‘Our Lady of Alice Bhatti’

15 Sept, 2011 “There is no caste amongst Muslims. Islam does not permit such discrimination”. These words, quoted here from Shivam Vij’s excellent report, are of an upper caste Muslim in an East Champaran village. These can be the words only of someone who belongs to the upper caste, because s/he does not have to face the everyday…

Caste, Hierarchy and Violence against Women

*This post was part of  ‘Men Say No’ Blogathon at www.mustbol.in/team-blog* 30 November, 2011 Gender-based violence is a reality across the world, though the precise forms it may take are varied. What is striking about India–and more specifically, Delhi– is the perceived impunity with which men engage in acts of violence outside of homes (where one would…