Syed Jalaluddin Umari, President of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind speaks #Video #Vaw #JusticeVerma


 

Posted on 07 January 2013

Jamaat-e-Islami Hind welcomes the government decision to set up committees to review the present anti-rape law and find out measures to make the society safe for the women. Jamaat expresses hope the committees will reach the root of the disease and find out the cure.

Following are the suggestions for kind consideration of the committee headed by Justice J.S. Verma regarding ensuring safety and security to woman:-

1.      Only proper marriage contracted by free will of man and woman should be recognised as legally permitted form of legal sexual intimacy. All sex outside marriage including live-in-relationship should be declared illegal and punishable.

2.      There should be provision for capital punishment for heinous crimes such as rape. These punishments should be given in public and there should be opportunity for people to witness the same so that it might act as deterrent to such heinous crimes.

3.      Co-Education should be abolished and proper education facilities meant for only women only should be available at all level of education.

4.      Educational institutions should prescribe sober and dignified dress for girls.

5.      Services of religious institutions and religious leaders should be sought to reform society, inculcate moral values and awareness against crimes especially in the new generation.

6.      Proper transport facilities for woman which proper safety measures be made available particularly in the town and cities.

7.      Marriage should be made easy and it should be encouraged to have timely marriage, all forms of dowry be abolished and all unnecessary expenditures be curbed and made punishable.

8.      The electronic and print media, TV programmes, Films and advertisements should avoid in proper exposure of woman and it should be made punishable.

9.      The alcohol is in the root of all evils and crimes particularly against women it should be completely banned in the whole country.

10.  The criminal laws in this regard should be made more stringent, the judicial procedure be simplified and made faster.

11.  The police reforms should be implemented soon and especially the complaints of not lodging FIRs or delaying of FIRs are made punishable offence.

(Nusrat Ali)
Secreatary General
Jamaat-e-Islami Hind
jihmedia@gmail.com, 317-D Abul Fazl Enclave, Jamia Nagar, Okhla,
New Delhi-25, Phone: 011-26951409 / 011-26948341.

 

 

Syed Jalaluddin Umari, President of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind defends his organisation’s controversial recommendations to Justice JS Verma Committee to strength anti-rape laws

‘You are a Mahadalit. Where did you get Rs. 1 lakh cheque from?’ #WTFnews #caste


Prasun K Mishra, Hindustan TimesRamgarh, Kaimur, Bihar, January 08, 2013

 

The reward of Rs. 1 lakh by Hindustan Times in recognition of his outstanding community service has brought more misery than joy to Banwasi alias Banarasi Musahar. A change of fortune still awaits the 58-year-old brick kiln labourer, who overcame all odds in his Akrohi Mahadalit Basti,

 

about 40 km from Kaimur district headquarters town of Bhabua, opened a school near his thatched roof house and changed the destiny of scores of members of his Musahar community.

Banwasi was on cloud nine when he was handed over the cheque for Rs. 1 lakh by Buxar MP Jagadanand Singh at Ramgarh in the presence of HT deputy executive editor Rajesh Kumar Mahapatra, HT (Patna) senior resident editor Mammen Matthew, Kaimur district magistrate Jai Singh and superintendent of police Uma Shankar Sudhanshu, on October 17 last year.

 

His happiness was, however, shortlived.

 

Banwasi’s trouble started the moment he went to the Ramgarh branch of Bank of India to deposit the cheque. The bank manager allegedly not only refused to accept the cheque, but also passed casteist remarks against Banwasi.

 

“Tum apane ko Mahadalit kahte ho, garibi rekha se niche batakar zero balance par khata khulwate ho. Ek lakh ka cheque kahan se aa gaya (You call yourself Mahadalit. You have opened a zero balance account claiming to be the member of a below poverty line family. From where did you manage a cheque of Rs. 1 lakh)?” the manager is reported to have asked Banwasi.

 

After visiting the bank almost everyday since October 18, Banwasi managed to get the cheque deposited on December 12, but only after a local photo journalist, Sanjay Kumar Jaiswal, intervened.

