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March 11, 2006

The "Fairer Gender"

Filed under: Sobriety — Teal @ 3:08 pm


My dear blogbuds and readers,
As I was checking my mail today, I came across this forward. No no .. this is not one of those chain forwards or friendship forwards. Here’s an excerpt of what I got –
An incident took place in Pune – a young girl was raped by a man posing as a plain clothes officer; he asked her to come to the police station when she and her male friend didn’t have a driver’s license to show. He sent the boy off to get his license and asked the girl to accompany him to the police station. Took her instead to an isolated area where the horrendous crime was committed. The law [which most are not aware of] clearly states that between 6 pm and 6 am, a woman has the right to REFUSE to go to the Police Station, even if an arrest warrant has been issued against her. It is a procedural issue that a woman can be arrested between 6 pm and 6 am, ONLY if she is arrested by a woman officer and taken to an ALL WOMEN Police station.


Saturday, January 7, 2006 (Noida):

A school girl has reportedly been raped in Delhi’s satellite town of Noida.
The 16-year-old was returning from her aunt’s home when she was allegedly gangraped on January 5 in Sector 24 of the area.

Monday, January 9, 2006 (New Delhi):

A study indicates that up to 10 million female foetuses may have been aborted in India over the past two decades following prenatal gender checks.Fewer daughters have been born to couples who have not yet had a boy, according to the report published in Britain’s leading medical journal Lancet.The journal said researchers studied data on female fertility from a continuing Indian national survey of six million people in 1.1 million households.Analysing information about 133,738 births, the researchers found couples were less likely to have a girl as a second child if their first child was a girl.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006 (New Delhi):

The murder of a call centre employee in Bangalore last month has sparked discussions on improving the safety of women working in late night shifts.
The National Commission for Women is leading the initiative for a safer work place.
The Commission has pointed out that women constitute 40 per cent of the BPO industry’s workforce, making a case for the BPOs to overhaul the way it treats female employees.
“We should sensitise male co-workers and empower the women, and provide them self-defence training,” said Girija Vyas, Chairperson of the Commission.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006 (Jaipur):

The alleged gangrape of an Anganwadi worker in Rajasthan by two government employees of the Woman And Child Welfare Department has shaken the administration. Lacho Devi, a tribal woman from Karauli district, was allegedly raped by senior officials while she was attending a 10-day programme for Anganwadi workers in Karauli on December 30, 2005. But it is only now that a case has been registered after pressure from social activists and women’s groups.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006 (Auraiya):

A sixteen-year-old girl in Uttar Pradesh’s Auraiya district paid a heavy price when she resisted a rape attempt, as the attackers chopped her hands off. Anju Gupta was returning home from a local market in her village when three men forced her into a nearby field and tried to rape her. They cut her hands off when she resisted them violently.But that was not the end of trauma for Anju, as the local police refused to register an FIR against one of the attackers, Viresh, whom she recognised as being from her village.
It was only after the intervention of the DIG in Kanpur that the case was registered.
However, the police claim their investigations revealed that Anju had tried to commit suicide when her affair with Viresh became public, and that is how she lost her hand.
Anju and her family can now only hope that her case doesn’t become another statistic in the worsening law and order situation in Uttar Pradesh.

Wednesday, March 8, 2006 (New Delhi):

A 22-year old woman was allegedly molested inside the secretariat of Delhi government on Monday. Manju, a resident of Ghaziabad, has accused a supervisor in the maintenance department of molesting her. She had gone there looking for a job. Manju claims that when she reached the secretariat, Ranbeer Singh Negi molested her. What is shocking is that her claims that the incident took place very close to the chief minister’s office.

News Courtesy: NDTV.com

Here’s some more information, courtesy : Amnesty

  • Every two seconds somewhere in the world, a woman is subjected to violence
  • At least one in three women has been beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused in her lifetime.
  • In Ciudad Juarez and Chihuahua Mexico, over 400 women and girls have been killed or disappeared in the past thirteen years.
  • An alarming number of these cases remain unsolved…
  • Federal authorities acknowledge that 177 state officials had acted negligently. Not one of them has been brought to justice

So is women’s liberation a far fetched fantasy? Why is everyone so callous and indifferent to the woman? Why is she not respected? Why is she being objectified like this? Is a woman nothing but a toy to a man to satisfy all his needs?

Would you be this indifferent if any of the women mentioned above were anyone you knew or cared for? I always wanted to write on this topic. And thanks to NDTV, I was able to give you a 3 month history of some of the snippets relevant to this issue.

These are some horror stories that actually made it to the news.
God only knows how many are suffering in silence, tolerating all atrocites and taking all kinds of abuse. My silent prayers go to them.

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20 Comments »

  1. I once read somewhr tat Gandhiji said tat India wud achieve freedom only when a female laden wit jewels walks in a street at midnite without any fear or trouble…leave midnite..i guess even durin peak office hours, women cannot walk without thinking if the guy next to her is gonna harass her or not…n reg the villages,its horrific… this aint restricted to India alone…i join u in offering the silent prayers for a world where everyone is treated as equal

    Comment by Vivek — March 11, 2006 @ 3:52 pm | Reply

  2. Frankly it is quite sick that something like this happens on quite a frequent basis, although very few of them come to light. Dont wanna sound rude or insensitive, but seriously I cudnt read beyond a certain point.. coz it was sick and depressing.

