Nearly as long as people have been recording history, they have documented sexual assaults. From the writings of ancient Greece to the Bible to the letters of early explorers , sexual violence has long been a brutal part of the human story. Some assaults have even changed the course of history. And, like all history, what we know about sexual assaults of the past is generally what was told by the victors—mostly men. In fact, the ubiquity of sexual assault in wars makes those crimes a category unto themselves. Their accounts were written hundreds of years after the event was supposed to have taken place, but the story goes like this: In B.
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These are the core obsessions that drive our newsroom—defining topics of seismic importance to the global economy. Our emails are made to shine in your inbox, with something fresh every morning, afternoon, and weekend. A formal judgement on the law, known as Section , is still pending and the hope is that the court will repeal this toxic colonial hangover. This legacy dates back years to a dark part of imperial history.
Crime in India
This famous monument, built between and , stands testimony to the glorification of the British Raj in India. It is time, I argued, that it be converted to serve as a reminder of what was done to India by the British, who conquered one of the richest countries in the world 27 percent of global gross domestic product in and reduced it to, after over two centuries of looting and exploitation, one of the poorest, most diseased and most illiterate countries on Earth by the time they left in It is curious that there is, neither in India nor in Britain, any museum to the colonial experience. London is dotted with museums that reflect its imperial conquests, from the Imperial War Museum to the India collections at the Victoria and Albert Museum and the British Museum itself. The lack of such a museum is striking.
It does not fall to many of us to be worshipped as a living god, but that was the fate of John Nicholson , a 19th century British army officer in the service of the East India Company. Although his colleagues were understandably amused at the spectacle, Nicholson himself — a stern Victorian Christian who read a chapter of the Bible every day — took a dim view of this idolatry and set about his devotees with a whip. This, however, merely strengthened their conviction that he was a god and the cult lingered on, long after his death and remarkably into the 21st century. Nicholson is forgotten today but at the time he was one of a celebrated band of British officers in India , like Herbert Edwardes, James Abbott, Reynell Taylor and the Lawrence brothers Henry and John , whose adventures made them national heroes.