​Transgender Woman Running for Parliament in India

On the heels of India's Supreme Court granting legal recognition to third gender citizens known as hijra, a transgender woman from southern India has set off on a campaign for a seat in Indian parliament. Bharati Kannamma, 53, is seen as the first trans candidate in a general election, running as an independent for the … » 4/20/14 12:00pm Sunday 12:00pm

India Officially Recognizes Transgender People as 'Third Gender'

Yesterday India's Supreme Court legally recognized the country's neither male or female third gender, and declared them entitled to the same education, jobs, and driver's licenses as those who identify as male or female. To Western eyes, this ruling is unprecedented given the same court's recent outlawing of… » 4/16/14 5:15pm 4/16/14 5:15pm

Leering Men Have Their Leers Turned Against Them in New Indian Ad

This ad, released exactly one year after the nightmarish gang rape on a bus in New Delhi forced Indian authorities to acknowledge the country's flimsy sexual assault laws and burgeoning rape culture, quite literally forces men to look at how gross and predatory they look when they leer at women in public. The lyrics… » 12/22/13 3:30pm 12/22/13 3:30pm

Dubious Strip Search of Indian Diplomat in New York Sparks Uproar

Today, in "horrible story becomes even more horrible," Devyani Khobragade, the Indian diplomat accused of egregiously underpaying her full-time babysitter and lying on a visa application, has said that U.S. authorities humiliated her by subjecting her to a strip search, cavity search and DNA swabbing after her arrest, in … » 12/18/13 6:00pm 12/18/13 6:00pm

One Year After Delhi Bus Rape, India Struggles to Advance Women

Monday marked one year since the horrific rape and murder of the 23-year-old physiotherapy intern in New Delhi, India. The tragedy catapulted the topic of rape into everyday Indian life and shed undeniable light on the other ways Indian society oppresses women. For the first time India, its government and its society… » 12/18/13 11:50am 12/18/13 11:50am

More Ads Should Be Like This 'Controversial' Indian Jewelry Commercial

The above commercial for Tanishq jewelry seems fairly innocuous at first glance: A glowing bride prepares for her wedding while her excited daughter looks on. During the ceremony, the groom picks up the little girl (his soon-to-be-stepdaughter) and spins her around in a joyous celebration of their new family. You drown … » 10/30/13 7:45pm 10/30/13 7:45pm

Wife of Convicted India Rapist Faces a Devastating Life Alone

24-year-old Punita Devi's husband is one of four men convicted of raping and killing a young physiotherapy student on a New Delhi bus last December. Now that her husband is sentenced to death, she's sentenced to a life of poverty and rejection: not because he's a rapist, but because she's a woman without a husband. » 9/25/13 10:25am 9/25/13 10:25am