Kerala: Madani admitted to hospital for treatment


By PTI – BANGALORE

07th January 2013 05:27 PM

  • The Karnataka High Court had in November last year rejected Madani's bail plea but permitted him to avail treatment in a hospital of his choice under police escort. PTI file photo
    The Karnataka High Court had in November last year rejected Madani’s bail plea but permitted him to avail treatment in a hospital of his choice under police escort. PTI file photo

Jan 7,2013, IE

Kerala-based PDP leader Abdul Nasser Madani, lodged in central prison here after his arrest in connection with the 2008 serial bomb blasts, has been admitted to a private hospital for treatment of diabetes.

Assistant Superintendent of Parappana Agrahara jail D S Hatti said Madani has been admitted to Soukhya hospital in Whitefield near here for the treatment of diabetes and related eye complication.

His wife and son would be allowed to attend him at the hospital, Hatti said.

The Karnataka High Court had in November last year rejected Madani’s bail plea but permitted him to avail treatment in a hospital of his choice under police escort.

Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy had met his Karnataka counterpart Jagadish Shettar last week and urged him to provide medical treatment to Madani.

Ruling UDF and opposition LDF members had last month asked the Kerala government to intervene to ensure proper medical care for Madani. Chandy had said it was not just to keep a person in prison indefinitely “without trial”.

Madani was arrested on August 17, 2010 from his camp at Anwarassery in Kerala’s Kollam district. He remains lodged in the jail since then.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader is among 31 people charge sheeted in the case relating to the July 2008 bomb blasts that killed one person and left 20 others injured here.

#India- 15- year- old set on fire after failed rape attempt, is critical #Vaw #Wtfnews


CHILDRAPE

By IANS – LUCKNOW

07th January 2013

A 16-year-old in Uttar Pradesh‘s Allahabad town is battling for life with 70 percent burns after she was set on fire allegedly by her neighbour who attempted to rape her. When she fought off his attempts, he returned with his parents and doused her with kerosene, police said Monday.

The incident took place Saturday in Shankargarh locality in Allahabad, about 230 km from here, Saturday. Police swung into action late Sunday after women’s groups protested inaction.

Mohit Agarwal, senior superintendent of police in Allahabad, said teams were looking for the alleged attacker, 20-year-old Gyan Patel, and his parents.

The girl, who is battling death with more than 70 percent burns, has been admitted to a city medical facility, an official said.

Police have lodged a first information report (FIR) and are conducting raids to arrest the assailant and his parents, who allegedly connived in the crime. An official said the girl has three sisters and is a Class 10 student at a local inter college. Her father is a vegetable vendor.

Giving details of the crime, an official said the teenager was alone at home when Patel barged into the hutment and tried to force himself on her. The girl fought him back bravely and managed to foil the rape bid.

Patel then fled the scene, only to return with his father Santosh Patel and mother Geeta. They then doused the unsuspecting girl in kerosene and set her on fire, police said.

Her sisters, who had gone to bring water from a nearby well, saw smoke coming out from their house and rushed back to see their younger sister was burning. They managed to douse the flames but not before the girl was severely burnt.

Neighbours called in an ambulance, which rushed her to a hospital where her condition is stated to be serious. Senior police officials swung into action only after local social worker Manju Pathak intervened Sunday afternoon.

Superintendent of Police (Crime) Arun Pandey went to the hospital and recorded the statement of the girl who narrated the horrifying act of the neighbour.

She also said Patel warned her against going to the police, saying he would contest the case by selling off his agriculture land and tractor whereas she would lose the case.

 

Nivedita Menon: We’re witnessing new interventions by feminists of all genders #Vaw #Womenrights


By Amrita Nandy | Jan 7, 2013, 1

Nivedita Menon: We're witnessing new interventions by feminists of all genders
Feminists have long tried to build an understanding that desexualises rape — in law and everyday life, says Nivedita Menon.
  • With violence against Indian women on the rise, the debate over feminist politics and its relevance has acquired new importance. AcademicNivedita Menon has researched this in Seeing Like A Feminist. Speaking with Amrita Nandy, Menon discussed the role and energy of feminism today, how rape and dress are analysed by convention versus feminism — and how feminism eventually liberates women, even from being feminists:

You write about rape usually being analysed within a patriarchal discourse of honour — how is rape understood outside that frame?

