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January 2nd, 2017

Disturbing news from Bangalore

Reports are surfacing in the last couple of hours that New Year’s Eve in Bangalore, supposedly one of the most cosmopolitan cities in India, witnessed gangs of drunks molesting and groping women.

At the risk of sounding wimpy, I’m only going to touch on this horror story for now, until we get more details.

But the thought of yet more sordid stories of sexual harassment is just so depressing…and how terrifying must this news be for the millions of young women who live and work in a city known for its IT culture – which one imagines means better educated, […]

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September 15th, 2016

Education. Education. Education (& a lot of punishment)

Where on earth do you start?

How does one inculcate a sense of respect for women in the Delhi police?

Where does all this arrogant, dismissive misogyny come from?

Read this and weep – not so much for the revolting creep who flashed a student in her own kitchen. Sadly, low-life exists in every country. Sick men who flash are not exclusive to India.

Weep rather for the attitude of the cops, the hostel owner (both men) and – even more shockingly – the owner’s daughter-in-law.

Just look at the scary turning of […]

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August 11th, 2015

Killed for wearing jeans and a T shirt

Ignore the slightly purple prose, and focus rather on the horror.

What on earth makes a young man think he has the right to kill his sister for wearing jeans and talking to boys? Actually, let me rephrase that: what on earth makes a young man think he has the right to kill anyone?

Yes, you’re right.

Stop being so naive, Christine.

We all know this happens all over India. It’s just that this particular story made it to the press. What hasn’t made it to the newspaper (and probably never will) is what happens to this lowlife murderer.

Until […]

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March 13th, 2015

Let’s hear it for the lovely Lovely Singh

Away from the drama surrounding the rape documentary, (which I plan watching this weekend)…away from my being groped by a lowlife specimen…I give you a feel good story about a seriously gutsy young lady.

At last, a story with a happy ending for a young lady.

This is so brilliant.

Thank God for her cousins (though you have to wonder what on earth the conversation was, right at the moment of the vows.) But well done them.

I’ll leave the story right here, all feel-good-y, without treading into the social minefield of arranged marriages.

Friends, I give you the […]

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