Her story was small and insignificant in the face of other stories, but it changed her life. Lakshmi was a beautiful and ambitious young woman who competed in the Miss India pageant with dreams of changing her life, and, for a very short period, she did. To cut a long story short, she was living with her boyfriend in a middle-class neighbourhood in suburban Mumbai. Her statement reads that she willingly returned her crown and that it was accepted just as willingly.
Women in villages of Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh talk to Lounge about navigating sexual desire and seeking pleasure amidst prejudices of gender, caste and class. The first time S had sex was with her husband, she was 17, her husband They had two children in the first five years of marriage. The sex was fine. Not great, but at least she was getting it. Then the husband started drinking, and drinking more.
We don't know what's hard, eating karela or asking Indian women out on a date. As far as Indian women are concerned, asking them out is a tedious process. They won't fall for the 'Hey, can I get your number? In fact, what they do love is the effort.
An investigation into suspected sex-selective abortions has been launched by magistrates in a district of northern India after government data showed none of the children born across villages over three months were girls. India outlawed the selective abortion of female foetuses in but the practice remains commonplace in the country, where parents often see boys as breadwinners and girls as costly liabilities. The last population census, conducted in , found there were only females per 1, males in India. In India's patriarchal society, male children are seen as future breadwinners and caregivers who have an obligation to look after their parents when they age. Daughters are seen as costly because parents are often pressured to pay dowries when they marry, despite the custom being banned in