 

The branch manager, however, said the amount would be credited to Banwasi’s account only after he submitted details of his Permanent Account Number (PAN).

 

Finding no other way, Banwasi applied for a PAN card, which he received on January 7, 2013. But when he reached the bank with the newly acquired identity proof, he was in for another shock.

 

Despite showing the pay-in slip for the cheque, the bank branch manager asked him to produce a photocopy of the cheque he had deposited on December 12.
The photo journalist again came to Banwasi’s rescue. When Jaiswal enquired about the status of the cheque from the manager, he was told that it had been sent to the service branch of the bank in Mumbai and a clearance from there was awaited.

 

The manager, however, refused to consult the Mumbai service centre branch.

 

When asked for a complaint book and telephone numbers of senior bank officers, the branch manager said he had none.

 

Lead bank manager (LDM) M S Tuly told HT that a complaint book and a board displaying the names, addresses and phone numbers of senior officers were a must at every branch of banks governed by RBI rules.

 

Aadhaar Card not mandatory for Income Certificate for EWS school admissions #UID


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SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT, tHE hINDU,
NEW DELHI, January 8, 2013

The Delhi Revenue Secretary and Divisional Commissioner on Monday issued orders to keep in abeyance till further instructions the requirement of Aadhaar Card for issuing Income Certificates to economically weaker section (EWS) students for admission to the forthcoming academic session.

The directions were issued by the official following a meeting with Delhi Education Minister Kiran Walia who said students and applicants belonging to economically weaker categories who wanted to get admission under their quota needed to get an Income Certificate and for that an Aadhaar Card was essential. The Minister said this mandatory requirement of Aadhaar Card was causing a lot of trouble to admission seekers who were running against time to apply in the schools.

Stating that hundreds of applicants had approached her seeking relief, Prof. Walia said keeping in mind the problems being faced by the students and their parents, it was essential to do away with the mandatory requirement. She thus asked the Revenue Secretary to take back the earlier order.

Thereafter, the Revenue Secretary issued an order keeping in abeyance the mandatory requirement to have an Aadhaar Card for procuring the Income Certificate. The order has been issued to all the Deputy Commissioners, Sub Divisional Magistrates and Tehsildars and has come into force with immediate effect.

 

Purity Culture Is Rape Culture #Vaw #delhigangrape #1billionrising


E.J. GRAFF, prospect.org

JANUARY 4, 2013

The shocking assault in India reveals that rape isn’t about sex—it’s about controlling women’s lives.

AP Photo/ Dar Yasin
Indian women offer prayers for a gang rape victim at Mahatma Gandhi memorial in New Delhi.

Her intestines were removed because the six men used a rusty metal rod during the “rape.”That fact—the rusty metal rod—is what’s haunted me about the violent incident that has outraged India and the world. Six men held a 23-year-old woman and her male friend in a private bus for hours while they assaulted her so brutally that, after several surgeries to repair her insides, she died. What happened to this young woman was a gang assault. It can be called a sexual assault because among other things, they brutalized her vagina. Or it can be called a sexual assault because it was driven by rage at the female sex.Since Susan Brownmiller first wrote Against Our Will—the landmark feminist reconceptualization of rape—feminists have worked on clarifying the fact that rape is less about sex than it is about rage and power. Too many people still conceive of rape as a man’s overwhelming urge to enjoy the body of a woman who has provoked him by being attractive and within reach. As is true in many “traditional” cultures, much of India still imagines that the violation was one against her chastity, as Aswini Anburajan writes at Buzzfeed. But conceiving it as primarily a sexual violation places the burden on women to protect their bodies’ purity. It means that the question that gets asked is this one: Why was she out so late at night, provoking men into rage by being openly female?But seen from a woman’s own point of view, rape is quite different: It’s punishment for daring to exist as an independent being, for one’s own purposes, not for others’ use. Sexual assault is a form of brutalization based, quite simply, on the idea that women have no place in the world except the place that a man assigns them—and that men should be free to patrol women’s lives, threatening them if they dare step into view. It is fully in keeping with bride-burnings, acid attacks, street harassment, and sex-selective abortions that delete women before they are born.I’ve now read a number of commentaries exposing India’s, particularly New Delhi’s, culture of street violence against women. The most memorable, by Sonia Faleiro in The New York Times, talks about the fear that was instilled in her during her 24 years living in Delhi:

As a teenager, I learned to protect myself. I never stood alone if I could help it, and I walked quickly, crossing my arms over my chest, refusing to make eye contact or smile. I cleaved through crowds shoulder-first, and avoided leaving the house after dark except in a private car. …Things didn’t change when I became an adult. Pepper spray wasn’t available, and my friends, all of them middle- or upper-middle-class like me, carried safety pins or other makeshift weapons to and from their universities and jobs. One carried a knife, and insisted I do the same. I refused; some days I was so full of anger I would have used it — or, worse, had it used on me.The steady thrum of whistles, catcalls, hisses, sexual innuendos and open threats continued. Packs of men dawdled on the street … To make their demands clear, they would thrust their pelvises at female passers-by.

Such endemic street harassment is not about sex; it’s about threatening women for daring to leave the private sphere. It’s a form of control over women’s ambitions and lives. And when such a culture is widespread, it gives men permission to use women as the target for any excess anger they might have.

A culture in which women are expected to remain virgins until marriage is a rape culture. In that vision, women’s bodies are for use primarily for procreation or male pleasure.

“Rape culture,” as young feminists now call this, isn’t limited to India. It lives anywhere that has a “traditional” vision of women’s sexuality. A culture in which women are expected to remain virgins until marriage is a rape culture. In that vision, women’s bodies are for use primarily for procreation or male pleasure. They must be kept pure.While cultural conservatives would disagree, this attitude gives men license to patrol—in some cases with violence—women’s hopes for controlling their lives and bodies. In October, responding to Richard Mourdock‘s incredible comment about rape, I mentioned an absolutely essential piece by The Nation’s Jessica Valenti in a way I want to reprise here, if you’ll excuse the self-quotation:

As Tennessee Senator Douglas Henry said in 2008, “Rape, ladies and gentlemen, is not today what rape was. Rape, when I was learning these things, was the violation of a chaste woman, against her will, by some party not her spouse.”

In other words, only virgins can be raped—sweetly white-gloved, white-skinned virgins. Any woman who ever wanted sex—yes, that includes married women who unconditionally give permission when they put on that ring—deserves what she gets. Valenti’s piece is a brilliant and absolutely essential manifesto on what still has to change to get from “What about ‘no’ don’t you understand?” to the more advanced concept that women have a right to enjoy and control our own bodies. In this “traditional” vision of sexuality, it’s not rape if you’ve already had sex, ever—except if you’re married and another man violates his property. Your only role is to protect your purity for its future owner. If you don’t do, you’re fair game. A culture in which women must cover up or be threatened is a rape culture. You’re thinking of hijab and burquas, right? Think also of the now well-known SlutWalks, which were launched after a Toronto police officer told young women that they could avoid rape by not dressing like “sluts.” The protests, which have spread worldwide, make the point that no matter how we dress, women are at risk; and no matter how we dress, our bodies are our own.  Let me be clear that we have plenty of rape culture here in the United States. When I told my wife the prosecutor how shocked I was by the India case’s rusty metal bar, her response disturbed me terribly: She laughed at my naïveté. She sees it all the time, she explained. She started telling me about one recent case in which a husband had shoved a broom up his wife so far it ripped out through her chest. I was so upset I stopped her before she could tell me more.Or consider the recent rape in Steubenville, Ohio, allegedly by members of the football team, which was reported on in excellent detail by the Times—primarily because of the shocking way it was was celebrated via social media. Here’s how Prospectcontributor Amanda Marcotte summarized the case at Slate:

The alleged crime: Witnesses, some also on the football team, testified at a probable cause hearing that Mays and Richmond spent most of the night of Aug. 11 standing over, directing, transporting, and otherwise controlling the blacked-out drunk victim, who they carried to three separate parties. According to the New York Times, witnesses claim that Mays and Richmond tried to coerce the victim into oral sex, exposed her naked body as a joke to other partygoers, penetrated her digitally, and exposed themselves to her. Other Steubenville students on Twitter and YouTube say they witnessed even worse violations, including urinating on the victim and anal rape, though these are not official statements. (And sadly, these students were more delighted than upset by what they allegedly saw.) While it appears that multiple students taped and photographed the alleged assault, officials claim they haven’t been able to turn up much in the way of evidence, because the evidence has been deleted.

