March 30, 2013

Sexuality Education: Possibilities for freedom from violence and inequality

(This article appeared first in Teacher Plus, 5 February 2013 under the title, “Sexuality education: why we need it”. We are cross-posting it here in the light of recent stories such as this one.)


Sexuality education has been a much contested issue the world over. People are divided over whether sex education should be […]

March 28, 2013

Cycles of Abuse: Kamala breaks through – 3

(This is the third in a series of posts on domestic violence and maternal health. Read part 1 and part 2.)

The fact that Kamala* was pregnant did not deter her husband from frequent violence. Her first trimester was rough. She had severe morning sickness and could hardly get out of bed. He refused to […]

March 27, 2013


Mother did you not

hear him laugh?


Laugh as he watched us

rent the river apart

for our clothes.


Clothes he had gripped


in his hand.


Laugh as he broke our pots of milk,

let it pool over his feet,

let it pool over mine,

let its silken whiteness

leave darkened […]

March 25, 2013

Dot, Not Feather: An American Desi in the Rocky Mountains

THEY CALL ME Indian. No, not that kind of Indian. Dot, not feather. This is the sort of thing a person of South Asian heritage gets used to being asked frequently in America. Insensitivity of those types of comments aside, there is certainly a lot one can hear about being Indian without knowing the reality, […]

March 19, 2013

Cycles of Abuse: Kamala breaks through – 2

(This is the second in a series of posts on domestic violence and maternal health. Read part 1 and part 3.)

Kamala* and her husband moved to Chennai after marriage. For her, it was a whole new world—though of a very different hue from the Disney movie song. With her family far away in […]

March 12, 2013

On my love/hate relationship with Delhi

For years I have moved around the world, a veritable nomad, heading to the next location that work, love or whimsy will take me. And for years, while others have easily spoken of a hometown that they love or a place that they can call home, I have always shied away from the topic, sometimes […]

March 08, 2013

Portrait of a Woman

There was a moment in Kajubai’s life when she gave her breath to a newborn baby who had stopped breathing. The baby started breathing again. This is the moment she remembers when she looks back at 18 years of work as a Community Health Worker (CHW) for non-profit organisation SEARCH. Besides giving breath to breath-stopped […]

March 06, 2013

The non-criminalisation of marital rape

(Editor’s Note: As we get news on the GoI agreeing in retrospect to reduce the age of consent from 18 to 16 in the Criminal Law Amendment Bill, it maintains its stand on rejecting the Verma Committee’s recommendation to include marital rape (read more). In this regard, Anwesha Bhattarchjee’s piece below raises […]

March 06, 2013

6 March EVENT: Mumbai Public Meeting on Women and Online Abusive Speech

When Kashmiri all-women rockband Pragaash recently decided to disband, the online abuse that they had received – including rape threats – was believed to have played an important role in this. The members of Pragaash are not, however, the only ones who have faced such abusive speech. Over recent months, it has become increasingly evident […]

March 06, 2013

Policing in PPP Mode

The Indian police are routinely criticized for giving into political pressure or falling prey to gender bias when registering cases involving violence against women. While we have all heard of cases involving both, what if there were some other factors that explain police apathy? First, there is no political interference when the […]

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