“Why are you in despair, O my soul?And why have you become disturbed within me?” Around this time last yeara teenage girl lured by the promise of employment,imprisoned, gang-raped and sold. “Out of the depths I cry to you, Lord;Lord, hear my voice.Let your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy.” Lord of the nations, … More A Lament for Unnao and Kathua
“Sherly aunty, when I grow up, I want to be like you!” my 3 year old nephew told me as I washed my hands when I reached home. He was so excited to see me, and wanted me to carry him, but what does the first rule say? Must wash hands! The little one followed … More Can Teachers Be Bullies?
I was seventeen when I gathered the courage to confront my abuser and all he simply said was, “It was a childish mistake. I am sorry.” I kept screaming inside that, ‘sorry’ wasn’t enough to undo the horrors he had put me through. Nonetheless, I forgave him believing that he must have changed, now that … More If Only: The Price of Unspoken Shame
There is something critical that we need to address, and it needs to happen right now. Hundreds of young children and adolescents in the country are experiencing unabated and brutal physical and sexual violence at the same shelters where they are supposed to receive care and protection. We need to amplify our voices and let … More The dismal state of shelter homes and child protection mechanisms in the country