It seems that a room full of men cannot truly understand what safety for women entails.
Even the sanitary napkin ads use blue ink for illustrative purposes, which sort of signifies people’s hesitation with menstrual blood.
"The idea was to spread the message through a different medium. Villagers suggested folk music and dance. We went a step further and thought of films”
Sexual abuse that continued for 17 years, to eight members of a 13 member over-valued joint family, where none of the male members knew about it...
"Since you have been an icon of female strength, many of us are confused with your current political decision."
Till date I cannot put my finger on what exactly I felt that night. Shocked? Afraid? Angry?
You have safety, security, almost a warranty stamp in the form of your husband
I was completely taken aback when my friend informed me that they ‘believed’ that if any member of the household was having her periods, pickles kept for drying, will eventually rot
“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.”
More than three-fourths of men expected their partners to agree if they wanted to have sex.
I asked him what name would be filled out in my husband’s application (that of his mother, father or spouse?). He did not hesitate in replying “his father”.
“The first thing he said to me was that girls from decent family don’t roam out late in the night drinking and partying with friends.”
For the patriarchal structure to be broken, the society definitely needs a lot more ‘moving forward’, from our side.
Women like me suffer abuse because we stay silent. But I tell other women that silence does not help. There is no honour in it.
My husband went as far as threatening to kill me.
Every time I asked him for money for the treatment of my daughter, I was told that it is worthless to invest in a girl child.
One thing was for sure; I knew I could not continue with the marriage
Violence against women and girls is a pandemic; let us begin to treat it like one
While I had never even seen the insides of a school, my husband had already passed 10th standard.
She then giggled and told me to go out and enjoy as that is what “real men” do.