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Another shocking rape attack in India

People in India and across the world are horrified at the attack. Photo: divinenephron, under a CC License.

I seem to be returning to the theme of rape so regularly, it makes me quite sick. But though I had many other ideas and thoughts for this blog post, a terrible incident forces me to revert to the theme of rape and violence against women.

On the night of 16 December 2012, six men – including the bus driver – attacked and brutally gang-raped a 23-year-old girl while they drove a bus around Delhi for an hour. The horror story began in a chillingly ordinary manner. The girl was waiting with a male friend at the bus station around 9.30pm, when the men called out that the bus was going in her direction.

After the duo got in, the group began making lewd remarks about what she, a young girl, was doing late at night with a man. When he told them it was none of their business, they pounced on him. The girl protested and tried to save her friend. This enraged the men. They attacked the pair with an iron rod, then dragged the girl to the cabin, tore off her clothes and took turns raping her. When she tried fighting them off, they grabbed the iron rod and repeatedly hit her with it. Finally, an hour later, their lust apparently satiated, they threw the near-naked pair out onto a deserted Delhi street and drove off. The couple were rushed to hospital, where the comatose girl is still in a critical condition. The violent attack with the iron rod apparently caused serious and irreparable damage to her stomach and intestines. As I write this, the doctors who have been battling for her life for over 24 hours are not optimistic about her chances of recovery.

The story has rocked the nation. It’s the first time a rape story has made headlines with entire pages dedicated to it. Jaya Bachchan, respected Bollywood actor turned politician, made a dramatic plea to parliament for stronger action to protect our women.

‘Let’s not turn her [the victim] into merely another rape statistic. Let’s do something to stop rape and violence against women,’ is a slogan being taken up all over India. Some ministers and women’s groups are calling for the death penalty for rapists, as well as fast-track courts to deal with rape cases. An online poll by The Times of India ranks readers’ responses to how rapists should be dealt with. Top of the list is a life sentence, followed by the death sentence, bobbitization* and, lastly, chemical castration. New Delhi has earned itself the unenviable title of ‘rape capital of the world’. All over the country, women and students are assembling in front of various parliament buildings to protest, in solidarity with the young woman now struggling for her life.

To me, knee-jerk sensational responses don’t help, no matter how outraged and angry we are. We need well-thought-out solutions. We need to change the culture where women are so easily branded ‘cheap’ or ‘easy’ on the flimsiest pretexts. We need our society to stop pampering our sons, giving them a feeling of entitlement, where it’s easy to rape a woman and escape with impunity, especially for the rich and powerful. It’s a complex cultural problem too, as India juggles its feudal past with its globalized new present. In cities and small towns, on television and in films, there’s the ‘old versus the new’ battle, both in terms of outward appearances – clothes, modern fashion versus traditional customs – and internally, where old values and customs are thrown out overnight, whether it’s arranged marriages versus falling in love, parental authority or societal pressure.

We need better policing and a thorough revamping of the feudal mindsets of most police officers. A recent Tehelka newspaper sting revealed most policemen thought the victims were ‘asking for it’, or ‘cried rape when things turned sour’. They think that women who dress differently (by which they mean not traditionally) deserve what they get. Unless we can get protection and action from the police force, we cannot really bring down the rape rate or get more convictions.

With the ‘One Billion Rising’ campaign well on its way, we need to fight on many fronts if we want change to happen. Our campaigns, unfortunately, won’t help the poor girl battling for her life, but it may make our streets safer for future generations of women.

*castration; a term coined in 1993 when Lorena Bobbitt cut off her husband’s penis after he allegedly raped her.

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  1. #1 Monique Buckner 20 Dec 12

    Men's attitudes to women and their abusive need to control needs to be addressed. And heterosexual men rape other men as a means of domination. That people still believe that women make up stories (most rapes go unreported), 'asked for it' or dressed or acted a certain way means that myths hold more sway than facts. What about children that get raped? What are rape apologists going to blame that on?

