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Shocking – In 4.5 hrs 60 women sterilised under Mobile and Torch light in Azamgarh #Vaw #WTFnews

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Another Shocking incident of using a  torch light , even a mobile flash do the Sterilisation!!!

60 women sterilised in  4 hours

 

On an average 4.5 minute per sterilisation

 

The sterilisation operation as done with torchlight and mobile light.

 

No lessons learnt fro chhattisgarh and jharkhand sterilisation deaths 

 Just a few months ago, In  Chhattisgarh ddozens of women after sterilization lost their lives . Claiming to provide adequate health department on Friday Martinganj Azamgarh district in the four-hour operation, 60 women did.

 

The hospital was not lit in the evening  and thet doctors surgery started on mobile light . Martinganj district sterilization camp was held on Friday in the block. 60 women had registered for the sterilization cap .  A team of doctors led by  Dr S P Tiwari arrived at 3.30 p.m. Martinganj block operation began after 8 pm the night .

There was no provision in the light of the hospital. The evening came for sterilization of women highlighted the torch and mobile operation, then the doctor. The Department of Health is beating Didora of adequate sterilization camp. When he spoke to Martinganj medical charge DHANNANJAY Singh said  the electric power  was being uSed to cool the mobile  vaccines. and  the present time there is no light. Later,  IT will be restored.

 

Under the Central  National Rural Health Plan  all the  health centers have been equipped with all facilities including electricity . Yet women’s lives are at stake physician and administrator.  The four and half hour operation is  life threatening for the women. The most important thing is that the hospital is not adequate beds. The medical team was so fast that he made a sterilization just 45 minutes.

A medical team of the Central Government in accordance with the  rules standards  can conduct not moe than 30 surgeries in a day

In januray  2015 , A number of women operated for sterilization were left unattended on the hospital floor in cold weather at Rahul Sankritayan District Women Hospital in Azamgarh
A vasectomy camp was organised at the hospital, where 45 women were operated.

It exposed the reality of medical facilities in Mulayam Singh Yadav’s constituency.

Medical superintendent, Dr Amita Agrawal said that there were only eight beds in the hospital and expressed inability to provide bed to these women.

 

आजमगढ़ में मोबाइल की रोशनी में हुआ नसबंदी का आपरेशन चार घंटे में 60 महिलाओं का किया आपरेशन महिलाओं की जिन्दगी से खेल रहा स्वास्थ्य विभाग ४.५ मिनट में हुआ एक की नसबंदी नसबंदी में लापरवाही से हो चुकी हैं कई मौतें आजमगढ़। महिलाओं की नसबंदी में हो चुकी मौतों से स्वास्थ्य विभाग कोई सबक नहीं ले रहा है।

अभी कुछ माह पूर्व ही छत्तीसगढ़ विलासपुर जनपद के तखतपुर ब्लाक में दर्जनों महिलाएं नसबंदी कराने के बाद काल के गाल में समा गयीं। समुचित व्यवस्था देने का दावा करने वाला स्वास्थ्य विभाग शुक्रवार को आजमगढ़ जनपद के मार्टिनगंज में साढ़े चार घंटे में 60 महिलाओं का आपरेशन कर दिया। अस्पताल में रोशनी की व्यवस्था नही थी तो शाम होते ही चिकित्सकों ने मोबाइल की रोशनी में सर्जरी शुरु कर दी। जनपद के मार्टिनगंज ब्लाक में शुक्रवार को नसबंदी शिविर का आयोजन किया गया था।

इसमें नसबंदी के लिए 60 महिलाओं का पंजीयन हुआ था। डा.एसपी तिवारी के नेतृत्व में चिकित्सकों की टीम अपराह्न 3.30 बजे मार्टिनगंज ब्लाक पर पहुंची उसके बाद आपरेशन शुरु हुआ जो रात करीब 8 बजे तक चला। अस्पताल में रोशनी की कोई व्यवस्था नहीं थी। शाम होते ही नसबंदी के लिए आयी महिलाओं पर जब टार्च व मोबाइल से रोशनी डाली गई तो चिकित्सक ने आपरेशन किया। स्वास्थ्य विभाग नसबंदी शिविर में समुचित व्यवस्था का ढिढोरा पीटता रहा है। जब मार्टिनगंज चिकित्सा प्रभारी डा.धनन्जय सिंह से बात हुई तो उन्होंने कहा कि मोबाइल वैक्सीन को ठंडा करने के लिए बिजली की व्यवस्था है। वर्तमान समय में यहां रोशनी नहीं है। बाद में ठीक करा दिया जायेगा। केंद्र सरकार की योजना राष्ट्रीय ग्रामीण स्वास्थ्य योजना के तहत जनपद के वि•िान्न स्वास्थ्य केंद्रों को सभी सुविधाओं से युक्त किया गया है। इसके बावजूद महिलाओं की जिन्दगी चिकित्सक और व्यवस्थापक दाव पर लगा रहे हैं। साढेÞ चार घंटे में 60 आपरेशन मूलभूत सुविधाओं के अभाव में करना जोखिम भरा कदम है।

सबसे अहम बात यह है कि अस्पताल में पर्याप्त मात्रा में बेड भी नहीं है। इस मेडिकल टीम को इस कदर जल्दी थी कि उसने एक नसबंदी में महज 4.5 मिनट ही लगाये। केंद्र सरकार के मानकों के अनुसार एक मेडिकल टीम एक दिन में महज 30 सर्जरी कर सकती है लेकिन यहां तो एक अकेले डाक्टर ने ही 60 महिलाओं की नसबंदी कर डाली । भ ले ही महिलाओं की जान जोखिम में पड़ी रही।

Reported in Amar Ujwala newspaper click below

Amar Uajala-Varanasi-Azamgarh, 28-2-15, pg. 2

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Open letter to Justice Katju – Happy New Year and Get Well Soon !

