According to Maneka Gandhi, marital rapes cannot be considered a crime in India. Her defense: the culture of India, poverty, illiteracy. As someone who teaches women's studies at the university level, and uses interdisciplinary mediums to interpret sex-ratio imbalance in India, for me Gandhi's statement is baseless and uninformed by facts.
Faculty, Department of Sociology, Virginia Tech
Dr. Manisha Sharma is a creative writer, teaching women’s and gender studies in the department of Sociology at Virginia Tech. She earned an MFA in Creative writing, a PhD in English Literature, and is currently a poetry candidate in the Association of Writers and Writing Programs' Mentorship program, where she is at work on her poetry project on female foeticide, The Vanishing. Sharma’s interdisciplinary, collaborative, and creative work on female foeticide is published in The Bombay Review, The Lancet, Design Observer, Soc Journal, and on ABC radio, Australia. Residences and awards include Bread Loaf Writers’ Workshop, Best New American Voices, Virginia Tech Fiction Award, and Greenbelt Review Fiction Award. More about her work can be found at http://www.genderedarrangements.com. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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