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VAW as a weapon of WAR

Human rights evolved from Cyrus the great who decided to free all his slaves making its way through different regimes and world wars. Finally in 1948 Eleanor Roosevelt signed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Declaration guarantees everyone 30 human rights to everyone. One of those rights is our right not be discriminated against ̵ ...

Home is Where the Hurt is – Part 3

“Get the f*** out of this house”. And she prepares to do just that. Because, salvaging her pride means showing him (and herself) that it is not as if she has nowhere else to go, she is not a charity case, she is not dependent on him, etc, etc. Right? Isn’t that how most of us educated, ‘empowered’ women would react? Rather, th ...

[16 Days of Activism] The Horse Cart Driver – Part 2

In part one, Mahnaz, who was nine years old at the time, was riding in the front seat of a horse-cart—with her mother and sister seated in the back—when the driver grabbed her hand and would not let it go. —- The horse cart driver didn’t ...

[16 Days of Activism] Stop Violence Against Women

You enjoy your full rights… Now I want to enjoy mine I am a human You must help me. Stop violence against me. Do not tell me you are weak. You are strong enough to beat me, to blame me for being a woman You try to buy me with your money, Or exchang ...

Home is Where the Hurt is – Part 2

Stage 1: Dissonance. Denial. Disbelief. Stage 2: Distress. Desperation. Despair. Stage 3: Rinse. Repeat. It creeps in slowly. First, there are the ‘accidents’. His leg just happened to be in the way, so you tripped. The door just banged on your h ...

[16 Days of Activism] Legitimizing Inequality

I write this poem for women who are victims of wrong cultural and religious beliefs. —Mahnaz We were cooked. They made us raw, burned us and buried us. Those men and women who carry the stick in their hands, gaze of blame in their eyes, sting of in ...

[16 DOA] Home is Where the Hurt is – Part 1

“It can never happen to me. I love him too much. He’s educated. I am educated. He doesn’t want to become his father. I will NEVER become his mother. He chose me, right? I chose him, didn’t I? Can’t happen, can it? Wouldn’t happen again, w ...

If only we could RING THE BELL on time

While browsing through Bell Bajao, I came across a blog post titled— The Dark Holi Night, written by a Bangalore-based journalist. Excerpts: It was the night of Holi in 2009. I was on night duty and was visiting hospitals and police stations to collect news as a reporter with a newspaper. It was 3 am. So the photojournalist and I decided to chec ...

Dilemma: Why is my daughter so unwanted?

Resmi was very happy when she came home from the hospital with Sanjay–her first child after two long years of marriage to Vickram. Their house was decorated with lights and all her relatives and in-laws were smiling. Every second person wanted ...

Misogyny and leaders: Responses to the Delhi gang rape incident

The people of India took it to the streets to protest against sexual violence against women after the death of a 23-year old woman who was subjected to a homicidal gang rape in a moving bus in India’s capital city. The incident attracted intern ...
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