Football players like these two can almost always find young women who will have sex with them willingly. Taking a drunk and helpless girl and urinating on her, humiliating her, fingering her publicly, violating several orifices—that’s about rage and power, not sexual pleasure. That’s sexual assault and enforcement of the rape culture’s idea that a woman’s job is to protect her purity.At CNN Opinion, Lauren Wolfe writes that women are rising up against rape and rampant street harassment in places as disparate as Egypt and Somalia. I hope she’s right—and that the horror in India spurs genuine change, complete with international coalitions, like those that came out of the Beijing women’s conference and that work across borders. We do know that protests have spread beyond India to Nepal. Slutwalks have spread around the world, as my regular google alert tells me, with recent incarnations in such places as Hong Kong, Lubbock Texas, Mandurah, Australia, and Plymouth, Massachusetts.

I can only hope that the response to the attack in India includes outrage at congressional Republicans’ astounding refusal to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), one of the most effective tools to help prevent such violence, which the Prospect’s Jamelle Bouie has already told you about. In its past 18 years, it has funded tremendously useful projects ranging from a stalking help line to statistical research to law-enforcement training in responding to intimate-partner violence. According to the National Organization for Women’s reading of Bureau of Justice statistics, in the first 15 years after VAWA was originally passed, intimate-partner violence homicides dropped by 53 percent, and female homicides dropped 43 percent. While of course that cannot all be attributed to VAWA—homicide deaths in general have fallen during that period, for a myriad of reasons—VAWA has been an important tool in training, educating, funding, and helping to enforce new norms. If this were called “domestic terrorism,” far more of the nation’s budget would be dedicated to end it.

You’d think that their November loss at the ballot would’ve educated Republicans about the fact that women actually vote. But some people learn very, very slowly.

Here’s the key point: It is not acceptable that more than 50 percent of the world’s population live in fear of violence solely because they are female. I do hope that India will turn around the male rage seething through its streets—and that here, we see an uprising against Congress’s appalling failure to reauthorize the bill that fights domestic terrorism—the terror that women feel at home.

 

Supreme Court admits PIL on cancer cervical vaccine trial #goodnews


TNN | Jan 8, 2013,

INDORE: The Supreme Court on Monday admitted a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by local activists alleging that pharma companies had conducted unauthorised drug tests of their vaccine on tribal girls.

The petition alleges that pharma companies, including Glaxo Smithkline and MSD Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd tested gardasil and cervarix — two unproven HPV vaccines purported to prevent cervical cancer — on nearly 24,000 tribal girls in Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat, including 44 persons at the Maharaja Yeshwantrao Hospital (MYH). Of 44 patients subjected to drug trials in the state, 10 were males.

PIL filed by Kalpana Mehta of Indore, Nalini Bhanot and V Rukmini Rao representing Gramya Resource Centre for Women alleges that the testing had led to adverse effects on girls’ health and the pharma companies ignored their further treatment. Seven girls allegedly succumbed during the vaccine trial. The petitioners were represented by Colin Gonsalves of the Human Rights Law Network.

Admitting the case, Justice S Radhakrishnan and Justice Dipak Misra have directed the Union government to immediately file its reply on the issue.

The apex court has also directed that the Christian Medical College, Vellore, should be asked to examine the medical record of the girls in question and submit a report to the court.

This order comes in the backdrop of allegations by activists that multinational companies are influencing state governments to carry out clinical trials on humans, which are often not transparent or regulated efficiently. The PIL alleges that PATH, an NGO, had initiated a project for the introduction of the two vaccines in India by signing a MoU with ICMR even before they were licensed by the Drugs Controller of India.

