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Wednesday, March 9 2022


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This has not been an easy journey. The journey from being a victim to becoming a survivor. For 5 years now, my name and my identity have been suppressed under the weight of the assault inflicted on me. Though I am not the one who had committed the crime, there have been many attempts to humiliate, silence and isolate me. But at such times I have had some who stepped forward to keep my voice alive. Now when I hear so many voices speak up for me I know that I am not alone in this fight for justice.

That’s actor Bhavana Menon who has stepped forward to identify herself as the survivor who was abducted and raped in 2017—allegedly on the orders of Malayali superstar Dileep (we explained the case here). Menon was stuck in the hellish limbo often reserved for sexual assault survivors—where everyone knew her identity but the law forbade its disclosure. The unintended effect: She was victim-shamed for five years with impunity. Menon has now finally spoken out. BBC News has the details.

 

Missed talking to Konkona? You can now watch our AMA with the brilliant actor Konkona Sen—who offered lively, thoughtful and frank answers to our subscribers’ questions. 


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Big Story

The toxic romance of Elizabeth & Sunny

The TLDR: There has been plenty of ink spilt on the spectacular fall of the biotech startup Theranos. But the court case that convicted founder Elizabeth Holmes also uncovered her bizarre and dysfunctional relationship with an Indian man: Sunny Balwani. For a change of pace, we look at this unlikely romance that lies at the heart of Silicon Valley’s biggest scam.

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In today’s edition

Headlines That Matter

  • The Russian invasion: The latest update
  • Akhilesh cries ‘chor’ in UP
  • Credit Suisse cuts India rating
  • International flights are back!
  • Google takes on harassment
  • Amazon rainforests approach tipping point
  • Alia Bhatt goes to Hollywood

 

Sanity Break

  • Justin Bieber’s latest Afrobeat collab with Omah Lay titled ‘Attention’

 

A list of curious facts

  • Scientists are planning to dust the surface of the oceans with artificial whale poop
  • The forgotten history of the Ayah’s Home
  • A questionable “docu drama” from 1983 titled the ‘Courtesans of Bombay’

 

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