Mumbai bans scantily clad mannequins as they incite sex crimes #Rape #WTFnews #Moralpolicing


Mannequins on the move

Mumbai Mirror | May 30, 2013,
Mannequins on the move
Shanta Gokhale: Separating the best from the banal on Mumbai‘s culturescape

By: Shanta Gokhale

It was reported a couple of days ago, that Ms Ritu Tawade, the BJP corporator from Ghatkopar, had proposed banning lingerie clad mannequins from shop-windows and roadside stalls because “two piece clothes which barely cover the body have led to pollution of minds in today’s generation.” Reading between the lines of Ms Tawade’s becomingly modest statement in which no unspeakable word had passed her lips, our mayor Shri Sunil Prabhu explained that such “scantily clad mannequins do invite unwanted attention of men and result in a surge of sex crimes.” By sex crimes he did not of course mean just touching and groping, crimes for which my aunt, now 86, beat up a man with her umbrella on Dadar bridge in premannequin days. He also meant rape. We now learn that Ms Tawade’s proposal has been passed unanimously by all 227 corporators, cutting across party lines.

It is heartening to know that, whether or not our gutters are cleaned and roads repaired before the rains, our corporators are dedicatedly working towards cleaning up men’s minds. In their utopia, once those scantily dressed mannequins have been bundled off their stands, women will walk free, without having to constantly look before, behind and beside them for signs of unwanted male attention. Like collateral damage during drone attacks, there’s also a collateral benefit attached to abolishing lingeried mannequins. It will drive pollution out of shop and stall assistants’ minds. For remember Ms Tawade, it is they who dress (or perhaps you prefer the word ‘underdress’?) the mannequins. Oh baba! Not just looking looking, but actually touching touching!

One knows of course that corporators’ job specifications don’t include reading and thinking. So Ms Tawade can’t be faulted for not knowing that rape has a more complex pathology and a longer history than can be settled with the mere de-mannequinning of our visual space. We are only talking about dummies here, plastic representations of women. But in Cameroon the fear of rape has resulted in a practice that savagely damages real women’s real bodies. Breast ironing as it is colourfully called, is a part of Cameroon sanskriti. It involves mothers beating their pubescent daughters’ breasts to prevent them from developing. The most widely used implements to achieve this goal are wooden pestles, ladles, spatulas, grinding stones or any other blunt object that’s handy. Breasts are beaten to protect girls from sexual harassment and rape. The collateral benefit of girls not being raped is families not losing their honour because of unwanted pregnancies.

In our country, we have a more radical tradition. In the old days we killed girls at birth, with midwives obliging. Now technology has helped us progress. We preempt birth itself. No girls, no threat to society’s morals.

Returning to Ms Tawade, I had this vision of a simple woman who had been brought up in the traditional way with traditional values. Like the majority of women in this country, she would probably rather die than say bra in public. Developing the picture further, I saw her suffering sleepless nights over the growing crimes against women in her city. Tossing and turning, she hunted for a solution. Then suddenly one day she had it. “Eureka! It’s the dummies, dummy,” she cried and promptly set to work to banish them from sight.

This beguiling picture was destroyed in toto when I saw and heard her on a television talk show on Tuesday night. Far from being simple, she turned out to be an astute politician. Towards the end of the discussion, such as it was, with three representatives of India all yakking in English ranged against this lone representative of Bharat speaking in Hindi, she quietly shifted the goalpost from crimes against women to encroachment on pavements. For a second the other panellists raced on like cartoon characters, skidding to a halt only when they realised that their quarry was no longer before them but had quietly climbed a tree. Making the most of the few seconds of talking time she had wrested from the others, Ms Tawade spoke heatedly about mannequins at roadside stalls eating up pavement space, thereby encroaching on pedestrians’ right to walk on them. Rape? Who said anything about rape?

None of the other panellists had the presence of mind to question her about mannequins in shop windows which didn’t encroach on pedestrians’ rights. Were they to be allowed to pollute the minds of today’s generation? But time was up. Ms Tawade had won the round. Jai political gamesmanship! Jai Bharat!

Liked/hated her column? Write to Shanta Gokhale at mirrorfeedback@timesgroup.com

 

 

Mumbai – Two held for allegedly raping bar dancer #Vaw


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, TNN | Apr 22, 2013,

MUMBAI: The Pant Nagar police recently arrested two people allegedly for gang raping and robbing a 21-year old bargirl after spiking her drink. A bargirl was also arrested for aiding the accused in committing the crime. The accused picked up the victim girl from Pantnagar locality in Ghatkopar (East) on March 18 on pretext of attending a party and took her to a hotel in Thane where she offered drinks which was spike before raping her and made away with her jewelleries.