Feminists have long tried to build an understanding that desexualises rape — in law and everyday life. If you take rape out of patriarchal discourses of honour, it is an act of violence that violates bodily integrity. It is not a fate worse than death but it is traumatic, like any act of physical violence, and it should be punished as such.

In the way young women and men in the recent protests are writing and singing about this, you can see this understanding has wide currency now.

One issue about rape centres on women’s dress. In contrast to patriarchal norms, the liberal discourse emphasises free choices for women. But why are miniskirts projected as choice as opposed to say, veils?

For feminism, this is a key issue — are women victims needing protection or active agents engaging with power? The notion of choice is not enough to answer this because such freedom of choice is always exercised within strict boundaries that are non-negotiable — class, race, caste and gender-based. Women do make choices but not in circumstances of their own making. And often, women choose options that go against normative feminist values.

Here, we see the contradiction between two core beliefs of feminism — the belief in the autonomy of women versus the hegemony of dominant values that constrain the freedom to choose. Values liberals consider desirable are not dominant in society, so the freedom to choose often simply reasserts existing problematic values — thus, for example, a woman may choose to abort a fetus because it is female. We must deal with this troubling recognition in our politics. Feminists must treat these choices with respect, work towards changing the circumstances that shape them, engage in dialogue and be open to the destabilisation of our own norms.

As for the veil versus the miniskirt — the feminist critique is of cultural pressure to dress in particular ways, whether this involves showing more skin or covering up. In either case, the element of force is what we isolate as the problem, not the dress itself.

Finally, is there a somewhat wary distance between women and feminists today?

Well, feminism is not about a moment of final triumph but the gradual transformation of the social field, so that old markers shift forever — this shift actually enables many young women today to say, ‘I believe in equal rights for women but i’m not a feminist.’

What feminist struggles fought for yesterday have become beyond challenge today. In the protests that galvanised the country, many slogans, and not just in English, expressed feminist understandings about the autonomy and mobility of women. The young women on the streets were unafraid. The young woman whose rape and murder moved all of us also showed exemplary courage and no false notions of shame in her statements to the police.

I think we are witnessing the gradual transformation of ground-level common sense by feminist interventions, from rural areas to urban classrooms — and by feminists of all genders.

 

A nameless piece, like hundreds of victims #Vaw #Womenrights


by Charanya Kannan on Saturday, 29 December 2012

I was in my engineering second year. Finished a dance practice at Mylapore, took the legendary 12B bus to go home. I was groped by an asshole in the bus. I was not new to that, I don’t think any woman,especially in India,is new to that. I knew exactly how to handle it. I’ve always handled it that way, ever since the first incident happened when I was in class 6, if anybody touches me I would scream out and call the attention of the bus conductor, the conductor would then ask the man to get down, and I’d be satisfied that I’ve done by bit as I see the guy humiliated, embarrassed, hiding in his face and running out of the bus, knowing that he would never dare to do it again. So that day, I did the same. Except, this time it was different.

The conductor looked up and said “Stand somewhere else, away from him”. I was shocked and appalled, and said “What? Ask him to get out of the bus” and as I was saying this, the asshole kissed me, yes in front of everyone, while I was hurling this complaint against him. He curled his lips and gave me this vicious smile which silently said “You are but a helpless woman”. I screamed in rage, EVERYONE stood silent. ALL the passengers, stood silently, watching. The conductor looked up and said “Galatta panadha, buss virtu erungu”. (Get down form the bus, stop overreacting)  I was fuming and burst out in tears as I got down from the bus,I noted down the bus number and went crying to my dad. My dad agreed to take me to the police station. My mother pleaded with us “Are you crazy, why would you take our teenage girl to the police station? Its unsafe ,besides what would people think”. Can anyone blame her for thinking that way? So we telephoned the police instead.

