GENDER GAP

Sanjukta Basu

'Caravan' Magazine's Apology For Not Putting A Woman On The Cover For 5 Years Is Hogwash

The Caravan actually didn't have a woman on any of their covers ever. And don't presume that most covers had issue-based images. No, they mostly featured a personality. A male personality. Associate editor Supriya Nair makes a sad attempt at saving Caravan's face and renders a terrible apology for this gap... to say that in five years you couldn't find one woman figure worthy of the cover page, well that is just a dumb lie.
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Gender Equality: Your Job And Mine

Most women are not that lucky. They learn to live in that cycle of fear where the circle gets smaller with each passing year. The subtle messages of staying indoors, and looking out for our own safety, soon get transformed into rules about being a step behind, of staying out of temples once a month, and of minding just the children and the kitchen - nothing more and nothing less.
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Gendercide: The Blood On India's Hands

I recently came across Barkha Dutt's viral interview clip in which she lambasts a foreign reporter who describes India as unsafe for girls. Like many others, my initial reaction was to feel pride in my childhood idol. But as her response slowly started sinking in, I started to feel uneasy. My gut did not agree with her. Though her arguments sounded reasonable, I knew that her facts were part of an incomplete story. I decided to investigate and dig out the complete truth about the plight of India's women.
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A Legal Right To Rape

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.

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