1st Jan’ 2015

Dear Justice  Makrand Katju

Greetings !!

Your recent post on Gay and Lesbian Relationships (LGBT) ,    created a lot of ruckus,    as you tweeted , sadly ,               you were called a homophobic also, and then your CLARIFICATION further aggravated the ire. I am writing to you, as to why it happened . Why were you labeled homophobe, Sexist and   misogynist

According to you, homosexuality is a  ‘unnatural ‘and “modern” phenomenon and must be ‘cured’ to give way to reproductive heterosexuality.In your opinion, at the heart of heterosexual bonding, companionship, love, lies procreative sex and the desire to keep the human race going. Therefore, you question , “Will a gay relationship or marriage serve nature’s requirement of continuing the species?”

So what is ‘natural’. It will mean, not only humans but all species who exists on planet earth . And we have seen that homosexuality is found in mammals, birds and even insects. Also  I hate to break your conviction that homosexuality  is “unnatural” and “not a disease”, the American Psychiatric Association in 1973 and the World Health Organization in

1992 did accept homosexuality as a ”normal” variant of human sexuality. That apart, if one reads the history of sexual practices across the world, one realises that same-sex sexual practices have been  there since times  immemorial and that sexual identity-based categories are only an early 20th century invention of American-European psychologists and sexologists.

 

Now before, you jump one me saying s AHA, dont give me western evidence on homsoexuality as , According to you, homosexuality is a “modern” phenomenon and must be ‘cured’ to give way to reproductive heterosexuality.

But hold on Sir, Unlike most civilizations of its time, the Indian society during the Vedic age and even before had an open mind-set on matters of homosexuality and “queer” issues. The statues  of different temples justify the presence and acceptance of homosexuality in ancient India. Khajuraho temple in Madhya Pradesh, the Shiva temple in Bagali, Karnataka, the Rajarani temple in Bhubaneshwar, Odisha are a testimony to this fact

 

on the southern wall, shows a woman facing the viewer, standing on her head, engaged in intercourse, although her partner is facing away from the viewer and their gender cannot be determined. She is held by two female attendants on either side and reaches out to touch one of them in her pubic area.

on the southern wall, shows a woman facing the viewer, standing on her head, engaged in intercourse, although her partner is facing away from the viewer and their gender cannot be determined. She is held by two female attendants on either side and reaches out to touch one of them in her pubic area.

 

Men havings ex in Khajuraho, 13th CE

Men havings ex in Khajuraho, 13th CE

At the Lakshmana temple in Khajuraho (954 CE), a man receives fellatio from a seated male as part of an orgiastic scene.

At the Lakshmana temple in Khajuraho (954 CE), a man receives fellatio from a seated male as part of an orgiastic scene.

I would like to add that Hinduism and homosexuality are not strange bedfellows. Hindu texts have not shied away from addressing homosexuality The Hindu mythology has many incidents showcasing fluidity of sex, where same-sex interactions have often served a sacred purpose. And sometimes, the gods themselves have been part of these transformations and unions.Add to this, a portion of the Kama Sutra is dedicated to the fulfillment of sexual desires and encompasses the full range of human sexuality.

 

 

Homosexuality has never been considered a crime in Hindu culture. In fact, Lord Ayyappa was born of Hari-Hara (Vishnu and Shiva).Homosexuality, not a crime in any Smriti. Everyone has male and female elements. According to their dominance, tendencies show up and may change.

 

The androgynous form of Lord Shiva and his consort Parvati better known as “Ardhanarishwar” is worshipped in full galore Ardhanarishwara means ‘The Lord who is half a woman, and half man’.

In the Bhagavata Purana, Vishnu takes the form of Mohini, a beautiful enchantress, in order to trick the demons into giving up Amrita after the manthan. But Lord Shiva falls for Mohini, and they have a relationsip, with Shiva being fully aware of the real identity of Mohini. The result of this union was a son (Lord Ayyappa).

Shikhandi, in Mahabharata, was born a girl, Shikhandini, to Drupada, the king of Panchala. She was the reincarnation of Amba, who was rendered unmarriageable by Bhishma. She was granted her wish to be the cause of Bhishma’s death, and was reborn Shikhandini. But since a divine voice told Drupada to raise Shikhandini as a son, she was taught warfare. On the wedding night, Shikhandini’s wife discovered that her “husband” was female, and insulted her. Shikhandini fled, but met a yaksha who exchanged his sex with her. She then became a man, Shikhandi, whom during the Kurukshetra war, Bhishma recognised as Amba reborn and refused to fight ‘a woman’. After his death, Shikhandi’s masculinity was transferred back to the yaksha.

