Wednesday, February 27, 2013

India: A brutal rape and murder has awakened a nation

Mourning the death of Delhi Braveheart

from Daily Mail article regarding uprising


"Police say the victim and a male friend were attacked after boarding a bus on December 16 as they tried to return home after watching a movie. The six men, the only occupants of the private bus, beat the man with a metal bar, raped the woman and used the bar to inflict massive injuries to her during an hour-long ordeal, police say. The victims were dumped naked on the roadside, and the woman died from her injuries two weeks later in a Singapore hospital. The brutal attack set off nationwide protests, sparking a debate about the treatment of women in India and highlighting the inability of law enforcement agencies to protect them."

Protesters at India Gate in New Delhi


from कल आज और कल blog by Vivek Kumar


"In all this, there was absolute silence from top politicians. Nobody walked into the crowd, held a megaphone and shared the grief of the people. Nobody came out to explain that the government would indeed take the required action to fast track conviction of the vile rapists and beef up security across the city; that it would make its people feel safe. Instead, politicians and bureaucrats hid behind their many-layered security walls. The irony was there for all to see. The disgust grew.  To make amends, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and her heir Rahul Gandhi decided to meet a few “representatives” to convince them of government’s intent. But the fact is that this “movement”—for want of another word—has no representatives. It is leaderless. It is just a collection of people brought together by a common anger. They needed to talk to all, not some."



my response to New Delhi uprising


The culture of rape in India is so prevalent, so endemic that women who are raped do not go to the police for fear they will be raped by the police. A woman who has been raped is seen as having provoked the rape. She is blamed for it and seen as "damaged goods." She is likely to be ostracized and penalized for the rest of her life.

Prayer vigil in New Delhi
Indians, men and women, will never be safe until the culture of rape that pervades much of India is rejected and destroyed. Women will never be safe. Men will never feel that their mothers, wives, sisters and daughters will be safe. The light is shining at last on the high cost of ignoring the culture of rape. How will India progress if this evil is not taken from the shoulders of women and placed only on the shoulders and conscience of those men who tolerate and participate in the hatred and destruction of women?

Mourning the death of Delhi Braveheart
 The young people of India have allowed themselves to feel hope that the culture of violence and rape can be successfully challenged and removed. They have allowed themselves the full measure of outrage that goes with the horror and brutality of one woman's ordeal and death at the hands of hatred and savagery. For those in government to "respond" with violence and suppression is a concrete demonstration that the culture of rape isolates and renders powerless those who live in fear and shame.

Protesters in New Delhi
Let us all have hope that this can change. Let us all take action to create the environment of safety all people of a nation and the world must have to progress in democracy. We call on politicians and police, judges and local magistrates. We call on each other. Reject the culture of rape. Create safety for all people. Come forward. Stand up. Say, "no longer." The time is now. India is waiting. The world is waiting.

~Jnana Shiva 

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