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

Politics and the Hindi press

The rise of Hindi print in India since the early 1970s.

Glacial pace

Inside the repatriation process for trafficking survivors between India and Bangladesh.

Queer notes on Begum Akhtar

Caste, sexuality and tawaif subcultures in postcolonial India.