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India Enacts Tougher Rape Laws — But They’re Still Not Perfect

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Her Name Was Jyoti
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Another woman has been gang raped on a bus in India. Read More »

Over the past few months, India has been racked with high-profile gang rapes and deaths of little girls and women. From the three sisters under age 11 who were sexually assaulted and murdered to the student who was gang raped with a metal rod, which mangled her insides so badly it eventually killed her, the brutality of the country’s rape culture is horrific. One of the main problems with the rape culture in India has been placing the onus on the victim instead of the perpetrator — society as a whole, including police, had been blaming women for being out in public where they could be attacked, instead of punishing the men who hurt them.

The new laws aren’t perfect. First of all, as legal scholar Karuna Nundy for the BBC notes, the laws only protect the “modesty” of women, not boys, men or transgender folks. Additionally, marital rape is still legal (including if the wife is a minor ages 15 through 18) and homosexuality is still criminalized.

Alas, it is with cautious optimism that we welcome India’s new spate of laws criminalizing rape and other acts of violence which went into effect yesterday. Keep reading »

Bangladesh Woman Forced To Remarry Husband After He Threw Acid In Her Face

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As if dealing with a cheating and violent husband is not enough to endure, a Bangladeshi woman had acid thrown into her face by her husband when she dared to divorce him.

Nurbanu, 36, discovered her husband with another woman and divorced him — only to find herself doused in acid by him eight days later. Now, blind and with a completely scarred and mutilated face, Nurbanu has been forced to remarry her husband. Keep reading »

Republican Rep.’s Spokesman: “Hurl Some Acid” On Female Democratic Senators

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  • The campaign spokesperson for Rep. Nan Hayworth (R-NY), a guy named Jay Townsend, wrote a Facebook message about senators who support the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act but paid their male staffers more than their female staffers.  Townsend wrote, “Let’s hurl some acid at those female democratic Senators who won’t abide the mandates they want to impose on the private sector.” It never fails to shock me how dumb people in politics can be when it comes to writing Facebook comments. [Raw Story]
  • This teen girl is smarter than us all: Snigdha Nandipai, 14, from California, won the 2012 Scripps National Spelling Bee on the word “guetapens.” [MSNBC]
  • North Carolina’s General Assembly passed a bill that will grant reparations of $50,000 to poor women and women of color who were forcibly sterilized between 1929 and 1974. [Jezebel]
  • A New Mexico health official said she was asked by the governor to resign after she gave a TV interview and said teenagers should use condoms to prevent the spread of STDs. Go ahead and keep your head in the sand, New Mexico, and hope your teens don’t get herpes. [Feminist.org] Keep reading »
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