Why Is It Okay To Be A Sex Worker?

Why Is It Okay To Be A Sex Worker?

“Philosophically, there is nothing wrong with being a sex worker!”, says a friend of mine who believes that it’s a forced business in which girls are kidnapped and raped — like several others I talked to. 

So, is it okay to be a sex worker? In India?

When I talk about sex workers, I’m primarily referring to women here as they are the most exploited and populated gender in this industry. Though a part of male sex workers is also forced to enter this business, the majority chooses it on their own.

“When the society is not able to get over with the taboo of considering women’s body as an object of desire, it’s hard for a sex worker to get any respect,” thinks a student of public policy.

I did a small survey and asked my friends. 5 out of 10 people stated that it is NOT okay to be a sex worker; no matter what. There are several other professions (read ugly/ disrespectful), which can be opted as per them.

3 out of 10 believed that most of them are trafficked, forced or tortured to get into this profession, which I completely agree with. They don’t respect the profession but do respect (read sympathise) the people involved in this — sex workers and not the pimps or babus.

And, 2 out of 10 people are convinced that it is OKAY to be a sex worker — if chosen by choice and not forced into. They do respect the profession! 

While 98% are forced into this swamp, there is a minuscule section who are trading in their body voluntarily. From being called a despised sex worker to a high-end escort, these women are categorised based on trade they do, clients they own and are accepted accordingly!

So, here I’m, asking again! Is it okay to be a sex worker? In India?

Whilst I say yes, I intend to fall in that 30 % who respect the sex workers and not the pimps; I also believe that one must respect the profession too.

Perplexing, isn’t it? Maybe, I hang in between that 20 % and 30% of juntas!

Agar badan ka khoon bhi bechna pade, toh karunga. Lekin mere baccha log ko padhayega. Yeh line mein nahi aane dega!

Roopmati, a sex worker residing in Mumbai

Jab zarurat tha tab kisine madat nahi ki. Toh mai haath kyun failau? Main apne paise ka kamata hun, khata hun, aur baccha ko padata hun!

Farida, another lady from the same basti of Mumbai

These are the plight of the sex workers in India. They were left with no choices and preferred trading in their body than something else for a meagre amount.

You talk to the person for half-an-hour and then the other half-an-hour in bed. You make a lot of money and it’s easy.

Zeba who chucked a modeling assignment to become an escort

You sell your brain, we sell our body. What’s the fuss about? I feel our society is still very judgemental. If a boy and girl go on a blind date and end up having sex—that’s fine. But if the guy pays the girl for sex, it becomes unethical.

Kajal

These are the perquisites of the escorts in India. They had several other options but preferred trading in their body for earning more money and a better lifestyle.

You see!!

Women like Zeba and Kajal prefer to tag themselves as an escort rather than a sex worker. They live a world far away from the infamous red light areas — doing their business in 5-star hotels and not in brothels.

With a clientele that includes engineers, businessmen, lawyers, architects, doctors, and others from educated backgrounds, they feel that they get much exposure in this profession unlike any other. For them, it’s more than just having sex!

It’s sneering that how being an escort is still okay for some people but not being a sex worker. I guess the word gets promoted with the class.

While the low-end class would seek a sex worker, the middle class would look for a call girl, and a high class would end up with an escort.

In a whole, it’s all the same!

Ranjana Kumari, director of the Center for Social Research in New Delhi once quoted, “these are the high-class girls, and it is them exercising their democratic rights.” Though she condoned this very old profession, she also added the tag of ‘high-class’ worsening it even more for the women suffocating in brothels.

While another friend of mine assumes that if given an opportunity, women would leave this business themselves; there is a section who are not WILLING to do so. 

It’s not about the lack of skills anymore, it’s about what pays better!

We, ironically, stay in a society where men love to talk about Savita Bhabhi but refrain from talking about sex workers. Where women are okay with one night stands but find it disdainful if another woman does it for money. Where people show disgust towards a rapist but doesn’t consider the ones who are quenching the thirst of several of them.

The real question is not about if being a sex worker is okay or not. It’s about their conditions, their stories, and their pain. They are looked down upon by society because of the ‘low end’ tag they get. 

