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  1. Molawchai

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    India: No country for women ? | Deccan Chronicle | 2011-02-13 February 13th, 2011

    [​IMG] FEBRUARY 11, 2011. Agra (Uttar Pradesh). A class 5 student, barely 10 years old, died in a city hospital a fortnight after fighting 65 per cent burns on her body. A fortnight before that, two of her schoolmates had dragged her to a field in Firozabad district of UP and raped her. Her cries alerted the farmers present there. They caught the boys and the girl returned home. She then poured kerosene and immolated herself. She was rushed to Agra as her condition worsened.

    FEBRUARY 11, 2011. Narsinghpur (200 km from Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh). A 15-year-old girl was burnt to death by a young man on Friday after she protested over being teased by him a day before.

    FEBRUARY 11, 2011. Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh). A young girl is shot dead by her neighbour, who was angry at her refusal to sit on his bike and that she rebuked him. He also shot himself. All these three incidents do not pertain specifically to rape. But, they clearly indicate how men are unable to take “no” for an answer and believe that women must submit to their demands as and when they are asked to.

    Ranjana Kumari, director, Centre for Social Research says, “Men have come to believe that a woman is always accessible, should always be accessible and accept their wishes. They see their mothers as accessible. They expect their wives to be accessible and available, for all kinds of services, including sexual.”

    While modern women have broken from the roles assigned to them in the past, men are finding that transformation difficult to accept. “That is slowly changing,” said Ms Kumari. “We are living in a society that is in transition, particularly after the new economy,” she adds. Post-liberalisation, as more and more women have begun taking their place in society, they have an opportunity to realise their potential like never before, she said.

    “Today, you see women everywhere; in buses, in trains, in markets, at the workplace,” she says, adding that men, mostly from the country’s northern states, are uused to seeing so many women and are unable to comprehend or deal with the change.

    Ms Kumari points out consequently some of the states north of the Vindhyas, such as Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Madhya Pradesh, besides cities like Delhi, witness more incidents of rape or other kinds of sexual assault than others. “Cities like Bengaluru and states like Kerala, even Mumbai, are considered safe. Incidents of violence against women occur there too. But, yes, the northern states present a not so good picture.”

    While some recent incidents of rape, assault and brutalisation of women, particularly by men in power, have come to light in UP, it is Madhya Pradesh that has the maximum number of cases of crime against women, as per latest figures of the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB). However, if the number of reported rape incidents are anything to go by, the fact is that in the last 40-odd years, the number of rapes are up by almost 8.5 times. The NCRB began recording rape figures in 1971. From 2,487 in 1971, it is now a staggering 21,397 in 2009. Since liberalisation in the early 1990s, numbers have more than doubled. Molestation cases, which began to be recorded by NCRB in 1995, too have shown an increase of about 2.5 times till 2008. Sexual harassment, which began to be recorded by the NCRB in 1995, increased 1.5 times.

    One of the reasons for the alarming jump, says Ms Kumari, is that men from the north are historically not used to seeing women outside their homes. “Probably because they have a history of assaults from invaders and looters, it is in their mindset that women should not be seen outside their house, particularly without an escort,” she says. “Hence, they retaliate through violence and harassment,” she adds.

    Thanks to liberalisation though, women across the social spectrum are making the move from the villages or the small towns to the big city and a majority of them are single. Coupled with the anonymity that is part of the big city life, they become more vulnerable groups. It is also not only about young women coming to a city like Delhi for education or a career. An increasing number of older women also live alone and are therefore more vulnerable.

    While women find it difficult to deal with their vulnerability, their task is not made any easier by the images being projected by our films and advertising content. “You see a rich man walking with semi-clad women, which is projected as something elite. Then there is Internet and nobody knows how to control or regulate that,” says Ms Kumari, describing it is as a free-for-all situation.

    For those who hold that women dressed provocatively invite attention, there are as many who say that dress has little to do with rape, harassment or assault, as these can happen anywhere, any time, to even the most conservatively dressed women, regardless of class. However, says Ms Kumari, the images of women who dress differently, do create the feeling among men about the kind of woman whom they believe will be available to them. But since they can not get access to these women they take out their frustrations on those whom they can approach.

