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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Batwoman? Is the female vigilante a good response to rotten system?

by Rashmee

Posted on September 4, 2013


Some call it the Batman syndrome. The urge to redress a wrong, even if it means taking the law into your own hands. Consider the extraordinary (but unverified) story about the alleged female scourge of all bus drivers in the northern Mexican city of Ciudad Juarez. Apparently the Mexican police are trying to find out if two drivers … Continue reading “Batwoman? Is the female vigilante a good response to rotten system?”

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#IndianWomen: Rage at rape & silent protests look rather good on TV

by Rashmee

Posted on August 23, 2013


Eight months after the gangrape of ‘Nirbhaya’ (as my old employer The Times of India named her), and has anything changed? Yes, public outrage has become more of a habit. Right now, the middle class in India is working itself into a fair rage all over again. Actually, I should rephrase that. The media is … Continue reading “#IndianWomen: Rage at rape & silent protests look rather good on TV”

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#Indianwomen: Enforcement is three parts of the law on acid attacks

by Rashmee

Posted on July 20, 2013


It’s not always given that a blog revises itself with a morsel of welcome news within exactly 14 days (and then proceeds to cast doubt on it all). On July 6, the dreadful phenomenon of roughly 1,000 acid attacks a year on Indian women appeared just as horrific as ever. Sales of the corrosive stuff … Continue reading “#Indianwomen: Enforcement is three parts of the law on acid attacks”

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#IndianWomen: Safer if underdressed mannequins are banned?

by Rashmee

Posted on May 31, 2013


What won’t India try, in its attempt to stop thinking about sex? Ban underwear-clad mannequins outside lingerie shops in Mumbai? Make a big hooha about wanting to limit opportunities for men to think lascivious thoughts? Anything, it seems, to serve as  anti-Viagra for the passionate masses. So to Mumbai and the misplaced self-righteousness that has gone into … Continue reading “#IndianWomen: Safer if underdressed mannequins are banned?”

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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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Gongs for the girls – from the Americans

by Rashmee

Posted on March 8, 2013


One can only imagine what the US Department of State is thinking (if anything at all) when it comes up with its final list of the right girls to receive gongs. The gong in question is the International Women of Courage Award, which “annually recognizes women around the globe who have shown exceptional courage and … Continue reading “Gongs for the girls – from the Americans”

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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