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Vartika Sharma Lekhak

Vartika Sharma Lekhak is a writer based in India. She is the author of the short-story collection – Bra Strap and two anthologies – When Women Speak Up, and The Take Off. The short-story collection Bra Strap – the stories hidden beneath the strings, gives voice to the subdued tales of women from different walks of life. The Anthology ‘When Women Speak Up’, published by WomensWeb, features leading women voices including her contribution, ‘The Girl With Sealed Vagina.’ The Take Off, a passionate project of Cyclops, is India’s first book bringing true stories of Indian cyclists. She is a post-graduate in History from JNU and educator by profession. Many of her ‘outspoken’ thoughts on various women issues, such as, rape, dowry, gaslighting have been published in both print and electronic media in India and International. Currently, she is working on her novel which is inspired by the struggles of domestic violence victims. To get a glimpse of her incubating novel, check the blog:

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Are You A ‘Sensible’ Woman? Don’t Accept This Compliment Of The Patriarchy!

When men label a woman as 'sensible', it isn't always a compliment. What other words have been twisted out of meaning, to suit a man's purpose?

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Dear Survivor, Don’t Look For Approval From Others

I may not assure you the sympathy of everyone but can surely promise my empathy, my belief in you.

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When Mediation To Fix A Bad Marriage Can Push The Survivor Further Into Hell

For a survivor of domestic abuse, it takes a lifetime of courage to raise their voice over the noise of society and once crushed, they would forever get lost again in that maze of abuse.

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How Our Broken System Humiliates A Woman After She Raises Her Voice

Dilution of laws is an injustice to genuine victims, who're forced to leave their struggles halfway because the abusers use loopholes in the law to escape.

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The Fall Of A Teacher Between Students, Parents, School Managements, And The Home

With almost inhuman expectations from teachers, especially the female teachers, it is now like bonded slavery in which almost all the norms of labour laws are flouted.

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Feminism, Like Football, Is *Not* To Be Practiced Inside The House

Just like football, people prefer feminism on TVs. The moment it comes inside the house, it threatens to break the precarious balance we've maintained.

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We Need Happy And Enlightened Teachers For A Happy Women’s Day

How do we expect teachers who are themselves plagued by prejudices, to educate children who believe in gender equality? It's time to train the teachers first!

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Rape Is A Blot On Humanity. It’s Wrong To Bracket It As A ‘Third World Problem’

Portraying certain countries as 'most dangerous for women' leads us to believe that rape is a problem only for 'third world' countries. That's certainly not the case, nor can it be an excuse.

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I Might Have Lost My Self To My Marriage, But My Wise Mother Started Me Out Right

Indian women routinely lose their surnames, names, identities, and also themselves, in the name of upholding 'tradition'. An incisive personal account.

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Like A Soaring Kite, A Woman On A Cycle Is Free, Free, Free!

A woman on a cycle, and especially one who is unafraid to ride any road, is the best sign that a country is truly a free place for its women.

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The Girl With The Sealed Vagina

Seeing the power that the sealed vagina wielded, the women brought their daughters as well who they had left behind earlier fearing who would marry them if they lose the basic essence of womanhood.

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Why I Was Disguised As A Man Driving On That Notorious Highway

The actions of men have encroached upon women's safety, turning them into a 'liability'. Society has failed the women of our country!

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Because I Am The Mother Of A Daughter, This Is What I Fear Everyday!

I am a mother of a daughter, and the world around makes me fear for her safety. Isn't it unfair that I have to curb her freedom to keep her safe?

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How The Modern Indian Educated Woman Is Succumbing To Domestic Violence

How the modern Indian educated woman, who is visibly independent on all other fronts, succumbs to domestic violence in the confines of her house.

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