What the feminist fight in India ought to be about

This perspective shared by my friend (Vibha Pingle) on Facebook.

The feminist fight in India (especially north india) must be about the status of all women (fetuses, girls, women). It is not only about rape laws or harassment, but about deeply entrenched sexism and patriarchy. It must be about eliminating a cultural mindset that denigrates women at every step of their lives and only empowers them when they become the gatekeepers to the existing culture. (The recent NYT piece on mothers in law documents this well.) It is a change that must occur in the minds of both men and women. I hope India’s young urban women keep fighting for equal status for all women.


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