Visibly Invisible: India’s Human Trafficking Victims

  Human Trafficking in India produces invisible victims that hide in plain sight!  As I was strolling down Calcutta’s streets, I stumbled upon the above graffiti. Usually, a typical Calcutta graffiti is about a political organisation. Comically, a few centimetres away from one political graffiti, is that of an opposing political group. So naturally, in the sea of politics, my eyes caught sight …

When Blind Faith Met Tradition: Triple Talaq

 Welcoming the Supreme Court’s verdict on Triple Talaq with a pinch of salt… Imagine living in an unstable house on the verge of collapse. Shaky roofs and wobbly floors tending towards a total demolishment. Scary, am I right? Now, revel in your privilege of merely having to imagine such a scenario. Thousands of Indian Muslim women for years having been living this nightmare. …

Your Workplace – A man’s World?

“The Man’s World” and Workplace Sexual Harassment of Women go hand in hand!  James Brown, the renowned singer has sung – “This is a man’s world. But it wouldn’t be nothing without a woman or a girl.” Going into a generic workplace, you will see men filling up most of the office space. Additionally, you will see most of the higher posts …

What’s the Deal With Uniforms and Dress Codes?

Uniforms and Dress Codes Are an Excuse to Police Young Boys and Girls! As a school going kid, I’ve always wondered about the requirement of uniforms. Schools in India require students to wear uniforms specific to their assigned sex. Girls in my school were required to wear skirts, whereas boys were mandated to wear pants. I remember my principal emphasizing the …

Sheila and Munni: The Women in Bollywood

   Is the inadequate portrayal and remuneration of women in Bollywood a reflection of the larger Indian society?  Bollywood has often been a source of homeliness to Indian students studying away from home. A member of this international student club, I often found myself watching melodramas like ‘Kabhie Khushi Kabhi Gham’ to cure my homesickness. I grew up in the …

Not In My Name: India Unites to Protest Mob Violence

 India unites to protest mob violence, says lynching should not be carried out in the name of religion, caste or creed! India has lately been divided over the recent lynching incidents. One side argues that mob violence is meted out towards specific minority groups, whereas the other side agrees to disagree. But, we all can agree that mob violence is a reality in India. …

An Urban Tale: Crimes Against Women in Gurgaon

An upsurge in sexual assault against women continues to plague Gurgaon! As I think about how to reiterate my thoughts, I find myself at a loss of words. Not because I don’t know what to say, but because words simply don’t satisfy my emotions. A familiar feeling of a fatigued anger inching towards indifference overcomes me as I read about …