case Study
ISSN: 2633-3260
Published by: Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad

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Book part
Publication date: 3 September 2015

Preethi Krishnan and Mangala Subramaniam

The practices and arrangements within a family can create grounds for violence. Although we agree that family processes are important, we think that these explanations…

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Purpose

The practices and arrangements within a family can create grounds for violence. Although we agree that family processes are important, we think that these explanations downplay the structure of families (nuclear, extended) and thereby the ways in which gender relations are organized. In this paper, domestic violence is explored as an intra-family dynamic that extends beyond the intimate partner relationship and which seeps into court rulings of cases of such violence.

Methodology/approach

Using archival data from 164 Supreme Court case decisions on domestic violence in India for the period 1995–2011, we examine both the patterns of conviction and the complexities of gender relations within the family by systematically coding the Court’s rulings.

Findings

Analysis of court rulings show that mothers-in-law were convicted in 14% cases and the husband was convicted in 41% cases. We call attention to the collective nature of the domestic violence crime in India where mothers-in-law were seldom convicted alone (3% of cases) but were more likely to be convicted along with other members of the family. Two dominant themes we discuss are the gendered nature of familial relations beyond the intimate partner relationship and the pervasiveness of such gendered relationships from the natal home to the marital family making victims of domestic violence isolated and “homeless.”

Research limitations/implications

Future research may benefit from using data in addition to the judgments to consider caste and class differences in the rulings. An intersectionality perspective may add to the understanding of the interpretation of the laws by the courts.

Social implications

Insights from this paper have important policy implications. As discussed in the paper, the unintended support for violence from the natal family is an indication of their powerlessness and therefore further victimization through the law will not help. It is critical that natal families re-frame their powerlessness which is often derived from their status as families with daughters. Considering that most women in India turn to their natal families first for support when they face violence in their marriages, policy must enable such families to act and utilize the law.

Originality/value

By examining court rulings on cases of domestic violence in India we focus on the power exerted by some women particularly within extended families which is central to understanding gender relations within institutions. These relations are legitimized by the courts in the ways they interpret the law and rule on cases.

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Violence and Crime in the Family: Patterns, Causes, and Consequences
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-1-78560-262-7

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Article
Publication date: 5 October 2015

Vijaya Geeta Dharmavaram

The purpose of the paper is to assess the precautionary measures adopted by the popular websites in India, and, thus, find out how vulnerable the Indian Web users are to…

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Purpose

The purpose of the paper is to assess the precautionary measures adopted by the popular websites in India, and, thus, find out how vulnerable the Indian Web users are to this form of attack. Today almost all work is done through the Internet, including monetary transactions. This holds true even for developing countries like India, thus making secure browsing a necessity. However, an attack called “clickjacking” can help Internet scammers to carry out fraudulent tasks. Even though researchers had proposed different techniques to face this threat, it remains a question on how effectively they are deployed in practice.

Design/methodology/approach

To carry out the study, top 100 Indian and global websites in India were identified and were divided into static and dynamic websites based on the level of interaction they offer to the users. These websites were checked to see whether they offer any basic protection against clickjacking and, if so, which defence technique is used. A comparison between Indian websites and global websites is done to see where India stands in terms of providing security.

Findings

The results show that 86 per cent of Indian websites offer no protection against clickjacking, in contrast to 51 per cent of global websites. It is also observed that in the case of dynamic websites, only 18 per cent of Indian websites offer some form of protection, when compared to 63 per cent of global websites. This is quite alarming, as dynamic websites such as social networking and banking websites are the likely candidates for clickjacking, resulting in serious consequences such as identity and monetary theft.

Originality/value

In this paper, vulnerability of Indian websites to clickjacking is presented, which was not addressed before. This will help in creating awareness among the Indian Web developers as well as the general public, so that precautionary measures can be adopted.

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Journal of Money Laundering Control, vol. 18 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1368-5201

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Article
Publication date: 9 February 2015

C.S. Devaki, D. D. Wadikar and P.E. Patki

The purpose of the paper was to assess the functional properties vegetable gourds & the validated health claims so as to help the future researchers to locate the gaps…

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Purpose

The purpose of the paper was to assess the functional properties vegetable gourds & the validated health claims so as to help the future researchers to locate the gaps. However, emphasizing on the scientifically available reports was required to make information available in a nutshell to the health-conscious consumers, as well as the researcher from the area of functional foods and nutrition.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper is a mini-review of scientific findings in different studies on gourd vegetables. The approach to information collection was finding the research gaps and potential areas for future work with a nutritional perspective.

Findings

Ash gourd, bitter gourd and bottle gourd have been extensively studied, and several health benefits and functional components have been reported, while ridge gourd, snake gourd and pointed gourd have been sparsely studied for their therapeutic benefits and the validation thereof; hence, there lies a scope for researchers.

Research limitations/implications

The scarcity of scientific reports compared to the traditional usage and folkloric beliefs was a limitation.

Originality/value

Understanding the nutritional potential of gourd vegetables from scientific reports may influence both the work areas and consumers in the appropriate direction.

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Nutrition & Food Science, vol. 45 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0034-6659

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Article
Publication date: 27 July 2010

Nicole Koenig‐Lewis, Adrian Palmer and Alexander Moll

This paper aims to investigate the barriers for adopting mobile banking services. From a methodological perspective, this paper seeks to build on two widely used models…

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Purpose

This paper aims to investigate the barriers for adopting mobile banking services. From a methodological perspective, this paper seeks to build on two widely used models for technology adoption, the Technology Acceptance Model (TAM) and Innovation Diffusion Theory and to test a model that is better able to predict consumers' intention to use mobile banking.

Design/methodology/approach

A research model extends the TAM model by additionally examining the effects of compatibility, trust, credibility, perceived risk and cost on behavioural intention. The empirical approach was based on an online survey of 263 young people in Germany, undertaken during August/September 2009. The data were analysed using structural equation modelling.

Findings

The results of the study indicated that compatibility, perceived usefulness, and risk are significant indicators for the adoption of m‐banking services. Compatibility not only had a strong direct effect but was also identified as an important antecedent for perceived ease of use, perceived usefulness and credibility. Trust and credibility are crucial in reducing the overall perceived risk of m‐banking.

Originality/value

The results of this study have implications for researchers and practitioners. The proposed model explains 65 per cent of the variance in intention to adopt mobile phone banking, which is more than the 40 per cent of variance typically found in other studies using the TAM. This study provides a basis for further refinement of models to predict technology adoption, in particular the inclusion of compatibility as a predictor of behavioural intention. In terms of behavioural and demographic data, the study focuses on segments of individuals who are most likely to adopt m‐banking.

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International Journal of Bank Marketing, vol. 28 no. 5
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0265-2323

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