My father had to use his position -‘gazetted officer’ to even so much as to get their attention. We said we have the bus number and need to file a FIR against the bus conductor and the driver. We got a call from the police station 10 minutes later, and a lady officer spoke to me.  She said ” If you press charges, we’d have to suspend the driver and conductor. We would never be able to trace the guy who did that to you anyway. The driver and conductor would complain to their union, and if the union decided to go on a strike , then the issue would be picked up by the media, and your image would unnecessarily be tarnished. My suggestion is to just forget it”. And thats what I’ve tried doing, tried forgetting it for the last 8 years. But I still remember his face, that sadistic smile, that I’ve been wanting to wipe it from his face forever, but just can’t.  And when I was discussing this issue in my college with a group of friends, a random guy who overheard it actually said ” What sort of a girl is she, why would she speak in public about all this”. THIS. THIS is exactly the problem with our country. It wasn’t wrong for the guy to have done that, but it is wrong that I spoke about it. A dutiful girl should have kept it  a secret and carried on with her life. Even now, I’m very sure my mom would call me from India and ask why I publish notes like these.

A bunch of people reading this are invariably bound to think how “unwomanly” it is for me to write all this. And a few people reading this would probably think “Wonder what dress she wore in the bus”. Thats why I specified dance class in the first line- Indian classical dance implies wearing Chudithar with Dupataa.  I read a blog on this issue where the author had to issue a disclaimer “..want to clarify that not all of the examples of harassment or abuse I mentioned in the post involved me directly..” Because we get judged for writing these. Its easier to speak in third person.  Its almost quite impossible  for any girl in India ot have escaped such experiences. But no one speaks about it. And thats the inception for trouble.  What happened to me was nothing, nothing at all, in light of what so many other women undergo in the country.

I’m probably not even thinking right when writing this, I’m just really depressed when I heard the news about that girl who died today. I may regret writing this tomorrow, as the society does expect me to be ashamed for speaking out. I could be termed ‘Dented-painted”.

But still, a few arbid thoughts that come to my mind right now:

  1. While this rape case is being discussed extensively on electronic media, a 17 year old girl has committed suicide, as the officers were trying to convince her to withdraw the case, by casting aspirations on her character and asking her to marry the rapist.Should I be happy that the officer I spoke to was at least courteous to me?http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/27/india-gang-rape-suicide_n_2370859.html?utm_hp_ref=world.
  2. These are the views about ‘rape’ expressed by our politicians, in the last one year. A sordid compliation. These are our law makers, what co you expect from others?This made me nauseous. I’m not sure what else to say about this.  http://ibnlive.in.com/news/rape-sexual-assault-womens-rights-s-politicians-said-in-2012/312791-3.html.
  3. Everybody in korea wears skirts, the length of it being so tiny that it would not even qualify it as a skirt in India. Yet there is no eve teasing here. NO EVE TEASING. People drink, a lot. Girls drink, a LOT. They drink till 4 am. They hang out with guys. Yet girls don’t get raped, they don’t even so much as get stared at or judged. People eat a lot of chow mien here, yet there is no hormonal problem.
  4. A few months ago I posted this image of a girl, who’s face was charred when a guy hurled acid at her face, because she refused to humour him. When I published this photo, I got two messages from friends saying “We log into Facebook to see happy stuff, that image totally put me off, stop posting such gruesome stuff”. I apologize in advance to those people who find such a compelling desire to stay away from news of this sort.Please live in your happy fairy tale land.  And please don’t read the next point.
  5. Engineering 3rd year. Gajalakshmi Prabhakaran came a little shaken to college that day. I asked her why. Her mother is a nurse. Apparently the previous day, her mother saw a one year girl, a tiny little girl, brought bleeding and dead to her hospital. Apparently the father of the girl raped her. The little baby was dead in her mothers arms. Gajalakshmi’s mother was helpless and tormented. So were we, on hearing the news. The same thing has happened again, this time the tiny one is 2.5 years old. http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report_2-year-old-vadodara-rape-victim-dies-of-injuries_1781807. The case handled by Gajalakshmi’s mother was never quite reported in the media. I’m sure there are hundreds of nameless 2 year girls who die every year.
  6. My undergraduate college was very liberal in a conservative city, there were no ‘dress codes’. Yet when girls wore kurtas and jeans to college, they invariable earned the names ‘bitch’ and ‘slut’ and ‘pros’ by fellow classmates. I was stunned and always wrapped myself in a dupatta for the next 3 years of college. When I see some of those guys’ photographs on Facebook, I now smile, as they’re standing next to a wife/grilfriend wearing jeans. Does that mean there is hope after all?
  7. Speaking about dress, how can you blame the poor guys of Tamilnadu when the youth icon, actor Vijay makes such crass third rate movies ? (I know I can be admonished by Vijay fans for this). Check out this scene where he tells Asin, that if she dresses in a sari, men would worship her. Seriously vijay? Do you want to know some statistics about women who wear a sari and get raped? Our stupid censor board which censors even a simple kiss scene from an english movie, lets such chauvinistic movies make their bucks. Do watch this video, it comes with english subtitles. And remember to hate it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8g9c9FNJ89M
  8. A few years back the rebel in me would have died to return to India to fight injustice. Now I’m just glad I’m away form that place. I’m thinking twice if my daughter should grow up there.
  9. All my dear friends in Delhi /Gurgaon, please leave that wretched place as soon as possible. I love you all too much.
  10. I’ve already  given a few shout outs to this, but I guess this is the opportune moment, when everyone is keen on doing something. Go ahead, read this blog by Sunitha Krishnan, She was raped by 5 men when she was 15 years old, yet she survived. She not just survived, but has been fighting against sex trafficking through her organization @Prajwala (its a community on fb tagged in this note). Please support that.  http://sunithakrishnan.blogspot.kr/. Do spend half an hour reading her various articles.

