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It was a kind of eve-teasing, says lawyer suspended for Facebook post #Vaw

Last updated on: January 10, 2014 , Rediff.com

Anima Muyarath

‘This society discriminates against a girl from the time she is born, in school, at home, everywhere,’ young lawyer Anima Muyarath, who was suspended by the local bar association for a post on her Facebook page, tells Rediff.com‘s Shobha Warrier.

When Anima Muyarath, a 24-year-old lawyer in Kerala, wrote about her male colleagues on her Facebook page in October 2013, she did not realise that she would become a topic of national discussion.

The bar association in the city where she works suspended Muyarath for a month for her Facebook post.

This is what she posted on her Facebook page in October, in Malayalam: ‘It has been five months since I started practising as a lawyer… I don’t know whether the workplace in the other parts of the world is like this or not.’

‘I met several lecherous persons at the bar. It seems they do not see current Malayalam films; they still address women as ‘sugar candy, darling’ and tell them ‘You are so beautiful’…

‘They still follow the age-old practice of looking at young women as either lovers or sisters. Let me express my contempt for all these useless men.’

Her suspension has not angered or saddened Muyarath; it has amused and surprised the young lawyer.

Muyarath spoke on the telephone with Rediff.com‘s Shobha Warrier about her Facebook post and how she thinks women are treated in Kerala.

You wrote the post in October five months after you joined the bar. Was it such an unexpected experience for you?

The funniest thing is what I experienced was not such a serious issue at all. If it were so, I would have registered a police case or complained to the bar association.

There are many male advocates who indulge in silly talk not only with me, but with others also.

Did you get angry when they spoke like that?

I used to feel contemptuous about those people. That is exactly what I wrote; that I was expressing my contempt.

Maybe they are such weak men that they behave so silly around women. I now think this may be happening everywhere.

The image Kerala has outside the state is that it is difficult for women to work and lead an independent life in the state. Do you feel so?

I have also heard from my friends that that is the kind of image Kerala has outside the state. As I have not worked outside Kerala, I do not know personally how it is elsewhere.

Yes, in Kerala, as a woman, one has to struggle at every juncture. But what I wrote is my personal experience and not a general statement.

Did you write that post because you were unhappy and perturbed?

Not at all. I was not unhappy or perturbed.

I was contemptuous of the men who behaved that way. It only shows what kind of people they are.

It was a kind of eve-teasing. There are two kinds of subjugation; one is to make a woman feel she is inferior to them. Or else, they make you their sister, lover or mother.

Both these are ways to subjugate a woman.

It is common practice that when they see a young woman at the bar, they immediately try to arrange a marriage for her.

Is the workplace for that? A woman goes there to work and not find a partner.

When a new male member joins the bar, they start talking about his ability while they want to arrange marriage for the girl.

They don’t even think that a woman goes there to be a lawyer!

Look at the difference in the way they look at men and women.

I do not know how it is in other workplaces in Kerala, but this is the impression I got from the bar association.

It doesn’t mean I was harassed or anything like that. It was just an exercise of freedom of speech.

You were suspended for writing the post. Did you expect such a reaction from the bar association?

What does the reaction show? That the system is so male dominated.

This is not the first time somebody has written something. There are many who write criticising even Supreme Court verdicts.

Just see what so many lawyers have written about the Supreme Court verdict on Section 377 (of the Indian Penal Code criminalising homosexuality).

If they felt offended because of a small post I wrote on my private page, it is only because I am a woman.

How did the bar association let you know about the suspension?

One-and-a-half months after I wrote the FB post, I got a showcause notice.

What they said was, I had committed professional misconduct and I had insulted the entire advocate community.

If you read my post, you will see that I have never said that all were like that.

I have also not mentioned anybody’s name.

I do not know how it can be construed as a statement insulting the entire advocate community.

The showcause notice said that disciplinary action would be taken against me.

How did you respond to the notice?

