CANCELED: Gods Rape, Kings Rape and Demons Rape: History of Sexual Assault in Ancient India
Wednesday, March 4, 2020 12:30 PM
Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs
South Asia Centers
Anisha Saxena, Assistant Professor of History, Onondaga Community College
Gods Rape, Kings Rape and Demons Rape: History of Sexual Assault in Ancient India
Presently in India a
popular argument about the safety of women calls for ‘going back to the ethos
of ancient India culture’. This argument assumes that women were ‘safer’ in
ancient India and that rape and sexual assault of women did not exist in the past
and were introduced in the subcontinent after the Islamic invasions of the
tenth and eleventh centuries. Contrary to this popular belief, my talk through
detailed and systematic examining of accounts of rape from ancient Hindu-Brahmanical texts demonstrates that women were raped in
ancient India, although many of these men writing in Sanskrit considered rape a
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