Akbaruddin Owaisi – You are an Enemy of Muslims (and Hindus) #hatespeech


Guest post by IRSHADUL HAQUE
Translated from Hindi by Shuddhabrata Sengupta

Akbaruddin Owaisi, you are an enemy of Muslims. You are the kind of
adversary who lurks like a snake in the grass, ready to strike at the
person who cares for that patch. Your desire to provoke a
confrontation between India’s 25 crore Muslims and 100 crore Hindus
reminds us of Muhammad Ali Jinnah. This is why Javed Akhtar has gone
to the extent of calling you ‘the greatest enemy of Muslims’. I know
that I am not alone when I find myself agreeing with this view. Many
other Indian Muslims will be in agreement with me.

Your behaviour and your actions are reminiscent of the second phase of
Jinnah’s political career. Do not forget that Jinnah played his part
in diviging this country to fulfill his political ambition. Of course
he was amply helped in this task by Hindu Fundamentalists like
Savarkar. But today’s India is not the India of 1947. You might have a
voice amongst a section of Muslims in Hyderabad, but the Muslims of
India are not your inherited property.

You belong to the party All India Majlis Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM)
that your grandfather Abdul Vahid Owaisi founded, and which your
family has been running like a private limited company for the last
fifty-sixty years. The Owaisi family is exactly like the Thackeray
family of Maharashtra.  After your grandfather’s death, your father
Salahuddin Owaisi took charge of the family firm, and tried to expand
it. Your father occasionally roared, often talked about Muslims and
what is happening to them, and occasionally spoke against Hindus, but
you have crossed all boundaries.

People like you occasionally come out of your lair, roar, and then
hide once again in its darkness. You do not have the capacity to
engage with anything outside Hyderabad. Raj Thackeray, like you, can
spout venom in Shivaji Park about North Indian and Bihari Hindus and
Muslims, but does not have the guts to step outside Mumbai. Ordinary
people in this country now understand well that people like you and
the Thackerays are complicit with each other. One lets out his bile
against North Indian and Bihari Hindus and Muslims and the other
against a hundred crore Hindus.

Listen, Akbaruddin Owaisi. Try and understand this land. Your family
may have been feudal lords for generations but you need to get out of
the mentality of treating Muslims as your fief. You, and your elder
brother Asaduddin Owaisi are carrying the burden of the politics that
your father gave you in inheritance. Raj and Uddhav Thackeray are like
you, heirs to this fiefdom of hatred. It is possible that a minuscule
section of the 42 percent of the population of Hyderabad (the Muslims
of Hyderabad) benefit from your brand of politics, but the 25 crore
Muslims who live everywhere and anywhere in India have nothing to do
with your desire to ‘teach a hundred crore Hindus a lesson’.

