December 13, 2013

On the SC judgement on Sec 377: Statement from TISS teachers

It is with deep shock and disappointment that we received the regressive judgment of the Supreme Court dated 11-12-13, on the reading down of Section 377 of the IPC related to the rights of queer (lesbian bisexual gay and transgender…) people in this country, which reverted the decriminalisation of non-normative sexualities following the Delhi High [...]

November 24, 2013

16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence – Queer Feminist Caucus India

Queer Feminist Caucus India is hosting 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence online. This year’s theme is militarism, and we are especially focusing on AFSPA and gender violence. We are: 1. Tweeting – We’ll be hosting two tweetathons from our Twitter handle @InQueer on Nov 1 and Nov 7, from 9 pm IST onwards. [...]

November 10, 2013

That Film After Every Film?

In times not very different from our own, there were three girls. ‘Good’ girls, all of them. They came from middle-class families. They dressed up ‘decently’ and had ‘respectable’ jobs. Almost as a routine practice, however, they were sexually harassed- on the street, on their way to work and even at work. Not surprisingly, their [...]

July 11, 2013

Rethinking Gender Equity in Transport Planning

I imagine every woman does this. Every time she enters a subway station, a bus or a bus-stop, a cab alone or with children, she looks around almost on autopilot; she is infinitely and finitely aware of her surroundings, the people around her, the density of the crowd she’s in; the instinctive need to protect [...]

May 06, 2013

Transportation as a Social Justice Issue

On the evening of the 16th of December, 2012, a young woman and her male friend boarded a public bus in the city of Delhi, India, to go home after watching a movie at a local movie hall. The woman never returned home. She was raped and beaten to death by the driver, conductor and [...]

April 30, 2013

Woohoo, Jazz Hands Everyone!

[Editor's Note: Continuing with our Feminism & Humor series, here is the first of what we hope will be Lavanya Karthik's many comic strips for Ultra Violet. This was first published in the DNA, Bangalore, and can also be viewed on the cartoonist's website. Feminism and the funnies are not mutually exclusive. Come laugh with [...]

April 24, 2013

Event Announcement: Talk

        Women and Democratic Movements in India: Changing Dynamics, Altered Perspectives Date & time: Tuesday, April 30, 2013; 1 pm Venue: Encina Hall West, Room 208, Stanford University, 616 Serra St., Stanford, CA About the event & the speaker: Fee: This event is free and open to the [...]

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

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 [...]

February 04, 2013

The Verma Committee Report: yet another fruitless exercise?

In the years following the implementation of the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005, my work involved training the police and judiciary on the new law as part of a UNIFEM funded project on violence against women. The trainings were focused on the various provisions of the law and the role of [...]

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