December 12th, 2019

India & her women. And a possible execution. 12 December 2019

On 16 December, it will be 7 years since a young woman, Jyoti Singh Pandey, was gang-raped, tortured, eviscerated and left for dead on a cold Delhi roadside.

The extreme violence and brutishness of that Delhi gang rape shook society, but 7 years on, we don’t seem to have progressed at all as a society.

You only have to read some of my posts from the last week, to see that terrible, violent attacks on women continue in India.

My morning paper reported that Tihar jail, where the 4 surviving rapists are housed, seems to be prepping for an […]

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December 11th, 2019

India & her women. 11 December 2019

The cheek of it.

The sheer bloody effrontery of the man and his legal team.

Just read (below) what one of the convicted rapists in the infamous 2012 Delhi gang rape case pleaded, in an appeal against the death sentence handed down to him.

If it were not such a horrific case, this would almost be laughable. It isn’t remotely laughable of course. It is a desperate attempt by an evil raping bastard to

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December 10th, 2019

The delights of Indian English

I think I’ve told you before how much I love Indian English.

It is in a league of its own, an intoxicating mix of often old-fashioned, stylised English + quirky Indianisms + bits and bobs of foreign languages thrown pell-mell into the mix.

Over the years, to my secret disappointment, the English used in the Indian press has become rather monotonously good.

I yearn for the days of politicians “air dashing” to Delhi.

Which reminds me, I did actually see that expression in my morning paper about 2 or 3 weeks ago, but stupidly forgot to keep it and […]

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December 10th, 2019

India & her women. 10 December 2019

God, but it’s tough opening the morning papers.

The Delhi staple of toxic, polluted air almost pales into insignificance.

At a little after midnight, parliament passed a new citizenship bill, which has shocking implications for the very essence of what India stands for.

A fire in an illegal factory set up illegally in a crowded street. No access for fire engines. Over 40 poor workers burned to death. And the usual blame game, a staple here, whereby no-one is to blame.

And then, of course, the sexual attacks.

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December 9th, 2019

India & her women. 9 December 2019

It’s already started.

The gentle hints that I should perhaps stop blogging so much about sexual assaults in India.

How about this – I’ll stop when there’s nothing to report.

How does that sound?

This (below) is what was in the daily round up in my morning paper.

Just imagine. Needing a special section for all these horrific attacks :

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December 8th, 2019

India & her women. 8 December 2019

I was just about to write a “knee-jerk” opening sentence to my daily update of how India & her women.

Something like “Sorry for only sharing such horrific news…” and then I thought, “THE HELL WITH IT!”

This is what is happening.

I have decided to blog about it.

So that’s it.

No apologies if it makes uncomfortable reading.

The spate of sexual attacks goes on seemingly unabated.

The US and the UK have issued travel advisories, citing women’s safety.

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December 7th, 2019

India & her women. 7 December 2019

SHAME ON THIS COUNTRY.

By the time I opened my paper this, the article below was out of date. The poor young woman had died.

It is awful, horrid, frightening, terrifying – use whatever adjective you want – but the situation in this country is out of control.

At the risk of sounding repetitive, I have no words.

I am heartbroken.

And also very angry.

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December 6th, 2019

Your Indian word of the day : urli

I usually feature a Hindi word in this section, since that is the only Indian language I speak, but I’m making an exception this time, as I think the word “urli” is, actually, a Malayali word.

An “urli” is a traditional cooking vessel used in Kerala and other southern states, and is commonly made of clay, copper and bronze. 

And yes, good question – why am I making this linguistic exception, do I hear you ask?

Well, it’s because I want to show you my lovely urli, a present from my friend Puja.

When Puja and her husband Ravi came to […]

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December 6th, 2019

Breaking news!

I’m fully aware that this blog is not a news outlet nor a major TV programme, but this breaking news is something I feel compelled to share immediately.

Over the past few days, as part of my ongoing reporting about the violence towards women, I told you about the beyond-horrific rape and murder of a young woman in Hyderabad. She was gang-raped, murdered and then her body was burned.

Earlier this morning the 4 suspects were taken for a crime scene re-enactment by the Hyderabad police & were shot dead.

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December 5th, 2019

India and her women. 5 December 2019

This.

I have no words.

December 4th, 2019

India & her women. 4 December 2019

Isn’t it vile, that I have enough material every damned day, to do this?

Day after day after day, India’s women – young and old – are brutalised.

This was on the front page this morning:

And these are rapes that didn’t make it to the front pages…

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December 3rd, 2019

India & her women. 3 December 2019

Every day.

Every damned day.

Over the years, here in this blog, I’ve charted the sexual violence against women, and all the shameful excuses men use to excuse this violence.

Wear jeans, get raped.

Have a mobile, get raped.

Eat chow mein, get raped.

So, what, pray did a darling little 6 year old girl do wrong? Other than have the tragic misfortune to be targeted by a 39 year

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