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Looking for Hope

Even privileged Muslims in India’s most cosmopolitan city are gripped by fear.

Take Back the City

The “Why Loiter?” campaign attempts to take over a small part of public space so that women, like all others, can seek fun and pleasure in the streets of a vibrant urbanscape.

Women, Safety, and the City of Mumbai

Mumbai, the city that once prided itself as being the most woman-friendly in India, has become less so. The factors that earlier contributed to making the metropolis a relatively safe place for women no longer hold sway; the economic, political, and social changes of recent years have fundamentally altered the character of the city.

Negotiating the Mohalla

Restrictions imposed on Muslim women by their own community are closely linked to the exclusion of the Muslim community as a whole. As a group Muslims are being increasingly marginalised from the mainstream political, social and cultural fabric of Mumbai and from access to mixed housing. While homogeneous community-dominated neighbourhoods create the perception of greater safety for the community, they also increase the policing of women. This in turn has a strong impact on Muslim women's capacity to engage risk in public spaces.
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