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Quick hit: New protests over sexual violence in India

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New protests have erupted in Delhi after a seven-year-old girl was allegedly assaulted at her school. The BBC reports:

Police used batons to break up angry crowds outside a hospital where the girl had been taken for treatment.

Teachers and security guards at the government school are being questioned over the alleged assault, police said.

The gang rape and murder of a student on a Delhi bus in December sparked protests across India.

Hundreds of people gathered to protest outside the Sanjay Gandhi hospital in the Mangolpuri area of northeast Delhi as news of the alleged sex attack in a local school spread.

Protesters attacked buses and pelted police with stones.

If the perpetrator is arrested, he or she could face the newly-approved ...

**Trigger warning**

New protests have erupted in Delhi after a seven-year-old girl was allegedly assaulted at her school. The BBC reports:

Police used batons to break up angry crowds outside a hospital where the girl had been ...

Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet

John Kerry started work today as our latest Secretary of State and he asked a deep question: “Here’s the big question before the country and the world and the State Department after the last eight years:  Can a man actually run the State Department? As the saying goes, I have big heels to fill.”

Beyoncé’s all-lady band. 

It is finally legal for women to wear pants in Paris. Finally.  

A New Jersey Catholic high school is wants its female students to take a no-swearing pledge for 30 days because they want “ladies to act like ladies.” FUCK that SHIT!

Following the brutal and fatal gang rape of a young woman, India tightened its laws on sexual assault and ...

John Kerry started work today as our latest Secretary of State and he asked a deep question: “Here’s the big question before the country and the world and the State Department after the last eight years:  ...

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Delhi is different from Steubenville

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Nicholas Kristof has a recent op-ed titled, “Is Delhi so different from Steubenville?” which makes the case that sexual assault is an international and universal epidemic. He writes,

Gender violence is one of the world’s most common human rights abuses. Women worldwide ages 15 through 44 are more likely to die or be maimed because of male violence than because of cancer, malaria, war and traffic accidents combined. The World Health Organization has found that domestic and sexual violence affects 30 to 60 percent of women in most countries.

In some places, rape is endemic: in South Africa, a survey found that 37 percent of men reported that they had raped a woman. In others, rape is institutionalized as sex trafficking. Everywhere, ...

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Nicholas Kristof has a recent op-ed titled, “Is Delhi so different from Steubenville?” which makes the case that sexual assault is an international and universal epidemic. He writes,

Gender violence is one of the world’s most ...

Indian political and religious leaders give slut-shaming advice on how not to get raped

Protesters in New Delhi against the Indian governments response to the brutal gang rape of Jyoti Singh Pandey

Rape culture, the pervasive, unchecked, beast that has created the conditions for rape to occur with the horrifying, disgusting frequency and grotesqueness with which it occurs, guides the way people think about women’s bodies, women’s autonomy and who is responsible for sexual assault. A fundamental piece of rape culture is the belief that women’s bodies should be protected and kept hidden so as to deter the lustful gazes and uncontrollable actions of men. Rape culture assumes a set of ideas about gender, nature and behavior–ultimately, men can’t control their desire and urge to rape if faced with possible access to a woman’s body. According ...

Protesters in New Delhi against the Indian governments response to the brutal gang rape of Jyoti Singh Pandey

Rape culture, the pervasive, unchecked, beast that has created the conditions for rape to occur with the horrifying, disgusting ...

Five men charged with murder in Indian gang rape case

Watch this great Democracy Now segment on the reaction to India’s gang rape case.

By now, you’ve probably heard that the young woman who was brutally raped on a bus in New Delhi two weeks ago died from her injuries. Today, five of her attackers have officially been charged with murder, rape, and other crimes and could face the death penalty.

Public protests have continued throughout India since the woman’s death. As Nilanjana Roy writes, in a country world where violence against women is routine, there is occasionally “one that gets through the armour that we build around ourselves” and comes to be a symbol–a reason to say “enough.” It seems this case could be that tipping point in India.

The ...

Watch this great Democracy Now segment on the reaction to India’s gang rape case.

By now, you’ve probably heard that the young woman who was brutally raped on a bus in New Delhi two weeks ago 

Protestors demand accountability after woman is gang-raped in Delhi

After a horrific rape in Delhi this weekend, protestors in India are demanding accountability from the government:

The police said the men were looking for some fun. They had been drinking, having a party, and decided to go on a joy ride. They began circling the capital in a private bus, the police said, when they spotted a couple looking for a ride home. They waved the man and woman onboard and charged them each 36 cents.

And then, the police said, the men beat the couple with an iron rod and repeatedly raped the woman as the bus circled the city. The woman suffered severe injuries to her head and intestines and required multiple operations, local news media reported, ...

After a horrific rape in Delhi this weekend, protestors in India are demanding accountability from the government:

The police said the men were looking for some fun. They had been drinking, having a party, and decided ...

Quick Hit: Teen sex educator in Mumbai breaking taboos and saving lives

This profile of 16-year-old sex educator Aparna Bhola warmed my heart and reminded me of all the incredible work being done by young people around the world to educate, inform, and break taboos in the name of social change.

“There’s nothing to giggle or be shy about; there’s no shame in it. It’s important for us to learn about these things. Be totally bindaas (carefree) and ask me questions,” says Aparna Bhola, with a wide smile.

It’s a hot Sunday afternoon, but the stifling Mumbai summer air does nothing to curb the enthusiasm of the girls surrounding her. Aparna, a spunky 16-year-old, is in the midst of giving a group of her peers a candid sex-education class, and today’s topic is ...

This profile of 16-year-old sex educator Aparna Bhola warmed my heart and reminded me of all the incredible work being done by young people around the world to educate, inform, and break taboos in the name ...

Lunch time dance party: “Chammak Challo”

I just got back from two weeks in India. My trip, which was mostly play but a little bit of work, was thought-provoking, and I hope to write about it here a little in the coming weeks.

However, because of the ten hour time difference, my body thinks it’s party time right now. Specifically, it’s Bollywood dance party time.

With that in mind, I give you Shahrukh Kahn and Kareena Kapoor in “Chammak Challo,” from the movie Ra.One. (Also, Akon. Did you know that Akon is big in Bollywood at the moment? Now you know).

Eat your sandwich, grab a few coworkers, and break it down.

I just got back from two weeks in India. My trip, which was mostly play but a little bit of work, was thought-provoking, and I hope to write about it here a little in the coming weeks.

However, ...

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