Indan sex vedo
There is no simple explanation of what it is like to be a woman in India today.
It depends on where you live, whether you are rich or poor, and on your caste.
The government has vowed to increase protection for women, but that is pointless in a country like India, where police are already too few, and if approached, are still likely to ignore women who complain of sexual harassment or assault.
In Delhi this year, 635 cases of rape were reported, but there was only one conviction.
(AFP/Getty Images) India's top court on Wednesday ruled that a man is committing rape if he engages in sexual intercourse with his wife who is aged between 15 and 18, a landmark decision that will affect millions of child brides. The law regards even consensual sex with a woman under 16 as rape, but an exception had been made for intercourse between a man and his wife who is between 15 and 18.
Marital rape is not a crime in India, where the government has said criminalizing marital rape could destabilize marriages and make men vulnerable to harassment by their wives.
Though illegal, child marriage is deeply rooted in India.
But, by and large, families coddle boys and excuse bad behaviour, while girls are told to “be careful”.
Scrutiny has turned to Bollywood films, most of which objectify women and often show the hero harassing an unwilling heroine, who eventually yields to his “charms”. In 2012, politicians blamed everything from late marriages to fast food for attacks on women.
Factors such as poverty, weak law enforcement, patriarchal social norms and concerns about family honour are often blamed.
Marriages in India are considered to involve a child if the woman is below 18 or the man younger than 21.