When Arjuna spurned the amorous advances of a nymph, Urvashi, she cursed him to become a ‘kliba’, or a ‘hijra’, a member of the third gender. Lord Krishna then tells Arjuna that this curse would be the perfect disguise for Arjuna during his last year of exile. Arjuna takes on the name Brihannala and dresses in women’s clothes for a year.

You also believ that the role of the woman in a heterosexual union is that of being a mother-homekeeper and the role of the man is that of the protector-giver.

 

With such a patriarchal statement, I wonder what are you trying to say . We all know Violations of women’s sexual and reproductive health rights are often deeply engrained in societal values pertaining to women’s sexuality.

Patriarchal concepts of women’s roles within the family mean that women are often valued based on their ability to reproduce.

Early marriage and pregnancy, or repeated pregnancies spaced too closely together, often as the result of efforts to produce male offspring because of the preference for sons, has a devastating impact on women’s health with sometimes fatal consequences. Women are also often blamed for infertility, suffering ostracism and being subjected various human rights violations as a result.

Patriarchy also controls women‟s reproductive power. In a  patriarchal society women don‟t have control of reproduction, or to use contraception, terminate  pregnancy and prefer to girl child

Further patriarchy not only forces women to be mothers of sons, it also determines the condition of their motherhood. This ideology of motherhood is considered one of the bases of women‟s oppression because it  creates and strengthens the  divide between  private and public, it restricts  women‟s mobility and growth   and it reproduces male  domination.

You further add in your Facebook post that “it is not men who pursue women, but women who pursue men. It is the Life Force which drives women to pursue and catch a mate, who will then look after her while she is performing nature’s serious and vital function of continuing the species”.

Also, procreation is just one reason why humans have sex. The other reasons are many like the pleasure of emotional, physical intimacy. Similar to the fact that food is not eaten just for survival but also because it gives pleasure. If procreation was the only reason then people would stop having sex after having progeny .

The icing on the cake is fact when you say  you are not in favour of criminalising homosexuality but its not natural ?

 

The  AHA moment, where i ask you-

Is it natural to be normal?

If yes, why would we need laws to maintain something natural?

In other words, if heterosexuality was normal, why would we need Section 377 to curtail same-sex intimacy

And them comes your gem —

Women who remain single are prone to have psychological problems.

Seriously, did you know that single women are not dependent on any man to provide for them .  Infant many single women are providing  for men . Should those men be shot because they decided to live off the woman and hence go against the nature? Also did you  know that single is not necessarily divorcee or widow ,there are , particularly those who are single by choice. There is no dearth oft such women as they are now occupying jobs that were traditionally considered male domains or unfit for females. You rarely saw a woman waitressing a decade ago for instance; as this occupation was considered socially “inappropriate” for an Indian girl (airhostesses were regarded as glorified waitresses).As the job market has exploded, more women have become economically independent and are enjoying the freedom of living on their own terms. They don’t need to succumb to the social pressure to marry and live up to traditional expectations that disregard their individuality.

So, Justice Katju, Please WAKE- UP from your sexist slumber , and see the reality of woman empowerment.

 I sincerely hope you find a psychologist soon, because now you are now definitely ,  prone  to   developing psychological  problems.

Happy New Year and Get well soon

 

Feminist and Human rights activist

 

Kamayani Bali- Mahabal

 

PS-  not so exhaustive  list of temples  you must visit for evidence collection

  • Also at Khajuraho, – At the Lakshmana temple in Khajuraho (954 CE), a man receives fellatio from a seated male as part of an orgiastic scene.
  • At the Shiva temple at Ambernath, constructed in 1060 CE, a badly weathered relief suggests an erotic interest between two women.
  • At the Rhajarani Temple in Bhubaneswar, Orissa, dating from the 10th or 11th century, a sculpture depicts two women engaged in oral sex.

A 12th century Shiva temple in Bagali, Karnataka depicts a scene of apparent oral sex between two males on a sculpture below the sikhara.

  • At Padhavli near Gwalior, a ruined temple from the 10th century shows a man within an orgiastic group receiving fellatio from another male.
  • An 11th century lifesize sandstone sculpture from Orissa, now in the Seattle Art Museum, shows Kama, god of love, shooting an arrow at two women who are embracing one another.
  • ( Friends do add on the travel itinerary, as there are many more , in comments section 🙂

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Mentally ill kept in chains in TN shelter #WTFnews

  • Coimbatore
    The Coimbatore municipal corporation’s night shelter, where police and civic officials dump the destitutes and mentally ill found loitering in public places, is turning into a house of horrors for the inmates.In the absence of proper facilities and support systems, the centre’s caretaker chains the mentally-ill inmates if they are found difficult to handle. When TOI visited the centre, a young man Pradip, presumed to be from West Bengal and brought to the centre a couple of months ago, was chained to an iron pole in the shed with nothing but an old dhoti to cover him. He has been chained to the pole and left on the floor since and the deep blisters on his legs are proof of this.

