Clinic, a haunted house

Ankita Rawat

Once, I had gone to a family planning clinic with a 20 year old girl. She was short and thin, but if you look at her she seemed to be about 13-15 years old. The way she looked did not match one’s understanding of a 20 year old’s body image. You’re probably thinking why this description of the girl’s body is important here. It is essential because it proves the kind of body image we associate to a person’s age. When we went to the receptionist and told her that the girl had come to meet the doctor to talk about her abortion, the receptionist’s eyes popped out and she loudly screamed, “This girl is pregnant!”.

Everyone sitting there started staring at us as if we were criminals. Soon, the receptionist calmed down and made a slip for the girl. We had to wait for twenty minutes before we got a chance to see the doctor, and that wait seemed like it would never end. She was sitting with her head down, staring into the ground, while everybody around us constantly gazed at us with curiosity in their eyes, wanting to know what had happened. You’re probably thinking that I was assuming all this, but no I wasn’t. I could hear people around us whispering among themselves and pointing at the girl who I had accompanied, with their questioning eyes.

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बैंगलोर में हुई सामूहिक छेड़छाड़ की घटना के लिए कौन ज़िम्मेदार

Dheeraj Mishra

मंटो ने एक बार कहा था कि, “मुझे तहज़ीब, तमद्दुन(सभ्यता) और समाज के कपड़े उतारने की ज़रूरत नही है, यह समाज पहले से ही नंगा है।”

बैंगलोर में नए साल की रात को हुई छेड़छाड़ की शर्मनाक घटना और उसके बाद की प्रतिक्रियाए इस समाज के नंगेपन को उजागर करती हैं। ये कौन से लोग हैं जिन्हे कानून का ज़रा भी डर नही सताता है ।ऐसे लड़कों के इस आत्ममविश्वास के लिए कौन ज़िम्मेदार है? समाज, सरकार, प्रशासन या न्यायालय? सरकार और न्यायालयों द्वारा बनाए जा रहे कानून इनके मन में ख़ौफ क्यों पैदा नही कर पा रहे हैं? क्या इन्हे दिल्ली की निर्भया घटना से ज़रा भी दुख नही हुआ होगा? क्या इन लोगों की कोई लड़की दोस्त नही होगी।इस स्तर तक की संवेदनहीनता की शिक्षा इन्हे समाज के किस स्कूल से मिली है। सीसीटीवी फुटेज को देखकर ऐसा लगता नही है कि ये लोग ऐसा पहली बार कर रहे होंगे।

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Am I Impure?

Hemaxi Mistry

I like to believe that being born a girl is a gift. During the first twelve years of my life, I had no clue of what was coming. One fine day, like most girls, I too go my period.I had many questions throughout my life. The day I had my periods,my family celebrated this by preparing a Shira,which was a celebration of fertility in my community. At the same time, many restrictions were imposed on me.

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