The case of an eight-year-old rape victim says justice in India is meted out according to religion and class

by Rashmee

Posted on April 17, 2018 / The National


A brutal rape. National outrage. Repeat. The usual way it goes in India, some might say. Except that it hasn’t really happened that way this time round, with the gang rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kashmir. The reaction has been delayed, patchy and polarising. Politicians, lawyers and sections of the public have … Continue reading “The case of an eight-year-old rape victim says justice in India is meted out according to religion and class”

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Delhi is due a crash course in gender awareness. Girls, some common sense

by Rashmee

Posted on January 3, 2015


Open magazine has an interesting piece on just how hard it is to be a woman in Delhi. A professional woman, with perhps a few friends, and the odd invitation to meet them somewhere of an evening. To see a film. To have a lively conversation. A coffee. A meal. It’s okay if you have … Continue reading “Delhi is due a crash course in gender awareness. Girls, some common sense”

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An ‘Uber rape’ isn’t Uber’s fault. Delhi’s lax taxi licensing is the problem

by Rashmee

Posted on December 18, 2014


December 16 was the second anniversary of that brutal gangrape of the 23-year-old physiotherapy student in a bus in Delhi. And last week, an @Uber driver reportedly raped a female passenger in Delhi, spurring outrage that a global “brand” could not keep India’s women safe. It’s important to be careful about mixing things up too much. … Continue reading “An ‘Uber rape’ isn’t Uber’s fault. Delhi’s lax taxi licensing is the problem”

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Rape is women’s fault: Peeling back layers of the Indian Onion

by Rashmee

Posted on September 21, 2013


A short video satire on India’s customary tendency to blame women for ‘provoking’ rape and sexual harassment is really rather good value. With understated humour, subtle irony and biting sarcasm, the video lays into the many reasons Indian women are routinely blamed for sexual violence – wearing a skirt; baring your arms, showing cleavage, anything … Continue reading “Rape is women’s fault: Peeling back layers of the Indian Onion”

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The case for a matrilineal society? Papua New Guinea’s 60% rape rate

by Rashmee

Posted on September 13, 2013


“How Does a Country Develop a 60 Percent Rape Rate?” Katelyn Fossett asks in a blog on Foreign Policy. How indeed? She’s referring to the “shocking” findings of a study on sexual assault in Asia, published in the Lancet Global Health journal on September 10. The study, which is part of a wider United Nations campaign to track and study … Continue reading “The case for a matrilineal society? Papua New Guinea’s 60% rape rate”

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#IndianWomen: Life and love like Hindi film, #IshkqInParis

by Rashmee

Posted on May 26, 2013


It’s been ages since I saw a film (Lincoln was the last and that was in D.C. in mid-December) and aeons since I gave myself up to the unbridled joys of a Hindi movie. But it’s hard to be immune from some of the chatter swirling around the web about Ishkq (love) in Paris, which … Continue reading “#IndianWomen: Life and love like Hindi film, #IshkqInParis”

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Frontier justice? Delhi rape accused dies in prison

by Rashmee

Posted on March 10, 2013


How could Ram Singh hang himself? It is disquieting to hear of the death in prison of the man who drove the bus that ferried the Delhi rape victim along the roads of the Indian capital, even as she was violated, fatally injured and left broken. Ram Singh raped the girl too. As did his … Continue reading “Frontier justice? Delhi rape accused dies in prison”

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India: Still waiting for the sexual revolution

by Rashmee

Posted on December 21, 2012


The brutal gangrape in Delhi of a 23-year-old woman has set off a particularly vicious fury, a public call for vengeance, a hang-them cry that might be right out of 18th century France in the throes of the Revolution. Most Indians seem outraged by the tragedy in a way that seems to suggest a surprised … Continue reading “India: Still waiting for the sexual revolution”

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK