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 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 01, 2013

Cycles of Abuse: Kamala breaks through – 1

Across the white laminated table, Kamala* smiles. There is a mix of impatience, anxiety and eagerness in her face and body language. Kamala is here to tell me the story of how she found herself in a violent marriage, the trajectory of that violence, the spiral of it, and—importantly—her emergence from it when she was […]

October 10, 2012

Gush & Awe: How American Politics Reinforces Stereotypes of Wifehood



Some weeks ago, I watched two prominent women in the national spotlight, who spoke to American audiences in their roles as longtime partners of the men contesting the 2012 Presidential election.

In speeches that were televised across the United States to an audience of millions, first Ann Romney and then Michelle Obama […]

October 01, 2012

Violence Against Women Awareness Month



In October, we kick off Violence Against Women (VAW) Awareness Month on the blogosphere.

VAW Awareness Month began as a completely voluntary, yet cohesive online campaign in 2011, when a group of dedicated bloggers/volunteers decided to band together and raise awareness about this social anathema that isn’t going away in a hurry. […]

June 04, 2012

Irretrievable breakdown of marriage: a ground for divorce

On March 23, 2012, the Union Cabinet approved the Marriage Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2010, by which ‘irretrievable breakdown of marriage’ was included as a ground for dissolving a marriage under the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955 and the Special Marriage Act, 1954.

The proposal for including ‘irretrievable breakdown of marriage’ as a ground for divorce was […]

May 26, 2012

Pride Over The Counter: Queer India and the Pink Economy




A magazine recently published a version of the following piece I wrote, and I wanted to share the unedited original here.

Following the repeal of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code by the Delhi High Court on 2 July 2009 – in effect decriminalising sexual acts between consenting adults, […]

January 29, 2012


“I MISSED MY PERIODS”. Shantanu looked up from his newspaper.” Does that mean you…?”

“Possible. Or maybe just hormonal imbalance like the previous time” I cut in without waiting for him to finish. I didn’t want any anticipation to be built up only to be disappointed later. We had been married for five years now. […]

November 06, 2011

Book Extract: The Bad Boy’s Guide to the Good Indian Girl

“The Singh household was, these days, rather precariously balanced on its head.

With six females in it, patriarch PP Singh had been feeling for a while that it was losing its male essence. For that is what it was: an essence. A house could be filled with a dozen women but if one man ruled […]

October 16, 2011

Is Female Fasting a Covert Form of Social Violence?



I HAD INDEPENDENT CONVERSATIONS WITH two friends recently, about the same topic. Both friends fasted/will fast this week, for Sharad Purnima and Karva Chauth respectively. Since I had never heard of the former and the only knowledge I can claim to have about the latter is a sappy scene from DDLJ, I […]

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