I recently wrote an article about women’s right to choose their dresses.
Obviously, I was trolled because the article brought out male tears.
I did not let it go this time.
My usual response to comments on my shared material is plain silence. It was fun to see that just within five hours of posting, there was already a pile of comments there. And of course, there was trolling from people who are the root cause of this problem.
I wanted to share them with you all and highlight the problem of the masses- this mindset.
So, you’re ready to have some fun troll on troll action? Let’s go!
Here is the first one.
Read the full post here.
Lately, Hindu-Muslim tensions in India have been on the rise. There is a lot of friction caused due to the divisive politics.
In this environment, it is crucial to have a dialogue with both groups and find common ground.
My latest piece published on Youth Ki Awaz is that open letter.
Dear average Indian,
I write this today with a heavy heart because I’m searching for you in this crowd of people who seem to hate each other so much that they allowed this hatred to rip apart an eight-year-old child’s life.
I know you are there somewhere, no matter how agitated, lost for words and shocked. Hence I made this effort to write to you.
Find it in full here.
This is beyond words. Somehow I managed to put some together.
Read my full post on Youth Ki Awaz.
The last couple of days have been tough. Not just for me but for every person that calls themselves an Indian. I have been writing articles non-stop because there is so much going on in the aftermath of the publicity of the rape case in Kathua.
At night, tired, I turn down my laptop thinking, “No, we can’t go any lower than this.” And yet, the next morning when I wake up, I see that we have managed to find a new low.
A crime itself is a mediocre reflection of the society because it is reflective of the individual. But the rhetoric that circulates after and about that crime is the actual reflection, the pure one, of our society, due to the collective perception.
The Quint, like many other news channels, shared the interview of Deepika Rajawat, the fearless woman, an intelligent lawyer, fighting for the eight-year-old rape and murder victim in Kathua.
India is shaken.
Once again, it is a rape case.
The only thing different is the ‘religion factor’.
I wrote about the role of religion in this case and why it should be paid due attention. My post was published as a guest contribution on FEMINISM IN INDIA.
Please read it here.
Asifa Bano, an 8-year-old Muslim girl was gang-raped for days inside a Hindu temple in Kathua, Jammu & Kashmir. The nation is again seeing outrage poured into social media and protests being held, sadly not in support of the dead girl, but in support of the men who did this to her.
Twitter is an interesting playground when incidents like this happen because in 120 words you can see a common rhetoric at play. First, you see highly offended Hindus upset that the rapists used the temple for their crime and using Ram’s name to get public sympathy.
Sadly, we are once again mourning an innocent rape victims death and worse is the fact that the victim was an 8-year-old girl.
I wrote a guest post for YKA about the things wrong with the whole picture commenting on the way the case is dealt with.
An 8-year-old girl is kidnapped and gang-raped for eight days inside a temple in Kathua, Jammu and Kashmir.
On the eighth day of gruesomeness, the culprits strangle her with her scarf and mutilate her head with a stone before dumping her body on the roadside.
And while Kashmir is watching this charade of barbarity, Unnao is mourning the loss of the father of a rape survivor, also a minor. The father was allegedly beaten to death as the culprits desperately attempted to shut the case down. The CM is quiet on the issue – and the alleged culprit, a Member of the Legislative Assembly, is loitering around with pride as he is the political leader of the ruling party. The rape survivor has no recourse.
One might think there must be a missing law or something that gives the rapists such confidence that they commit rapes without fear.
There does exist the POCSO or The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act. The POCSO Act 2012 was formulated in order to effectively address sexual abuse and sexual exploitation of children. Any suspect arrested under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, CANNOT be granted bail. The goal is to keep the suspected paedophile in prison even before the evidence is collected, just to be safe.
Read more here.
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