I consulted my seniors and I explained my stand.

They replied that my explanation was unsatisfactory and they called me for a hearing by the end of December.

I had to go to Bangalore to write an exam when they called me for the hearing.

I wrote to them about my examination with a copy of the hall ticket. Yet they said it was not genuine and I was trying to delay disciplinary proceedings.

They took action against me in my absence without hearing me.

How are you going to deal with the suspension?

I am only a junior lawyer and I have no time or inclination to waste my time on such things.

At a time when I should be building my career, why should I waste my time going to the women’s commission or the human rights commission and pursue it?

You need a lot of time and energy to do so. I don’t think it is advisable for a junior advocate to do so.

How will the suspension affect your career?

There is nothing that prevents me from practising as a lawyer.

I am only denied the working and recreation rooms, canteen and toilet of the bar association for a month.

I may not get the rights and privileges offered by the bar association. But I can continue to go to court and practise as a lawyer.

Do you think this reflects the attitude of society as a whole, to women?

That is exactly what I feel today.

When I started my career, I was under the impression that this is one profession where you have a lot of freedom and independence to work.

I was very ambitious, but now I feel that this is how it will be.

What lies behind the reaction is male domination and the feudal nature of our society.

The Constitution provides us with the fundamental right to expression.

Imagine those who are going to provide justice are the ones who want to curb even the freedom of expression of an individual.

How did your male colleagues react to the suspension?

Nobody has told me anything. I don’t know whether they are supportive.

I came here just eight months ago.

What I have heard is, most of the male lawyers are very agitated about what I wrote. It seems they feel what I did was very bad.

I do not know why they feel offended. It only reflects the attitude of a male-dominated society.

This society discriminates against a girl from the time she is born, in school, at home, everywhere.

You feel that all the time.

How did the bar association react to the media coverage in Kerala?

They said it was only a problem within the family.

I don’t understand how the bar association became our family!

Maybe they understood using the word family is the best way to subjugate a woman!

Are you a feminist?

Yes, I am. I am influenced by feminist politics and I am more sensitive to issues related to women.

 

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#India- Bombay HC -‘Something is wrong somewhere’ #Vaw #Acidattack

xourtesy- rishabh arrora illustration -tehelka

By , TNN | Dec 13, 2012,

MUMBAI: Referring to the recent attack on a Kandivli woman with an insecticide spray, the Bombay high court on Wednesday lamented the general lack of fear of the law-and-order machinery, saying “something is seriously wrong somewhere”.
A division bench of Justices V M Kanade and P D Kode made the observation as it heard a suo motu public interest litigation (PIL) on safety and security of women. The PIL was taken up a little after the same bench confirmed the death sentence of two persons for raping and killing aBPO employee in Pune in 2007.Expressing concern over the assault on a woman in Kandivli, the high court wondered what causes such attacks. “Something is seriously wrong somewhere. There was a time… (when) the presence of even a single constable was sufficient to deter (criminals). Now, nobody is afraid,” said Justice Kanade.

A neighbour burnt the face of 23-year-old housewife Shraddha Langde on Tuesday morning by pressing open an insecticide spray at her and then clicking a lighter in front of it.

At the previous hearing of the PIL on Monday, the high court took note of the increasing cases of eve-teasing and of instances where people attempting to protect women were assaulted, even murdered.

On Wednesday, public prosecutor Revati Mohite-Dere submitted that the Supreme Court, while dealing with the issue of eve-teasing on November 30, had laid down guidelines for states and union territories to follow. “Until legislation on the issue is introduced, the apex court has set out measures to curb eve-teasing,” she said. In their order, the high court judges said that, in view of the SC guidelines, “it is not necessary for this (high) court to again lay down further guidelines”.

On the subject of providing security to women, the court will hear the state at the next hearing on December 19 or after the Christmas vacation. The government has been asked, if possible, to file a reply.

