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India, in the midst of grappling with the aftermath of the December New Delhi gang rape, has been rocked by the news of yet another horrific sex crime. On February 16th, the bodies of three sisters aged 7, 9, 11, were found in a well in Maharashtra, a region south of New Delhi. According to an Associated Press report, the local police dismissed the deaths as accidental, and refused to investigate. After two days of police inaction, “Enraged villagers forced ... Read More
On February 15th, the Harvard College Women’s Center announced a new initiative, the “Beyond Gender Equality” Policy Task Force. According to a HCWC statement, the Task Force’s “principal task this semester is to produce a working paper that advises on the implementation of the recommendations from the Verma Committee,” offering “recommendations to India and other South Asian countries in the wake of the New Delhi gang ... Read More
India introduced a new set of stricter laws regarding sexual assault and trafficking this weekend, responding to pressure from protestors and activists in light of the gang rape and eventual death of a 23-year-old student in New Delhi this winter.  While the new legislation is a step in the right direction, women’s groups are not pleased with the government’s efforts. Though the laws put into place yesterday do well to address child labor and sex ... Read More
It’s a TGIF miracle: heartening, pro-woman news straight out of New Delhi. Eight female cab drivers in Delhi are trying their best to protect women from sexual violence and harassment with a fleet of seven ladies-only vehicles. Their business, Cabs for Women by Women, caters to moderately affluent women who can afford a cab, but don’t have a car or chauffeur of their own. Even before the gang rape and subsequent death of a 23-year-old in December, New ... Read More
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

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
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