    Comment by The optimist from utopia — March 11, 2006 @ 3:54 pm | Reply

  3. Well done Teal. I see you are doing ur part to make a better tomorrow already- Spreading Awareness.
    That is the key.

    Hold on and hold tight. things will be better for our daughters.

    Comment by Rainbow — March 11, 2006 @ 6:18 pm | Reply

  4. Yeah.., its the sad fate of women not only in India but all over the world. But its deff ‘the fate’ of women is rewritten. Somethin HAS to be done against all this shit.
    The world is filled with loads of good ppl., its only the other few parasitic pieces of crap that make the world a difficult and dangerous place to live in.

    Powerful post. Very good !

    Comment by Kk — March 12, 2006 @ 6:10 am | Reply

  5. Kudos for ur effort!! for this problem to be solved, first there needs to be necessary awareness to these issues…. n I guess this is one step towards it..

    Comment by kuttichuvaru — March 12, 2006 @ 4:18 pm | Reply

  6. worthy read teal!
    I would lyk to bring to ur attention that it does not take 1/3rd of men to molest 1/3rd of women!
    So, it is imperative to educate men as boys & kids by setting a positive example as mothers & mentors!

    Comment by uday jarajapu — March 12, 2006 @ 6:10 pm | Reply

  7. south india looked to be relatively safer than north for the women .but the incident in bangalore has proven tht its not so ..

    Comment by Jagan — March 13, 2006 @ 7:31 am | Reply

  8. only now thanks to the media that the women harrassment has been brought to the limelight.. but i feel compared to other cities women r treated badly here .. wat do u say??

    Comment by Hell's Angel — March 13, 2006 @ 11:07 am | Reply

  9. ah!! grrr!! these facts really iritates ones mind..

    but good awareness…

    Comment by exasparater — March 13, 2006 @ 7:00 pm | Reply

  10. yes it is sad. crime in any form is a bad thing. especially targetted against the ones who are least expecting it! damn a school girl going home, now thats just sick, just as the girl who was going to the police station.

    but i do have to point out that, the women’s liberation that u speak of is an ideal case, realistically speaking these will never stop. nor will other crimes , not just against women, but humans in particular. in what way is a women being raped and her hand chopped off, more horrible than a persons head being chopped off while he/she is still alive! i mean crime is always going to be there, but what we have to see is if we can bring the rate at which it is done. a statistic that you have failed to provide.

    But even that statistic indicates that crime against women is on the increase, just as crime in general. speaking of gender inequality in this case, i feel , is inappropriate…

    p.s. i am all for equality

    Comment by ~Goda~ — March 15, 2006 @ 12:09 am | Reply

  11. One finger salute to al those perverted minds..
    One finger salute to al thos horny blokes..
    One finger salute to al’ thos ol’ bats molesting little gals..
    One finger salute to God for making us this weak..
    If only those helpless tears of rage could kill thos sickening bastards! (sorry for the profanity..cudn’t help it Teal!)..

    Comment by rohini — March 22, 2006 @ 7:27 am | Reply

  12. gal! this prompted me to post a new blog entry..

    check it out here..
    http://thinking-souls.blogspot.com/

    Comment by rohini — March 22, 2006 @ 10:03 am | Reply

  13. i take back the words i made earlier.

    — pavan

    Comment by Freak-Y — March 22, 2006 @ 10:42 am | Reply

  14. using ur post as referece. hope u dont mind.

    Comment by ~Goda~ — March 22, 2006 @ 11:03 am | Reply

  15. A very thought provoking blog !!

    Comment by Arun M — March 22, 2006 @ 5:33 pm | Reply

  16. This is pathetic and shameful. But, I thought you are going to write, “Males, stop marrying females!” … Not bad !

    Comment by bestofbala — March 24, 2006 @ 5:47 am | Reply

  17. @ Viive:
    There’s no doubt abt wat u said .. but the way things are going rite now.. luks like dat day may neva come – unless we really do something abt it!

    @ Optimist:
    This is typical escapist behavior on your part. IF a gal u cared abt [ur sis or frd] went thru such crap, wud u turn ur back on her too? Ignoring problems is not a way out of things!

    Comment by Trinity Teal™ — March 24, 2006 @ 12:56 pm | Reply

  18. @ Rainbow:
    I hope so dudette …

    @ KK:
    I knw that the % of the perverts are less .. but who to trust and who not to?

    Comment by Trinity Teal™ — March 24, 2006 @ 12:59 pm | Reply

  19. every min there a girl being asaulted, molested,raped and what not.

    I was checking if my blog mates have posted any article at WoW, I came across this post which said ‘a 4 yr married afghan girl was subjected to beatings and torture by her father-in-law’

    when will the fate of women change??

    Comment by archie — March 24, 2006 @ 8:00 pm | Reply

  20. Itz Happening all over da world….wats wrong wid us guyzz….where r we going….

    these cases r happenin more in metro cities…i cant say nethin except GRADUTED ILLITERATES

    Comment by Disguise — March 25, 2006 @ 7:25 am | Reply


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