Indian society has a paradoxical relationship with sex. On the one hand, you have the enchanting legacy of erotic art and the Kamasutra. After five years of looking for relationships on dating apps, she began using them only for hook-ups a year ago. Yet, Cherry, like many sexually liberated women on dating apps, is reluctant to engage confidently with the very hook-up culture these apps are supposed to enable.
Poor Indian women ‘learn to ignore’ sex abuse at work: Watchdog
Indian sex workers suffer setback after watchdog U-turn on labour rights | Reuters
From street vendors and factory workers to maids, 95 percent of Indian women work in the informal sector and many are exploited regularly, despite a law ordering employers to set up committees to resolve harassment complaints, Human Rights Watch HRW said in a report. The Ministry of Women and Child Development did not respond to repeated requests for comment. It launched an online complaint box for sexual harassment at work in , which received about complaints in its first two years. Shalini, a maid who was sexually harassed by a security guard for months while working at a private residence on the outskirts of the capital New Delhi, said women in her position were too scared to speak out. If you tell your employer, then they will fire you … Police are the worst.
Indian sex workers suffer setback after watchdog U-turn on labour rights
Years ago, when Indian artist Indu Harikumar fell in love, she thought it was the perfect romance. But within months, the live-in relationship began to unravel - there were frequent fights, mostly over what she was posting on the internet. Whenever I would share a photo or a selfie on social media, he would get upset about who's liking my photo, who's commenting on it," Ms Harikumar told the BBC.
The intellectual questions Durba Mitra asks are formed as much from her archival research as from her conversations with women on their experiences of social judgment and subordination and their efforts to challenge strict social norms. Perhaps no one has influenced her more than her own mother, who was open with Mitra, assistant professor of Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality and Carol K. Pforzheimer Assistant Professor at the Radcliffe Institute, about the unique challenges of being an independent woman in a world that, too often, has little space for independent women.