 

#India- Do you know about Gangrape case of tribal girl Arati Majhi ? #delhigangrape #Vaw


Arati Majhi,the girl from Gajapati dist. of Odisha,allegedly gang raped by police forces after arrested on so called sedition case in 2010 And still in jail.Lower court had dismissed her rape case on the ground of  police inqury only and denied the bail.

The police force had raided her village house in  search of her older sister who was in Maoist squad .After 
not finding her ,they took Arati to the police station and gang raped her on the jungle way as she compained.Her 
voice is yet tobe listened becuause the policed filed her as a Maoist.

Is there justice for this poor adivasi girl ?

(Her sister was murdered in Basangmali encounter in 2011.)

HC notice to government on Arati Majhi rape case

The Hindu, Cuttak, Jan 8th n

Today the Odisha court   issued notice to the State government asking the government counsel to file counter to a petition filed by Daksha Majhi, who has alleged that his daughter Arati Majhi was gang-raped by the CRPF and State police in custody after she was arrested during a combing operation.

 

CBI enquiry

 

Seeking to quash a lower court order that had rejected his plea to direct the police to register the gang-rape incident and investigate into it, the petitioner has approached the High Court seeking CBI enquiry into the whole incident and for a damage of Rs. 10 lakh from the State government.

When the matter came up for hearing before the single-judge Bench of Justice B.K. Nayak on the day, the government counsel sought at least two weeks time to file the counter.

The HC however, granted one week to the State government and fixed hearing of the case next week after the government counter affidavit is received.

The petitioner, a native of Jadingi village under Adava police station of Gajapati district, has alleged that his 21-year-daughter Arati was dragged from his house on February 12, 2010.

“Police personnel from CRPF and SOG raped his daughter on their way to police station and lodged her in jail after implicating her in false cases and brandishing her as a Naxal cadre”, the petition said adding that since then Arati is languishing in Berhampur jail as an UTP.

The petition further said that when the police refused to register a case against the rape accused, he had approached the R. Udayagiri judicial magistrate court in August 2012, which in the meantime has turned down his petition.

It may be mentioned here that the lower court decided the case late last year only after an order from the High Court.

An Open Letter to Yo Yo Honey Singh #Hiphop #Vaw #Misogyny


A number of voices — some cogent, some misguided — have come out in protest against Honey Singh’s ‘obscene’ & ‘inflammatory’ lyrics, but Annie Zaidi writes that the matter of vital important is the rapper’s casual depiction of wanton violence against women

ANNIE ZAIDI  5th Jan 2013, Sunday Guardian

 

 

 

Members of Progressive Student’s Association protesting against Honey Singh’s ‘anti-women, vulgar and disturbing’ music in Jammu on 4 August, 2012

Dear Yo Yo Honey,

Listen. What was your first word? ‘Ma’?

Words are one of the first things we ache for. A baby learns to say ‘Ma’ or ‘Pa’ or ‘Daadi’ because those are the words of first love. Then comes ‘Yes’, ‘No’, ‘Biscuit’. They point to eyes, say ‘eyes’. They are happy when they go to a park. They ask: Why do cats eat rats? Why can’t I follow you into the bathroom?

Yo Yo, a baby learns words as a way of understanding his world. Papa says he must go out to work so he can feed you. You learn that a man must make money. If Ma beats you, you learn that beating is alright. You listen to a song about heartbreak and learn that pain can be expressed through art. You hear of other boys stalking girls; you start doing the same. You want to know how sex works; you look for photos, books, videos.

Words are the tools through which we assimilate, and learn to negotiate society. This process never ends. Every year I change a little bit because of what I absorb, mostly through words. What I read, watch, experience, dream, overhear.

Society is a mish-mash of image, word and experience. This is what culture is. Artists are not loved for nothing. They grasp our shared truth. They help us derive meaning from the chaos of life.

But many male artists have confused ideas about sex, masculinity and femininity. Their lyrics and videos create fake meanings. For example, a man and woman are dancing. They are smiling. But the lyrics suggest violent sex, or hint at a disrespectful relationship. The viewer is left to connect the dots.

The women acting in most videos are not dressed in working clothes. But the men often are. Women are never shown doing any work, although most women put in twice the number of work hours.

