Late last year, after well-intentioned criticism from my harshest critics – my own very dear family – I eased back on the reporting of violence towards women here in India. My husband and son were the most outspoken, telling me that my blog was becoming pretty much nothing more than an online India-bashing session, through such negativity, and that I should be more upbeat and positive.
I followed their counsel for a while, although feeling uneasy as I did so, for not ignoring and not highlighting the ugly sexual violence that lurks below the fabulous “Incredible India” façade.
In November, however, in the face of rising violence against women,I wrote a blogpost in which I went back to reporting on such violence, and some of you welcomed me back with kind comments.
Subsequent similar ticking off from family. Be more upbeat. Stop being so negative. Who wants to read such suff. You put people off with such stridency. Stop being such a 1970s style feminist.
I love you much, but my conscience is telling me otherwise.
It tells me that I must use whatever minute public/cyber/online space I occupy – i.e. the fact that maybe just one person out there might read this and feel moved to act – and if ever there was a week to resume my blog posts about the sexual violence towards women in India, it is this week.
You really don’t need me to annotate the horrific stories that follow, neither the violence nor the beyond crass response of some of this country’s political class.
Draw your own conclusions. Feminist ranting or otherwise.
All I would ask, is that you disseminate these stories as much as you can, so that the outrage spreads.
29 May 2014
31 May 2014
I June 2014
5 June 2014
Oh, yes, the green newspapers – it was Earth Day yesterday, so the Times of India goes green for the day.
And yes, you’re right, I know block capitals = online shouting, but what else can I do?