 

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#Bangalore- Dial 100, even for eve-teasing

By Sangeeta Bora – BANGALORE

10th December 2012 , IE

  • The Bangalore City Police Facebook page is a big hit with Bangaloreans. Police are urging the public to share their grievances online and promise to take action.
  • The Bangalore City Police Facebook page is a big hit with Bangaloreans. Police are urging the public to share their grievances online and promise to take action.

The Supreme Court, in its new direction to the state governments and Union Territories, has asked to establish Women’s Helpline in various cities and towns. In light of frequent eve-teasing cases in the city and country, City Express inquired about a possible helpline dedicated for this malaise alone in Bangalore.

The Joint Commissioner of Crime, East, B Dayananda said, “We do not have any separate number dedicated to eve-teasing issues. But people can definitely make use of the number 100 to report such cases.”

Explaining the effectiveness of 100, Dayananda says, “The best option for anyone is to call this number and you will get immediate response. These numbers are also manned by women police personnel and they have access to the movements of the police on Cheetahs in the city. They can immediately alert them and send help where ever needed.”

The police commissioner, Jyothiprakash Mirji have also opened up new avenues like anonymous letters or SMS options for women in Bangalore who are not keen on revealing their identity. Similarly, in a conference, Joint Commissioner of Police Crime (West Division) Pranab Mohanty had reminded about the Facebook page of Bangalore police where any affected woman can upload any complain. He had also highlighted the presence of women desks in all the police stations and the online system of filing complaints. But when City Express enquired about the SMS facility with the Joint Commissioner of crime west, Pranab Mohanty, he stated his ignorance and referred the matter to the control room (100). Suma, an employee in police control room said, “The SMS facility is still on the process. It will be activated in a month or two.”

 

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Mumbai- 4 minors, teen kill youth who protested #eve-teasing #Vaw

By , TNN | Dec 5, 2012, 02.21 AM IST

Dombivli: In a chilling replay of the Amboli eve-teasing horror, four minor boys and their 18-year-old friend stabbed a youth to death at the gate of his housing complex here for protesting the lewd comments passed at a girl. They also injured another person who tried to help the victim late on Monday evening.The five have been arrested for murder and rioting; the four minors will be presented in a juvenile court on Wednesday.

Around 9.45pm on Monday, Santosh Vichivara (19) was returning from work and took a private bus to his Navneet Nagar complex from Dombivli station. Also aboard was a girl who stayed in his complex and was returning from tuitions. Once they alighted, the five accused who were hanging around the colony’s gate, targeted the girl with vulgar comments.

Three of the minors, aged 16 and 17, are in school. A 16-year-old dropout is suspected to be the main assailant. Pankaj Pal, 18, is studying for his HSC examination.

Santosh was irked and when one of the eve-teasers asked for the girl’s cell phone number, he confronted the boys. He asked them to leave the colony gate and an argument ensued. The girl hurried inside and told Santosh to avoid a dispute as the boys, who are from middle class families and stayed nearby, were known miscreants.

But Santosh, who worked in a shop, stood his ground and told the boys that he didn’t want to see them again at the complex gate. At this, the boys attacked him and started beating him up. One of them took out a knife and stabbed him. Santosh staggered into his complex, but the boys followed him and stabbed him again.

On October 20, 2011, Keenan Santos (24) and Reuben Fernandez (29) were stabbed after a scuffle near a paan shop in Amboli , Andheri (W), for protesting against some men harassing their women friends.

In Dombivli, society member Jayantilal Gada, 50, saw the scuffle near the gate and ran to help Santosh. The boys attacked him too with the knife. “Initially, when I saw the accused chasing Santosh, I thought they were manhandling him. But when I went closer, one of the boys attacked me with a knife. I suffered injuries to my hand,” said Jayantilal, who is recovering.

By now, the melee had alerted residents, many of whom rushed out on seeing the scuffle. The boys fled.

