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.

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.

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.

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.

Why the India gang rape verdict doesn’t bring closure

September 23, 2013

In life she had one name. But in death she has many. Some call her “Nirbhaya”  meaning fearless in Hindi, others refer to her as “Amanat” meaning treasure or “Damini” meaning lightening.

How old is old enough to be jailed for gang rape and murder?

September 3, 2013

The crime was horrific, the case shocking, and the trial long. Yet when the much anticipated first verdict in the high-profile Delhi gang rape case was pronounced in India over the weekend, there was no jubilation, just outrage.

Child rape victim jailed in India: A journalist’s “immunity” breaks down

July 4, 2013

Her story is like so many I have heard in my years of reporting on the plight of girls and women in India.

Postcard from Brazil: A woman free in Rio, not in Delhi

May 29, 2013

I have lived in the Indian capital for several years and, like many other women in this metropolis of 16 million, I soon learned how to deal with the lecherous stares and dirty comments, the drunken men in cars who follow my auto-rickshaw home from work at night.

Extreme measures to “protect” daughters in India

May 16, 2013

Gurpreet Singh is a determined man. But he is an even more concerned father.

The 32-year-old investment adviser is leaving India and migrating to Australia. There is nothing new in that — tens of thousands of professional Indians emigrate every year.

PHOTOBLOG: Women in India’s capital resort to self-defence after gang rape

January 22, 2013

Women in India’s capital Delhi are gearing up for self-defence little over a month after a 23-year-old student was raped on a private bus in the city and left dying on a highway.