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:
Why is there such tolerance of violence against women from the Northeast in Delhi? Violence against all women should be taken seriously and carefully investigated, and this piece from Kafila shows how far we are from that reality.
Not far from the metro station in Delhi’s downtown Connaught Place, the incessant hustle bustle of a weekday evening stopped for a while. Office goers, tourists, vendors and shoppers stood still, much like the majestic white Edwardian columns near them. They were stopped in their tracks by the sight of a few women who walked in slow motion and asked aloud in chorus: “Can I? Can I walk on the street at 12 midnight? Should I? Should I lie in the park? I should. I can.”
“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.
With the recent rape of a 5-year-old girl in Delhi, many other cases of child sexual abuse are coming to light. The abhorrence of all these incidents should continue to make us reflect on all that needs to be done to make our country a safer place – free from sexual violence.
This is a satirical piece with a very serious argument that the government of India needs to do more to prevent abhorrent acts like the rape of a 5 year old last week. “There’s no ray of hope for women in India – accept the fact and get to work” the author writes. Many of us feel that way at times like this, but with active efforts by organization like FEM, we can create the necessary incremental change to make India a more gender equitbale society.
This is a compelling piece exhibiting the misogyny that women experience on a daily basis in Delhi – and the author does a great job showing how it affects her peace of mind.