Rape Culture

Jason Enterline

Mahmood Farooqui And The ‘Moral Hierarchies’ Of Rape

On 30 July 2016, a special fast track court delivered its judgment in State v Mahmood Farooqui. The following weeks have witnessed the emergence of a carefully constructed narrative of “one of us” at the receiving end of harsh rape laws for a crime he did not “quite” commit. It has been argued that forced oral sex is less grave than penile sex. It has also been argued that rape by a known person is less grave than rape by a stranger. Such distinctions are best avoided.
Zubin Madon

The Danger In Asking Women To 'Dress Appropriately'

People who have been defending Mahesh Sharma's recent comments as merely “cautionary advice” are missing the point. When a Union Minister suggests that tourists should refrain from wearing skirts for their own safety, it sends a dangerous message -- that the onus of not being sexually assaulted lies on the shoulders of the victim.

The Saving Grace Of The Stanford Sex Assault Case

Much has been written and said about the Stanford sexual assault case, in which the attacker got off with a light sentence. What stood out in this whole incident, however, was the grit of the girl. The fact that she decided to let her ordeal be known to the public via a powerful letter. That she had the support of her family and society in doing so.
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The Woman, The Culprit

What golden bird? The one that is all grey, with her feathers mercilessly pulled out leaving behind trails upon trails of dried blood covered by sands of time? Or the one we attempt to keep polished for the rest of the world to see? The wings of that bird hide within their folds, screams and wails, and an ever-increasing scroll of statistics.