As a child, Souvid Datta visited his grandparents in Kolkata for Christmas. In the midst of a tantrum, he stormed out of the house and wandered into Sonagachi, a red-light district. He saw girls around his age, men with handfuls of money; he made eye contact with a girl wearing pink, green and gold, and then he watched her led away by a much older man. The experience marked Datta, and as an adult, now a documentary photographer, he returned to Kolkata to ... Read More
BY Rachael Roth in General on Jan 03, 2014 |
The intimate portraits and accompanying interviews below are by Rebecca Swan. They showcase men and women from Nepal and India, relaying their struggles as advocates for LGBTQI rights, their experiences with hatred and violence, and their subsequent perseverance.
Thanks to Feministing and Youth ... Read More
BY Fatimah Hameed in General on Sep 25, 2013 |
Trigger warning: contains link to graphic video on sexual assault.
A new parody video has been making the rounds on the global interwebs this past week: "It's Your Fault" is an extremely sarcastic response to the culture of victim-blaming and patriarchy that colors people's reactions to sexual assault.
Starring Bollywood actor Kalki Koechlin and television personality Juhi Pandey, "It's Your Fault" is an uncomfortable comedy video that isn't funny at ... Read More
When I was a preteen, I was busy riding my pony and studying geometry. Thirteen-year-old Sushma Verma has a very different early teenage life. The girl, living in Lucknow, India, just earned her undergraduate degree and is enrolled in a master’s program for microbiology.
Her story gets even more amazing. Her family is relatively impoverished, and she lives with her parents and three siblings in a one-room apartment. The do not have a ... Read More
BY Katie Fustich in General on Sep 16, 2013 |
The New York Times described a “whoop of joy” echoing through the streets of New Delhi this past Friday, when four men, all of whom had taken part in December’s notorious gang rape and murder, were given the death penalty.
The story started almost a year ago, when a woman who has become known simply as “Nirbhaya” meaning “fearless” was attacked by six men on a New Delhi bus. They raped her, beat her, and used a ... Read More
BY Katie Fustich in Artsy on Sep 06, 2013 |
In India, women are revered in religion and mythological lore. In real life? 68% of Indian women are victims of domestic violence, as reported by Save Our Sisters, an organization that works to prevent young women from becoming trapped in the world of human trafficking and promotes their education and well-being.
This shocking discrepancy between the imaginary and the all-too-real is acutely captured in Save Our Sisters’ latest campaign: Abused Goddesses. The ... Read More
BY Katharine Ernst in Feminizzle on Jul 10, 2013 |
Apparently mannequins are the reason men rape women.
I’m sorry...WHAT?! I wish this was a joke, but no - popular opinion in Mumbai is pushing the government to ban lingerie-clad mannequins from storefronts. Yes, those plastic people. They say the mannequins get men too excited and cause them to go out into the street with a need to rape and abuse women and girls.
Many people in Mumbai are absolutely furious with these accusations. Being highly ... Read More
BY Tess Duncan in General on Jun 25, 2013 |
For twelve years, researchers in India have been studying the effect and validity of screening for cervical cancer using vinegar. Now it's been determined that the test is, in fact, useful and a great alternative for those who lack access to regular Pap smears. On Sunday, Surendra Srinivas Shastri at Tata Memorial Centre in Mumbai presented these exciting results at the American Society of Clinical Oncology in Chicago. The study found that this has decreased the ... Read More
In case you can’t read that tiny print at the bottom of this ad it says, “Leave your worries behind,” as in, you know, the trunk of your new Ford Figo. That creepy looking cartoon guy? Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, who is facing criminal charges for underage prostitution and tax evasion, including using his position in the Government to pay off those that knew about his predilection for prostitutes. Talk about wishful thinking ... Read More
India’s parliament has passed a new law that protects women from sexual violence. Following the horrible bus gang rape earlier in December, the rape and murder of three young sisters, and the most recent gang rape of a Swiss tourist, this piece of legislation is a much needed and an incredibly welcome change for women in India.
The law, which will not be official until the president signs it into action, criminalizes stalking, voyeurism, and sexual ... Read More