Police arrested Ali Shah (30), Tariq Ansari and Ruksana Shah alias Priyanka (21) based on the vicitm’s complaint. “The victim and Shah works as bar dancers in Sandeep Bar located in Kurla (West). Few days ago Shah told the victim that March 18 is her birthday and she has organized a party in a Hotel in Thane. She lured Asha that many rich people will attend the party and she can make good use of the opportunity. Shah also told Asha to wear expensive clothes and jewelleries to attract customers. The victim agreed to go with her,” said a police officer.

On March 18, Shah along with her boyfriend and his friend, picked up the victim Asha from Ghatkopar (west) bus depot and took her to a hotel at Thane-Ghodbuner road. In the hotel room, accused discretely laced the victim’s drink with sedatives and after she loses conscious in the night they raped her. Accused then took all the jewelleries.

Investigators said later in the night accused dropped victim to her resident at Parksite. Asha was sleeping the whole day of March 19, but when she did not awake next day her uncle suspect something fishy and rushed her to a private hospital. When she gained conscious she experienced severe pain in her private parts and narrated entire incident to her uncle.

 

Mumbai – Eunuch sexually assaulted in car #Vaw #Gender


By, TNN | Mar 15, 2013,

MUMBAI: A eunuch was picked up by his neighbour and three others who bundled him into a vehicle, took turns to allegedly sodomise him for over three hours, singed him with cigarettes and then doused him in kerosene before throwing him out of the car early on Thursday.

The main accused, Mubarrak, has been arrested and the police suspect that a property dispute could be the motive.

Around 11.30pm on Wednesday, the 20-year-old victim and his two roommates-also eunuchs-left their Ghatkopar chawl and went to Naaz Hotel in Kurla (W) to pick up food. As they were returning, they were accosted by the accused and his three aides who were in a Maruti van. “I asked my roommates to go home. As I got into the car, the four threatened to kill our leaders. Then they took turns to have unnatural sex with me. They also burnt me all over my body with cigarettes. Before throwing me out of the van, they poured kerosene on me,” the victim said in the complaint.

After being thrown out on LBS Marg in Ghatkopar around 2.30am on Thursday, the victim took an auto to Rajawadi Hospital. The Vinoba Bhave Nagar police have detained a Ghatkopar resident for picking a 20-year-old eunuch from Kurla (West) at midnight on Wednesday and then he and his three friends gang-raped him for three hours and burnt him with cigarette all over the body. After committing the offence the accused poured highly inflammable chemical on the victim and throw him out of the moving Maruti Van on LBS Marg in Ghatkopar (West) at 2.30am on Thursday.

Hospital officials called the Park Site police who recorded his statements. The case has been transferred to the VB Nagar police who arrested Mubarrak.

The police suspect that property dispute was behind the offence. The victim stays on the ground floor of a chawl at Amrut Nagar in Ghatkopar (W), while Mubarrak stays on the mezzanine floor. “The victim and Mubarrak had fights over rooms and had also filed a case. We have registered a case of unnatural offences and are awaiting the medical report,” DCP Dhananjay Kulkarni told TOI. The accused have also been booked under sections 34 (common intention), 324 (causing hurt using dangerous weapon or means) and 506 (II) (criminal intimidation) of the IPC.

On Wednesday night, the victim and his two roommates (all eunuchs) had gone to Naaz Hotel in Kurla (west) and was returning back home at 11.30am with food parcel when she was stopped by Mubarrak and his three friends whom the victim claimed were in a Maruti van. “I asked my two roommates to go to home after Mubarrak asked me to sit in the van. For three hours they threatened of killing our leader and repeatedly had unnatural sex with me. They also used cigarette to burn all over my body. Before throwing me out of the moving van they poured kerosene on me,” the victim mentioned in the complaint.

 

 

Eight wards shame Mumbai with skewed sex ratio at birth


By | Feb 20, 2013, 06.57 AM IST

MUMBAI: While the civic administration’s statistics show that the sex ratio at birth for Mumbai has improved slightly in the last one year, experts are not too impressed. They say that the administration has to sustain such results over a decade before there is any significant change in the city’s or even India‘s skewed sex ratio.

A senior civic official, however, insisted that any increase, however small, is a step in the right direction.

Both Maharashtra and Mumbai, in particular, have shown an anti-girl bias in the last two census.

Civic figures show that the sex ratio at birth – the number of girls born per 1,000 boys – for 2012 was 922:1,000, up from 917 in 2011. But a closer look at the ward-wise break-up shows that eight wards have registered a dip in sex ratio at birth.

In south Mumbai’s Pydhonie area, for instance, only 860 girls were born for every 1,000 boys last year.

