from India Insight:

Short skirts, bad stars, chow mein: Why men in India rape women

August 21, 2015

The 2012 Delhi bus rape case and an ever-longer list of rapes and murders in India have prompted politicians and public figures in India to cite plenty of implausible reasons why rape happens and why men brutalise women or portray women in ways that suggest they had it coming. Many people, when speaking out, tend to minimise the crime or rationalise it in ways that sound ludicrous to many. We created this list of such comments more than a year ago, but it seems like it's time to add some new entries.

from The Great Debate:

When is pornography a sign of women’s progress?

By John Lloyd
March 17, 2015

A protester takes part in a demonstration against new laws on pornography outside parliament in central London

A protester takes part in a demonstration against new British laws on pornography outside parliament in central London, Dec. 12, 2014. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

from The Great Debate:

Is this film really so shocking that 1.3 billion people should never be allowed to see it?

By Ananya Bhattacharyya
March 6, 2015

Akshay Thakur, one of the four men who were sentenced to death for the rape and murder of a young woman on a bus last December, disembarks a police vehicle outside a court in New Delhi

Akshay Thakur (top), one of the four men who were sentenced to death for the rape and murder of a young woman on a bus last December, disembarks a police vehicle outside a court in New Delhi September 24, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer

from The Great Debate:

It isn’t easy, but here’s how you bring down powerful men accused of rape

By Jeff Herman
February 11, 2015

Former IMF head Strauss-Kahn leaves his hotel to attend the trial in the so-called Carlton Affair

Former IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn leaves his hotel to attend his trial in Lille, France, Feb. 11, 2015, where 14 people including Strauss-Kahn stand accused of sex offences. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

from The Great Debate:

Rape myths hide crimes. Just ask these children.

By Amana Fontanella-Khan
September 15, 2014

Children hold placards during a procession urging legislators to prioritize anti-child pornography bill passage in Quezon City

Some myths are so powerful that they change our perception of reality. Under their influence even the most obvious truths -- or crimes -- can be rendered invisible. Such as rape.

from The Human Impact:

From the sickening to the bizarre, Indian politicians still don’t get rape

August 14, 2014

A member of the Communist Party of India-Marxist uses an iPad to take pictures of a  protest rally in Kolkata

 

Covering women's rights issues for so many years in India, I still find the number of ways women and girls are abused and discriminated against unfathomable.

from The Human Impact:

Is wartime rape inevitable?

April 28, 2014

The mass rape of hundreds of thousands of women and girls from Bosnia to Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo has reinforced the conventional wisdom that rape and sexual violence are an inevitable feature of war.

from The Human Impact:

Ending the beatings, rapes, murders: Where are India’s men?

February 18, 2014

Violence against women is widespread across the world. Globally, 35 percent of women have been beaten by an ‘intimate partner’ or suffered sexual violence at the hands of a non-partner in their lifetime, the World Health Organisation says.

from The Human Impact:

Gender injustice: When Indian judges get it wrong

January 9, 2014

An Indian judge who called pre-marital sex "immoral" and against "the tenets of every religion" has been criticised by activists who say his remarks highlight gender insensitivity within the judiciary and the challenges faced by victims of sex crimes in seeking justice.

from Expert Zone:

Slow change comes to India a year after Delhi gang rape

By Mallika Dutt
December 12, 2013

(Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters)

One year ago, a 23-year-old physiotherapy student was raped and murdered. Her story showed the world that women across India are viewed as dispensable, undeserving of full human rights.