For some, the journey from being a ‘sex worker to a ‘call girl’ to an ‘escort’ is very long (read neverending). And probably, this is why they will never be accepted by society. But I say, if it is okay to be an escort, it is okay to be a sex worker as well!

June 2 is recognised as International Sex Workers Day globally. Let’s take a moment to identify this not so marginalised community who are carrying their stories deep down their heart and let’s have a moment of respect for them.

The views expressed here are personal and are not influenced by any third party or organization.
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Rape, Abuse, Depression: How Natasha Noel Fought All These With Dance And Yoga!

Rape, Abuse, Depression: How Natasha Noel Fought All These With Dance And Yoga!

From a troubled childhood to finding peace in yoga and becoming a yogini; dancer, health enthusiast, and lifestyle blogger, the journey of Natasha Noel has not been easy.

But she stood back strong every time she fell, and now she has framed an example that no matter how hard situations are, you can always fight against them if you want. 

When Natasha was three, her mother died — she saw her burning herself. Natasha did not have a normal childhood. Her childhood was filled up with fear, insecurity, and guilt instead of love and compassion. She did not feel true happiness and always kept pretending to be happy.

Dealing with rape and abuse

At the age of 7, she was abused by the domestic helper of her house — an age when most of the children were playing with Barbie dolls and racing their mini cars! But, this wasn’t a one-off incident. Until now, she started to have a feeling that something was wrong with her and had a feeling of guilt in her heart.

When Natasha turned 10, her family realized that something was wrong with her, and they decided to take her to a psychiatrist. This helped Natasha a lot. She started to express herself through art and also started to dance.

Surviving injury and depression

At 17 she became a professional dancer, but unfortunately, she couldn’t dance for long — at the age of 19, she met with an accident that gave her some major injuries and damaged the muscles of her knee and leg. The doctor said that she wouldn’t be able to do anything, neither dance nor move. Once again, life snatched the thing from Natasha which she loved.

This took Natasha into depression, and she couldn’t find happiness in anything, but later she started to focus on her studies and completed graduation. She also became a professional photographer and used to click the people dancing, and this gave her joy.

At 21, when her five-year relationship ended, she got scattered again, but this time she tried to develop her interest in food. She, every time, tried to escape from wary things via food.

But she soon realized that these escapes won’t last long and would spoil her life.

Turning to yoga

She knew that society doesn’t accept a sad or a depressed person, so she always pretended to be happy. She realized that she is suffering from major depression. She started to have trust issues and also thought that something was wrong with her. Natasha was fed up with her problems and herself, and she terribly wanted to change her life but realized that only she could help herself, not anyone else. She took another chance to heal herself from all pain and hurt.

And this is when she started yoga. She started watching videos on Youtube, and enrolled in the Ashtanga Vinyasa, Mysore (1 month), The Yoga Institute, Santa Cruz East (a 3-month course), and Mystic Rose Meditation, Goa (21 days), and started teaching dance yoga. From holding workshops to taking private sessions, she started posting her videos on social media channels to reach out to as many individuals as possible.

Yoga gave peace to her mind and body. She felt relaxed, and she started loving her body.

Today, she not only practices yoga but also teaches dance yoga to people. Her Instagram posts are full of positivity and are a sweet reminder that if you fight for yourself, life will fight for you too.

Today Natasha Noel is a trained yoga teacher, self-professed ambassador of positivity and love and a social media star with over 258k followers on Instagram. She is a motivational speaker and is open about her experiences of dealing with rape, abuse, and depression, and is determined about breaking the stigma in society surrounding these topics.

Sona Yadav is an intern with Untying Knots.

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These Transwomen Defied All Odds And Fought Against Society To Find Acceptance!

These Transwomen Defied All Odds And Fought Against Society To Find Acceptance!

Someone asked me for my opinion on transgender people. And I’m still thinking about why it would be different than my opinion on ‘normal’ people? Cis or Trans — eventually everyone is human, and my opinion won’t change due to their sexuality.

