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HindustanTimes Thu,21 Aug 2014

Wake Up India

Walking with the wolves

 Her father and husband always fear for her safety, yet are supportive of her crusade against molesters. Her advice: Don’t back down, report the offenders. Shara Ashraf writes.

I was gangraped by my husband's acquaintance, says mother of two

Humiliated and under immense social pressure, the mother of two often thought of committing suicide after the incident, but chose to live. "Today no man can dare to look me in the eye," she says.

I was blinded in seconds for showing courage: acid attack survivor

Persistent molestation, ridicule and threat to my life did nothing to melt my steely resolve. Then, on February 15, 2006, I was made to pay for my courage when my stalker — a tenant at our Mansarovar Park home in east Delhi — threw acid on my face. Sumit Saxena reports.

A call for sex rang out in a law college classroom

The victim filed a complaint with the college authorities, who requested her to withdraw the complaint. A similar incident took place again but no action was taken. A student shares her disgust.

Helping hand for Reenu

Delhiites are not as heartless as last month’s shocking gang rape made them out to be. Acid attack victim Reenu Sharma’s heart-wrenching story on January 14 moved a dozen readers to offer money to do everything possible to get her vision back.

A month on after Delhi gang-rape, another outrage on moving bus

Exactly one month after the Delhi gang rape shook the nation, a college student was allegedly molested on a state-owned Haryana Roadways bus on Tuesday morning while her co-passengers kept watching, amused by the show.

‘The fear after December 16 is an epidemic. It has gripped everyone’

Women are still struggling to feel secure in the city — they are afraid to take buses, don’t stand up for themselves when someone outrages them, and prefer to travel in groups than alone, reports Aakriti Vasudeva.

A violent first marriage, then rape by boss

The victim stood up for herself — she divorced her first husband and got her boss arrested. Today, she is happy with her second husband and two kids.

'My friend's brother forced me to undress when I was 6’

She was the privileged first girl child in her family but her innocence ended early. The ordeal still continues. She believed that being a girl was a curse, at least in the kind of society we live in. But she deserved to feel lighter; she needed to unburden herself.

'I was battered, bruised and blackmailed'

A British citizen, married into an affluent family in Delhi, shares the trauma she faced at the hands of her husband and father-in-law, both well-placed psychiatrists. Her husband videotaped her and blackmailed her into submission.

We clean your houses, but do you care?

Nearly 15 lakh domestic helps in Delhi lead mundane, insecure lives only because they can't afford to give up or even relocate. They are routinely harassed - on the streets and within homes. Nivedita Khandekar writes.

'My mom injected some French feminism into my imagination'

When we talk about waking India up, we're talking about waking up a language from its slumber - Hindi can't be used to talk about sex, says an author whose introduction to sexuality began with violence. Palash Krishna Mehrotra writes.

'I was raped by cops multiple times and then left writhing in pain'

Delhi’s 10,000 transgenders, disowned by families, are constantly used as sex toys by men in uniform. A victim said she lost count of the number of times she had been raped by both criminals and cops. Shara Ashraf reports.

Drunk bikers wanted to pull me into their car, says a young journalist

She thought the nine years of being a fiercely independent working professional had made her tough. Tough enough to sternly deal with lewd remarks and wolf whistles from strangers. Rhythma Kaul reports.

Don’t feel guilty, it’s not your fault, say experts

Sexual harassment is a reality that most women have learnt to live with. Ignoring it, however, won’t make it go away, but may make it even worse. Dr Samir Parikh advises.
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