Kishwar Desai

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She is known as Nirbhaya, the fearless one. She has been turned into a modern Indian heroine. Poems and plays have been written about her and people have poured on to the streets to support her cause. Yet, when the first sentencing in the case of her gang rape and murder was delivered by a special juvenile court on Saturday, the anger against it was palpable.

Nirbhaya’s family has been outraged by the judgment, feeling cheated by the fact that the underage rapist, now 18, has been sentenced to just three years in a reformative institution. Her brother said the verdict was «unacceptable», while her father asked whether it was a crime to be born a girl in India.…  Seguir leyendo »

Yet another case of a brutal assault on a girl has grabbed headlines in India. Sonam, a 14-year-old, was allegedly raped and murdered last week in Lakhimpur, an obscure village in Uttar Pradesh. The main reason it is in the news is that the state goes to the polls early next year. It is unlikely that the dead girl or her family will ever get justice – but a huge amount of din and photo opportunities will certainly be created for politicians, including those from the Congress party, which is in opposition in the state.

Sonam’s death only proves why India was this week named one of the most dangerous countries in the world for women.…  Seguir leyendo »