INDIA

Internet

As My Family Tried to Arrange My Marriage, I Was Secretly Swiping on Tinder

My parents, unaware that I already had a dating profile of my own, signed me up for an online matchmaking service—similar, in a sense, to Tinder, but with far different expectations.
Mithila Phadke
6.18.18
The Privacy and Perception Issue

Images Exploring What It's Like to Be Part of India's Queer Community

Photographer Jake Naughton and art director Aarti Singh of Suno Labs aim to show that progress for any marginalized identity isn’t always linear in their new series "Yesterday Tomorrow Today."
Jake Naughton
Aarti Singh
6.18.18
witchcraft

The Horror of Being the Target of a Witch Hunt in India

In many villages in rural India, the practice of witch-hunting continues today—despite local laws. Several women who were accused of witchcraft in the state of Rajasthan describe how their lives changed after being branded as witches.
Masuma Ahuja
2.9.18
politics

'Here, No Man Decides': Meet India's First Female Sharia Court Judges

In the country's Islamic courts, intimate family issues like divorce were usually decided by male clerics and judges—until a group of 15 women decided to take matters into their own hands.
Masuma Ahuja
1.3.18
forced marriage

The Women Risking Their Lives to Escape Forced Marriages

"Every person has a threshold, and when they reach it, they cannot take it anymore. I reached mine, and decided to look for my own happiness.”
Puja Changoiwala
12.20.17
Health

The Indian Women Consulting With Astrologers to Time Their Childbirths

Across India, women are opting to schedule their caesarian sections to coincide with holy festivals and auspicious astrological dates. But doctors warn this tradition can be dangerous—and sometimes prove fatal.
Puja Changoiwala
11.1.17
rape

Convicted Rapists Set Free After Court Deems Victim 'Promiscuous'

An Indian high court freed the woman's rapists and criticized her for smoking, drinking, owning condoms, and having a "promiscuous attitude."
Sirin Kale
9.26.17
Menstruation

A 12-Year-Old Reportedly Killed Herself After Being Shamed For Getting Her Period

In India, a girl committed suicide after her teacher allegedly punished her for soiling her clothes with menstrual blood. Advocates explain why period stigma can be dangerous.
Sirin Kale
9.1.17
Art

The Illustrator Drawing Brown Girls as Hindu Goddesses

"Even though people admit that our entire society is white-washed, only a few make an active attempt to change it up."
Zing Tsjeng
8.25.17
INDIA

India Moves to Ban Unjust 'Instant Divorce' in Landmark Ruling

Under triple talaq, Muslim men can divorce their wives by uttering the word "talaq" thrice. According to a new judgment by the Supreme Court of India, it's now unconstitutional.
Sirin Kale
8.22.17
Culture

Meet the Indian Women Behind the Armor in 'Game of Thrones'

Inside the factory making official "Game of Thrones" props and merchandise, where "all the intricate handwork is done by women."
Sunaina Kumar
8.7.17
reproductive rights

A 10-Year-Old Rape Victim was Denied an Abortion in India

The girl became pregnant after her uncle allegedly raped her on multiple occasions.
Zing Tsjeng
7.21.17