    “Some of the mentally-ill people tend to become unreasonable during certain times of the month like amavasi (new moon). That is why we keep him chained to the pole. He tends to have string mood swings,“ said K Gangadharan, caretaker of the shelter, which is run by the voluntary organisation Malarum Vizhigal. Gangadharan is a retired sanitary inspector from the city municipal corporation.

    City health officer P Aruna said the night shelter and its operations, including medical assistance to the inmates, is under the control of the organisation managing the facility . A total of 102 people live in the shelter, of which 33 are listed as mentally disturbed and 31 are senior citizens. Times View: Keeping mentally ill people chained in the very institutions intended to heal them is barbaric. Those who run homes must be sensitised to avoid such practices.
    NGOs and officials should create a protective environment and develop skills to ensure they lead productive lives. States can also plan halfway homes to provide shelter, jobs and a social network to rehabilitate the countless battling internal demons.

COIMBATORE: More disturbing facts emerged from the Coimbatore Municipal Corporation’s night shelter on Monday evening after two women inmates were found locked up in a room because they were ostensibly mentally unstable. Officials from the differently-abled welfare department freed them during an inspection.

Voluntary organization Malarum Vizhigal was in charge of the night shelter on West Arockiasamy Road near RS Puram in the city. Officials found that the NGO’s registration expired on March 26, 2013.

Two women, identified as Veerammal from Podanur and Shanta from Karnataka, were freed from a dark room in which they were locked up because the caretaker said they had a tendency to turn violent. On Sunday, TOI found a young man chained to a pole in the shelter.

The shelter’s caretaker, K Gangadharan, a retired sanitary inspector and president of Malarum Vizhigal, gave the same excuse for the women being locked up.

The district administration has decided to shift 35 mentally ill inmates from the night shelter after conducting a medical and psychiatric evaluation in the next two days. The state government has also asked the city municipal corporation to conduct an inquiry.

“We have decided to shift five inmates to United Home, a government-approved home for the mentally ill for the time being. We will also ask the corporation to reopen its centre for the mentally ill, which is next door to the night shelter,” said K Karpagam, district revenue officer, Coimbatore.

Read more here- http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/coimbatore/2-more-mentally-ill-persons-found-locked-up-in-shelter/articleshow/39201260.cms

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Odisha woman sold for Rs 25,000 at public auction in UP ! #WTFnews

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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
New Delhi, July 26:

In a shocking incident, a woman from Odisha was allegedly sold at a public auction in Hamirpur district in Uttar Pradesh, a report in the Deccan Herald said on Friday.

According to the report, the auction took place at the baaratghar (community centre) in Jarakhar village and continued till well into Thursday night.

The woman was ultimately bought by the highest bidder, a resident of the same village who paid Rs 25,000 and took possession of her.

The Deccan Herald report, quoting sources, said the woman was originally bought by a resident of Jharakhar village Sohanlal Valmiki, who had worked in Odisha for a few months.

Valmiki had brought the woman to the village a few days back.

“After exploiting the woman for all these days, Valmiki decided to sell her through an auction to get the best price. The initial bid for the hapless woman was for Rs 10,000 which went up to Rs 15,000. The woman, according to the reports, refused to go with an old man who had agreed to pay Rs 15,000. Ultimately, Brijbhan Kori of the same village bought her for Rs 25,000 and took her away,” the newspaper report said, adding, hundreds of curious onlookers were also present when the auction took place.

“We have reports of such an auction. We are investigating it. Stern action will be taken against the guilty if the reports turn out true,” a police officer was quoted as saying.

” Earlier also reports of buying of young girls from Bihar, West Bengal and Jharkhand by UP youths, especially from the western region, have been received.The sex ratio has decreased alarmingly in the western districts in the state and the families are finding it very difficult to get brides for their men,” the Deccan Herald report noted.

Read mor ehere- http://odishasuntimes.com/74623/odisha-woman-sold-rs-25000-public-auction/

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Chhattisgarh’s first transit centre for mentally ill women soon #Vaw

,TNN | Jun 24, 2014, 10.34 PM IST

 
RAIPUR: Chhattisgarh that records about 13 percent of mentally unfit population of women, is coming up with its first transit care centre for mentally unstable and homeless women in state capital which will start functioning soon.
 

A 50-bed centre would provide the vulnerable women with shelter, rehabilitation, health care and legal aid under department of women and child welfare in collaboration with a non-profit organization Raipur Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS). 

Highly placed officials at department of women and child said the transit centre was ready with experts and facilities and is waiting for final inspection by officials concerned. The 50-bed transit centre for mentally ill women is located at Godhi area about 22 kilometres from city. 

Officials said that there was a need for efficient and fast response mechanism to address post violence trauma of victims specially the destitute ones. Transit centre would not only serve destitute women but also those with the family. 

“Main concern has been about the women under attack by strangers and who go through abuse being defenseless. While some are chased away by throwing stones on them few are tied in rope to some roadside pillar. They need help and assistance of all kind. Hence, complete rehabilitation plan would include counseling, legal aid, social and economic benefits, emotional support,” the officials said. 

