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Author: Sara Sethia

A Case For Financial Inclusion of Sex Workers

Let’s take a tour through the immoral red light areas of your city. As we traverse through the bylanes of the dark streets lined with unabashed women, 'selling their dignity’ for cash per hour, escaping the clutches of the police and entertaining men, blind your biases and numb your mind. If you can, wear on an oblivious brain and an open heart, for what you are aware of may crumble under the weight...

The Legality of Sex Work in India

Scintillating glass bangles and curvy traces, red pouts and hair adorned with jasmine; lascivious manoeuvres of hemlines too short: illegal by night, ostracised by day. This is a plausible melange of the imagery that term sex worker arouses. Gratifying the hushed desire of millions, a ‘vice’ that is most pronounced in the night and silenced out of existence in the day. An outcast community, with needs and desires as mainstream as us, these...

War Stories | An Account of Partition

War Stories is a monthly column by Sara Sethia that intends to account war experiences and stories, both first hand and others, across borders in an effort to propagate peace activism. Warning: this piece contains sensitive information which may trigger certain readers. The Indian Independence Struggle and the Partition that ensued is often narrated as a matter of great pride- more so as a story of imponderable human resilience and boundless patriotism, an exemplar of...

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War and Menstruation

Often, the deepest casualties of war are the ones that don’t find words. Silenced, we believe they don’t exist, as they surreptitiously mock human rights, etching stains forever. Menstruation. Imagine your fifteen year old self (yes, men too). Idealism, passion and dreams of the future. You were probably studying in a school, with fans at least and single gender bathrooms, with latches and running water. You probably had a group of friends and evenings...

Rape as a War Crime

Beyond gender, beyond humanity.   What’s more human? She carries the shame of a mauled vagina. He, blood between his legs, the loss of masculinity in his head. Invasion. Torture. Rape. Has no gender.   Often, the most important stories are the ones we never hear. Under the masquerade of bravery and honour, wars are troves of anecdotes that the human race is ashamed of. You won’t find them in words, but in the silence of millions of people, across the...

Why Your Period Is Not A Code Red

Menstrual blood is where each of our lives began. Red dots of shame Why are we ashamed? To talk about the power our vaginas have! Have you too felt embarrassed to ask for [insert menstrual hygiene product here] at the medical shop? Have you too used euphemisms like ‘the time of the month’ or ‘monster days’ so that you could talk about your period evasively? Have you too stealthily sneaked pads into your bathroom? Stop. It’s time to start talking about...

Changing the Social Perspective — The Need to Re-script the Narrative of Sexual Violence

  Ironic as it seems The cleavage and not the groping hands Are characterless The short hemline and not the staring eyes Are shameless The vagina beholders and not the penis perpetrators Are criminals Sexual violence is defined as any sexual act, attempt to obtain a sexual act, unwanted sexual comments or advances, or acts to traffic, or otherwise directed, against a person’s sexuality using coercion, by any person regardless of their relationship to the victim, in any setting, including but...

FGM: Whose choice, whose say and whose pain?

Let’s go down memory lane and walk through our paths of blissful oblivion. Childhood. Does it remind you of happy laughs and innocent tears? Does it resemble your happy place? “Obviously,” may be your response. Not every child has experienced their right to this obvious. According to a report published by UNICEF in 2016, 200 million girls and women alive then, had been subjected to Female Genital Mutilation. Girls, who were fourteen years or younger,...

Understanding the Implications of CEDAW General Recommendation No. 35

“Removing the barriers that keep women and girls on the margins of economic, social, cultural, and political life must be a top priority for us all — businesses, governments, the United Nations, and civil society.”            – Mr. Ban-Ki-Moon (United Nations Secretary-General, 2007–2016) The United Nations has always been at the forefront to promote equality for women since its inception in 1945. In order to create awareness and sensitise the world towards...

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