One point of all this work that I do speaking about sociology to people who aren’t academic sociologists — teaching, blogging, writing a textbook, speaking to the news media — is to help our research have a greater social impact. When a public tragedy occurs, such the Santa Barbara mass murder, there is a chance to widen the conversation and include a sociological perspective.
Sometimes I have the chance to do this even when my own research is not what’s most applicable. That’s great, but I try to be careful (and recommend that journalists speak to others as well). I hope I was right in this case. When Jessica Bennett – a journalist who writes incisively about gender and popular culture – asked me (among others) for a reaction, for what became this column, my first thought was about misogyny. I offered here these comments…
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The Shelter Chandraprabha Charitable Trust
Shocking tales of rape and sexual torture have emerged from a shelter for children near Mumbai.
The head of the shelter Ajit Dabholkar and his manager Lalita Tonde were arrested on Tuesday.
Pune-based social worker Anuradha Sahasrabuddhe of Pune Childline, who is a complainant in the case, said the children between ages 5-15 years were raped, sexually tortured, and forced to have sex with each other. These atrocities were filmed. The children told Sahasrabuddhe that they “were forced to eat dog excreta if they resisted and locked up. If they threw up, they had to eat the vomit.”
Physical and sexual abuse children in shelters and orphanages in India is rampant, and while the government acknowledges it, little has been done to monitor NGOs and shelters and ensure the protection of the children.