SEXUAL VIOLENCE

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Yes, It Does Matter, Very Much, That Jisha Was Dalit

I want to question this mystifying line of thought I've seen through in numerous comments on news websites: "Why does it matter that Jisha was Dalit?" Some of this is cloaked in faux concern by people who think we live in a post-caste society. It's a story about every woman in India! Other times, their virulent bigotry comes out. What if she was murdered by a Dalit man? It's time to make this clear. Jisha's caste is absolutely imperative to her life and death.
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Where Being A Woman Means Looking Over Your Shoulder

Is there any city in India which can be termed safe for women? "Eve-teasing" (can we please just retire this archaic, minimising term and call it sexual harassment already?) is a phenomenon that transcends the boundaries of region, religion and caste. Regardless of where you are, if you're a woman you're probably looking over your shoulder, ducking your head or quickening your pace on the streets.
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Torn Pages From My Harassment Diary

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."