Six people have been charged in the alleged dual gang rape of a 21-year-old woman in India earlier this week. In all, 10 people were arrested in connection with the attack, which occurred on Christmas Eve. Keep reading »
Who could blame you if on Sunday night, after Miss America was crowned, you wanted to quit America for a little bit — or at least Twitter? Nina Davuluri, an aspiring med student, performed a Bollywood dance, charmed the judges’ hearts, and took home the coveted, glitzy Miss America crown. She also poked the bear that is racist morons on the Internet. The Syracuse, New York-born Davuluri was called everything from an “Arab” to a member of “Al-Quaeda” to “Miss 7-11″ … despite being from the good ol’ U.S. of A suburbs.
Well, this story gets even more depressing. Miss America Nina Davuluri might be too brown for some racist twats to consider her “American.” But, some people have noted, Davulauri might be too dark-skinned to be considered pageant-worthy in India, a country that has been known to privilege fair-skinned women who lighten their complexion with dangerous skin-bleaching creams. Keep reading »
The Indian people have spoken: four men convicted of the gang rape and murder of a 23-year-old woman were sentenced to death today. Keep reading »
A court in India found four men guilty of the gang rape and murder of a 23-year-old New Delhi woman on December 16 last year. The victim, whose father identified her publicly as a medical student named Jyoti Singh Pandey, was attacked with a male friend on a moving bus and sexually assaulted with a metal rod. She was so badly injured that she had to be flown to Singapore to have her intestines removed. She eventually succumbed to her injuries. Singh Pandey’s murder was one of the first high-profile sexual assaults and murders of women and girls in India, which led to the country enacting tougher laws to punish rapists and hold police accountable for ignoring sexualized violence.
Her four attackers were convicted on 11 counts of rape and murder. (A fifth attacker committed suicide in prison and a sixth was under age 18 at the time of the gang rape and was sentenced to three years in a reformatory.) Their sentencing, which includes the possibility of hanging, will be handed down tomorrow. Singh Pandey’s family is pushing for the death penalty. [Toronto Star] [Photo of gavel via Shutterstock]
A 22-year-old photojournalism intern in Mumbai (Bombay), India, was brutally gang raped by five men last night, as her male friend was violently attacked. It’s yet another shocking act of sexual violence against women in India — a country fraught with high-profile acts of sexual violence against women and girls over the past year, several of them resulting in death. Keep reading »
Oh, dress codes. Women have been banned from wearing sleeveless dresses at a school in Madhya Pradesh, India, because administrators say doing so isn’t dressing in a “decent manner.” In order to enforce the new rule, the college director stands outside the premises every morning to make sure the students are wearing “decent” attire.
Why are they suddenly enforcing this rule? That’s not exactly clear; perhaps the recent spate of high-profile rapes and gang rapes in India has lead to increased policing of the way women dress in the name of “protecting” them. Anyway, prior to the official enforcement, female students who wore sleeveless dresses had to write essays on Indian culture as punishment — potentially the catalyst for the college-wide ban. Keep reading »
I’m going to walk you through what I imagine might have been the thought process/creative storyboarding for this new Indian-themed* music video from Australian rapper/singer Iggy Azalea.
“I love saris! They’re so pretty! Also, elephants! What if that old Indian guy was my stern uncle? Let’s all have Bindis! Bindis for everyone! Old Indian guys bring gravitas to this party jam! Sad Indian ragamuffin children will bring double gravitas! Does this sari make my butt look hot? It does, doesn’t it? Holi festival! Wait, no! I’m the Indian elephant goddess Ganesha, except with a better gold jumpsuit!” Keep reading »