What do the songs say? They tell a lie, right? A dangerous untruth about what women are like and what they deserve. Lyrics in your newer songs – High Heels, for instance – are entirely focused on the outer shell of a woman. It makes me wonder if you can see us as anything other than female-shaped thingies. Video after video after video.

Perhaps you’re feeling petulant. Perhaps you’ve moved on from that sort of video or lyrics, and you want everyone to forget your past.

Sadly, Yo Yo, it doesn’t work that way. Fame comes slowly. It took 6 years for your infamous song to reach my ears. Art is not witnessed or dismissed overnight. Just like violent ideas are not assimilated and put into practice overnight.

About your Gurgaon show, there were two petitions going around. I did not sign one because it used words like ‘pornographic’ and ‘offensive’. I know you have a right to give offense. Besides, I am not opposed to nudity or sexual imagery in any art form.

So, this is not about pornography. It is not about obscenity. It is definitely not about sex. I did sign the other petition because it objected to the violence embedded in your songs.

 
Lyrics in your newer songs – High Heels, for instance – are entirely focused on the outer shell of a woman. It makes me wonder if you can see us as anything other than female-shaped thingies. Video after video after video.

The free speech bogey was raised, although there’s a big difference. In other cases, it was the government imposing a ban, or a bunch of hooligans threatening physical violence, or damaging spaces where artists exhibit.

I did not threaten to attack the hotel. I just let them know that I would cease to respect the management. These are the tools of democracy, Yo Yo. If the hotel did not care for my opinion, they could have gone on with your show. But perhaps, they want to be thought of as responsive. Or maybe they’re just avoiding bad press. Maybe you’ll do a show in Gurgaon a week later.

If the government bans you, Yo Yo, I’ll protest on your side. But you have exercised your right to free speech. Now I am exercising my right. And I’m saying – Stop!

I have no desire to destroy your career, Yo Yo. This is actually about your fans. And hotels, sponsors, record labels, film producers – everyone who banks on misogyny to make money. I cannot help it if fans of songs like Choot exist. I cannot stop people from acting on their hatred and fear of women‘s sexuality. But I will not let it flow on, unchallenged.

I’m not unreasonable, Yo Yo. I read petitions before signing my name. And I accept that people can change. You could spend time thinking about what kind of music you make, and whether it is honest, whether it hurts women. You could just put out a note in the papers – or even on Facebook – taking a stand. You could do it even now.

But our ideas about democracy are funny. We forget that with fundamental rights come fundamental responsibilities. That’s what it means to be free – taking ownership of your work, your environment, your ideas.

Slowly, slowly, our society learnt to associate sex with shame and violence and self-hatred and woman-hatred. Yo Yo, we must unlearn it very quickly.

But I have said enough. You say something now. And make it mean something.

Annie Zaidi is the author of Known Turf and the co-author of The Bad Boy’s Guide to the Good Indian Girl

 

Maa Nee Main Nahi Darna – (Mother, I will not fear, Mother, I will not become you) #delhigangrape #vaw #1billionrising #music


This song in memory of the unknown citizen is produced by Swaang, a Bombay based cultural group, whose members include actors, writers, music directors, musicians and producers “all in the grips of the market-driven Bombay film industry, but whose hearts continue to pull towards progressive politics!”

You will survive! You will survive in the conscience of a country you have awakened out of a lazy slumber … a people you have jolted into opening their eyes … a people whose tale of truth your brutalized body tells … You will survive because you fought … You will survive because you spat in their faces … Because their hate could not violate your sanctity … Because your desire to live outdid their monstrosity … You will survive because we will not forget you … Because bringing your memory to justice is our only chance to redeem our failing humanity


Composer – Rohit Sharma
Lyrics – Ravinder Randhawa
Singers – Rohit Sharma, Pankaj Badra, Pinky
Narration – Pravishi Das, Ravinder Randhawa

English translation of ‘Maa Nee Meri’

Mixed in every morsel,
What was that chant you kept repeating?
In the garb of concern and worry,
Why was fear the only virtue I learnt of your teaching?
Mother, I will not fear
Mother, I will not become you.