They added that ensuring protection from any form of violence with short or long term psychological treatment would be a part of rehabilitation. While the centre is presently coming at Raipur, there are plans to launch the same in Durg-Bhilai as well. 

“All emergency numbers including 108, 181, 1091 could be called up for the service and the ambulance would come to pick the women. For destitute women department would help tracing or identifying the family of survivors too,” officials said. 

Talking to TOI, Shehzan Khan, programme manager of Lord Buddha education society (RIMS) said, “We have already started receiving patients through 108 and 181 health and women helpline numbers. The purpose is to provide integrated service to destitute mentally ill women not only with health aid but ensure protection from any form of violence and rehabilitate them by developing skills in them through training. We will have one counselor and a psychiatrist.” 

However, prominent psychiatrist Dr Ashok Trivedi is skeptical about the scheme’s success as he feels that a transit centre with just one psychiatrist won’t suffice the need. “There are many factors connected to the issue. Distressed women many times have children or are pregnant, it would be the responsibility of government and NGO to look after and rehabilitate the kids as well. Mental health Act requires consent from guardian or family member of patient for treatment or opinion of two psychiatrists in case patient isn’t in position to give consent.” 
 

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Gujarat’s CM celebrates women’s week while crime against women reach an all time high in Gujarat #Vaw

On July 18, 2014, Gujarat CM Anandiben Patel announced that 1st to 15th August 2014 will be celebrated as women empowerment weeks in Gujarat. Coincidentally, Gujarat State Human Rights Commission (GHRC) also tabled its report for the year 2010-2011 in assembly on the same day. The reason given by Minister of Home, Rajni Patel, for the 3 year delay in placing the GHRC Report before the Gujarat assembly was ‘inadequate manpower’. In reality, the reason for delaying the report was the state election which was held in 2012 and thereafter central election which took place in 2014. One might wonder why?

GHRC report claims that there has been a fourfold increase in violation of women rights in 2010-2011 compared to 2006-2007. In 2010-2011 alone 11,478 crimes against women were registered in Gujarat. Among them were 297 cases of murder, 428 cases of rape, 1394 cases of abduction, 97 attempts to murder, 910 cases of molestation, 534 of abetment to suicide, 270 of causing grievous hurt, 496 of normal injury and 6999 cases of harassment. These are just the reported cases. Also, on Truth of Gujarat, we have earlier seen as to how Gujarat has one of the lowest rates of conviction in crime against women.

A large section of the society, especially the right wingers, will always blame women, their dress code, there life style etc for all the ills of Indian society. I am born and brought up in Ahmedabad, Gujarat and did my graduation from St Xavier’s college in 1972. Those days Miss India Kavita Bhambhani, film actress Parveen Babi, Danseuse and Gujarati film actress Mallika Sarabhai also studied in the same college and were my contemporaries. They were always upto date with fashion trends and wore modern clothes. Even though, I was a studious science student, I also liked to keep up with the concurrent fashion trends. Especially, Saturday used to be like a ‘Fashion Mela’ in the college with both Science and Arts students attending the college at similar time of the day. However, eve teasing was unheard of in Ahmedabad in those days. We could go around the town even after sunset till late hours without any fear. We used to cycle around the town or use the city bus to go to school or college.

My son who completed his schooling as late as in 1999 along with all his classmates also had a very safe childhood. All girls and boys used to travel alone or with friends from tuition classes or school. However, that is not the case in 2014. These days school girls are not sent to school or tuition classes alone and are almost always accompanied by family members. There is a car pool system among parents who can afford the luxury. Question is why has this insecurity gripped parents in Ahmedabad? This is the same city which has been acclaimed to be one of the safest city across the country for many many decades now.

Besides crime against women, there has also been an unprecedented rise in human right violations from 610 in 2006-07 to 10,380 in 2010-2011 according to GSRC report. Why is the law and order situation collapsing by the day in Gujarat?

One of the main reasons is the use of criminal elements by politicians of the state. In Gujarat, Congress encouraged Latif who carried charges of extortion, murder and bootlegging etc. at the time of being encountered by Gujarat Police. Under BJP ruled, we hear names of Raju Chetti, Samir Barot, Bhavin Thakor, Rakesh Thakor, Pankaj Marathi, Tejas Barot etc. They are hand in gloves with police and have the blessing of political leaders. BJP president Amit Shah who was Minister of State for Home in Gujarat also carries murder and extortion charges.

Extreme criminalization of politics is the reality today and doing candle light marches is not going to change the system. Also once the society is criminalized, women and children are the first targets as they are the softest targets in this patriarchal system. Hence, it is time to unite and fight against criminalization of the system by our politicians in Gujarat and the rest of India. Women’s rights and Human rights movements need to be strengthened and the fight has to be taken to the streets with renewed vigour.

 

Read more here – http://www.truthofgujarat.com/gujarats-cm-celebrates-womens-week-crime-women-time-high-gujarat/

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Bihar Woman stripped, beaten up in front of cops #Vaw #WTFnews

Last Updated: Thursday, July 17, 2014, 14:25
Zee Media Bureau/Ritesh K Srivastava

Patna: In yet another shocking incident, a middle-aged woman was stripped and badly thrashed by some unidentified men at a village in Bihar’s Jehanabad district, just 50 kilometres away from the state capital, late on Wednesday night.

