Instead of developing jurisprudence based on the intersectionality of gender and religious identity, we are presented with a laboriously lengthy and impotent decision which reflects the judges’ lack of knowledge on feminist jurisprudence.
The judgment exemplifies the need for judges to be trained not only in how to treat women as equal citizens of India – rather than as someone’s wife, daughter or sister – but also in India’s heterogeneous cultural histories.
“Liberal” and “progressive” men who do not voice their disagreement with sexist acts are just as implicated in the culture of perpetuating institutional sexism.
The myth of racial and religious superiority that feeds Indian racism needs to be demolished.
Indian women, and in this instance, Hindu women, are challenging a deeply conservative and pernicious mindset that continues to use gender stereotypes to justify exclusion, subjugation, and denial of their fundamental rights.
The concept operates as a gatekeeper, drawing a line between those we like and those we do not. It does not offer any vision of transformation and, in the face of systemic or structural inequalities, becomes a substitute for justice.
The Jain practice of Santhara cannot be compared to Sati, suicide or right to die
The stand of Hollywood actors and carceral feminists against the decriminalisation of sex work is precisely the kind of stand that makes the lives of all sex workers harder and gives no space for their voices
The Supreme Court leaves us with a situation where a woman demonstrates her freedom by choosing to appear for the medical exam without the veil, and should she refuse to do so she is solely responsible for her disbarment
The American Supreme Court judgment still does not resolve many dilemmas faced by sexual minorities
Statements like “Despite being a woman” humiliate half the citizenry of this country
Aruna Shanbaug vanished the day she was attacked, when her life was constructed thought the narratives of caring, euthanasia, the medical and legal professions, and she became nothing more than a spectre in her own story.