The six to seven MLAs of the MIM might carry some weight in the Andhra
Pradesh Legislative Assembly, but your party has  neither any
identity, nor any relevance outside of Andhra Pradesh. This is because
ordinary Hindus and Muslims have no desire to fight with each other
and bear no hatred towards each other. It is people like you and the
Bukhari clan (Imams of the Jama Masjid in Delhi) who try to teach
hatred to the Muslims of India. Your tradition links you to Praveen
Togadia and Ashok Singhal of the VHP and to the Bukharis.

Yes, I do admit that your clan runs four dozen schools, a few
hospitals, a few orphanages and some ‘sewing centers’ for poor women
in Hyderabad. You are also the managing-director of the Owaisi
Hospital. You arrange for the treatment of the sick. All that is just
as well. But this does not mean that in return for these ‘favors’ you
have the license to make hate-filled speeches to a gathering of
fifteen-twenty thousand Muslims in Nirmal Town, in Adilabad, adjoining
Hyderabad. It does not mean that you are entitled to have your cronies
give the cry of ‘Nara-e-Taqbeer, Allah-o-Akbar’ as a means to enact a
form of religious blackmail.

On that day, on the 24th of December, the way in which you wear
roaring in your Shervani, was reminiscent of Jinnah. You are deluded
if you think that if the police can be made to stay away then you can
teach one hundred crore Muslims a lesson. Leave Hindus aside for
themoment, Muslims themselves will teach you a democratic lesson that
you will find impossible to forget. Try and step out of your lair in
Hyderabad, just for once.m

Your public life had its ‘moment of awakening’ even before the 24th of
December. But even in your private life you have distinguished
yourself by your violence. You have had a history of personal enmity
with a Hyderabadi property dealer like Mohammad Pehelwan. This led to
assaults  with knives and bullets in 2011. If your personal enmity
with another Muslim peaks in confrontations over property that use
bullets and ammunition, then how can you honestly hope  represent the
struggles of poor and deprived Muslims. You issues fatwas of death to
Taslima Nasreen. Prevent her from coming to Hyderabad. All you do is
play with Muslim sentiments.

I would advise you to learn restraint in your statements and speeches.
If you have such a great desire to make your mark as a ‘Muslim Leader’
it would be better if you were to pay some attention to the actual
problems of poor and pasmanda Muslim communities, in a manner that
your father and grandfather tried to do, at least to a certain extent.

This text was first published in Hindi in naukarshahi.in

 

 

 

Rosa Parks, The Power Of Resistance And the #delhigangrape #Vaw


By Vidyadhar Date

4 January, 2013
Countercurrents.org

This year marks the centenary of the birth of Rosa Parks, the young woman who refused to give her seat to a white man in a bus and sparked the civil rights movement in the days of segregation in the U.S. in 1955. Rosa becomes all the more relevant to us in the context of the recent rape of the girl in a Delhi bus and her murder .

Incidentally, resistance to injustice in public transport has triggered two epoch making, peaceful protests. The first was Mahatma Gandhi’s in protest against the humiliation he faced in the train in South Africa.

Rosa became a rallying figure in American history and went on to live for another 50 years after her act of resistance. The Delhi girl medical student became a victim at a young age but like Rosa she has triggered a mass moement.

The nationwide protests in India have focused mainly on the issue of rape. But these could as well extend to the arena of public transport because the girl’s rape and death are directly related to the inadequacy of public transport and the government’s abject failure to provide basic amenities to the masses.

Rosa Parks, a black woman, was sitting in the rear portion of the bus reserved for blacks. When a white man came in and the driver of the bus asked her to offer her seat to him, she refused. For this she was arrested . In protest there was a prolonged boycott of buses by the black community which led to the resistance movement of the black people. Her resistance was not an accident. She was for many years an activist in the movement for the rights of the exploited people.

