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The producer was commenting on the prevalence of sexual exploitation in Bollywood.
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A bittersweet show of solidarity.
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A few months ago, Sonam Kapoor had spoken about being molested when she was younger.
"The sketch was a child's impression of the ordeal she had gone through."
'If you prick us do we not bleed? If you tickle us do we not laugh? If you poison us do we not die? And if you wrong us shall we not revenge?' — Shylock in William Shakespeare's Merchant of Veni...
Unable to bear the abuse, the wife finally went to the police.
The priest accused of rape has already been removed from office.
He hugged her every day. He was the chief executive of the company, a large health care outfit in New Jersey. Married. Decades older. She was his executive assistant. He seemed committed to those hugs...
Let's not suffer in silence.
'On the pretext of marriage'.
"People who witness life-threatening events, get injured or are subjected to sexual violence suffer from psychiatric disorders."
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ONE I was 11. The school bus was nowhere to be seen and we were fretting about getting to school on time. Ma had to get to her school too and taking me to mine meant she would be late. It was 28 years...
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Days after a video showed a 15-year-old girl being forced to strip by her school director, the Uttar Pradesh panchayat came up with an idea on how to ensure there are no such incidents. At a gatherin...
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"For a moment, I contemplated lying
and saying that I tried to attack them with my umbrella.
But the truth is, I did nothing.
Not because I didn't want to, but because I had no other choice. "
One day in 2012, after graduating college, I watched and read Stephen Chbosky's The Perks of Being a Wallflower. I've never related to a character like Charlie before. He was an introvert, he found it difficult to belong, to "participate". He was sexually abused, suicidal and good looking. After the initial "so relatable!" freak out and heartbreak, I realized how comforting the story was.
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Terming child sexual abuse as an "epidemic", Delhi High Court has said that not only parents, but even trial courts dealing with such cases, should create an atmosphere where the victims can depose tr...
Last night I noticed unusual action at the main gate of our housing society. The usually quiet entrance of the apartment complex had been busy through the evening: there were men walking in and out of the gate, the office was still open and the security guards seemed far too alert. Looking from my 9th-floor balcony, I could tell something was happening, but what?
Child sexual abuse can affect every aspect of your life but it may be difficult to say exactly how it may have damaged you: perhaps it caused your lack of self-confidence, your issues with trust and boundaries, challenges when it comes to intimate relationships, your sexuality and/or your difficulties with parenting.
NEW DELHI — Every woman who has been at the receiving end of an onslaught of viciously sexist trolling on Twitter will silently raise a toast to Swati Chaturvedi today. The Delhi-based journalist has...
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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In India, the perceived "honour" or "dignity" of a woman (that's oddly contingent on what others say or do to her) becomes more important than her safety. And women often jump to defend that "honour" even if it means self-endangerment. What we really need to talk about more in India is that threats or use of physical force to confront street harassment is unsafe, unwise and at times also illegal. In dealing with harassment in any place, safety should be a woman's number one concern. Here are some dos and don'ts.
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A lawsuit has been filed against choreographer Shiamak Davar for allegedly sexually abusing two men from North Vancouver, Canada — Percy Shroff, 40, and Jimmy Mistry, 33. The two were also members of...
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Children, depending on their age, may not be able to warn you of what is happening to them. They may lack the vocabulary and/or the understanding. So what are the three signs to watch out for if your child is suffering from sexual abuse?
You may have just been told by your partner that he or she was sexually abused in childhood. You may have been suspecting this for a while. The world, as you know it, is reeling, and worse, you may know, and even like, the perpetrator, if it was a family member Remember that you must see your partner's disclosure in a positive light: they are entrusting you with a very private part of their life. What should you do to honour that trust and help in the healing journey?
My thoughts wandered back to what I believed about sex, babies, marriage and men as I was growing up in the days when Doordarshan was the only TV channel and when Saturday and Sunday evenings were the only time we got to watch movies. Turns out, some of my notions were downright ridiculous. And all of them were fed by Indian cinema (Bollywood as well as regional films).