When I was 13, I believed that I should have an arranged marriage. After overhearing me tell an incredulous friend about how the traditional Indian system worked, my eighth grade social studies teacher asked if we would open our debate to the class in the suburbs of Pennsylvania. Always enthusiastic to share my…
A girl who is estimated to be between 8 and 12 years old was found by police with a group of monkeys in a forest in Uttar Pradesh, part of the Katarniaghat wildlife sanctuary, which is situated on the Indian border to Nepal. When the police grabbed her, the monkeys attacked.
The first new male contraceptive in more than a century—an injectable, sperm-zapping gel with the consistency of “melted chocolate”—is on the verge of launching out of a university startup in rural India, with little support from Big Pharma investors, Bloomberg reports.
As any woman unfortunately knows, with more technology comes more ways to be harassed. In India, the rapid cell phone boom has led to an unintended consequence: Men are routinely dialing random numbers as a way to meet women.
What is about a woman exploring her sexuality that scares men so damn much? Is it that, once she starts embodying her womanhood, she cannot be controlled as easily? Or that a woman who learns to demand an orgasm will then start to demand for other things, like being treated with respect? For one, the idea of a woman…
The National Human Rights Commission in India released a report on Saturday stating that they believe 16 women were victims of rape by police officers in the Bijapur district of central India during an attack on Maoist rebels in the Fall of 2015. There are potentially dozens more assaults yet to be confirmed.
Since a rejected suitor threw acid in her face at age 15, activist Laxmi has campaigned to stop violence against Indian women. This week in London she will walk a catwalk to raise awareness in the United Kingdom.
Shah Rukh Khan—one of the most famous people in the enormous Bollywood film business, and therefore one of the world’s biggest movie stars—has been detained for questioning yet again at U.S. Customs. Do America’s immigration authorities not have access to Google dot com?
The Guardian has run a wonderful story today about Khabar Lahariya (“News Waves”), the only newspaper in India “staffed, edited and run entirely by women, mostly from low-caste, rural backgrounds,” who publish local news in states where prevailing attitudes are that women maybe shouldn’t do such work, and maybe they…
An unnamed 14-year-old in Delhi of the Dalit caste has died, after the man who was jailed for allegedly raping her was released on bail. This is the second case in the last week of a Dalit woman being assaulted repeatedly by a past attacker.
Yusuf Omar, mobile editor of the Hindustan Times, gave survivors of sexual assault in Mysore, India, the option of a Snapchat filter to obscure their features. It was technologically savvy attempt to give them a sense of safety while they told their stories.
Three humanities postgraduate students in India have parodied Carly Rae Jepsen’s all-time popular song “Call Me Maybe,” reworking the lyrics to mock the double standards and sexism engraved in Indian matrimonial ads, and ultimately, in marriages.
Last month, Daljinder Kaur, a woman in her 70s, gave birth to a healthy baby boy. Kaur underwent two years of IVF treatments and, according to the Washington Post, she did so against the initial objections of doctors and her 79-year-old husband, Mohinder Singh Gill. After undergoing IVF at the National Fertility and…
On January 26, a teenage girl in Jamshedpur, India, was reportedly raped by a teenage boy in the Parsudih area of the city. Police arrested her assailant, and took the girl—reported in most places to be 15, and in a few as 13—to the Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Hospital for treatment. On Sunday night, police…
Bey’s collaboration with Coldplay, presumably to be debuted publicly at Superbowl halftime, is called “Hymn for the Weekend” and now has a video, shot in Mumbai, with a guest appearance from the beloved Punjabi actress Sonam Kapoor, of Bollywood fame. Directed by Ben Mor, it depicts street scenes and curious, probably…
According to the Washington Post, hundreds gathered in New Delhi, India on Sunday to protest the release of one of the New Delhi rapists. Indian authorities released the unnamed man after serving three years in a correctional home.
The 105-carat Koh-i-Noor diamond, currently embedded in the crown worn by the Queen Mother at her daughter’s coronation, is stunning, enormous, and worth a fortune. And a group of businessmen and Bollywood stars wants it returned to India.
A television network in India was censured for airing a Grey’s Anatomy scene that featured a “homosexual encounter,” which reportedly violated broadcast guidelines.
Nuns from the Missionaries of Charity, the group founded by the late Mother Teresa, will close down their 30 orphanages rather than allow single and divorced people to adopt.
The Indian government has demanded that Riyadh, the capital city of Saudi Arabia, order an independent investigation after a Saudi employer allegedly chopped off the arm of their maid for reporting abuse. India wants the employer to be charged with attempted murder.