  2. #2 rukmini rao 21 Dec 12

    Each time there is a horrendous rape we react as also the politicians. We need to demand punishment each and every time and as we have been discussing in the movement we need to work more with men and youth. Saw Pamela and others on TV--- we really need to get away from demanding the death penalty. and in one of the papers today suggestions about castrating the rapists etc, leading to a more and more inhuman society. I feel terrible as this has happened while we are campaigning to stop violence against women, reminding us of the long haul we continue to have in front of us.


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    Secunderabad 500017.India
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  3. #3 Evangeline Anderson-Rajkumar 21 Dec 12

    he multiple-layered mask of Patriarchy has to
    be peeled off in public and shamed. The Collusion of Powers of Caste/
    Race / Hindutva and fundamentalist forces have to be exposed. The time
    has come for us to speak out LOUD AND CLEAR against all forms of


  4. #4 sheelu 21 Dec 12

    I totally agree with your comments. The society at large should be made gender sensitive. I strongly feel the women as such has more responsibility in bringing up the children, inculcating gender equal values. The schools need to second them.

    The media both print and visual media need to be sensitized too. We have a long way to go and Governments should take the responsibility on their shoulders. Every minute such incidents are happening which are going unseen, unheard and unnoticed.

  5. #5 Evangeline Anderson-Rajkumar 21 Dec 12

    Please include in the list of Rape incidents reported from Bangalore,
    the rape of the three and a half year old girl by her father, the
    French Diplomat and also the Kerala incident where the girl was raped
    by her father, uncle and brother for more than two years!. Stringing
    these incidents together would highlight the way Patriarchal society
    deals with rape cases that are reported and those that go unreported.
    Both ways, the victim is put on trial.

  6. #6 Vanya 21 Dec 12

    Mari, Of course what you are saying is so true... maybe fast track trials can be promoted if that can be done without compromising innocent people.. But it all goes SO MUCH DEEPER.. There have to be serious study on Sexuality and relationships here. There has to be a serious examination of WHY this happens.... cultural attitudes.. lock up the women..revenge & punishment or the shame factor..
    The majority of women, here, get married with no idea about what will be expected of them - with a stranger, often - don't they?.
    If violence against women is to be seriously addressed it has to be addressed at cultural, social, educational and family levels. Compulsory relationship and adolescent training in schools.. A massive investment in Non Violent Communication (NVC) classes for all sections of society, help lines for children & family counselling wherever possible.
    The reaction of outrage against the brutal & inhuman gang rape in Delhi may be understandable but the tenor of it I find chilling as it is sourced from the same roots of violence. Perhaps out of the fire feeding fire energy, a pure flame can rise which can start to look at healing the roots of violence rather than compounding it. Is this the trigger needed for CHANGE.. as in the murder of babies at the school in USA - can that be used to finally shift people out of the gun culture.. What appalling things have to happen before we wake up. We shouldn't allow these events to become meaningless.. Can we get together & expedite NVC programmes in Nilgiris?

  7. #7 MAMATA RAI 21 Dec 12

    i feel it as a tight slap on myself. A strong action is needed. Lets make the world a place where ’She’ does not have to suffer for being a Women. I strongly against it.. I I

  8. #8 Biju Cherayath 21 Dec 12

    Yes it is shocking and we should really protect and empower our girls and daughters. The incident with the law student and what happened to her, at the University campus and how she rose above it is very encouraging for all of us. We also need to think smart and be strong,teach our girls to become aware and cultivate the age old feminine instincts of survival and sensing negative energy's. This way the bad can be detected and avoided. We cant all sit at home but we need to be a bit like street dogs when we are out on the streets. We live in a country where the majority of the population are uneducated, unemployed and undernourished- how do we lead normal lives with out always suspecting people or looking over our shoulders? we women have the power in us, we have to become aware and then hone it and utilize it.

