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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, ...

Sex-selective abortions on the rise in India

According to new study published this week in the medical journal The Lancet, the number of sex-selective abortions being performed in India has been rising and continues to rise. The researchers estimate that between 4 million and 12 million sex-selective abortions have been performed in India in the last three decades. And in the past decade, the study found, the problem has worsened.

Despite legal restrictions making it illegal to use ultrasounds to determine the sex of a fetus, the practice has continued; it seems that these laws are rarely enforced and that private medical practices are largely unregulated. The result is that there are now 914 girls for every 1000 boys under the age of six. In 1961, the ratio ...

According to new study published this week in the medical journal The Lancet, the number of sex-selective abortions being performed in India has been rising and continues to rise. The researchers estimate that between 4 million and ...

Indian rape victims undergo “finger test”

Trigger warning

As Broadsheet contends, it is as awful as it sounds:

A Human Rights Watch report explains that the archaic test “involves a doctor inserting fingers in a rape victim’s vagina to determine the presence or absence of the hymen and the so-called ‘laxity’ of the vagina.” Hospitals have medical examination forms with “columns that are either marked ‘per vaginum digital examination,’ or ‘fingers admitted,’ or state their finding against a column that asks whether the vagina is ‘narrow/ roomy,'” according to the report. It’s all done in an attempt to “assess whether unmarried girls and women are ‘habituated to sexual intercourse,'” and then, in a familiar scenario worldwide, ...

Trigger warning

As Broadsheet contends, it is as awful as it sounds:

A Human Rights Watch report explains that the archaic test “involves a doctor inserting fingers in a rape victim’s vagina to determine ...

Public shaming incident under investigation in India

A woman in India was allegedly forced to walk naked for six miles through three villages because she had engaged in an “illicit love affair.” As if that on its own isn’t horrifying enough, the incident was caught on a cell phone camera.

via BBC.

Critics say that it was only after mobile phone clips of the woman went into wide circulation that the police swung into action.

Six of the men who allegedly molested her have been arrested.

The West Bengal Human Rights Commission (WBHRC) has also asked the district police for a report into the incident within a month.

“If we are not satisfied with this report, we will do our own investigation and submit recommendations to the government,” WBHRC chairman ...

A woman in India was allegedly forced to walk naked for six miles through three villages because she had engaged in an “illicit love affair.” As if that on its own isn’t horrifying enough, the incident was ...

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