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India’s law on marital rape: Do we get the problem?

An Indian bride arrives at her marital home. Photo credit: Shounak Ray on Flickr

An Indian bride arrives at her marital home. Photo credit: Shounak Ray on Flickr

My most recent story for CNN on why marital rape is legal in India has to be the most debated piece I’ve written so far. While many men and women have supported it, sadly, a significant backlash has mainly come from Indian men.
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Indian protesters: I salute you

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We laid to rest the embodiment of a powerful soul last week. Someone who had the overwhelming courage to not only think the seemingly impossible, but believe in it enough to defy his opponents and make it true.

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The day telegrams came to a final STOP

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Indians awoke on Monday to find their 162-year-old telegram service rendered obsolete, superseded by SMS, e-mail and Twitter.

Arguably one of the oldest victims of the digital age, telegrams were the fastest communication method from the 19th century.

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Violence against women is a crime the world over

Photographed by Monica Sarkar

Subject of respect or object of desire?
Photographed by Monica Sarkar

The tragic case of the Delhi gang rape and murder of a 23-year-old woman last year forced India to take a long, hard look at itself in the mirror and decide how to change.

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How football is changing lives of Indian slum girls

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By Monica Sarkar

As soon as I heard about Franz Gastler, I had to find out more. A middle-class American man, living in India’s poorest state of Jharkhand, teaching young girls football and helping them gain independence.

When I met him, he was expanding his initiative to Dharavi slum – India’s largest slum – whilst living there too.

Read my article on the BBC website and watch this space for a potential documentary and book.

Find out more about Franz’s initiative Yuwa – meaning youth in Hindi.

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India needs to talk about sex

By Monica Sarkar

By Monica Sarkar

‘Eve teasing’. It’s such a cute, endearing term, isn’t it? Almost sounds like a child’s game, like ‘Hyde and Seek’ or ‘Kiss Chase’.

Well, it’s not. It’s a sugar-coated expression commonly used in India for the sexual harassment of women, invading their personal space as they walk down the street, and heckling, amongst other less pleasing but truthful terms.

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What is a football match like in India?

Believe it or not, India is not just a cricket-crazy nation; football has been played since the 19th century when British soldiers introduced the sport to the country. And according to marketing experts, football is India’s second most popular sport today – after cricket.

So what is a football match like in India? I went to a game in Kolkata, the founding city of the sport, where a revered footballer’s last match pulled in a crowd of 30,000. Here’s my review (click on image to enlarge):

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Returning to our roots: Emigrating to India

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INDIANS HAVE FLED in their millions in pursuit of the greener side of the globe. In 2006, an estimated 25 million people of Indian origin lived overseas.

So it’s not surprising to find more than a few raised eyebrows when this trend started to shift and there is an increased number of UK residents packing up their lives and settling in India. Continue reading

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Getting off on the wrong foot: Can India qualify for the World Cup?

AS THE WARSAW EURO 2012 stadium opened over the weekend, patriots and football fans all over the world are eagerly awaiting the 14th European Championship, taking place between 8 June – 1 July. Continue reading

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