The resistance movement in the U.S. is relevant to India particularly because public transport in the country is deteriorating even while the government slavishly and brazenly encourages motor cars in contempt of the national urban transport policy. The government does this by yielding to the pressure from the car lobby which sees India as a focus area as the market for cars is declining in the West. The State Bank of India routinely gives front page advertisements in leading English language dailies offering incentive loans to push the sale of motor cars. What a cruel irony that this is the priority area for India’s oldest and biggest and State-controlled bank. Has anyone ever seen a bank giving advertisements offering loans for buying bicycles ? There are countless who need these. But the banks want to bail out the automobile industry which is one of the biggest drivers of capitalism for decades.

It is not only in the raped girl’s death that the government has blood on its hand. It is the same story everywhere because of the government’s policy. Many people are now falling to death from overcrowded trains in Mumbai, the nation’s financial capital. So bad is the situation in the Mumbai suburban railway network that the Marathi daily Prahar, controlled by Maharashtra’s industries minister, described the Central Railway as the Murderous Railway (Khooni Madhya Railway) in the heading of an editorial on new year day. The minister Narayan Rane is a Congressman and an aspirant for the chief minister’s job. The bitter editorial is a reflection of the extreme anger among the people. It is only that people have not come out on the streets in Mumbai. The government is extraordinarily lucky that they have not.

Even the commissioner of railway safety (central circle), Mr Chetan Bakshi has admonished the authorities for the shoddy `modernization’ work in progress on the railway tracks. And even Mr Rakesh Saxena, managing director of Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation, confesessed at the urban mobility conference in Delhi last month that the conditions in the suburban railway for passengers were inhuman. That was much before the recent public outrage.

India has the disgraceful record of accounting for the highest number of deaths in road crashes in the world. Most of the victims are poor people. So what does the government care ? The government routinely observes a road safety week annually in January as it is doing this week. That this is routine in the extreme can be seen from the fact that road fatalities are actually increasing by eight per cent every year, according to the government’s own figures. And the actual toll may be much higher if one sees how the police routinely refuse to register cases of road crashes unless the case is serious . There is collusion at every level. One senior surgeon in Mumbai had the temerity to enter the morgue of a public hospital recently and perform an operation on a body and tamper with the evidence of the accident. He was a complete outsider, he must have bribed someone and obviously, he was trying to protect someone. That is how deep the rot is. This means the poor not only lose life and limb their chances of getting any sort of justice, any compensation become extremely slim because of the callousness, or shall we say cruelty, of the authorities.

It is estimated that by the year 2030, the annual death toll on roads in India would rise to 260,000 . This would be equal to deaths caused by multiple plane crashes and terrorist attacks every month of the year. That is the magnitude. This is particularly unacceptable because Western governments have consistently brought down the number of deaths in their countries.

A report on road safety prepared by a committee headed by Prof Dinesh Mohan of IIT, Delhi, for the Planning Commission severely exposes several sectors. It says there is a total lack of commitment on the part of policy makers, designers, inventors, operators and researchers. There is too much emphasis on the engineering aspect and neglect of many other aspects. Safety is the first casualty of the PPP (public private participation) model. Yet, observers point out this model is trumpeted by the authorities day in and day out. It is a constant refrain in high level seminars. It is a fraud. A retired senior government servant remarked recently that PPP was actually an ATM (any time money) for politicians.

That the authorities have absolutely no regard for the basic rights and amenities for the people and are obsessed with elitist schemes for the benefit of the rich is clear from this example. The Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) has for its main priority currently a project to create a Formula 1 racing track on the outskirts of Mumbai and using hundreds of acres of precious land in the process. Of course, there is no demand from anyone for this utterly wasteful and unnecessary project. Such projects are increasingly coming under attack in the West. The authorities have the gall to claim in their website that this will help transform Mumbai into a major tourist and sports destination and enhance its global image. They should know that the country already has one and the new race track in Delhi has a poor record.

So let the poor fall from overcrowded trains and be run over by the cars of the arrogant, drunken rich but we will cater to the demands of the international car lobby and promote the cult of vehicular speed making it more difficult for people even to cross the road.

The venue of the launch of the road safety week in Mumbai on January 1 at Marine Drive in Mumbai seems like a cruel joke.It is the most unsafe place to reach on foot. Since this is a time for some reflection for politicians, the chief minister would do well to cross the road from Talk of the Town restaurant to Marine Drive without any escort and go incognito. True, there are good officers in the police but they are in a minority.