Media reports on Thursday said that the incident took place at around 1:30 am in the intervening night of July 16 and 17 when some unidentified people barged into the house of Sangita Devi and forced her out of house.

The attackers first vandalised her house and then stripped, kicked and punched the woman in front of her neighbours.

What is even more embarrassing is that the entire incident took place in presence of some local policemen, who did nothing to save the woman.

It has emerged that the woman was attacked in connection with the alleged kidnapping of a local youth Shakti Singh, who was involved in a land deal with Sangita Devi.

The attackers alleged that the woman was involved in the kidnapping.

The woman has sustained severe injuries and is being treated at the Bihar Medical College in Patna.

With the national media taking up the issue, the Jehanabad SSP has assured that action will be taken against all those involved in the incident.

The video footage of the incident will be examined by the police to identify the locals involved in the incident and appropriate action will be taken against them, the SSP said.

The issue also figured during the Bihar Assembly proceedings today. Also, the state chief minister has ordered a probe into the incident.

Meanwhile, Bihar unit chief of National Commission for Women (NCW) Anjum Aara has strongly condemned the incident and called for stringent action against the culprits.

Jehanabad Member of Parliament Arun Kumar has also criticised the incident and demanded strict action against those involved in it.

Bihar’s ruling Janata Dal (United) spokesperson Rajiv Ranjan has expressed shock over the barbaric incident and assured that his government will ensure speedy justice to the victim.

The incident once again raises the plight of women living in the rural areas of Bihar and UP where crime against them is on the rise despite several measures taken by the Central government to ensure their safety.

Few months back, two minor Dalit sisters were gang-raped and murdered in the Badaun district of Uttar Pradesh. The incident triggered a national outcry and evoked sharp criticism for the ruling Samajwadi Party government there.

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Two Women from Tanzania gang-raped in Delhi #Vaw

 

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New Delhi, June 28, 2014, DHNS:

Two women from Tanzania were allegedly gang-raped after being drugged in south Delhi’s Sarojini Nagar late on Friday. Police have arrested a 26-year-old disc jockey and his friend.

The victims were in the capital on student visa. Police said the accused have been identified as Kunal who lives in north Delhi’s Shastri Nagar, and Satish Singh, 27, a resident of south Delhi’s RK Puram. Satish works as an event manager with a private company.

“While the women alleged that they were raped, the accused in their counter allegation claimed that the victims filed the complaint following a dispute over money,” said a police officer.

 

 

Around 4.30 pm on Friday, a call was received at the police control room regarding a quarrel between two groups in Sarojini Nagar.

On the spot, the Tanzanian women alleged that they were raped by two men at their friend’s flat. The women were taken to Sarojini Nagar police station where their statement was registered. Accordingly, a case of rape was registered and the two accused were held.

In their complaint to police, the women claimed that they met the accused at a discotheque of a hotel in south-east Delhi’s Nehru Place. Kunal and Satish allegedly befriended the women and convinced them to accompany them to their friend’s flat in Sarojini Nagar.

“It is alleged that the accused purchased a bottle of liquor and shared it with the two women in their car. The women were then taken to the flat where they were raped,” the officer added.

Later, an argument broke out between them over money and the victims called police.

Despite claiming to be innocent, Kunal and Satish were arrested and produced before a local court. They were sent to Tihar Jail on Saturday on 14 days’ judicial custody.

Read mor ehere – http://www.deccanherald.com/content/416616/two-tanzanians-file-gang-rape.html

 

 

 

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Women in India Aren’t Safe on Twitter Either #Vaw #socialmedia

The sexual humiliation of the streets has moved online

By Sonia Faleiro


Every morning Nilanjana Roy, the Indian novelist, goes through the same routine in her New Delhi apartment: a few minutes of yoga and meditation, before turning on some Hindustani classical music to drown out the sounds of the traffic, flipping open her laptop, and refreshing Twitter. Roy has 100,000 followers; today there are 300 replies. The first one sets the tone: “You hole who should be raped by a bamboo lathi.”

Roy, who shares strong, widely read opinions on politics and gender, is used to the barrage. In the past, the web was a safe space for women—or at least safer than the unpoliced, unpredictable wildness of India’s streets. These days, though, nowhere is protected: some Indian men are determined to use the web to target women whose opinions they hate or fear. And, just like street hoodlums, they employ a mob mentality, work in packs, and deploy sexual language to terrorize and humiliate women.

It’s clear from their online behavior that these men are largely privileged Hindus, many of whom live outside India and enjoy well-paying jobs. Prominent political journalist Sagarika Ghose, who has 361,000 followers on Twitter, calls them “communal techies.” She also coined the now-ubiquitous term “Internet Hindu” in a reference to their infatuation with the Hindu right wing nationalist ideology of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which won an overwhelming majority in the general elections that were held in April. The Hindu far right is famously patriarchal, and blind to the humanity and individuality of women.