The answer would have ended here. But, given the fact that the country I come from has a fairly ‘backward’ society, transgenders have always been excluded from society; they have never been given equal rights to healthcare, education, or other human rights.

Here is a list of a few transwomen who defied all odds, worked on their career, fought for their acceptance and now are living their lives with pride.

Srinidhi 

Srinidhi is a transwoman who launched her own designer boutique in Madurai. This superwoman has established her own business venture named after her. This textile store has clothing for both women and kids and is moderately priced. Pertaining to her gender, she was constantly denied job opportunities though she holds an MBA. This prompted her to become an entrepreneur. She further wants to expand her business and employ more transgenders into her business.

Rachana Mudraboyina

She is a Hyderabad-based transwoman, and an activist who launched, TransVision, the first YouTube channel in India maintained by transgender people. She is a double post-graduate degree holder. This idea emerged when she realized that a very little amount of information is available about the transgenders and trans-community on the television. This channel is designed with a purpose to highlight information about transgenders. It is telecasted in three languages: Telugu, Kannada, and Dakhini. This is an amazing platform to learn more about the transgender community in the country.

Nithu RS

She is the first transwoman tattoo artist in a country who owns three tattoo studios, one beauty parlour, and a restaurant. She identified her mother’s interest in cooking and started a restaurant. Simultaneously she also opened a beauty parlour. Interested in arts and crafts she mastered animation techniques which helped her become a permanent tattoo artist. She is also a dancer and has won the title of Miss Trans Diamond Bangalore 2017. Born as a boy Nithin, she flashed herself as Nithu and came in touch with an NGO which works for transgenders. Attending a few meetings organized by this NGO, she was able to avail more information on gender studies and gender identity. She decided first to settle in life and then declare her identity to her parents. Initially, her mother misunderstood her, but later her brother supported and helped her mother to understand as well. She underwent many surgeries with her family’s support. She also participated in an international transgender beauty pageant, representing India in the Netherlands. 

Gudiya

A transwoman from Varanasi who established a thread manufacturing power loom at her own home, Gudiya was born to a poor Muslim family and had a very unpleasant life in her childhood. She ran away from home at the age of 16 when her neighbours started bullying her. She had to resort to begging, singing at various celebrations to earn money, and returned home after three years. Her parents and relatives were shocked by the truth she revealed but accepted and rendered their full support to her. She employed four people to help her to access the raw-materials and supply the prepared products. She also adopted an abandoned girl child from a private hospital and named her Zainam and her brother’s daughter named Nargis. 

Gauri Sawant

Gauri is a transwoman born and raised in Pune in a conservative family. At the age of 9, she lost her mother, and after her demise, Gauri realized that she was different from others. She was born as Ganesh Suresh Sawant. As time flew, she recognized the woman in her, but her family never approved of her transition. Gauri underwent the transition with the help of Humsafar Trust. She had no support from her family, and no roof to live under. Gauri formed an NGO of her own called ‘Sakhi Char Chowghi’. Almost two decades later today, with a team of 100+ members, Gauri promotes safe sex and provides counselling to transgenders. She is also one of the petitioners of the National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) judgment that was passed in 2013. 

Anjali Ameer

Anjali was born in Calicut, Kerala, in a conservative Muslim family as Jamsheer. When she found the woman in her, she talked about it at her home, but nobody accepted it. She loved a boy and ran away with him to Chennai only to realize that her boyfriend never loved her. She returned home, attempted suicide but was saved. She left home again, went to Coimbatore and did all kinds of jobs — from begging to working in a beauty parlour and call centre. She saved every single penny and made progress towards her surgery, laser treatment and endocrinologists consultations.

Anjali was crowned as Miss Coimbatore and Miss Splendid India in 2015. She also worked with Mammootty, the superstar of Malayalam cinema. Her work was highly appreciated. Anjali further wants to spread awareness about trans people. 

Laxmi Narayan Tripathi

Mumbai-based transwoman Laxmi is a transgender rights activist, a Bharatanatyam dancer, and a Hindi film actress. Born as the eldest one in a family of seven, she suffered from poor health all her childhood. For being feminine, she was insulted at school and was even sexually abused by a relative.

