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11 February 2011

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Lindsey

I'm so sorry this happened to you and the girls. Having living in both rural and urban India, I have experienced or heard about many similar issues. It is sad but an unfortunate truth in so many places. The place I taught in rural Bihar-- two Indian teachers came to teach before me and were raped to drive them away from teaching the poor children anything. They didn't do this to me because I was a foreigner only.

I don;t know about Kolkata, but I know in Delhi that different neighborhoods can be vastly different. In one neighborhood there may be closed-minded gossiping people who get into other's business and cause scenes in the streets, while in a different neighborhood people "mind their own business" (to a degree!).

I haver also actually made a video of a man screaming at me and my co-workers in Delhi. A student from Africa invited me and two other teachers to his home for dinner (the two other teachers were a male and female Indian). A man saw us 3 going to an African college students house and proceeded to harass us and then call the police, who (Like in your story) barged into our home for a couple of hours-- to find us eating dinner and watching the Pogo channel! We were all forced to show school/work IDs to "verify" our identities, since apparently it would just not be allowed for people (especially women!) to consort with some African college students.

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