Drown! I shall drown, but not succumb into swimming with the tide;
Walk! I shall close these eyes and walk,
Slipper in hand, I shall stand!
Walk! I shall close these eyes and walk,
Drown! I shall drown, but not succumb into swimming with the tide;
Walk! I shall close these eyes and walk
Mother, I will not fear
Mother, I will not become you.

This is not the doing of cities,
This was committed neither by the Day nor the Night,
This is not the doing of lonely desolate streets,
Neither are windows and curtains guilty of this crime,

The length of garments are not responsible,
This is neither the doing of men, nor impotents..
You were amongst those six,
This is the doing of well wishers
Mother, I will not fear
Mother, I will not become you.

Father, this is your doing.
Every time you said to me,
My child, come home soon,
What was it you feared would be?
I am luggage, I will be stolen,
I began to feel that day..
It was you who gave them the audacity,
Every time you reprimanded me that way..
They who fear and run from Dogs
Are chased and bitten in the flesh,

But stand your ground and look the in the eye,
And watch them slink away, tail between thigh..
You were amongst those six,
This is the doing of well wishers

Your religion, even your God fears them,
Perhaps that is why he sounds like them,
“Woman is dwarf-like and weak,
Looks best sitting at home, pretty and meek.”

The priest, the cleric, the monk, the ascetic,
May have showered this world with their blessings,
But my forehead will not bow to them.
I will die, but not come to you.
God! I will not come to you!

Drown! I shall drown, but not succumb into swimming with the tide;
Walk! I shall close these eyes and walk,
Slipper in hand, I shall stand!
Walk! I shall close these eyes and walk,
Mother, I will not fear
Mother, I will not become you.

Policeman! This is your doing
Your thoughts are identical to theirs
In the drawstrings of your pants camp typical male airs,
“If you value your honour, stay at home”
You sing along to their tune
Your well fed tummy stands tall on boots,
Tightly laced by crime and to injustice immune.
What hope can one have of you,
When he the head and you shoulder
To live fearlessly on your guarantee is to gamble our lives and throw it over the boulder..

Your assertions of authority betray your hidden tail,
And you wear in your neck the politician’s khadi collar!
You were amongst those six,
This is the doing of well wishers

This is your doing Politician, O leader of men..
All those six were members of your creed
2002 and 1992 saw you too pull at salwars in lusty greed
And when in 1984 that ‘great’ tree fell
You too were a bloodsucking leech in those shadows of hell
Your hands have fed grain to them
They are mere glimpses of your sins
You are all made from the same clay
These are your comrades and brethren.

Make the crocodile your symbol, your flag
For these are the monsters you’ve fathered, and they wear your name tag..
You were amongst those six,
This is the doing of well wishers

I heard once that my land was free,
Why then should I remain a slave?
I never dreamt of Prince Charming,
I never wanted to be Queen of his enclave..
Mother of mine! You poor doll of clay..
I will not remain a mute sculpture, not even today!
Slipper in hand, I shall stand!
Walk! I shall close these eyes and walk,
Drown! I shall drown, but not succumb into swimming with the tide;
Walk! I shall close these eyes and walk,

And you who surround me now concerned
Keep at it!
Each time there occurs an ‘incident’
Discuss, debate, analyse
Build mountains of argument
When you suffer a crime
It is a question of ‘life’
When I am attacked
Why is the question of ‘honour’ rife?
This is a battle to be equal
To be counted as one who is Alive
Hide not this searing burning wound
In a two and a half inch hole, between the legs inside.

Look Mother! Look how I fought
I was one, they were six
But afraid I was not
Every time they touched me, I bit, I bit
I fought, I fought and till they tired I hit
I spat! I spat upon their faces
I spat! I spat like they were shit

Mother, I will not fear
Mother, I will not become you.
Mother, I will not fear

Proud of myself am I
I rendered them helpless and returned, I did not sigh
I returned to laugh! To laugh without a care
I returned to settle, to prosper, to live, to dare..

