Time to Turn the Tide of Violence Against Women

November 26, 2015

Violence against women remains one of the most common, yet unaddressed, human rights abuses across the world. The year is 2015, and still over a third of women and girls around the world experience sexual or physical violence in their lifetime. While 125 countries have laws against sexual...

India Doesn’t Need a Nanny

March 26, 2015

Indian society benefits from a meaningful and frank dialogue on women's rights, not censorship. It was in the mid-1980s that Margaret Thatcher famously spoke of denying terrorists the "oxygen of publicity." True, this was and is easier said than done. Terrorists — or even everyday criminals...

Women Rap Against Rape in India

March 20, 2015

Addressing rape and misogyny in India, the BomBaebs spare no one in this rap video. “We’re now known as the land of rapes. But did you ever wonder how this took shape?” Few experts on violence against women have been as articulate and hard-hitting as the BomBaebs in this new video,...

India’s Daughter: New Delhi’s Fraught Relationship With the BBC

March 06, 2015

India's government has always been highly sensitive to the way its country is depicted in British media. India’s Daughter, a documentary about the gang rape and murder of a young woman in Delhi, is a truly shocking piece of television. With its interviews with rapists, policemen and others,...

Violence Against Women in India

February 11, 2014

In Delhi, it is estimated that four rapes occur every day.  In January 2012, I had traveled to Delhi, India to document cases of dowry abuse. Just a month earlier, in December 2012, the brutal gang rape and murder of a young college student by six...

Wars and Bars: Women in Iraq

January 15, 2014

Failure to enforce law correctly hinders the protection of women in Iraq. Iraq has always been a country of both national and international upheavals. The frequent political changes have made Iraqis doubtful of their status, especially women. Time and again they were left homeless and in panic....

India’s Anti Rape Agenda – Déjà Vu

April 14, 2013

The recent public outcry against the treatment of women in India is a song we’ve heard too many times before. Karl Marx once famously said that history repeats itself “first as tragedy, then as farce”. The gang-rape atrocity of a 23-year old woman in Delhi on 16 December 2012 for the most...

Why Rape Laws Should Address a Woman’s Moral Character

February 25, 2013

Laws on rape do not usually refer to the “moral character” of the victim, presumably because it is generally not relevant to the crime. Moreover, the phrase itself is an anachronism, besides being vague and hard to pin down. But it is time that rape laws did refer to a woman's moral...

India’s Slide Into Medievalism

February 12, 2013

The traditional feudal society behind the façade of a modern liberal democracy has been revealed after the Delhi rape. It has also highlighted the increasingly bitter clash of civilisations within a civilisation. Although column inches, candles and slogans have been liberally expended over...

Rape, Murder, Corruption… It’s Anarchy Sans Rebellion

February 11, 2013

The gang rape case in New Delhi unveils the government's incapability to impose law and order. The gang rape of a hapless girl in a bus on busy roads of India’s capital city New Delhi on December 16 is just another slap on the face of Indian democracy. Crime in the city has become a way...

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