Coming back to Rosa Parks. She is one of the best inspirations in the present times particularly since women are now coming out into the open to reclaim their space, their rights. The American right wing tried to appropriate her legacy. When she died in 2005 , her body lay in state in the Rotunda of Capitol Hill. A critic bitterly noted that here lay in 1972 the body of J Edgar Hoover who had worked to destroy everything Rosa Parks stood for. For half a century, he waged a war against blacks, homosexuals and Communists. Similarly, vested interests will try to appropriate the raped medical student, the victim. They will try to deflect attention from the circumstances through some gestures which will be basically empty.

We do have an apartheid though it is of a different kind from the one that Rosa Parks fought. Delhi particularly is a stark example. It has the most naked disparities in transport. It has more cars than Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai totally have. So while the rich travel in air conditioned comfort and at breakneck speed in their cars on Delhi’s wide roads, young girls struggle to travel in constant dread in public transport buses. That is why the fighting spirit of Rosa Parks is relevant to us.

Vidyadhar Date is a senior journalist and author of the book Traffic in the era of climate change. Walking, cycling, public transport need priority. Emaildatebandra@yahoo.com.

 

#India- Dalit minor in Punjab raped, force fed pesticide #WTFnews #Vaw


 #India- Chastity, Virginity, Marriageability, and Rape Sentencing #Vaw  #Justice #mustread

Mukesh Tandon, TNN Jan 6, 2013, 07.09AM IST

FARIDKOT: A 16-year-old dalit girl was abducted, raped and forced to eat some poisonous pesticide by an upper-caste man and dumped outside her house in a village in Faridkot district on Saturday morning.

According to the girl’s statement, she was abducted by three men around 11.30pm on Friday night from outside her house when she was going to a relative’s place nearby. Police have arrested two men, identified as Jagmeet Singh, the prime accused, and one of his accomplices Jagsir Singh. Search is on to nab Chhaina Singh, the third accused. The girl’s mother had approached the Jaito police station and filed a missing person’s complaint the same night.

The girl has said that Jagmeet raped her while the other two stood guard outside the room where she was taken. The girl said that she was threatened and forcibly made to eat something that made her unconscious.

She was found lying in front of her house by her parents who immediately rushed her to Guru Gobind Singh Medical College and hospital in Faridkot. The hospital staff said that she probably had some pesticide. Police have registered a case of rape, abduction, and wrongful confinement against the three accused.

 

 

#Mumbai -Invitation for Gender and Leadership Workshop on 12th Jan


Dear  friends,

 

Warm greetings for the New Year.

 

The active involvement of youth, especially of girls, is essential to bring change in society.   Given  direction and opportunity to display their skills, capacity and vibrant energy, they can be an important part of developmental programming and more. Youth leadership can be enhanced through building their alliances and giving them exposure to meet and share their views with peers.

 

To celebrate the National Youth Day on January 12, Vacha is organizing Gender and Leadership Workshop for young girls and boys between the ages of 16 – 24 years on Jan. 20. We invite you to nominate youth members from your area of field work. The participants will be girls and boys associated with a social organization, an NGO or basti level youth groups at least for a year. Maximum 6 people from one organisation can participate in the workshop at least 50% of them should be girls.  Participants need to register before January 12 by email to vachamail@gmail.com or by post/courier. Registration fee is Rs.20 per participant. Tea, breakfast and lunch will be provided. A certificate of participation will also be issued to all participants.

 

The objectives of workshop are:

  1. To increase gender understanding in youth
  2. To develop collaborative leadership in youth
  3. To encourage youth to be more active at basti level

 

Vacha is a Resource Centre for Women and Girls.  The major focus of our work is on building youth leadership of girls and boys living in bastis..

For more information contact:

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Call to address concerns of Kudankulam protesters


SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT, The Hindu

A chord with the masses:Film director T.K. Rajeevkumar launching the campaign ‘A rupee for Kudankulam’ on the Shanghumughom beach in Thiruvananthapuram on Sunday.— Photo: S. Mahinsha

 

The concerns of safety, loss of livelihood, and displacement raised by the villagers of Kudankulam are not the isolated concerns of 18,000 fisherfolk. Every individual should see this struggle as the right of another for existence and support it, film-maker T. K. Rajeevkumar said. The agitation against the Kudankulam nuclear plant has crossed 600 days.