  9. #9 Prabir 21 Dec 12

    If you look at the pictures of those arrested you will realize that they ate quite young and probably from struggling lower middle class or poor families. What they did will be punished no doubt. But will we ever punish those guilty of creating the urban jungle? The unnecessary crowds, buses, hopes, hates, dreams and nightmares in Delhi, London, New York..
    There are millions of angry or depressed created by an unjust system. And innocents suffer and are robbed, raped, knifed or are killed by the gangs which run bus systems, housing rackets and other faceless organizations that the city depends on. How do we prevent national socialists, mercenary senas (literally armies) taking advantage of the desperation that gangster activity causes in urban conglomerations

  10. #10 jasmeen patheja 21 Dec 12

    Dear All,
    Dear All,

    Bringing your attention to this;v=pbOhDJFc0Dc by Kavita Krishnan, secretary AIPWA

    Also asking you to make a public pledge as citizen #SafeCityPledge
    In the wake of this incident what little or big change do you as citizen pledge?
    eg: I pledge to NOT to tell my daughter/ mum/ sister/ girls ’Be Safe’ . Instead- go out. Be Visible. Be an Action Hero #SafeCityPledge

    While it started on fb and twitter as #SafeCityPledge - pledge to not leave it there alone.

    thank you

  11. #11 ginny srivastava 21 Dec 12

    Dear All,

    I read one response to the Delhi rape case -- it went something like
    this: ’Parents - Don't tell your daughters what to wear or not wear,
    sensitize your sons to treat girls and women as equal people’. The
    governments should be petitioned to make compulsory studies on Gender
    Equality in the curriculum of the schools of the country.

    Ginny Shrivastava
    Udaipur, Rajasthan

  12. #12 Pradeep Esteves 21 Dec 12

    Hi Mari,

    I fully agree with you. We need more concrete solutions and not knee-jerk bursts... I also agree that death penalty of castration etc are not the solution, we will only land up with lesser convictions as for these processes, the evidence must be solid and moreover in sexual assault cases it is often only the victim who is the witness and it may only encourage the assaulter to finish/kill the victim. This is definitely not what we want.

    Yes patriarchal mind sets have to be challenged and we need to bring about a change, that needs a continuous effort by all of us, we should continue in spite of these blips.

    Some concrete thoughts that come to mind for the immediate are:
    a. Can we moot an idea of community policing - the police become accountable to the citizens as whatever sensitising etc you do, they will not change.
    b. We need to demand for more women inspectors, as now apart from a handful of inspectors you have only women constables just to meet the SC guidelines.
    c. We need to demand for more women judges at all levels of the judiciary.

    Lets continue to work towards a better place for all...
    Pradeep Esteves, Bangalore

  13. #13 Umakant 21 Dec 12

    It was such a horrendous incident that I am unable to express my anger in words. There have been regular protest by students and other women organisations. Today (21 December 2012) also there was a massive protest the details of which you find on this link:

  14. #14 mari 21 Dec 12

    There have been continuous protests all over India. The terrible brutality - the girls intestines were smashed to pulp and gangrenous - seems to have finally roused this country from its slumber...
    per haps out of this terrible wickedness some good will future generations benefit and society changes, our women become more safe


  15. #15 sahana 21 Dec 12

    One request, shove the same IRON ROD into the accused men asses before they are taken the court, repeatedly turn by turn shove the ROD for the same duration as long as they raped that girl....give them a taste of their own medicine!!!
    Anyways court and government takes long to decide....remembered the movie...’SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE’ time to get such movies into indian cinemas to influence terror in minds of these sicko men!!

