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By Saket Sekhsaria: Three weeks ago, I created a petition to amend laws on rape and domestic violence to gender neutral standards, which promise equal justice regardless of gender. This petition was created with the long-term goal of achieving gender equality. Now you may be wondering why I decided to take up this cause, when […]
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By Anonymous:  Note: As a part of Love Matters and Youth Ki Awaaz’s ongoing #BearNoMore campaign on raising awareness about Intimate Partner Violence, we carried out a blogathon inviting you to share your experiences and opinions. The tremendous number of responses only show how important it is to discuss the issue. This post is one of the […]
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By Anonymous:  Note: As a part of Love Matters and Youth Ki Awaaz’s ongoing #BearNoMore campaign on raising awareness about Intimate Partner Violence, we carried out a blogathon inviting you to share your experiences and opinions. The tremendous number of responses only show how important it is to discuss the issue. This post is one of the […]
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By YKA Staff:  Far too often, we find ourselves in a not-so-sweet spot in our relationships. And sometimes, it’s easier to discuss the deepest, darkest concerns with a stranger than turn to those around us. In these situations, people often turn to columnists/advisors who can give one good expert advice. One such person is Auntyji, […]
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By Akshat Tyagi:  As the honourable Minister of State for Home Affairs stood up for ‘clarifying’ that the government did not host any plan to criminalise marital rape since India wasn’t prepared for it, where marriage is still a very sacred institution, he left everyone, from feminists to housewives, absolutely shocked about government’s stand on […]
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By Ishita Pasricha: In 2007, the Ministry of Women and Child Development released a study that laid out India’s struggles with child abuse in stark terms. “Child abuse is shrouded in secrecy and there is a conspiracy of silence around the entire subject,” the report, called ‘Study on Child Abuse’, reads. “Further, certain kinds of […]
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By Susmita Abani: On Mother’s Day, May 2012, Jessica Silva, a 22 year old girl in Sydney, committed a crime that would change her life forever. Her ex-partner of 4 years, James Polkinghorne, lay dead on the road in front of her parent’s home, bleeding from several stab wounds—marks of her desperate act of self-defence. Polkinghorne was […]
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Licence To Rape:As per Indian law, a man can violate his wife and not be held accountable, as marital rape is legally not a crime. The MoS for Home recently commented on the issue saying that marital rape can not be criminalised due to various factors that deem it a sacred institution. But just how […]
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By Pranjal Rawat: A few days ago, many of us logged into Facebook only to find that our news feeds were in a fury that was rarely witnessed before. The documentary titled, ‘India’s Daughter’ on the Nirbhaya Rape case had not been allowed to air on national television. Not only did this film remind us […]
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By Aadya Sinha: After causing a record spike in break-ups, termination of friendships, and the falling apart of other society-approved relationships, (my deepest condolences to the previous record holder, monopoly) the dress is back. And how! Cecilia Bleasdale’s dress, which was declared to be black and blue early last week, had cyber citizens wound up […]
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Submitted Anonymously: Last year in August, my paternal grandfather (dada) passed away. I was shocked at the pure occurrence of this eventuality translating into a reality; an end, that all members of my family had been waiting for. In November 2013, I finally mustered the courage to pick up the phone and call the Delhi […]
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Anonymously Submitted: My pillow was perpetually soaked in tears. For a week, my entire body was frozen. I had blood clots in parts I was ashamed to show. This is what he did on a recent Sunday morning – I was beaten black and blue, again, for not booking movie tickets. The price I paid […]
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By Kainat Sarfaraz: “As I sat hunched over a stove in the kitchen, he came in from behind, splayed my back with kerosene oil, threw in a lighted match and ran away.” (Source) This isn’t a one-off story and happens much more frequently in more different forms than you imagine. Over 70% of the women […]
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This film shares the voices of three young people who share some hard-hitting insights into the reality of silence around violence and abuse in our families. “Tragically, this is wrong. The most dangerous place for too many children around the world is their own home, where they should be safest,” said Dr. Kirsty Nowlan, director […]
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By Savvy Soumya Misra: What I am attempting here is a bit difficult. And as a dear friend put it “a bit tricky”. It is about men or in this case ‘a man’ (another dear friend) who put his foot down against dowry and a splurgy wedding. He prevailed. To some extent at least. There […]
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By Oxfam India: For six years of my married life, I tried to surrender to social customs which demanded that I bear every insult heaped on me by my husband and in-laws. However, once I realized that I had the right to a violence free and happy life, there was no stopping me from challenging my […]
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By Gina Dias: There’s no better time to break the silence around domestic violence than now, during the 16 Days of Activism, an international campaign focused on raising awareness about gender-based violence. In many ways, I will be breaking my own silence too. As an early, involuntary observer of the many manifestations of violence at home- […]
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By Amit Sengupta: Which place is supposed to be the safest? Many would instantly say- it’s our homes. Yes, absolutely. Which place can be more safe and secure than our homes! But for millions of women and girls in India, this is not true. They face one of the most pervasive forms of abuse within […]
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By Jyoti Patil: Damuben walked into the women’s support cell at Rapar police station, exuding positivity. Stating animatedly the philosophy of her life, “lodge main khane ka, hauz main nahane ka aur mauj main rehene ka” (eat in a restaurant, bathe in a pool and have fun), she brought a smile on all the faces […]
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Where do we draw the line between self defence and violence? Who actually perpetrates violence? What prevents you from intervening in situations of violence or abuse? “Black or White?”, or, “लातों के भूत बातों से नहीं मानते! ”, the latest Agenda 1 project film, features the voices of two young men and two young women […]
Two Inch Sleeves
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‘Two Inch Sleeves’ features the voices of two young women from Delhi. The first is the youngest of three daughters and the first amongst her sisters to be allowed to attend a day college that involves her leaving home every day on her own to attend Delhi University. She is 19 years old. The second […]
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By Sonal Jamuar: A man is not worth your tears, if the tears are a result of your his behaviour towards you. I am not talking about a lover’s quarrel or a marital tiff. I am referring to instances where the same man beats you, abuses you or assaults you. Do not wait for a […]

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