ROMEO & JULIET EXCEPTION – A CASE FOR DECRIMINALIZING CONSENSUAL SEX AMONGST TEENAGERS IN INDIA

The reforms in the rape laws have been seldom and are a reactionary phenomenon in India. The Indian Penal Code which is looked by the society and police as an instrument for safety of women from sexual assaults including Rape was enacted in 1860. Its counterpart procedural law was enacted in 1973, an improvement over … More ROMEO & JULIET EXCEPTION – A CASE FOR DECRIMINALIZING CONSENSUAL SEX AMONGST TEENAGERS IN INDIA

India has criminalised modern forms of slavery, but bonded labour practices are still prevalent

By Gajal Gupta* In July 2019, newspapers across India featured a shocking photograph of ‘Kasi’, an elderly man begging at the feet of officials who had come to rescue him and over 40 other adults and children from being allegedly trapped in bonded labour at woodcutting units in Tamil Nadu. Newspapers reported that many of those rescued … More India has criminalised modern forms of slavery, but bonded labour practices are still prevalent

How to support survivors of sexual assault

Step One, Believe Them. Image courtesy: SAMANTHA PATTEN/www.dailycal.org It’s time to take the conversation about sexual assault out in the open. Recently, a young woman was sexually abused in a locality in New Delhi. She recalled the incident to the magistrate court, and what she revealed confirmed the worst about the state of our law … More How to support survivors of sexual assault

Love Compels

Love compels us to be loving, generous, kind and compassionate towards one another. God lines up divine connections to promote you in life. He uses strangers, and even your enemies to bless you.  You will notice that some will be good to you, encourage you and push you forward, while there will also be some … More Love Compels

Digital campaigning for change

When rapper Sofia Ashraf released her “Kodaikanal Won’t” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nSal-ms0vcI) rap song on social media, the fight by Kodaikanal Unilever factory workers against the Mercury Poisoning and the fight for reparations was already nearly 20 years old. Several rights-based organisations and media outfits had extensively covered the incident of mercury dumping and the ill-effects it had … More Digital campaigning for change

A Diminishing Ray of Hope

‘‘Reena’’, called my maid, yelling at her daughter; Skinny, dark and mute, running she came to her mother. Barely thirteen, humble submissive, silently she stood; Screamed my maid and violently struck her good. The poor wretched girl, quietly weeping, sat down washing dishes; Bearing the burn of the soap on her hand having stitches. ‘‘Mamta … More A Diminishing Ray of Hope

Homelessness: Revisiting our Understanding, Creativity in our Solutions

Whether one is disheartened or encouraged by the recently defeated measure voted on in Denver, Colorado “Initiative 300,” which would have allowed for the camping of homeless persons in public spaces, free from harassment or forced relocation (in answer to the previously passed “Urban Camping Ban”), this has undeniably led to further highlight the problem … More Homelessness: Revisiting our Understanding, Creativity in our Solutions

As Much As It Shocks Everybody, The Reality Is That Slavery Still Exists In India

On July 11, India woke up to an unbelievable picture in the Times of India – a picture of 80-year-old Kasi, begging at the feet of officials who came to rescue him and 41 others from bonded labour. Twitterati reacted in disdain, wondering whether bonded labour still existed. Others tweeted with the hashtag #SlaveryExists. As much as it … More As Much As It Shocks Everybody, The Reality Is That Slavery Still Exists In India