  16. #16 april 21 Dec 12

    Mari, what you have said is exactly how I feel. It is an outrage and absolute evil what has been done to this girl, but you have gone to the root of the issue with what you have mentioned in your second paragraph about ’knee-jerk sensational responses....etc’. That is exactly how I responded to a post on facebook or atleast I tried to. This sure is horrific and the culprits should be brought to justice in the strictist of terms but what about all the female babies who are killed even before they are born; and then when there is a shortage of girls / women to marry in some areas of our nation, then girls are abducted from other parts of the nation and sold to areas that have a shortage of women; what about the mindset that a woman's only purpose in life is to give birth to children and take care of her family and if she is not able to provide children, for no fault of hers, she is 'taken' care of; what about the fact that women too deserve to have dreams and hopes and aspirations and that she is not 'cheap' if she tries to follow her dreams. We sure need to first pray that God changes the hearts and minds of most of how our society perceive women and consequently this change in mindset will flow into our law and enforcement agencies and sufficient provisions will be made where women will feel respected and honoured and protected in our nation.

  17. #17 shoba ramachandran 21 Dec 12

    Yes Mari, wish mothers would not have so much of 'sonstroke' in India because quite often it is they who do follow and allow a lot of pampering of their son(s). TV serial producers would do well to show girls/women in a better light and not as commodities for sale, abuse to settle scores or to satiate their lecherous 'desires'. It is not a night issue only - too many rapes are taking place during the day too. Sensitive writing Mari and thanks for this.

  18. #18 Chris 21 Dec 12

    Hi Mari

    I was so upset when I read this. This is pure evil. I cannot believe not one of these 7 men had a conscience. Their behaviour was so inhuman - like an animal. I did not see any difference between an animal and these guys. It seemed like an animal attack. It sent a chill down my back.

    I agree with all that has been written by the others about girls and boys being brought up as equal. Teaching our children to respect each other starts from our homes and this then pours into society. The Father image is crucial for a growing boy. The morals what a young boy learns when growing up will make him who he is, including looking at women disrespectfully.

    Another important factor is the free to air tv and internet that provides free porn any time of the day or night. Porn has disrupted many a young family because of the time spent in front of the pc. I think this itself is a way evil has entered into our society.

    The young men of today are idle and have nothing to occupy their minds and energies and so this seems like a great sport. Institutions, colleges, workplaces, in fact any community should have a youth program - that helps people to integrate and mix with both the sexes in a pure and respectful manner. Keep the youth off the street.. have loads of activities and games and so as to try and eliminate the trend of being in a gang.

    I don't know what to say.. except .. where are the good guys! doesn't India have any? Who is taking a stand? Are there any men leading this protest? Or is it only the women who think this is wrong? If this case is overlooked by the men, then I have very little respect for the men in India.

  19. #19 david cohen 22 Dec 12

    Mari Marcel Thekaekara's thoughtful and riveting blog on the
    Delhi bus rape gives me two thoughts I'd like to share:

    1. I am now immersed in the US with our disease of gun violence.
    The country is in a different place after the 26 deats in a bucolic
    Connecticut town--20 children and 6 adults.
    The challenge is how to sustain the outrage so that in the US
    begin to end gun violence, modify our culture and change outmoded
    and ineffective public policies.

    It is often neglected in connecting that gun presence and violence
    leads to rape and constant sexual abuse.

    2. There is an important legal principle known as ’agency’
    in the US. That principle should apply to the Delhi Bus company
    which must bear responsibility for the driver, regardless of whether
    he was on a frolic of his own. Therefore the company--whether
    private or public-- must compensate the person who was raped.
    Such compensation must not only include money but medical
    treatments for physical, emotional and mental stress and harm.
    That does not end the lasting harm but it mitigates it.

    December 21, 2012
    David Cohen,
    Senior Advisor, Civic Ventures
    Senior Congressional Fellow,
    Council for a Livable World

  20. #20 priya chatterjee thomas 22 Dec 12

    Priya wrote: ’this morning's papers yet another incident in thootukudi-a schoolgirl raped and murdered-and our government is still dithering on the death penalty-hang them in public view-they observe the law of the jungle -let them be a victim of it-lynch them and hang them-pity there is no worse punishment than death for these senseless beasts’

  21. #21 Umakant 22 Dec 12

    Dear All, sorry to come back again. But this is only to update you with news about regular protests happening here in Delhi and elsewhere in India. Do click on the this link to see Delhi Police and Riot-Control Para-Military firing teargas shells and water cannons on protesting young women and men who were marching towards the President's House in New Delhi today on 22.12.2012.

