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Kishwar Desai: India’s Female Genocide Calls for a Women’s Revolution

August 6, 2012

There are many ways in which women can be wiped out – and India specialises in all of themViolence against women in India is almost part of the country’s DNA…

But why do Indian women not rise up and fight for their rights? Isn’t it true that apart from not having the education or the self-confidence -Indian women do not even have a pan-Indian role model or a leader ? And isn’t it true that the constant aggression shown towards them (i.e, us) has given rise to the classic Stockholm syndrome: we are completely in thrall of our captors.

 Docility is expected from us in the most trying circumstances. Even in our mythology, Draupadi and Sita are the dominant figures. And both women were publicly humiliated by their husbands just when they would have expected their support.

Are Indian women far too docile and too disunited -severely divided by class and caste to be ever united? For real change to come into society, you cannot have laws. You need a social revolution, you need a mass movement.

Kishwar Desai is an award-winning author and columnist.  She writes for The Week and The Asian Age.   Her first novel, Witness the Night, was a story that revolved around the practice of female infantcide even among the wealthy upper-class communities in India.  It  won the Costa First Novel Award in 2010.  Her second novel, Origins of Love, brings to light the sexual and reproductive exploitation of Indian women from the poorest strata of society for the global surrogacy market.  She blogs at

5 Comments leave one →
  1. August 9, 2012 11:29 am

    A Welcome step, I wish you for great success in this Social Move.

  2. VICTIM permalink
    September 1, 2012 6:11 pm

    Hello Ma’am… u have raised a very STRONG question that, why do Indian women not rise up and fight for their rights?

    m educated.. i tried to raise a voice against my in laws when i was harassed for dowry… they suppressed me… using their contacts… and in the end… they were not punished… and i was proved character less publically…..

    After all this, How can a Women rise up and fight for her rights????

  3. Tom Ross permalink
    September 3, 2012 7:30 pm

    You are doing good work. Thanks!

  4. May 7, 2013 5:41 pm

    To me, docility is the result of being illiterate, backwardness and not knowing what to do. Man and woman are created equal and their is no reason whatsoever, for a man to inflict pain on a woman. What should be done is to educate the indian women. Inform them of their rights and that to be silent or docile is not an option but a defeatist attitude…

  5. druidwinter permalink
    August 15, 2013 1:29 am

    Reblogged this on winterdominatrix and commented:
    American women buy into our own ‘White washed’ caste system. Our female children are raped, trafficked and killed while we look for fault in the girls and make excuses for the males’ abuse and violence. This is a major women’s problem. All of us need to address this problem. The problem in India IS our problem, escalated.
    Having prostitutes widely available does not curb rape and violence, it tends to escalate as the demand for younger and younger girls grows.

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