    The problem with projection of such images, be it of violent nature or titillating, is that it does not translate into the consequences borne by the so-called “different” woman.

    “Suppose, there is an action sequence in a film. One guy hits the other, who is flung in the air and falls on the ground. The viewer is never going to experience the pain suffered by the falling man. Give him a minor cut on his fingers though, and he will wince in pain. Similarly, when you project images of women as objects of desire, it is the rosy, candy floss aspect that is picked up.

    In reality, it rarely exists and that is where the men in pursuit of their own fantasies are unable to comprehend that the woman on the street and the woman on the screen or on the magazine cover are not one and the same,” says an expert on trauma victims. Corporates consistently push the female fantasy, projecting the image, and the idea that this woman is attainable. There is one other aspect which is equally alarming — the fallout of rape of the survivor. Any woman, whether sexually active or otherwise is considered impure if she has been sexually violated. Ergo, she must disappear.

    While the schoolgirl in Firozabad took the extreme step, victims’ families have even moved home so that nobody knows their daughter has been raped. Says Dr Rajat Mitra of Swanchetan Society for Mental Health, “Right from the beginning there is a tendency not to report such events. The girls are not trained to fight back. In fact, the notion that a girl who is too loud is not attractive is very strong. As long as the girl is coy and shy, she is considered good and beautiful.”

    Correspondingly and consequently, it is the sexual offenders, who get bolder, “graduating” from one offence to the other. The recent Dhaula Kuan gangrape incident is a case in point. The arrested accused were found to have committed similar offences at least three to four times. The cases of men simply not taking “no” for an answer when they resort to sexual harassment of various kinds has only grown.

    That “women should always acquiesce” is a concept that is ingrained in the minds of jilted lovers who attack, brutalise and kill the women they supposedly love. “The aspect of purity and honour of the woman needs to be de-linked from sexual assault. Most western societies have been able to do this. Women need to be told that it is OK to raise an alarm or to report an abuse and that they are not responsible for the crimes inflicted on them,” says Dr Mitra.
     
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    @Molawchai Is this to hard to find out an decent anti-Indian article ????????
     
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    i agree, india is no country for women, dalits, muslims, children, minorities, old people, and jus about every body else. HAPPY NOW.
     
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    Also, toilets and poverty.
     
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    totally agreed buddy.
     
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    is this forum now accepting local crimes commited as articles. should we see all the crimes against humanity from all countries here? that sure is a downfall for these forums
     
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    It helps them sleep better....

    No, I'm not kidding....It REALLY DOES !
     
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    this are the victim of crime and act done by criminals,
    but government takes action on them in India.
    unlike pakistan where victim of rape considered as guilty.
     
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    but not popular for terrorism..
     
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    Not at all, its actually quite easy.
    Will you please stop your meaningless trolling?
    Well, if you insist....
    Why are you Indians so defensive dealing with the "TRUTH" thats "raping is the fastest growing crime in India?
    The WIP Contributors: India
    Tell me is Dehli being labeled as "rape capital" for a good reason?
    Take a look at this one, nothing to worry about?
    3 Indians held for raping 4-year-old girl - One News Page [India]
     
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    :lol::lol::lol::lol:

    trolling in sensible way

    Some time use your real counties flag (like ajtr did ones)
     
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    Some parts of article do make sense but one quoted above is most retarded. Agreed that many cases of women abuse are coming to light in present times than before but earlier it was considered too taboo for a girl or their family to report such incidents while now some people take courage to report them. Also agreed that situation in North side is more alarming due to arrogant culture among the people and men do not respect women in best possible manner. That is why you will also see more cases of female infanticide in northern indian states. I am also from North India but after living in south india or in US you can see the contrast pretty well.
     
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    Wow...dont get your pant--s in a knot dude....as far i can see...we're all agreeing with you...No harm, no foul right?....right?
     
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    The same old story with same old article searcher coming after the same old ban. Anyway nothing to talk about as we all know, what the OP has been doing in the forum and his intentions and how much credible and self respect he possesses.

    Time is precious, dont ever waste it guys. Have a good laugh an move on. :wave:
     
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