I have never felt as wordless as when I was trying to articulate my experiences of sexual harassment on the streets of India. When these incidents took place, all I wanted to do was to perhaps take a lesson from them and then move on, forget about them. They made me feel emotionally weak, helpless, as if freedom was out of my grasp. I could imagine others saying, "So what? After all, she was never raped."
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We have the world's highest number of maternal deaths and are highly unlikely to achieve our Millennium Development Goal by the end of this year. During my trips to villages, I often encounter young women with multiple children and deteriorating health. Some common themes emerge.
Stuck in traffic for hours on end, I have not much to do but think about driving and drivers. I wonder why my fellow Dilli-Gurgaon commuters can't drive a little sanely. Not everyone is crazy, but enough are for me to have identified 11 specific categories of drivers and driving habits in Delhi-NCR.
With them playing key roles as volunteers, community reporters and programme producers, rural women in India have found a new medium to voice their opinions.