At press time, it’s early Monday morning in India. The official business week launch day of the 13th international edition of The Huffington Post.
Per the blaring lead headline above, the alleged rape on Friday of a 26-year-old female Uber passenger by her New Delhi driver is front and center. Not just on the content side of The Huffington Post India but also in everyone’s personal thoughts and weekend commutes. From editor-in-chief Sruthijith KK’s introductory message:
As I drove to work this morning, teams of bleary-eyed policemen had spread out across Delhi, peering into vehicles that passed their metal barricades. They were on the lookout for the absconding taxi driver who on Friday night had allegedly raped a young woman who had believed she was availing the safest possible option to go home when she used the Uber App on her Smartphone to hail a cab.
I can’t count the number of times I have encouraged women friends to take a cab home after a dinner or a party, instead of an auto rickshaw or a bus or the metro, believing it to be the safest option. Now what?
I’m certainly not alone in feeling the nauseating sense of déjà vu wash over me as I see the policemen and their metal barricades and the familiar drill. It takes us back to the dark days of the December of 2012, when there wasn’t a soul that didn’t feel angry, helpless and violated at the savagery to which Nirbhaya lost her life. Chillingly, the Uber driver this weekend threatened the young woman he allegedly raped that if she resisted or called for help, she would meet with the same fate as Nirbhaya.
Separately, missmalini.com’s Malini Argawal is celebrating the arrival of Arianna’s operation. On HuffPo India, she writes:
It gives me great pride to welcome you to India; as further acknowledgement that the global desi has really and truly arrived; as another sign that all of our stories are worth telling; and as a new and powerful platform to share them from. So thank you Huffington Post, for coming over to say hello. Can we buy you a drink? #JaiHo!
Previously on FishbowlNY:
The Huffington Post UK Launches
Le Huffington Post is Live
HuffPost Media to Launch Huffington Post Japan
Sprechen Sie Huffington Post?
Huffington Post Launches Brazil Site
Huffington Post to Launch HuffPo Greece