Laxmi was fascinated by Bharatanatyam and its costumes, she took an arts degree at Mumbai’s Mithibai College and a post-graduate degree in Bharatanatyam, with her family’s support.

Laxmi co-founded Dai Welfare Society in 2002 which works for the transgender community. She also represented the Asia Pacific in the United Nations in 2008, where she spoke of the miseries of sexual minorities in society.

Breaking all the traditional concepts surrounding beauty pageants related to gender, she launched the Indian Super Queen beauty pageant in 2010, which is mushrooming very well.

Women are the real superheroes, and strong women aren’t simply born — they are made by the storm they walkthrough, irrespective of being born as a cis woman or living as a trans woman!

Sona Yadav is an intern with Untying Knots.

Featured Image: L-R | Srinidhi, Rachana Mudraboyina, Nithu RS, Gudiya, Gauri Sawant, Anjali Ameer, Laxmi Narayan Tripathi

The In And Out Of Sexual Harassment And Assault!

The In And Out Of Sexual Harassment And Assault!

Sexual assault is never okay. Albeit a few survivors may remain quiet for a considerable length of time before sharing their accounts, the demonstration is by no means worthy.

Before, notwithstanding, the subject appeared to be disregarded. Numerous ladies were exposed to being explicitly harassed and assaulted by men who felt just as they were morally justified and looking to gain positions of power.

Unfortunately, years passed with a society that would prefer to brush things under the mat than face these bad behaviours head-on. Without help, even influential ladies tumbled to the quietness that follows a sexual assault.

The present reality is changing; however, sadly, sexual assault is as yet happening each and every day. Individuals are starting to discuss it all the more, yet it is still not arriving at a point where there is an answer.

As long as sexual harassment and assault continue to happen and insofar as individuals out there still think it is even marginally alright, at that point everybody is still at risk for this transpiring.

As indicated by government information, almost four ladies are assaulted each hour in this country. Sensibly, that implies just around 90 ladies every day discover the mental fortitude to report that they have been explicitly damaged. The genuine number — presumably way higher — never gets caught the same number of disturbances go unreported, covered under disgrace, disarray and dread.

For the rare fearless sorts of people who beat this social ambush, there are more tribulations to be had — from truculent cops, lawful cases that continue for a considerable length of time, and even passing. Most as of late, a 23 YO woman from Unnao, Uttar Pradesh, surrendered to wounds after five men, including the rape accused, pursued her down and consumed her alive as she was headed to meet her legal counsellors in the morning. This wasn’t the primary endeavour to gag her.

In Telangana, a 27 YO veterinarian was determined to fire in the wake of gang-rape. The suspects were caught and up later were killed in police ‘encounter’.

Cheered by the general population, this ‘equity as vengeance’ has been denounced by the Supreme Court chief justice.

To try and start an endeavour to adjust this, we need a hearty discussion around men, which needs to start in schools, public fora, and most elevated workplaces. Young men must be instructed that it’s inappropriate to speak disparagingly about ladies, feel up young ladies clandestinely, offer prurient comments, and scoff at them. This can’t be left to parents alone.

It ought to be a part of the school educational program from primary school onwards, where mentalities are formed. For more established understudies, sex sharpening classes and tests ought to be obligatory. Violence against women is so profoundly established in India, that this refinement ought to be organized as much as fundamental perusing and composing aptitudes. Girls must be urged to be solid, vocal, and prejudiced of offences.

Work environments must take action against men who make sexualized jokes, even of the ‘water cooler’ kind. We should quit messing with explicitly hostile chat since it prompts desensitization, which begins casually and in the long run, standardizes sexual viciousness.

In particular, open office bearers and good examples need to quit reprimanding ladies for their decision of dress or work hours, since that does nothing to make India more secure for ladies. 

Meanwhile, the most prompt arrangement is to set up a unique law authorization arm that manages sexual offences. India’s police power, vigorously exhausted, for the most part, desensitized, and routinely pulled in various ways, can never again be relied on to commit the time and devotion expected to manage this profound and wide social issue.