  22. #22 Elizabeth Thomas Williams 22 Dec 12

    Hi Mari,
    Was very upset when I heard about this latest rape. Its unbelievable and unreal that even today in the 21st century, a woman can't move around in Delhi without fearing for her life.

    Also would like to say that having left India 27 years ago, I truly enjoy reading your blog on the various Indian issues ...keep up the good work.


  23. #23 vaishali 22 Dec 12

    mere kahna hai ki rape karne wale ladhko ko na to faansi di jae or umar kad ki saja to bilkul bi nai bcoz my thinking is that ki all government ,all delhi police force is only ate a money....all are wants to MONEY but they are never think about the public ye sab galt H mere hisab se sarkar BADAL dE jae or nai sarkar banani jae jo public ke bare me soche specialy for girls jo ladke rape karte hai unko bi utana hi dard dena chahiye jitna wo ladki ko dete hai in sab ki wazh se ladkiyo ko parents born hone se phele mar dete hai kynki wo sochte hai ki kahi kal ko humare sath essa na ho par ladki wo heera jo ladke jese janwar ko insan banti hai wo janwar us here ko hi nigal raha hai so save girls 6dec2012 me jo hadsaa hua hai thats realy very hourable uske bare me agar hum 2mint bi soche to ruu kapne lagti h or humari 2 paise ki sarkar bi un janwaro se kam nai hai jo unhe umar ked ki saza dena chahti hai me chahti hun ki un ladko ko road par khada kar ke wo hi dard diya jae jo unhone uss kadki ko diya hai unhe bi us rod se marke jakham diya jae or har din unhe thoda thoda jalya jae kabi hath to kabi paer or unke mouth me acid daal do taki wo bi ladki ki tarh andar se jaal jae unhe ek bar me mat maro thadpa thadpa ke maro...........................sirf thadpao or fir zinda jala do taki har ladka iss tarh ka galt kam karne se dare ......iam also with her , truelly she is such a brave girl..... thank you -vaishali

  24. #24 Evangeline Anderson-Rajkumar 22 Dec 12

    Dear All,

    I feel a lot relieved to see people of all ages, faiths, and interests
    rising up together, some of them even braving the water cannons, tear
    gas shells and lathi charge to speak out, no shout out, their message
    loud and clear that they want change, that they want safer homes,
    streets, work places and every other space in this country. AMEN.

    I would urge all those who took time come out of their homes for this
    protest as well as those who chose to sit in front of their TVs or
    preferred to discuss the matter over the phone with a friend to look a
    little beyond the incident and see the intrinsic interwovenness of
    systems of power such as caste, class, race, ethnicity and gender. I
    hope we are able to see a similarity in the brutal violence against
    one woman’s body in the Delhi and the collective brutal violence that
    took place in Dharmapuri in three Dalit colonies? The Space/ (Body)
    where the Dalits lived was as brutally vandalized as the insides of
    the woman’s body. I have written enough and more about this parallel
    that we need to realize and link the violence that happens against
    women’s bodies with that of the violence that is unleashed against the
    Dalits by Caste powers. Only when we begin to see the similarity and
    the link between the crimes committed because of the collusion of
    powers of Patriarchy, Caste, Race and Gender will we be able to get a
    larger picture of the monster of POWER and CONTROL staring down at us.

    Time to wake up as one, as fight caste, patriarchy, class and uproot
    it altogether from our system, ideologies, policies and practice.