In addition to harassing women simply because they are women with opinions that differ to their own, some of these men have also imported India’s fault lines of caste and communalism onto social media. They attack women who belong to marginalized communities, tarnishing the modern world with their hateful old prejudices.

Prominent women on Twitter whose names or work reveal their caste inspire the sort of venom that confirms what is widely known as a result of well-documented cases—that some upper caste men consider lower caste womenfair game for everything, including rape.

Take poet and novelist Meena Kandasamy. She writes about sexuality with a rare frankness, has over 25,000 followers on Twitter, and is a regular target of abuse. Speaking to me from Chennai, she said that the particular vulgarity of the tweets she is subjected to is influenced by the fact that she belongs to a low caste.

“They want to frighten me off Twitter,” she told me. “They want me in a subjugated role.”

The fact that a low caste woman could be seen as successful, not just by the standards of her community, but by the intellectual mainstream, is galling to caste-obsessed right-wing Hindu men.

Their obsession has also led them to target women who belong to minority religions. Sabbah Haji runs a public school in the northern state of Jammu & Kashmir, and has over 18,000 followers on Twitter. Like Kandasamy, she expresses her politically liberal views without a filter. She is a Muslim, and can’t count the number of times she has been called a jihadi, she told me on the phone from Doda district. She is asked whether her Muslim “terrorist” “brothers” are enjoying their virgins in heaven.

Like those who hound Roy and Kandasamy, Haji’s attackers seem to feel empowered because they know that women on Twitter—just like women on the streets of India—are unlikely to fight back. Through experience, they’ve learned that responding brings pleasure to the attackers who, above all, crave attention and affirmation. They are also unconvinced that their complaints, like a woman’s calls for help on the street, will draw support. They suspect that it’s just as likely that they will induce judgment, mockery, or even further harassment.

Indian Twitter wasn’t always such an inhospitable place for women. Roy recalls that when she joined it was a space that was conducive to a range of opinions, generally expressed in a civil manner.

It was still a masculine domain, where opinionated women would often hear phrases like “who asked you?“ “shut up!” and “tum nahi samjhogi” (“you won’t understand”). Women who had grown up being shushed and shooed away from participating in critical decisions at home and work; who had been made to feel, even by those closest to them, that their opinions did not matter, immediately recognized—and flinched from—the entrenched patriarchy behind such tweets. But they didn’t fear for their safety, as many do now.

Things changed in the run-up to this year’s general elections. The online cell of the BJP galvanized thousands of volunteers in India and abroad to flood Twitter and Facebook with right-wing rhetoric. These volunteers sought out tweets, hashtags, and even the handles of prominent liberal intellectuals and responded to expressions of mistrust in the BJP, or disagreement with the views of its leader Narendra Modi—and not in ones or twos, but in the hundreds. Their responses— “Bitch,” “Bimbo,” “Hate monger”—were uniformly crude.

If the handle belonged to a person who was clearly a religious minority, the tweets were also bigoted. If the handle was a woman’s, the tweets were loaded with threats that conjured images of women being sexually assaulted during India’s infamous and not infrequent riots.

Every time writer Natasha Badhwar, who has 20,000 followers and publishes a fortnightly newspaper column on the seemingly “safe” subject of family and relationships, mentioned her Muslim husband, she was deluged with abuse. “The tweets,” she told me over email, were terrifyingly graphic. “They threatened to rape, kill and dump the bodies of my daughters,” she said. All three of them are under the age of ten.

The threat of rape as part of the spoils of political victory is familiar to Sagarika Ghose, despite the fact that she has a TV show and a newspaper column where she can publicly call out abusers if she chooses to. “I regularly receive rape threats,” she told me. “I’m regularly called a whore and a slut who sleeps with “Congi” (Congress) politicians and every day my timeline is filled with abuses like ‘ass licker,’ ‘slave,’ and ‘Congress sepoy’ [foot soldier].”

Ghose shrugs off the abuse. “They’re playing out some perverse patriarchal fantasies of dominating strong women.”

Though right-wing Hindu men seem to be the majority of abusers on Twitter, just as they are the majority of people on the ground in India, their tweets suggest a profound sense of victimization. They portray themselves as a sort of endangered species whose survival depends on extinguishing, if only verbally, the people who are different from them.

Their vicious othering of women, and minorities, threatens to reduce Indian Twitter to mud-wrestling, where the winner is simply the person with the most time and the least self-respect.

Not all women have suffered the onslaught. Right-wing women are protected from the abuse, earning relative freedom by prodding liberal women—even those who don’t follow them or even know who they are—in growling packs, attacking them like some children strike animals with sticks and stones. Supporters of other political parties or ideologies are hardly without fault—but they have neither the numbers nor, it seems, the pathological compulsion to mob those who disagree with them.

“Do they ever experience joy,” Roy asked me. “Can you experience joy when your entire life is ideology?”

And since Mr Modi was sworn in as Prime Minister in May, things have not got any better.

The new array of startlingly similar tweets are a mirror to the simmering culture wars that have reignited since it became clear that the BJP, which hasa tradition of stifling critical thought, was likely to come to power. Words like secular, tolerant, liberal, and intellectual—which most modern, forward-thinking societies consider badges of praise—have been reduced to mere slurs in the already slur-filled lexicon of India’s online Hindu right.

