A Brown Girl's Guide to Genderby iMarriages, 15 April 2017
Back in June 2015, we published an article titled Why Marital Rape Is Not Okay. As iMarriages is a matrimonial company with the means to reach many hundreds of thousands of people, we felt we had an obligation to use our position to bring attention to the lack of laws protecting women in India once they are married. If you are new to this subject, you may be surprised to learn that marital rape, that is the rape of a wife by her husband, is not recognised by Indian law.
What we could never have anticipated was the amount of negative feedback, abuse and even death threats we received from our article. Not all of it was negative, we received positive feedback from roughly sixty percent of respondents but if you factor in that the article reached more than one hundred thousand people, forty percent is a lot of negativity to deal with.
In fact, there were enough people that deemed our views offensive that Facebook banned the article and prevented it from being shared any further. It is appalling that in this century, the protection and rights of women is still a controversial subject. A vile stench of hypocrisy surrounds those who are against the criminalisation of rape within marriage.
Two years on and we may not yet have a law against marital rape but we do have an incredibly talented young lady from Goa by the name of Aranya Johar. Aranya is a poet and social activist who has received world wide acclaimation for her recent work titled A Brown Girl's Guide to Gender.
Through poetry, Aranya is raising awareness of not only marital rape, but of all the gender double standards that women are forced to face each and every day.
Watch Aranya performing live in the video below.