Monday, July 13, 2009

India mocks at women

The struggle to introduce women’s reservation Bill is going on in Parliament. The fact that it is yet to be okayed does not evoke any surprise considering the facts of mounting atrocities against women in the country.

In a shocking judgment, the Supreme Court has held a rape victim as a “woman of easy virtues” and acquitted the accused.

Worse, the court said: “She appears to be a lady used to sexual intercourse and a dissolute lady. She had no objection in mixing and having free movement with any of her known persons, for enjoyment.”

The accused was convicted for rape and awarded 10 years jail by a sessions court in Guwahati.As a citizen, I had immense confidence in our judiciary. Now, as a woman, I don’t have it. I’m apprehensive about safety in my own country.

Women, be your own guard and judge...

A man who sells antique items on MG Road, Bangalore, had put up an offer last Sunday: A Radha free with every Krishna!

5 comments:

Atul Vishwanathan said...

I am a bit of a feminist myself, but I have a problem with your criticism of the supreme court judgment you mention.

You don't now the facts of this case, You don't know that woman or the accused. That the sessions court convicted the man says nothing. If anything, sessions courts are far far far far more corrupt and corruptible than the supreme court. How can you say the man deserved to be punished without knowing the facts of the case?

As for the women's reservation bill, i am not too sure it is a good thing for women themselves.. power does not come from political reservation, but from freedom.. a reservation degrades women, as if they are weak and deserve special status.. They are not weak.
What is needed is a mindset change in millions of men (in India and abroad) who consider themselves superior.. A reservation is only going to invite more resentment

Anonymous said...

Yes, it's sad indeed. But I still feel you, as a woman, can have faith in our judiciary. Don't go by one off case and infer like that.

pradeep said...

Such issues are quite tricky in themselves. No doubt, rape is an abominable crime. But it's quite a tough task to find out which sexual intercourse is rape and which is not. I am refering to consent part of it... It's finally a thin line of difference.

Of course those observations made by the court sound a bit too harsh. Of course, Yamini, I get the point you are making... that whatever be the character, lose or whatever one might call... a man can't launch an assault on a woman...

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Nice Blog. Congrats.
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