And again, women are bearing the brunt.

“A hatred and envy of achievement has manifested itself in a move to strip successful liberals of their presumed privileges,” Roy explained to me over Skype. “It’s all-virtual,” she said, “But you can’t help feeling that the violence will tip over into real life.”

It’s not an exaggerated fear. Recent events in India have shown that women who are perceived as modern, or successful—at both ends of the social spectrum—inspire anger in men who have failed to keep up.

Take the example of a young woman who was gang raped by thirteen men on the orders of a village headman in West Bengal earlier this year. After the attack, it was revealed that she had been the subject of much bitterness for having migrated in search of a job, and then for returning with envy-inducing items such as a small TV and a tinny music system.

“For the (all-male) elders,” said one villager, “These were a source of anguish.”

The gang rape, said another, was a “punishment” for her “way of life.”

 

Read more here – https://medium.com/matter/no-safe-places-d59af0c3ba58

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Toilets to curb rape is a misplaced argument #Vaw

Neha Dixit | June 11, 2014, 
Picture for representational purpose (Photo: DC archives)

Picture for representational purpose (Photo: DC archives)

The first time I ever had to get back to my car within five minutes of stepping out to cover an event was on April 7 this year. Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav was visiting the riot affected areas of Shamli and was scheduled to address a rally as a part of his political campaign.

Teenage boys on tractors, young men on the roof of buses, men in the public ground — a total of at least 40,000 men — had gathered to attend the rally. I was the only woman amongst them.

Dressed in a salwar- kameez and dupatta that covered every inch of my body except foot, fingers and face, I was invited, “Aye Ladeej, Come, I will f*** you on the bus roof!” I turned around to answer, “How dare you?”, thinking confrontation will bring shame and pause.

But boys on the rooftops of all the buses within my view broke into a roar, “Yay! Yay!” They clicked pictures of me with their cellphone from all possible angles. Their roar followed me as I took the longest walk back to my car, embarrassed, angry.

Finally, an old man walked up to me and said, “Beti, please cover your face with the dupatta, these boys are like this only.” Without getting into a feminist debate about how I have the right to walk around the way I want, I followed his advice and, not surprisingly, though full of inner contradictions, I felt safer for the rest of the walk.

For the next half an hour, as I sat waiting in the car, I got increasingly angry at my male colleagues for being able to be attend the rally while I couldn’t because I was a woman.

My mother had once told me a similar story. She and her sister, both teenagers, insisted on attending their male cousin’s wedding in a village in Uttar Pradesh in the 1970s. They were the only women in the baraat, traditionally spaces for male celebrations to which very few patriarchs would allow their women to be a part of.

News spread in the village that two “paturiyas” were accompanying the baraat and the entire village gathered to take a look at them and started demanding that they dance. Paturiya is a UP word for sex workers who entertain the baraat with their singing and dancing.

In those days paturiyas were a must in most north Indian baraats. To the horror of both the sisters, they had to be smuggled out to the would-be-bride’s house and were scolded for their irresponsible behaviour.

After the Badaun twin rapes where two low-caste teenagers were gangraped and hung on a mango tree for everyone to see, and the Bhagana gangrapes, where again low-caste rape survivors have been sitting on a protest in the national capital for close to two months, demanding justice, there was global outrage about how rural Indian women get raped because there are no toilets in villages.

Yes, toilets are important and open defecating does lead to a lot of inconvenience and diseases. But the attribution that only when women step out of their homes to defecate they are vulnerable to sexual violence is naïve, laughable. I know for a fact that collective crapping is the only time in rural areas when women get to chat with other women.

According to the Unicef-WHO Joint Monitoring Programme Report 2010, 720 million people, both men and women, practice open defecation in India.

Vidya Balan, the ambassador for the government’s campaign on sanitation, says in a TV commercial, when told by a mother-in-law that she does not have a toilet at home, “You don’t even allow your daughter-in-law to remove her ghunghat and you send her out to crap in the open?”

While the message of is well-intentioned, the reinforcement of patriarchal stereotypes to push sanitation issues is regressive.

The trivialisation of rape by linking it to the lack of toilets is disturbing and it begs the question, why does the middle-class curse the police for lack of safety, demand justice for rape, mostly by hanging the culprits?

We want simple, quick, feel-good solutions to rape like building toilets. At candle vigils at India Gate, uncomfortable, nuanced questions about rapes during communal riots, like in Muzaffarnagar, or the Bhagana rapes — incidents where women’s bodies are used as battlegrounds to establish the supremacy of one community over the other — are not taken up because they do not gel with the soon-to-be-a-superpower image of India.

No matter how many rape cases we protest against, or the fact that incest rape cases have risen by 30 per cent since 2009, sociological aspects are ignored because the happy patriarchal family structures, integral to corporate development model, must not be challenged.

Till the conversation about rape gets real, all women — my mother, I, the Bhagana girls, Badaun girls — who enter public spaces, or stick to their private space, will be vulnerable.
Read more here – http://www.deccanchronicle.com/140611/commentary-op-ed/article/toilets-or-not-paturiyas-always

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