Editor | Non-fiction
Journalist Priyanka Dubey’s debut book, No Nation for Women: Reportage on Rape from India, the World’s Largest Democracy, is timely effort on a subject which is very relevant to a country caught in the throes of daily gender battles against violence and patriarchy.
No Nation for Women, takes a hard, close look at what makes India unsafe for its women – from custodial rapes and honour killings to rapes of minors and trafficking – the author uncovers many unpalatable truths behind what we are familiar with as newspaper headlines only.
Numbers convey, in part, why India is referred to as one of the world’s rape capitals – one woman is raped every fifteen minutes; and, in fifty years, there has been a staggering rise of 873 per cent in sexual crimes against girls.
And beyond the numbers and statistics, there are stories, often unreported – of women in Damoh, Madhya Pradesh, who are routinely raped if they spurn the advances of men; of girls from de-notified tribes in central India who have no recourse to justice if sexually violated; of victimized lower-caste girls in small-town Baduan, Uttar Pradesh; of frequent dislocation faced by survivor families in West Bengal; of political wrath turning into rape in Tripura.
Priyanka Dubey travels through large swathes of India, over a period of six years, to uncover the accounts of disenfranchised women who are caught in the grip of patriarchy and violence. She asks if, after the globally reported December 2012 gang‑rape of Nirbhaya in New Delhi, India’s gender narrative has shifted – and, if it hasn’t, what needs to be done to make this a nation worthy of its women.
These are stories that break you down but at the same time will strengthen you.
About the author
Priyanka Dubey is a journalist based in Delhi. Her investigative reporting on social justice and human rights has won multiple International and national recognitions which include the 2015 Knight International Journalism Award, the 2014 Kurt Schork Award in International Journalism, the 2013 Red Ink Award for Excellence in Indian Journalism, 2012 Press Council of India’s Award for Excellence in Investigative Journalism and the 2011 Ramnath Goenka Award for Excellence in Indian Journalism. Also, her stories were finalists in the 2014 Thomson Foundation Young Journalist from the Developing World Awards and the 2013 German Development Media Awards. Priyanka is also a 3 times Laadli media award winner and a former Chevening fellow. She was born in Bhopal and this is her first book.