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The case of the young physiotherapy student who was assaulted and raped last month aboard a New Delhi bus, later dying as a result of the serious injuries she sustained, will finally be debated in court today. According to their respective lawyers, the five accused men are all planning to plead not guilty to the charges of murder, rape, and kidnapping. A sixth accused man who is 17-years-old will have a separate trial in juvenile court. All of the defendants could ... Read More
Trigger Warning: This post contains a description of sexual assault that may potentially be triggering for survivors of assault The world is mourning for the 23 year-old woman who was brutally beaten and gang raped by 6 men in the Munirka area of Delhi on December 16th. She passed away peacefully after being transferred to a Singapore hospital, and was flown back to New Delhi for a cremation and burial service. The young woman and a male companion were taking ... Read More
Reports being published both domestically and abroad are contending that international aid money from the United States and the United Kingdom has been used to fund forced sterilization in India. The so-called “family planning” initiatives of this kind of First World aid are an attempt to curtail the ballooning population of the Indian subcontinent—a staggering 1.2 billion people, according to the Guardian. The forced sterilization is being ... Read More
Yes, this is real. In a series of advertisements that cost $1.5 million to make, Ashton Kutcher – in an attempt to sell snack chips – donned full-on brownface, an awkward accent, and bizarre dance moves for character Bollywood producer “Raj.” Popchips launched several promotional videos in the format of a dating service to advertise their chips, with each video centered on a specific personality. And Raj has received quite a bit of media ... Read More
A week or two ago, this ridiculous ad for an Indian beauty product called “Clean and Dry Intimate Wash” made the rounds on the blogosphere. What the product aims to do, in essence, is bleach the skin around your ladyparts, therefore making everything in your sucky life better. You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this video The facepalm-inducing ad starts with an unbelievably fair-skinned Indian couple whose relationship is suffering ... Read More

A Piercing Matter

BY Intern Tessa in Style File

I'm not a body-piercing fanatic, but I did get my nose pierced just before graduating from college, where I met and admired many hippies. Some of them had their noses pierced, and it looked beautiful on them, so I wanted to hop on the bandwagon.                   (An example of the aforementioned foxy hippies) All this got me wondering how hippies latched on to nose piercing, and I started doing some heavy Googling. ... Read More
Of the 6.78 billion people on Earth, over 60% of the population belongs to Asia. In the last two decades, the Asia-Pacific population has been growing at a slower rate compared to the rest of the world, according to the United Nations. A recent study by the East-West Center, a research center based in Hawaii, reveals that a great societal change is taking place in various nations of East and Southeast Asia - the marriage and fertility rates are dropping ... Read More
Gender identity can be confusing for anyone to navigate without adding unnecessary childhood genital surgeries to complicate things even further. Several recent studies have shown that in the United States, India, and China, boys are the preferred offspring. As we’ve discussed, in India this is resulting in sex-selective abortions and seven million fewer girls than boys under the age of six. Now there are also claims that up to 300 female children have ... Read More
Despite being outlawed in 2004, the rates of selective abortions of girls in India have substantially increased—particularly among the wealthier classes—according to a recent study published by The Lancet. The sex of a fetus can be determined in an ultrasound after 14 weeks, and in India abortions are only legal until the 12-week point. While gender ratios vary among the regions, the overall rates of girls have greatly decreased since the last Indian ... Read More
Don’t miss out this Saturday, February 19th, on not only an open bar at Gallery 151, but also a chance to support Swimming Cities and their crazy floating performance venue for the Ganges River, India. Set to float in April, this large-scale project consists of five separate pontoon boats that form together in a radial pattern and designed especially for the unique conditions of the Ganges.  A collaboration of local artists and Brooklyn’s Swoon, ... Read More
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