“Seeing Santosh bleeding heavily, we called an autorickshaw and took him to the nearby Arogyam hospital. The doctor declared him dead on arrival,” said Manoj Gosar, a resident of the society.

Later, the residents approached the local Manpada police, who filed a murder and rioting case and started a hunt for the accused. “The girl who was being harassed gave us clues about the accused and described the boys to us. We laid traps and arrested them from separate places through the night,” said Indrajeet Karle, inspector at Manpada police station. The girl identified the boys on Tuesday.

 

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#India- Supreme Court issues directions to curb ‘eve teasing”#VAW #mustshare #goodnews

‘Curb eve-teasing with an iron hand’: Supreme Court

LEGAL CORRESPONDENT, The Hindu, Dec 2, 2012

In a bid to curb eve-teasing, the Supreme Court has directed all States and Union Territories to depute plain-clothed women officers at public places such as bus stands, railway stations, metro stations, cinema theatres and shopping malls.

Giving a series of directions, a Bench of Justices K.S. Radhakrishnan and Dipak Misra said: “Eve-teasing today has become a pernicious, horrid and disgusting practice. More and more girls and women go to educational institutions, workplaces, etc, and their protection is of extreme importance to a civilised and cultured society. The experiences of women and girl children in overcrowded buses, metros, trains, etc, are horrendous, and a painful ordeal.”

Writing the judgment, while allowing a Tamil Nadu appeal against the acquittal of policeman S. Samuthiram who was accused of teasing a couple, Justice Radhakrishnan said: “Parliament is currently considering the Protection of Women against Sexual Harassment at Workplace Bill, 2010, which is intended to protect female workers at most workplaces. Provisions of that Bill are not sufficient to curb eve teasing. Before undertaking suitable legislation to curb eve-teasing, it is necessary to take at least some urgent measures so that it can be curtailed to some extent.”

“Eve-teasing,” said the Bench, “is a euphemism, a conduct which attracts penal action but it is seen [that] only in Tamil Nadu a statute has been created to contain the same, the consequence of which may at times be drastic. Eve-teasing led to the death of a woman in 1998 in Tamil Nadu which led to the government bringing an ordinance, namely, the Tami Nadu Prohibition of Eve Teasing Ordinance, 1998, which later became an Act, namely, the Tamil Nadu Prohibition of Eve-Teasing Act, 1998.”

The Bench issued the following directions: a) There will be a direction to the State governments and the Union Territories to install CCTV in strategic positions which itself would be a deterrent and if detected, the offender could be caught.

b) Persons in charge of educational institutions, places of worship, cinema theatres, railway stations and bus stands have to take steps they deem fit to prevent eve-teasing within their precincts and, on a complaint being made, they must pass on the information to the nearest police station, or the Women’s Help Centre.

c) Where either passengers or persons in charge of a public service vehicle indulge in eve-teasing, the crew shall, on a complaint made by the aggrieved person, take the vehicle to the nearest police station and give information to the police. Failure to do so should lead to cancellation of the permit to ply.

d) The State governments and Union Territories are directed to establish Women’s Helpline in various cities and towns, so as to curb eve-teasing within three months.

e) Suitable boards cautioning against eve-teasing should be exhibited in the precincts of educational institutions, bus stands, railway stations, cinema theatres, parties, beaches, public service vehicles, places of worship, etc.

f) Responsibility is also on passers-by who should report such incidents to the nearest police station or to the Women’s Helpline.

g) The State governments and the Union Territories should take effective measures by issuing suitable instructions to authorities including the District Collectors and the Superintendent of Police on effective and proper measures to curb eve-teasing.

Read full judgement here

 

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Yesterday, Guwahati. Today, Mangalore. Tomorrow, where else? And again… And again… #VAW

 

And again… And again…

BY KALPANA SHARMA

When we need more than just strong laws... Photo: Mohammed Yousuf
The HinduWhen we need more than just strong laws… Photo: Mohammed Yousuf

Yesterday, Guwahati. Today, Mangalore. Tomorrow, where else?

