Co-founder of My Big Red Bag. Writer, philosopher, feminist and nomad.
Hina is the co-founder of www.mybigredbag.com, a netzine that examines current news and popular culture from the (atypical) perspective of women. She writes about travel, tennis, feminism, books and Bollywood. She can be found lost in a good book or planning her next roadtrip.
But both the sisters appear to share a remarkable spirit of independence and resilience. As soon as she learnt about the acid attack, Kangana arranged to have her sister move to Mumbai so she could have the best possible treatment. After her recovery, which took over a year, Rangoli continued to stay with Kangana and took over the role of managing her affairs.
There's a reason we've chosen August as Sisters' Month. And it's not because we don't like brothers, or men. What we don't like is the narrative that a brother should promise to protect and that a sister needs protection, that a family is incomplete without a boy child, and that brother-less families are somehow rudderless, without a guiding light to navigate them through difficult times.
The Supreme Court of India recently dismissed a plea by a woman to declare marital rape a criminal offence. The petitioner alleged that she was repeatedly subjected to sexual violence by her husband, including having torch lights pushed into her. Sadly, she has no legal recourse: according to Section 375 of the Indian Penal Code, sexual intercourse by a man with his wife, the wife not being under 15 years of age, is not sexual assault, even if it is without consent.