The Rapist’s Wife

  You have excellent chances of winning......if you believe that rape is not the end of your life. Nisha Susan[i]   She's changing the baby’s nappy when the news comes on.  A call centre worker returning  home from work has been raped by three men. One of the rapists is Satyadev, a married man with … Continue reading The Rapist’s Wife



Shabnam can feel her empty stomach twist and heave. She hugs the jar of eggs and looks fondly at the pale, tea-coloured eggs. Agitated, she walks over to the gate of the large, white house. “Baji, baji, gand hai?” she shouts in her hunger-sharpened voice and reaches up for the doorbell. Sunday morning. The houses … Continue reading Garbage

Why is our culture so depressing for girls?

As a counseling psychologist, I often listen to harrowing stories. Three young girls aged 16-18 have confessed in the past month about their desire to commit suicide for different reasons. But underneath the surface differences in their stories  is a depressing sameness. And these were just three girls who found the space and courage to … Continue reading Why is our culture so depressing for girls?