Crime

The Perpetrator Beta vs. the Victim Beti: Tales from a Chauvinistic Society

Reading Time: 5 minutesVarnika Kundu, daughter of an IAS officer, was terrorised and almost kidnapped, in Chandigarh, by Vikas Barala, son of BJP Haryana chief. Our New Delhi-based columnist, Payal says that nobody has a right to shame a woman because she drinks, or drives out late at night, is independent, or does not have a protector. As […]

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Let Us Talk About Rape

Reading Time: 5 minutesRape is not just sex. It’s about control and power. Payal takes a hard look rape, its survivors and suggests viable solutions to this problem, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. Nobody does. To those of us who are lucky enough, it is something that we discuss in hushed voices, with pity or […]

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Trolls and Their Dirty Underwear

Reading Time: 4 minutesPayal shows us the ugly face of trolls, red in tooth and claw. She explains the reasons for trolling and also suggests how to deal with these, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths.  It happens in real life, so why shouldn’t it happen online? Women being harassed, bullied, abused and attacked is not […]

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How Purba, the Survivor, returned from a Journey to Hell?

Reading Time: 7 minutesTrafficking of women is an international commercial activity in which force, coercion, and fraud are used to transport women across international boundaries for economic gain. As a complex organised criminal activity, human trafficking is comparable to the trafficking of drugs and weapons, but it is more profitable and less risky because many forms of the […]

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Which Poison Killed Mandira: Murder Mystery of a Rape Victim – II

Reading Time: 7 minutesIn the second and final part of the fictionalised true story of a rape victim, Aftermath, we find that the plot thickens. Mandira’s diary, found by her daughter, Ananya, convinces her that she had not committed suicide but had been murdered. Her cell phone that could provide the clenching details of the murder clue was mysteriously […]

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Why the Youth become Wasters, Goons and Henchmen of Politicians in UP?

Reading Time: 3 minutesThe total population of UP in the age group 15-24 years is 40,619,000, while the sex ratio is 871/1000; 82% in urban areas and 81% in rural areas are literate. A large number of the youth in the state remains unemployed. Craig Jeffrey’s book, Time Pass: Youth, Class, and Politics of Waiting in India, explores various activities of […]

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India and Kleptocracy: Are we a Nation of Crooks?

Reading Time: 7 minutesWhy is India so corrupt? An old license and rule-bound bureaucracy with cumbersome procedures and processes with the lack of transparency aided and abetted by unscrupulous henchmen, who have been elected are said to have landed us in this mess. From driving license to LPG cylinder cards, everyone takes a cut. No doubt. But if we choose not […]

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Aftermath: Death Mystery of a Rape Victim-I

Reading Time: 7 minutesIt’s sad that rape victims are victimised in India – and Southeast Asia. Nandita fictionalises a true incident, in two parts, showing the storms and turmoil within the rape victim, Mandira. After her death, her daughter finds her diary, where she wrote her heart out, “I’m not dead, but somehow a part of my mind tells it […]

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Sanjay Leela Bhansali Roughed-up: Folklore and Fanaticism is not History!

Reading Time: 6 minutesWe all witnessed a bunch of thugs muscle their way in and rough up the hapless producer on the television. Once a narrative enters folklore, it acquires a quasi-religious conviction and is difficult to reason with it. Any attempt to present an interrogatory is looked upon as blasphemy. Something similar seems to have happened with Rani Padmini’s account. […]

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A Different Saraswati

Reading Time: 9 minutesLike many other victims of rape and molestation, Shobha was also denied of an identity, mistreated and misunderstood by her neighbours and her relatives. As a journalist, this scribe was given the task of interview her since others weren’t comfortable doing it. She was initially rude. Ultimately, she gave in to his persuasiveness and persistence. She narrated how […]

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