Bollywood’s First Lesbian Rom-Com Is Bringing Queer Love to Indian Cinema

The mother of a gay child, Shelly Chopra Dhar, and Gazal Dhaliwal, a trans woman, co-wrote the script for a groundbreaking new movie in India in the hopes of getting through to parents of LGBTQ children.
Alyssa Klein

Rayka Zehtabchi Is the First Iranian-American Woman to Win an Oscar

“I can’t believe a film about menstruation just won an Oscar."
Terry Nguyen

The WhatsApp Group Fighting Virginity Tests in India

Newly-married women in the Kanjarbhat community must submit to a humiliating test to prove their chastity. Members of Stop The V-Ritual say it's time for the practice to end.
Payal Mohta

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
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."
Aarti Singh
Jake Naughton

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

'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
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

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

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

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

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