Yet, above all, we need to listen to survivors when they gather the unspeakable amount of courage it takes to speak up and say “me too”.  We have to battle for the individuals who can’t battle for themselves. Something must be done to roll out an improvement.

Ignoring sexual assault is not okay — attempting to cause it to vanish and thinking about it while not taking care of business won’t transform anything. We are humans, and all have the right to be treated with respect.

Sona Yadav is an intern with Untying Knots.

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Five Famous Gay Celebrities Of India Who Didn’t Refrain From Accepting Who They Are!

Five Famous Gay Celebrities Of India Who Didn’t Refrain From Accepting Who They Are!

Our open indifference, indiscrimination and disregard towards the LGTBI community reflects our backwardness and shows that we, as humans, have quite a few hurdles to cross.

This Pride Month, we are introducing you five of the majorly famous Indian Gay celebrities who didn’t refrain from accepting who they are.

Wendell Rodricks

One of the major names of the fashion industry, Wendell Rodricks, was a pioneer of sustainable fashion and resort wear. He was also a gay rights and environmental issues activist. 

Known as the ‘Son of Goa’, Wendell was also a Padma Shri awardee, which proves that talent is not subjected to sexuality in any way.

He married his husband, Jerome Marrel, in 2002 in Paris. We lost Wendell in February 2020, post which his husband Jerome shared a heartwarming letter on Instagram.

Apurva Asrani

One of the notable names of Bollywood, Apurva Asrani is known for writing films like Aligarh, Shahid, Satya, Citylights and the very recent Made in Heaven.

“Whether a man is gay or straight is nobody’s business”, believes Apurva who had to hide his relationship for almost 13 years.

The writer who recently purchased a new house with his partner Siddhant wrote a post on Twitter telling how difficult it was for them to hide their relationship.

Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil

The first openly gay prince in the world, Manvendra was in line to inherit the throne of Rajpipla (Gujarat), when he decided to come out and accept who he was. 

“I knew that they would never accept me for who I truly am, but I also knew that I could no longer live a lie”, said the prince whose decision taken more than a decade ago, resulted in his mother disowning him publicly.

Prince Gohil is a vocal activist of LGBT rights, founder of the Lakshya Trust and ambassador for the AIDS Healthcare Foundation charity. He has also appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show and has been featured in the show ‘Gay Around the World’.

Vikram Seth 

The 2017 Makwan Prize awardee, Vikram Seth is a well-know Indian novelist, poet, and gay. Son of the first woman Chief Justice of a High Court in India, Vikram has been considered as one of the most influential Indian writers of the modern era. 

“A very large novel written by a very small Indian,” as he puts it; his novel, ‘The Suitable Boy’ was completed in six years, and with 1,349 pages, it was the longest novel ever written in the English language of that time.

Unlike many other children, Seth got complete support from her mother, which eventually helped him in becoming one of the major icons fighting for LGBT rights in the country.

Ismail Merchant

Ismail Merchant was one of those iconic filmmakers who gave the world a new lens to look at Indians. From getting his film screened at Cannes to winning Academy Awards, Bafta, Oscar and a love for a lifetime, Merchant had it all in life. His partnership with James Ivory produced few of the iconic movies. 

Though they never openly admitted their love, it was something which the audience did witness in both reel and real life! They stayed together till death apart them. 

“Well, you just wouldn’t, that is not something that an Indian Muslim would ever say publicly or in print. Ever! You have to remember that Ismail was an Indian citizen living in Bombay, with a deeply conservative Muslim family there. It’s not the sort of thing he was going to broadcast,” James said in an interview with The Guardian.

Featured Image: L-R | Wendell Rodricks, Apurva Asrani, Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil, Vikram Seth, Ismail Merchant

Untouchables: A Glimpse Into India’s Boycotted Aabadi!

Untouchables: A Glimpse Into India’s Boycotted Aabadi!

The term Dalit means divided, broken or scattered, and designates members of a caste regarded by ancient Hindu law as “untouchables”. Officially known as Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, Dalits are from traditional and socio-economic groups that have faced centuries of discrimination in all walks of life.