    Evangeline Anderson-Rajkumar, Bangalore

  25. #25 suneeta dhar 22 Dec 12

    Update from Suneeta Dhar,
    Delhi feminist and key player in One Billion Rising

    dear all,

    pl see email below for being at india gate tomorrow at 11 am.

    i am just back from india gate and spent about 2.5 hours there this
    evening/night. the crowds have thinned, though the anger and
    aggression is high..death, castration, etc....

    young and old are there, several young men included..i tried to engage
    with all small groups there..and raise the issue of death penalty,
    educational interventions, changes in the law etc......hard task
    though as there were some angry women from the right wing shouting

    the silver lining was that there were some of the most sensitive young
    men i have ever met..they were musicians, data analysts, working men,
    injured by the lathi charges of the senseless police force
    here....they sat separately from the rest of the group, went on their
    own for dressings and xrays, in some cases they were taken to a govt
    hospital and they came back to sit in silent protest and assert their
    presence...they plan to be there the whole night..power to
    them....they were so traumatised, as that they had come in support of
    the issue..they were very upset with the CM and why no politician had
    dared to come to there and talk to them..

    then i met families from chandni chowk, grandmother and young
    children included..who lit candles and expressed support, though
    hanging the rapists was among that.. a family was sitting with torch
    lights as they felt people needed to see the light and he came with
    his 3 daughters...i was reminded about the lights flashed on september
    11th in NY on ground zero..

    i also talked to several young of them was crying for the
    life of the young survivor; and then he said, now my marriage wont
    take her family will not her marry someone staying in
    delhi!!! it is so unsafe..i am 31 years old and what will i do??

    and then, there was a group....under the banner united walk - taking
    back the night'' -assorted young people, who held gender sensitive
    banners and said women need to flood the streets and be there for each
    other; we need to change ourselves... another woman made the group -
    about 100 of them - take a pledge that they would ensure changes in
    themselves, and intervene if they witness any form of
    80 year old wise and sensitive woman applauded the young people for
    taking the lead..i too added my feminist to the discussions...followed
    with a silent walk.....

    so dears..many thoughts in my mind; apologies for my rambling...just
    tired , anguished, angry and also moved by some of the dynamism and
    wisdom of the young people i have seen...

    those in delhi, let's go tomorrow 11 am....

    best, suneeta

  26. #26 Ludwig Pesch 23 Dec 12

    you must return to those grim issues relentlessly and ensure that they cant be pushed out from readers' conscience by anything! And never apologize ...
    I encourage all fellow readers to return to your earlier blog posts to get the larger picture. Clearly women's contributions to Indian civilization - from any strata of society - are underreported in scholarly books just as the media. All too often they are written in a pitying tone if not outright condescending. A visit to India suffices to see what and who contributes (and suffers rather than benefits) most where life becomes tolerable if not enjoyable (again, mostly for males). The same can be said of parts of the mainstream ’development industry’ for decennia.
    The bottom of the abyss has surely been reached in this gruesome episode and Indian public opinion won't be silenced easily anymore. Thanks to eloquent persons like yourself. Populist moves would defeat the purpose, something more than angry responses or revenge must come from it all. Hope and sound reasons for this hope among women!
    I trust that the combined energy, creativity and number power of women in India and beyond can ignite the kind of joint action and a shared goal that are needed to bring about a lasting change for the better.
    Who else but well informed women and girls with courage, the right skills and also knowledge will make the difference a real change requires? Wishing you all success!

  27. #27 tony horitz 23 Dec 12

    Hi Mari

    Further to your blog, I just heard Arundhati Roy speaking interestingly about the rape on BBC Radio 4 this morning at about 8.45 Greenwich Mean Time (UK time!).

    She accused the hysterical response in India (calling for chemical castration, etc.) as being very hypocritical, given the routine way rape is still regularly used by the powerful in India to subjugate Dalits and tribal peoples. She cited the police amongst rotuine perpetrators of this.

