Effects and aftermath of rape

Democracy

Euphemisms of inhumanity

“Why don’t you get a job?” she asked. “Well my child is severely disabled and needs care.” I replied. A simple reply changed the direction of the conversation. “You really shouldn’t call him disabled. He is special needs.” She informed me, as though it was possible for the mother of a five year old disabled […]

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Media

Thoughts on “Letter To Ms Tehelka-Assault-Victim” at @newslaundry

News Laundry published an aggressive, confrontational letter to the woman allegedly assaulted by Tarun Tejpal. Pandemonium ensued. Having written extensively about the other side of media reporting on the Tejpal case, I want to put my views on record, mostly to prevent defending them over and over in 140 letter tweets. Is it right to […]

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Democracy

Rape jokes sexist jokes and other inequality jokes

As the dialogue on gender inequality gets more strident and less nuanced, there are many holy cows and dirty pigs, where communication happens as though through a word parsing software. What is abuse and what isn’t abused gets declared by the presence or absence of certain words and whether they are on the green list […]

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Women's rights

Hybrid justice: Media on the war path

It was alarming to hear the calls for hanging the rapists in the Delhi Gang Rape, even as it was heartening to hear violence against women take center stage for once. A year later, the alarm remains, while the hope is increasingly jaded. There is a strange kind of feminism in the air. One that […]

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Women's rights

The corrosive drip of bravery on woman power

Understand what we are doing when we call the Mumbai rape victim brave. It is not bravery to do something you know you can do. You are brave when you do not know if you can do something that you must do. Something that is beyond your ability. To call the Mumbai gang rape victim […]

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