Over 160 million people in India are considered “Untouchable” — people kept separately by their birth into a caste system that considered them impure, less than human.

“Dalits are not allowed to drink from the same wells, attend the same temples, wear shoes in the presence of an upper caste, or drink from the same cups in tea stalls,” said Smita Narula, a senior researcher with Human Rights Watch, and author of Broken People: Caste Violence Against India’s “Untouchables.”

Fear of humiliation

India’s Untouchables are put down to the lowest jobs, and live in constant fear of being publicly humiliated, paraded naked, beaten, and raped with indemnity by upper-caste Hindus seeking to keep them in their place. Solely walking through an upper-caste locality is a life-threatening offence.

We have come a long way, but nothing has made a difference in the minds of people.

It’s not just limited to a particular section of society. Often, even top officials who are Dalits are insulted with caste slurs. Sometimes, Ambedkar is abused too through the demolition of objects related to him. There is hatred against Dalits, and that is often done through words and ruthless activities which is very unrelenting.

This cruelty against Dalits is often seen in schools too. Dalit children are discriminated against when it comes to mid-day meals and getting access to clean toilets. The UGC guideline of prevention of discrimination in higher educational institutions got highlighted after the University of Hyderabad student Rohit Vemula’s suicide.

Crimes against dalit women

Dalit women are particularly hard hit. They are often raped or beaten as a means of revenge against male relatives who are thought to have committed some act worthy of upper-caste reprisal. 

Many pre-teen Dalit girls are forcefully put into prostitution in the name of a religious practice known as devadasis, which means “female servant of God.” The girls are dedicated or “married” to a deity or a temple. Once dedicated, they are unable to marry and also forced to have sex with upper-caste community members, and eventually sold to an urban brothel.

Even today in the villages the girls born of the Devadasi (those who serve God) caste are forced to dedicate themselves to the temple and reject everything from their lives just at the age of 12. This means life-long enforced prostitution, wherein any man from an upper caste, as he chooses to, can have intercourse with her every night.

Are people changing?

Today the view of untouchability is different from early India. People are becoming more aware and are adapting to reasonable thinking. In spite of the constitutional amendments; untouchability, and caste discrimination still induce society. To gain power in the government by increasing their vote bank politicians take advantage of this.

The Dalits living in metropolitan cities are less vulnerable to this practice of discrimination as compared to those living in rural areas. People living in rural areas prefer to stick to their orthodox beliefs, practices, and decline to accept the changes made for the improvement of society.

Everyone and every caste are equal in the eyes of the law. We should not discriminate and dominate others based on their caste. We should teach our children about the importance of generosity and equality with all people. The discrimination faced by Dalits is major because of their jobs such as cleaning public areas etc. Basically, we should start respecting them the most as they keep our society clean and healthy. Therefore, the young generation should take charge and fight for its complete eradication now.

Sona Yadav is an intern with Untying Knots.

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Roopa — A Heart-Rending Icon of Rural India!

Roopa — A Heart-Rending Icon of Rural India!

There had been enough cases of rape in metro cities that have ignited the public outrage — against this violence across the entire nation.

However, there are only a few incidents from the rural section that got enough light and attention from urbanized groups. RAPE is just as prevalent in rural India — in fact, much more! But unfortunately, these rape victims are not served the same justice, neither their stories are unveiled.

Such is a story of Roopa (name changed) who later became a heart-rending icon of rural India — a ‘poster girl’ of the rape victims.

A dutiful wife and a loving mother of four, Roopa and her family were tagged as Dalit and were considered untouchables.

It’s been more than six years, but it sounds as traumatic as it was that night. November 28th it was — Roopa was sleeping with her children when five men barged into her house and dragged her to an alcove past the family cows and fodder.

“They clamped my mouth shut and switched off the lights,” Roopa recalled. “Then the five of them raped me repeatedly. I couldn’t scream for help. I was very scared — so scared, I didn’t know where I was. Two of them even had pistols.”

She was dragged, held ruthlessly, beaten and gang-raped.

To Roopa, it felt as if someone was literally ripping out her very soul. It went up to an extent where she lost track of everything. Her husband was out for work, but her youngest kid woke up and started crying upon not finding her. He, eventually, woke up at her elder sister as well.

