Wake Up India

  • Students holding banners and placards during
    Jan 11, 2013 23:44 ISTAn HT initiative | Fight back

    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.

  • Students protesting against Delhi gang-rape incident
    Jan 12, 2013 23:42 ISTAn HT initiative

    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.

  • Acid
    Jan 13, 2013 23:05 ISTWake up India | unabated torture

    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.

  • Students protesting against the Delhi gangrape in Chandigarh
    Jan 14, 2013 23:14 ISTWake up India | Shocking

    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.

  • Crime
    Jan 14, 2013 23:36 IST

    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.

  • delhi rape protest
    Jan 16, 2013 00:14 IST

    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.

  • Josna Joseph

    ‘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.

  • Sexual harassment at workplace
    Jan 16, 2013 23:23 ISTWake Up India | A joyful present

    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.

  • Crime against women
    Jan 17, 2013 23:18 ISTWake Up India | Waiting for freedom

    '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.

  • India Gate protest
    Jan 19, 2013 00:46 ISTWake up India

    '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.

  • Domestic helps
    Jan 20, 2013 23:08 ISTHT Special | Wake up India

    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.

  • Wake up India
    Jan 22, 2013 00:13 ISTHT Special | Wake up India

    '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.

  • criminals

    '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.

  • Power outage in India
    Jan 23, 2013 22:47 ISTWake up India | Fortunate survivor

    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.

  • Jan 23, 2013 22:52 ISTExpert speak

    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.