    In short, Roy thinks it is only because it was a middle class Indian woman who was the victim of working class perpetrators in this instance that fuss is being made, Rather, she argues, the huge issue of rape in India as a weapon, needs to be tackled holistically, not in a knee-jerk reactive way.

    I know this is close to your own perspective, expressed in the blogs, but thought you might be interested to know it is being aired on BBC Radio 4.

    Best Wishes


  28. #28 Stephen de Silva 25 Dec 12

    Youth of India - I marvel at your protest - thanks to your courage and social media. Do not let the rage die down until the laws are changed.

  29. #29 Ajay 27 Dec 12

    public transportation should have the vigilance system installed. location , two way communication system, moment tracking, bus stop with cameras. public motors should have emergency stop button , light-blinker , hooter/alarm system

    with regrds


  30. #30 One Billion Rising 27 Dec 12


    many of you are writing in with your endorsements but i cant add people anymore because the statement is now online and everyone has to add themselves! so if you want to endorse it and haven't done that as yet, please click on this link and sign it by 31st Dec 2012.



  31. #31 TT 28 Dec 12

    A link to Action points for making our cities safer.

  32. #32 Stephen de Silva 29 Dec 12

    Another thought. We are protesting against the authorities about the lack of security of women. But we as a people have been demeaning women: from the womb - we kill them, growing up we treat them less than boys, at marriage we pay dowry to get rid of them, after marriage they are treated as glorified servants in the home...... Then we expect our men to treat them well in the streets? It doesn't make sense! We need to protest against ourselves, our culture, our warped attitudes about the sexes. As gods we worship females but as humans we demonize them. Can any legislation stop this? It is a heart issue and not a legal issue. India needs a new heart and a new understanding that male and female are equal.

  33. #33 mari 31 Dec 12

    A well known writer friend Dilip D'Souza sent me this after
    'Nirbhaya' or 'the one without fear', died in the Singapore hospital. There has been an outpouring of griefthroughout India and in many part of the world. We can only hope her death was not entirely in vain, that because she fought back, because died as a result of her fighting back, her life and death became a symbol,a turning point in this country for other young women to live in peace.....


    MidDay asked me to do a quick short essay after the news came of the death of the young woman who was gangraped in Delhi. Given how angry and sad I felt all of yesterday, and therefore in no real mental state to focus, it was one of the harder assignments I've done.

    Anyway, here's what I came up with: That heaven of freedom, my mother,

    Text below, as usual. Any thoughts welcome.


  34. #37 jiya 21 Feb 13

    Misguided thinking, flaw in perception & poor treatment of women is areason to a present grave situation of women. Another reason is flaw in law & male dominance society in all work fields. It is men's misperception, wrong mind set and lustful dirty eyes which endure terrible suffering to women & bring her down. Women struggle as 2nd class citizenand live restricted life. They have to gone through a lot of cruelty, voilence, cheating aphysical & mental abuse inflicted by careless men. Society, judges & police justify men's brutal behaviour instead of disciplining them and punishing them to behvae as human. Poverty further exagerate their terrible situation. Most women suffer in silence due to their vulnerable situation due to increasing lack of safety, shelter, insufficient earning potential or complete financial dependence

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Mari Marcel Thekaekara a New Internationalist contributor

Mari is a writer based in Gudalur, in the Nilgiri hills of Tamil Nadu. She writes on human rights issues with a focus on dalits, adivasis, women, children, the environment, and poverty. Mari's book Endless Filth, published in 1999, on balmikis, is to be followed by a second book on campaigns within India to abolish manual scavenging work. She co-founded Accord in 1985 to work with Adivasi people. Mari has been a contributor to New Internationalist since 1991.

About the blog I travel around India a lot, covering dalit and adivasi issues. I often find myself really moved by stories that never make it to the mainstream media. My son Tarsh suggested I start blogging. And the New Internationalist collective are the nicest bunch of editors I’ve worked with. So here goes.

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