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Culture

This actor plays not one rapist but many — to help end gender violence

When a New Delhi woman was gang-raped and later died from her injuries in 2012, the Indian media called her Nirbhaya, or "fearless one," both because they couldn't name her legally, and because of the brutality that she went through. Thousands took to the streets: not just women, but men as well. Actor Ankur Vikal has gone even further. He relives the gang-rape story on stage.

Lifestyle

#WhyLoiter reclaims public — and inner — space for Indian women

Women in India often hear from an early age that they shouldn't be out in public without a purpose and a place to go. And certainly they shouldn't be out late at night without the company of a man. "Don't loiter," they're urged. But a group of women in Mumbai is challenging that notion by going on late-night walks together and just hanging out. Rhitu Chatterjee tags along for a "loitering session" that manages to feel both sinister and uplifting.

Culture

This Mumbai couple waited to adopt a daughter: 'We just wanted a girl'

Updated

When Ayesha and Marco D'Souza started the adoption process, they knew some baby girls in India were not even allowed to be born because of sex selection. And they know that some view girls as a burden. Still, they weren’t choosing a girl out of charity, they say. They just wanted a daughter.

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