The outrage over the Guwahati incident has done nothing to stem the flow of similar incidents being reported from across the country. The naming and shaming of the perpetrators of the crime, the fact that the police managed to catch them and arrest them appears to have made little difference. On the contrary, it is almost as if the repeated footage from Guwahati played on television channels has encouraged others to do the same.

We must not forget that while the media went into over-drive on the Guwahati case, in another part of Assam, a young girl who went out to collect firewood was “molested” by Army jawans. She was saved when villagers heard her cries for help. How many more such cases take place each day in other parts of the troubled Northeast?

In action again

Almost matching Guwahati was what happened in Mangalore. We should not be surprised. In 2009, the self-appointed guardians of morality, the Sri Ram Sene, set about dragging women out of a pub, pulling their hair, hitting them — and all of this in full view of television cameras. On July 28, a mob belonging to the Hindu Jagaran Vedike decided that a group of boys and girls enjoying a birthday party were attending a “rave” event. Do they know what is a “rave”? Certainly not. But definitions do not matter because these upholders of public morality decided that what was happening was “immoral”.

Armed with cameras from local television channels, the men barged into the venue of the party, dragged, hit and molested the women, punched and hit the men, including the birthday boy, and made sure every minute was captured on film. There is a pathetic shot of several girls cowering on a bed, trying to cover their faces and bodies with pillows while the cameras continue to film. Even after the police intervened, the cameras did not switch off and kept trying to literally “uncover” the women as they left.

Still in the South, at Bhoovanapadu beach, a popular tourist spot in Srikakulam district, Andhra Pradesh, a gang of five young men pounced on a couple seeking a private moment. The man was beaten up while the woman, a 20-year-old college girl had her clothes ripped off. According to the police, the men had pinned her to the ground, had taken off her gold ornaments and were getting ready to record what would follow on their mobile phones when the police arrived.

In all these cases, the victims are deemed “immoral” while the attackers believe they are the torchbearers of decency and morality. We keep hearing this repeatedly, even from those who should know the law, given that they are the lawmakers. Yet recently, when a man at a Kolkata railway station attacked a girl returning from tuition classes, the Trinamool MP Chiranjit Chakroborty had this to say about the crime: “Eve-teasing is a very old thing. It has been going on for ages. One of the reasons behind the increase in incidents of eve-teasing is short dresses and short skirts worn by women. This in turn instigates men.” Really? “Eve-teasing?” Has no one informed the honourable MP that there is no such word?

The horror stories do not end. In Mandya, Karnataka, a 19-year-old garment worker was thrown out of a moving train when she tried to resist a gang of men who were harassing her. She is now in a hospital with multiple injuries, having fallen 25 feet from the train onto a rocky riverbed. She said none of the other women in the compartment intervened even though they saw the men harassing her, offering her money for sex.

Not enough

Even as these attacks on women were being reported from different parts of the country, the cabinet has approved the Criminal Law Amendment Bill that suggests changes in a whole range of laws that have a direct impact on women. Space does not permit a detailed discussion on the changes contemplated. But suffice it to say that while the law must be strengthened, it will not work as a deterrent unless the law-enforcing machinery actually enforces the law.

At the same time, the law-enforcers cannot become a moral police, literally giving a license to any other group that chooses to follow suit. The example of some in the Mumbai police is a particularly bad one in this regard and the outgoing Inspector General of Police in Mumbai has rightly emphasised that “enforcement of law is meant to uphold human rights.”

A new and stronger law will also fail so long as we allow and encourage a culture of impunity, where one group of people decides that it will enforce its own version of morality. In the long term, it is the Taliban-like actions of groups like the Hindu Jagaran Vedike, and the example they set, as well as the oxygen of publicity that the media appears to be granting them, that is cause for serious concern for the future.

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