 

Chhattisgarh home minister blames ‘stars’ for crime against women #WTFnews #Vaw


PTI | Jan 8, 2013, 01.38 PM IST

RAIPUR: Facing flak for the Kanker rape case, Chhattisgarh home minister Nanki Ram Kanwar has landed himself in a spot by saying that crimes against women were happening as their stars were in adverse positions, a remark termed as childish and vulgar by the state Congress.

“We have no answer to this rising spate of crimes against women. Star are not in position,” Kanwar told reporters in Raipur.

Harm can come on a person if the stars are in adverse positions…We have no answer to this, only an astrologer can predict,” the state home minister said.

Kanwar’s remarks on Monday came after opposition Congress in Chhattisgarh demanded dismissal of the BJP government over the issue of the alleged rape on minor inmates of a government-run residential school for tribal girls in Kanker district, which came to light following a complaint on Saturday.

Asked about the home minister’s remarks, chief minister Raman Singh today quipped, “Now, what do I say on this.”

State Congress chief Nand Kumar Patel called Kanwar’s comments as childish and vulgar.

A delegation of Congress leaders, led by Patel, had on Monday met Chhattisgarh governor Shekhar Dutt and demanded dismissal of the state government, saying it has failed to ensure safety of the girls living in residential schools.

In a memorandum to the governor, the party said that everybody was shocked by the incident of rape of inmates of Tribal Girls Pre-matric Hostel in Narharpur area of Kanker.

Two persons, including a teacher, have been arrested for allegedly raping minor inmates of the government-run residential school, according to police.

Accused Mannu Ram Gota, 24, a contractual teacher, was arrested on Sunday night from a forest area of Narharpur, Superintendent of Police Rahul Bhagat said, adding that school watchman Deenaram had also been taken into custody in the case for sexually abusing the girls for several months.

Medical examination has confirmed rape of nine out of the 40 students, who are residing at the hostel located in Narharpur police station limits, he said. Medical tests were still underway.

The Chhattisgarh government has ordered a high-level probe into the incident and Director General of Police Ramniwas has deputed IPS officer Neetu Kamal to investigate it. Stringent action will be taken against those who will be found guilty after the probe, the DGP said.

Meanwhile, services of both the accused along with hostel warden Babita Markam have been terminated by the district collector.

 

#Pakistan -Bakht Arif Sings Zinda Lash For Patronizing Indian Politicians #Vaw #Misogyny


Sushma Swaraj may have mercilessly labelled rape victims as ‘Zinda Lash’, but people, for sure, haven’t taken that kindly.

Bakht Arif, from Pakistan, reprises ‘Zombie’, the legendary song that the Cranberries created to protest against the Warrington bomb attacks.

Called ‘Zinda Lash’, this one is against all misogynists and sexists.

By Shuddhabrata Sengupta

Don’t be a zombie. Never be a Zinda Lash.

No. Don’t Listen to Honey Singh talking about what he wants to do to the bodies of young women.

No. Don’t listen to Sushma Swaraj talking about what she thinks is the zinda lash when she talks about the body of a young woman.

No. Don’t listen to Mamata Bannerjee talking about the motives that determine the movement of the body of a young woman.

No. Don’t listen to Botsa Satyanarayana talking about when the body of a young woman should be moving about and when it should be still.

No. Don’t listen to Manmohan Singh asking ‘theek hai’ after talking about a young woman.

No. Don’t listen to Sonia Gandhi’s silence about a young woman.

No. Don’t listen to the Delhi Police Chief’s lies about young women and men.

No. Don’t listen to a former army chief who talks about young women in Delhi and was silent about young women in Kashmir and Manipur when his soldiers went a raping.

No. Don’t listen to Baba Ramedev when he talks about how to make young women fairer and comelier and homelier.

No. Don’t listen to the news anchors of Lutyens Delhi who can’t look beyond the young women of the capital.

Listen to Haze Kay, from Kashmir, this side of the Line of Control. And now. Listen to Bakht Arif, from Pakistan, from that side of the international border. She sings for all the Zinda Lash, here, then and everywhere.

Thanks to the Cranberries, Bakht Arif and the Internet.

Never be a zombie. Never be Zinda Lash.

(Originally posted at Kafila.org)