Monday, May 06, 2013

In Goa, the rape of innocence

By John Cheeran

Are women safe in India? With Asian Development Bank issuing a warning last week to its delegates who were attending a session in New Delhi not to show bare legs in order to avoid sexual harassment, you can imagine the outsider’s perception of safety levels in India.

The outrage after the Nirbhaya gang rape has not changed things any better for women in Delhi or elsewhere in the country. Rapes continue, making Union home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde to tell Parliament that rapes happen all the time in India.

Kishwar Desai’s new novel The Sea of Innocence (Published by Simon Schuster India, Price Rs 350) comes at a time when there is a heightened awareness about women’s lack of safety whether on sunny beaches, unlit street corners or inside their own homes.

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