Avantika Mehta

Avantika Mehta is a Delhi-based writer. As a journalist, she reports on law, gender rights, LGBT+ and culture. She’s written for various Indian and international publications including Vice, SCMP, Hindustan Times, Scroll.in, Times of India and IndiaSpend. Her fiction appears in The Asia Literary Review, Out of Print Magazine and Bangalore Review among others. She also edits and writes on her website The Ladies Compartment.

The impact of Karnataka’s hijab ban

Six students challenging the ban in court have faced intimidation, harassment, and assault.

Oct 18, 2022

The crackdown on comedy

In India, it’s not clear who has the last laugh.

May 10, 2021

On the periphery

India’s sex workers were vulnerable even before the pandemic.

Dec 09, 2020

Latest Articles

Canadian-Tamil comedian Sunthar V navigates queerness and Tamil identity

Sunthar V, founder of the Tamil Comedy Club in central London, attempts to push social boundaries with his comedy in Chennai

Is an Adani port devastating Kerala’s coast?

Activists say coastal communities and marine life around Kerala’s Vizhinjam Port are paying a heavy price for the Adani Group project

Delhi’s longest-running play reflects the changing city

The shape-shifting ‘Ghalib in New Delhi’ captures 26 years of sociopolitical change in Delhi and beyond