Padma Lakshmi Speaks Out on Abuse of Women in India
In light of the horrific gang rape in India, the world is focusing its attention on India's miserable treatment of its women. Padma Lakshmi, who was born in India, spoke with CNN about the treatment of women in India and how it much change for India to be respected on the world stage.
Padma says as a teenager she hated riding the
bus to school in Delhi because she would
be pinched and groped. She said she and her
cousin would go to the market to buy
cilantro and they would be harassed in a
very scary way. She says there is no word
for "rape" in India. There is only a related
word that indicates a woman has lost her honor.
Padma says that it is intrinsic to Indian culture.
She says when half of the population does not
feel safe on the streets, it is not a
Padma moved to the U.S. when she was very young
and grew up here with her mother after her
parents divorced. She says she began modeling
after college to pay off her college loans.
In India, modeling is just a step up from
prostitution. Living in the U.S. women have so much
more freedom, she says. She says India cannot
be respected as a world power they must
tackle this tradition of sexual abuse and discrimination against
women. Take a look: