Surrogacy No More

The baby takes all its nutrition from the mother and these poor women do not have a healthy enough postpartum diet to replenish their bodies. Instead, they are likely to give birth again. The bones are robbed of their calcium and the pelvic and urethral muscles can be adversely affected. This wear and tear on the body is called the “maternal depletion syndrome.”

Systemised rape in India

India has become a rapist’s haven and if our country has been dubbed the rape capital of the world, today there is proof of it. Shelter homes for abandoned kids are being used like red light areas, with allegations that prominent members of society and politicians are frequenting them. These homes are not just dens…

Patriarchy and Crime – the connection

A society embroiled in patriarchal values is usually a hotbed of crime. Of course, this is not a pan India phenomenon because there are urban pockets where women are educated, better off, and well-treated. But there are large areas in India, particularly rural areas, where patriarchy resides and rules. Here is why patriarchy causes crime,…

Lawlessness and Rural India

It is not easy to enforce the rule of the law in Rural India, and the shortage of police is only one aspect of it. The truth is that Panchayats rule there. Caste plays a part. Sure, the Panchayats do a lot of good too, in a country where the judiciary is slow and the…

Religion and Crime – the connection

There is no direct connection between religion and crime, there cannot be, because religion teaches us wisdom and peace. But there is a connection between the practice of religion and hatred against women (misogyny), which leads to crime. This is because religious leadership has been in the hands of men from time immemorial, leading to…

Death penalty for child rapists?

The Indian government has been spooked with all the child rapes. Desperate to placate an angry populace, they have decided to give the death penalty to child rapists. Either death or life in prison. There are differing views on this, but death for child rape (rape of children below the age of 12) is more…