03 June 2015 Recently when the Bill to criminalize marital rape was introduced in India, it was turned down by the Parliament. According to some of the Parliamentarians, marriage is a sacred institution and touching it will leads to breakdown of marriages.
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This piece shows how broken the Indian justice system is when it comes to getting justice for rape survivors. Hipocrisy and misogyny runs deep in the process, causing some to equate the process of looking for justice as a “re-rape.” For a look inside the agonizing process, click the link below.
In West Bengal lately, there have been multiple rapes and murders. And when citizens respond with peaceful protests, they get arrested. Rape culture is prevalent in many Indian settings, and politicians are not adequately responding. It is important for us to be aware of these issues in all corners of the country if we are going to create incremental change. This is a very thorough analysis of the rapes and rape culture in West Bengal:
“You can’t blame it on illiteracy or poor policing. Or patriarchal mindsets in India. It’s the fault of the racy mannequins haunting Mumbai’s lingerie stores, seducing passers-by and turning them into sex offenders. At least that’s what the city’s municipal corporation would have you believe.”
Banning mannequins in the name of sexual violence is disturbingly off-base. FEM consistently argues on addressing the deap-seated notions of patriarchy, and it is hard to see that so may people are only willing to address such surface level aspects of our culture.
The new rape law – with both strengths and weaknesses – is important to understand for FEM members as we continue to be part of the fight against rape and rape culture. To see Kafila’s breakdown of the law, see here:
A compelling piece on what has changed since the rape of 16th December. In the balance of protection and autonomy, have we limited women’s freedoms in misguided attempts to protect them?
As the Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2013 made its winged way through Parliament last week, home minister Sushilkumar Shinde applauded this as a loud, clear and deterrent signal: Indian society would no longer tolerate the ‘errant behaviour’ that shook us on December 16. Unfortunately the degree to which parliamentarians` discussion of the Bill was warped by bigotry, not to mention aspects of the Bill itself, underlined how foolhardy it would be to believe that this new law alone will make women and girls safer in India.