Reuters blog archive
from The Human Impact:
Her story is like so many I have heard in my years of reporting on the plight of girls and women in India.
It is a story of rape. A story of police insensitivity, of ostracism, of fear.
I think I've heard enough of these stories to be immune, unaffected by the tale of suffering that each victim recounts in the aftermath of her sexual assault.
But I am wrong -- perhaps because this girl is just 10 years old.
Her vulnerability is overwhelming as the shy, dark-skinned little girl with sun-bleached black bobbed hair sits nervously on a charpoy, in a pretty turquoise salwar-kameez with bright pink trim.
Asking anyone to speak about being raped is difficult in any circumstances; asking a village schoolgirl -- with little exposure to the world at large, with her entire family gathered around her, with a television camera pointing at her -- can challenge even the most hardened journalist.
from India Masala:
"Aarakshan" gives a hurried yet comprehensive walkthrough of the educational system and sub-systems that currently exist in India.
from India Insight:
The attack in a Sikh temple in Vienna and the subsequent clashes in Punjab have brought renewed focus on the internationalisation of what many Indians see as a domestic problem.
In August 2001, I heard Martin Macwan, a human rights activist, talk about raising the issue of caste at international forums, specifically in the context of the U.N. race summit in Durban that year. The move was however opposed by the government.