In 2011, the locality was placed better at 981 girls per 1,000 boys. In fact, the Pydhonie-Byculla-Parel belt of the island city, the prosperous Goregaon-Malad-Kandivli belt of the western suburbs and the populous belt from Bhandup to Ghatkopar in the eastern suburbs have all shown a dip in sex ratio at birth.

A L Sharada from the NGO, Population First, said it would be premature to think that such marginal increase is of any significance. She added that easy access to medical tools such as ultrasound machines, which can illegally be used to find the sex of the unborn child, was responsible for the skewed sex ratio.

“The cost of living in Mumbai is high. People want small families and still have a great desire for a male child. This is true in both the slums as well as non-slum pockets of the city,” she said.

Sharada added that the BMC should now study why certain areas, such as Parel in south central Mumbai, have consistently registered a lower-than-city-average sex ratio.

Her NGO had earlier conducted a survey to underline poor adherence among ultrasound clinics of the rules laid down under the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Technique (Prohibition of Sex Selection) Act.

“Until there is stringent conviction for offenders and better gender sensitivity among the population, the problem of skewed sex ratio at birth cannot be solved,” said Kamayani Bali Mahabal, Forum Against Sex Selection.

 

#Mumbai- Rapist’s friends threaten his victim with gang rape #Vaw #WTfnews


Minor’s female neighbour, who allegedly helped the accused kidnap and rape her in November, is threatening her parents; neighbour’s friend “strips and urinates” in front of victim’s house

January 08, 2013
MUMBAI
Shiva Devnath, Mid Day

A 12-year-old girl raped after being kidnapped a month ago is now under threat from the rapist’s friends. The people harassing her now had helped the key accused a month ago to kidnap and rape her, the victim’s parents said.

Goregaon rape victim

The minor’s neighbour, Karina, allegedly threatened her parents that their daughter would be made to go through the same violence again. “I will kidnap your girl again if you don’t leave here,” the neighbour reportedly told the victim’s parents, who live at Ram Mandir Road in Ghatkopar (W). “This time, your girl will be gang-raped by more than a dozen men,” she reportedly said. Karina also threatened the child, saying that what had happened to her was just a “trailer” of more ghastly things to come.

Karina’s associate Iqbal, also accused of threatening the girl, strips and urinates in front of the 12-year-old’s house every now and then, her harried parents said. On November 26, Karina and Iqbal introduced the 12-year-old girl to the rape accused Budharam Chaudhary (30). They asked her to go with him in an autorickshaw, tempting her by saying that he would give her things like food and new clothes.

The unsuspecting girl agreed to go with the accused. But Chaudhary kidnapped her and took her to Rajasthan. Unable to find her, the minor’s family registered a missing complaint with the Goregaon police station the next day. Her mother told the police that the last time she saw her daughter was with Karina and Iqbal.

Police then detained the two, who confessed that they had ‘sold’ the child to Chaudhary and did not know of their whereabouts. Cops tracked down the address of one Budharam Chaudhary, who lived at Nalasopara and hailed from Rajashtan. Since he was not at home, officers picked up his elder brother and other relatives for investigation.

The kin told the police that Budharam was in Rajasthan. Finally, he was spotted at Borivli station, along with the girl, on December 9. He was arrested and the victim was rescued. Chaudhary had raped her over five times in the 12 days after he kidnapped her, medical reports stated.

Police sources said that Karina would often trade the minor with other men in flesh trade. She would lure her with money, and sell her to solicitors. She and Iqbal have not been arrested despite their role in our daughter’s rape, the 12-year-old’s parents said. Chaudhary is in police custody.

Senior Police Inspector of Goregaon police station Arun Jadhav said, “Earlier, we had registered a missing complaint, but after investigations, filed a kidnapping case. The accused, had who fled to Rajasthan, was arrested a few days later from Borivli in December. That is when we registered a rape case, as the medical reports had confirmed it.” He added, “If the victim is being harassed and threatened by aides of the key accused, we will investigate the matter and arrest them.”

Sunday Reading—Jiski zuban Urdu ki tarah


April 15 , 2012, MUMBAI
Paromita Vohra,Mid-Day

As kids we often made fun of our father because he could not read Hindi. He’d grown up in Lahore and moved to Delhi during Partition, when he was twelve. Like many such others, he had learned Urdu, not Hindi, as his second-language. Of course he spoke Hindustani, which mixed Hindi with Urdu. But he leaned towards Urdu and couldn’t read the Devnagri script.


Illustration/ Amit Bandre

Why did we think this was funny? Because we were growing up in a different India, where the ‘national’ language, Hindi, was default and everyone knew it. But of course there are always so many histories, even inside just one home, leave alone a country. So, Urdu was around our house, but as with Hindustani, rather casually and mixed up with many other things. There were books whose mysteries I could not unravel. Hanging out with friends, I’d sometimes hear my dad offer a sheyr as a comment. And a friend, or my mum, would respond with an answering couplet.

