India’s Rape Laws – Are they rigid enough?

Rape is a controversial topic. Especially so in India, which has experienced several horrific and high profile cases in recent years. Such cases include that of a gang rape of a 23-year-old student on a public bus in Delhi in 2012. This case and subsequent ones prompted a revision of sections in Indian law that deal with rape and sexual …

This is My Rape Story: Daddy’s Little Girl

This is My Rape Story: Daddy's Little Girl via Sayfty.com, @sayfty, rape

Topic: Rape/Child Sexual Abuse My Story My story has many appendages. It seems as if the initial offense rolled out a carpet full of cause and effect. As a child, I merely took the many hits, comforted myself, and gingerly stepped forth. Stepped forth into a world of villains. I began to learn the clues. A change in voice or demeanor. A deviant …

Poems by Katy

Artwork by Kully Rehal The Hands Jolts awake, The bus, His hands, It happens all over again. Every night it haunts you, The Mumbai rape that will never leave your mind. You are the one in five, Though you wonder if this number may be higher here. Such a huge issue, Yet no one cares. The government laughs, Friends scoff, …

Jessica Eaton: Domestic, Sexual, Child Abuse and Rape

Jessica Eaton: Domestic, Sexual, Child Abuse and Rape, Sayfty.com, @saytycom, Rape, Child Sexual Abuse, Domestic Violence

Topic: Domestic Abuse/CSA/Rape ***Trigger Warning for Extremely Graphic Content*** My Story The Sexual Abuse Started Early  I was 11 when my parents divorced. It was messy. Dad was devastated and started drinking. Mum had been having an affair and had moved in with her new boyfriend. I don’t remember feeling vulnerable but I was clearly a sitting duck, in hindsight. The …

Resources on Self Defense – Two Bestselling Books

In our post about tips on staying safe, we talked about the importance of trusting your gut and defending yourself. Here are two must-read books that address those tips in great detail. While every situation may not apply to our lives, there is much to learn from both books. The Gift of Fear by Gavin De Becker Gavin De Becker’s bestseller makes …

Game of Thrones – A Tale Too Misogynist?

I’m not one to stomach scenes with a lot of violence in a visual medium. And so, when I watched Danaerys Targaryan eat a horse’s heart with Khal Drogo and their many other Dothraki counterparts watching on, I wanted to barf. It didn’t help that I was eating a particularly ingenious combination of cottage cheese and salsa. Nope. Never going …

Marital Rape – A Sordid Saga

“Marriage is a sacred institution – collaboration of two souls”. “Marriage is a bond of trust, respect and love”. We have heard of such beautiful quotes and sayings many a times, which describe the meaning of this devout institution – called marriage. But is the sanctity of marriage alive ? Marriage is a sacred institution but not a license to rape. Consent  from both …

Hindi Cinema and Outrageous Depictions of Rape

Not many would remember but way back in 1996, Madhuri Dixit had done an immensely forgettable film called “Prem Granth.” The regressive tale of a rape survivor whose ordeal only begins with the incident, the movie would count as one of the most disgusting depictions of the already gruesome act and possible aftermath. From “Prem Granth” in the 90s to …

Womaniya – You and Only You Can Help Yourself!

Brace up and refuse to succumb….. Women Empowerment & Women Safety – The topic seems complex, heavy and hardcore ‘women’s lib’ kinds. I am no cotton-sari-clad activist or any budding neta-in. Neither am I a pro in women specific stats nor a part of policy making system. I am a regular woman with a normal family and a usual 9-to-6 job. …