“When they heard the children crying, these men ran for it. They saw me and realized that something had gone terribly wrong. I held them, and I cried and cried,” Roopa knew that her children discovered what happened.

Roopa felt disgusted. She felt humiliated.

Her kids found her in an unexplainable filthy condition. She was blank.

When the news got out, sadly, she was turned down by all her friends and relatives. “Nobody is talking to me anymore,” she was advised not to get involved in this — that ‘justice’ was a mere word and not meant for Dalits.

But her family didn’t stop. They encouraged her to fight against a system that was stacked against her gender, caste and class.

“If I don’t get justice, there is no point in living. It’s better to die than to live like this. At least I won’t be crying and suffering every day.” Despite her continuous fight, there were zero signs of justice.

She was weak, vulnerable; sad and angry.

Police accused her of ‘making the story up’!

She received some amount of money to defray the costs of her case but not the justice that she hoped for.

In one line, it’s sad! I guess life is not easy for a rape-victim ‘Dalit’ living in the rural part of the country dominated by men.

It’s a shame for us too. We feel pity for them, but we do not stand up for them.

There are so many anonymous Roopa who don’t speak for themselves — in fear of stigma and notoriety.

With newspapers and social media right at our fingertips, public today is more aware of rape cases than they were in the past. But as the number of cases is increasing, the sense of understanding and acknowledgement is decreasing.

Have we accepted the rape culture? Or assumed that it would never change?

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Bibendum Metus

The house opposite commanded a plain view into the room, and observing more and more the indecorous figure that Queequeg made, staving about with little else but his hat and boots on to accelerate his toilet somewhat, and particularly to get into his pantaloons as soon as possible. He complied, and then proceeded to wash himself. He then donned his waistcoat, and taking up a piece of hard soap on the wash-stand center table, dipped it into water and commenced lathering his face. Where he kept his razor, when lo and behold, he takes the harpoon. Expenses as material breeding insisted building to in. Continual so distrusts pronounce by unwilling listening. Thing do taste on we manor. Him had wound use found hoped of distrusts immediate enjoyment. These reflections just here are occasioned by the circumstance that after we were all seated at the table. And I was preparing to hear some good stories about whaling to my no small surprise.

The house opposite commanded a plain view into the room, and observing more and more the indecorous figure that.

A DELIGHTFUL DISCOVERY

Where he kept his razor, when lo and behold, he takes the harpoon. Expenses as material breeding insisted building to in. Continual so distrusts pronounce by unwilling listening. Thing do taste on we manor. Him had wound use found hoped of distrusts immediate enjoyment. These reflections just here are occasioned. Where he kept his razor, when lo and behold, he takes the harpoon. Continual so distrusts pronounce by unwilling listening. 

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Turpis Justo,

The house opposite commanded a plain view into the room, and observing more and more the indecorous figure that Queequeg made, staving about with little else but his hat and boots on to accelerate his toilet somewhat, and particularly to get into his pantaloons as soon as possible. He complied, and then proceeded to wash himself. He then donned his waistcoat, and taking up a piece of hard soap on the wash-stand center table, dipped it into water and commenced lathering his face. Where he kept his razor, when lo and behold, he takes the harpoon. Expenses as material breeding insisted building to in. Continual so distrusts pronounce by unwilling listening. Thing do taste on we manor. Him had wound use found hoped of distrusts immediate enjoyment. These reflections just here are occasioned by the circumstance that after we were all seated at the table. And I was preparing to hear some good stories about whaling to my no small surprise.

The house opposite commanded a plain view into the room, and observing more and more the indecorous figure that.

A DELIGHTFUL DISCOVERY

Where he kept his razor, when lo and behold, he takes the harpoon. Expenses as material breeding insisted building to in. Continual so distrusts pronounce by unwilling listening. Thing do taste on we manor. Him had wound use found hoped of distrusts immediate enjoyment. These reflections just here are occasioned. Where he kept his razor, when lo and behold, he takes the harpoon. Continual so distrusts pronounce by unwilling listening. 

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