Addressing hundreds of people on the Shanghumugham beach on Sunday evening, Mr. Rajeevkumar said the people of Kudankulam only want to convey to the world that none in high places had ever actually explained to them the benefits or disadvantages of building a nuclear plant in their village. They want to tell the world to understand the depth and implications of the concerns they have raised and see it as a concern of humanity and not marginalise it, Mr. Rajeevkumar said.

He was speaking after inaugurating the ‘A Rupee for Kudankulam’ campaign, organised by a State-level action council expressing solidarity with the Kudankulam movement

He said his reaction to the issue was that of a citizen and that of an individual who was apprehensive about what the proximity to a nuclear plant could mean to his world and the safety of people. The government had the responsibility to reassure the people about the concerns they had raised, he said.

Video installation

Mr. Rajeevkumar said a video installation on Kudankulam, explaining the entire anti-nuclear campaign from a human perspective, was being planned, the shooting for which had already commenced. The video installation would travel across the world so that the anti-nuclear voices from an isolated community would be heard across the world, he added.

S. P. Udayakumar, who is spearheading the anti-nuclear protests at Kudankulam plant, addressed the campaign via video conferencing. He said the people of the village were only seeking basic information about the nuclear plant project. But the Centre and the Tamil Nadu government were only concerned about enriching the Russian economy and scuttling the non-violent and democratic agitation being carried out by the villagers.

“Why is the government hell bent on going ahead with the nuclear plant project in such a hasty manner? The Prime Minister says we are approaching the issue emotionally and that we should come forward for a dialogue. But to initiate a dialogue, we need all information about the project – give us details about the site analysis, safety evaluation and emergency preparation and management reports,” Dr. Udayakumar said.

He pointed out that in other States too, proposed nuclear projects had been dropped following people’s opposition. “There is no need for any haste; let us have a national debate on the issue in the next elections,” he said.

He said the agitation will continue and that the people of Kudankulam were determined to fight for their right to live safely in their land till their last breath.

 

Hate speech: Owaisi seeks 4 more days to surrender before police


 Posted on Jan 07, 2013 at 11:23am IST

Hyderabad: Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen MLA Akbaruddin Owaisi, in a row over a hate speech, returned early on Monday morning from London to a rousing reception by his supporters at the airport. A hospital ambulance was at his residence for a reported check up on Monday morning.

He was likely to surrender to the police on Monday after being booked for delivering a hate speech, but Owaisi has approached the investigating officer in Adilabad seeking four days extension for appearance. Prohibitory orders, however, remain in force in Nirmal town of the district till 6 pm on Monday in anticipation of his meeting with police.

He was directed by the court to appear before the police in Adilabad district on Monday and in Nizamabad town on January 8. When asked if the police anticipated any trouble due to his appearance, the police officer said, “Everything will be taken care of”. On Saturday, Andhra Pradesh DGP V Dinesh Reddy said Owaisi informed police that he was undergoing treatment in London and would appear before it shortly.

Another notice was served to the MIM legislator by Osmania police asking him to appear before it on January 10. While two FIRs were registered suo motu at Adilabad and Nizamabad districts, a third case was registered by Osmania University police, following a court directive after Owaisi allegedly used inflammatory language against a particular community last month.

Fresh complaints continued to pour in against Owaisi from Malkangiri and Vanasthalipuram, though no cases have been registered, police said.

Owaisi, who represents Chandrayangutta Assembly constituency, has been booked under Sec 153A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion) and Sec 295A (deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings) of IPC.

The MIM legislator has also been booked under Sec 121 (waging or attempting to wage war, or abetting waging of war, against the Government of India) of IPC.

Meanwhile, TDP and BJP leaders held protests at various places in the state, demanding action against Owaisi. TDP MLA Revant Reddy demanded that Owaisi be disqualified for his comments.

Speaking at a protest, state BJP president G Kishan Reddy said that steps should be taken to ensure that Owaisi returns to India to face the law.

(With additional information from PTI) 

 

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