No ambiguity about sexual harassment

The MeToo movement has left some men uneasy. So uneasy that scores of tasteless jokes are being circulated and criticism in drawing room conversations and columns is rampant. Men fear that one of these days they or their friends might be accused by some ex-girlfriend or colleague of sexual harassment and they too will be…

Four awesome Supreme Court rulings – what next?

We might feel that all this is all long overdue, but let us not forget that there are countries in the world where retrograde laws still rule.

However, we are not there yet. Each of these laws can be taken a step further.

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,…

Girls as roti-makers?

Take a look at this billboard by the UP government, probably a part of its Beti Bachao campaign. Roughly translated into English it says: How will you eat food cooked by them if you don’t allow them to be born. Ironic, isn’t it? Girls are unwanted because their prime responsibility is considered a domestic one…

The Tandoor Murder – book review

Naina Sahni’s body was burnt in a tandoor in a fancy restaurant in Delhi 25 years ago, and the nation has all but forgotten about it. The Tandoor Murder, a book by Maxwell Pereira, brings it all back. He was the head of the investigation, and he highlights some aspects which the public never knew…