During the internet turbulence in the wake of the Delhi gang rape in December 2012, I noticed a trend that confirmed some of my worst fears once again. The most visited ‘stories’ either had something to do with the horrific incident or were related to ‘entertainment’ where women were being very typically objectified. In other words, one might be commenting on the apathy of Delhi police and the utility of Botox treatment simultaneously in two ‘windows’, while listening once again to Chikni Chameli. Sounds familiar? Irrespective of gender or nationality, ‘we are like that only’. Even the sahibs aren’t any better. Visit any news site and look up reports on crimes against women, and you will notice some obvious similarities running through. It stems from a need to typify women – wife, whore, dumb blonde, mother, arm candy, feminist, sweetheart – and those who don’t fit are problems to be solved.
No, I am not over-reacting. Let’s take the case of Damayanti Sen. An IPS officer, she had theRead More »from Indian, Woman