It’s not that ours was a house of great erudition — we were really quite a regular middle-class family. It’s just that poetry was a part of life, in a simple way, and in many homes. I only learned the languages taught to me in school — English and Hindi. So what Urdu I knew I learned in this overheard way — or through old Hindi film songs. Perhaps the fact that they were written by accomplished poets like Sahir Ludhianvi, Kaifi Azmi or Shakil Badayuni meant that the mixing of Urdu and Hindi was not just functional, but full of the play and pleasure of poetry. So, for many, these songs reflected our fluid relationship with language, and our everyday, popular relationship with the poetic. They were a place where the worlds of Urdu and Hindi, were not necessarily worlds of Muslim and Hindu, but where they overlapped and meshed.

Learning Urdu is on my To Do Before Too Late list. Because I’d like to graduate from quoting 1950s Hindi film songs to reading Ghalib and Faraz like my father could. However, seeing as I live in Maharashtra, I’m thinking this is one of those things I should just strike off my list, unless I want to be declared anti-national (at best). Because, presenting a “watertight case” to justify a continuing ban on SIMI, one of the affidavits filed by a policeman from Solapur cites Ghalib as an inciter of terrorism. The proof? A sheyr of course: “Mauje khoon ser se guzer hi kyon na jay, Aastane yaar se uth jaein kya!” (“Should we perish in a wave of bloodshed, yet still we will not leave the Beloved’s country”).

It’s not that they found the poem in the backpack of a terrorism accused. They just feel this is the stuff of terrorist propaganda. In another affidavit, an inspector from Ghatkopar police station cites material seized from two SIMI activists. You’d think these might be items for a bomb, or arms or at least a leaflet, right? But no. It’s a children’s magazine called Umang, which is in Urdu.
I don’t even want to suggest sensitisation courses, boss. I’m just wondering how this intelligence gathering method of ignorance and prejudice is supposed to reassure us about security! Sure, there must be terrorists who read poetry. But I doubt it’s poetry that’s causing terrorism. Prejudice of many kinds has curdled our society, separating one language from another, and us from language; but also, separating poetry from life and so, making us stupid. It has robbed us of our ability to understand complexity, ambiguity and so, our ability to live with difference.

Paromita Vohra is an award-winning Mumbai-based filmmaker, writer and curator working with fiction and non-fiction. Reach her at http://www.parodevi.com.

The views expressed in this column are the individual’s and don’t represent those of the paper. 

Ghatkopar’s Ramabai Nagar: Where the Republic still lives


Feb 2, 2012,  By Javed Iqbal, Mumbai, DNA

Early on the morning of July 11, 1997, at Ramabai Nagar in Ghatkopar, a woman claimed to see the statue of iconic leader BR Ambedkar desecrated. Within a few hours, angry Dalits had gathered on the highway in protest.

By 7.30am, a police van would stop 450mt away from the protesters, disembark and immediately start firing. They would fire over 50 rounds within 20 minutes into small lanes and by-ways and into people’s homes and into the homes of people who were not even protesting.

They killed 10 people.

Young Mangesh Shivsharan was shot in his head, right in front of Namdeo Surwade who was shot on his shoulder.

“The boy’s brains were all over my father,” said Manoj about his father Namdeo Surwade, a handcart puller who could never work a day after the injury and died a few years later, becoming the eleventh victim.

But there was another casualty of the killings at Ramabai Nagar.
Vilas Ghogre, Dalit poet and singer, committed suicide horrified by what he saw at Ramabai and the realisation that “this country is not worth fighting for anymore” as witnessed by his friend, singer Sambhaji Bhagat in Anand Patwardhan’s new film Jai Bhim Comrade, screened at Ramabai Nagar on the eve of the nation’s 63rd year as a Republic.

For three-and-a-half hours, over 1,500 people saw the film on a makeshift screen, many standing through its entire duration. The film details not just the life of Vilas Ghogre and the police firing but its aftermath — the movement for justice that led to the police officer who ordered the firing to spend less than a week in hospital (not jail), before being let off on bail by the High Court.
It tells other stories — the martyrdom of a young Dalit Panther Bhagwat Jadhav, killed by the Shiv Sena at a protest rally in 1974; the incisive and fiery oratory of Panther leader Bhai Sangare that possibly led to his martyrdom in 1999; the Khairlanji massacre and continuing atrocities in the countryside. It examines the assault on the Constitution and the slow appropriation of radical Dalit leaders into mainstream Congress or hardcore right-wing politics while also critically examining the role of the left in dealing with caste.

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