Half the Sky

Akku Yadav Character Analysis

Akku Yadav was a mobster in the Indian slum Kasturba Nagar. He and his gang members used rape and sexual humiliation as a way to silence the people he exploited, since rape is so stigmatized that survivors rarely report it. Following Usha Narayane’s resistance to Akku Yadav’s control, a group of local women stabbed him to death in a courtroom in retaliation for his violence.

Akku Yadav Quotes in Half the Sky

The Half the Sky quotes below are all either spoken by Akku Yadav or refer to Akku Yadav. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
The Oppression of Women  Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Vintage edition of Half the Sky published in 2010.
Chapter 3 Quotes

‘Empowerment’ is a cliché in the aid community, but it is truly what is needed. The first step toward greater justice is to transform that culture of female docility and subservience, so that women themselves become more assertive and demanding. As we said earlier, that is, of course, easy for outsiders like us to say: We’re not the ones who run horrible risks for speaking up. But when a woman does stand up, it’s imperative that outsiders champion her; we also must nurture institutions to protect such people.

Related Characters: Nicholas D. Kristof (speaker), Sheryl WuDunn (speaker), Usha Narayane, Akku Yadav, Goretti Nyabenda
Page Number: 53
Explanation and Analysis:

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Akku Yadav Character Timeline in Half the Sky

The timeline below shows where the character Akku Yadav appears in Half the Sky. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 3
The Oppression of Women  Theme Icon
Solutions to Address the Oppression of Women Theme Icon
...her and her siblings to university. Usha was visiting home one day when she encountered Akku Yadav . (full context)
The Oppression of Women  Theme Icon
The Complexity of Aid Theme Icon
Akku Yadav , a higher-caste man, was the ruling mobster of Kasturba Nagar, a place virtually unprotected... (full context)
The Oppression of Women  Theme Icon
The Complexity of Aid Theme Icon
Akku Yadav didn’t target Usha’s family, because their education made them more likely to receive aid from... (full context)
The Oppression of Women  Theme Icon
Universal Benefits of Women’s Empowerment  Theme Icon
The Complexity of Aid Theme Icon
Solutions to Address the Oppression of Women Theme Icon
...who took pride in Usha’s schooling, were enraged on her behalf. They threw stones at Akku Yadav ’s mob until it retreated, then burned down Akku Yadav’s house. The police then arrested... (full context)
Universal Benefits of Women’s Empowerment  Theme Icon
The Complexity of Aid Theme Icon
Solutions to Address the Oppression of Women Theme Icon
...led to Usha’s release. All the woman claimed responsibility, reasoning that if hundreds participated in Akku Yadav ’s killing, they could not all be imprisoned. Now, the authors report, Usha is certain... (full context)