Can sexual harassment be compared to Terrorism against a whole community called women?

‘Outraging a woman’s modesty’ does not define acts which make it impossible for them to go about their daily lives without constant fear.

I agree with what Desi Girl said in this comment.

This is called Terrorism. Terrorism against a whole community called women; terrorizing women to stay hidden in homes and limit their movements to non curfew hours, oh for women all hours are actually curfew hours. This one incident will push back all young women back into homes in the name of their safety.
The punishment should be that befitting any terrorist. An act of terrorism kills people and intimidates the survivors like wise these guys have killed the independence of numerous women in this country.
Peace,
Desi Girl

This horrifying assault has terrorized women and their families all over India. It broke my heart me to read a fiesty young blogger, Rinzu Rajan say this.

i have nothing to say.!😦 when my parents say don’t go out after 7, i know why they say so.! may the lil girl get justice asap.!

I hope media campaign and public outrage ensures that these twenty men are arrested and given the kind of sentences that become a warning for potential rapists.

Please take a look at their shameless faces, let our outrage show them that we still have some hope from this nation.

‘These men belong in jail and not on open streets.’  Let’s make sure it’s the rapists who are shamed, blamed and named and not the victims. (picture from facebook)

61 thoughts on “Can sexual harassment be compared to Terrorism against a whole community called women?

  1. And what punishment do terrorists get in our country? Kasab is still alive after killing so many people.
    It’s more rotten that any of us can comprehend.
    Its disgusting how men in our country use women as objects, untouchables and deities depending on their mood.

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  2. The phrase ‘outraging a woman’s modesty’ is antiquated and quaint, patronising and condescending. Words are powerful. If we women want to be thought of and treated as equals to the males, sexist language has got to go! Why not the more accurate “assault” or “assault and battery” or “sexual assault,” whichever fits the crime?

    As for these attackers, they need to be taught a hard lesson. I am sure that plastering their pictures all over the Net is a start. I personally don’t have a lot of confidence in the Indian justice system. (I started to call them bastards, but that word is also a negative judgment on a woman’s sexual behaviour. We need to come up with another word.)

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    • Why not the more accurate “assault” or “assault and battery” or “sexual assault,” whichever fits the crime?

      Because, unfortunately, the majority of people who are paid to prevent these things in India have a mindset which is incompatible with seeing sexual assault/harassment outside of a patriarchal framework.

      I’m not just talking about beat constables here, this is the story from top to bottom. People who do see this in non-patriarchal terms are few and far between.

      India is a patriarchal country. It is unrealistic to expect the police to be isolated from that mindset.

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    • I completely agree with what has been written and said here by all eminent readers. Those persons who have done this should be caught and dealt with harshly by law so that it acts as a deterrent for potential criminals.

      IHM, I’m indeed proud of the simple yet profoundly effective initiatives that you are taking here at your blog. But since this particular post also deals with a legal provision known as the offence of outraging the modesty of a woman, I’ll humbly beseech you to bear with me as I explain the correct position of this law. Its necessary to understand the law as it stands, before we start blaming it as being antiquated or insufficiently drafted and so on and so forth. As citizens not only we must know our laws properly but also guard against mistaken understanding of laws.

      Section 354 of IPC is worded as follows :-

      Whoever assaults or uses criminal force to any woman, intending to outrage or knowing it to be likely that he will thereby outrage her modesty, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to two years, or with fine, or with both.

      If you notice, the section includes “criminal force” or “assault”. IPC also defines ‘these two terms’

      Section 350 – Criminal force.—Whoever intentionally uses force to any person, without that person’s consent, in order to the committing of any offence, or intending by the use of such force to cause, or knowing it to be likely that by the use of such force he will cause injury, fear or annoyance to the person to whom the force is used, is said to use criminal force to that other.

      351. Assault.—Whoever makes any gesture, or any preparation intending or knowing it to be likely that such gesture or preparation will cause any person present to apprehend that he who makes that gesture or preparation is about to use criminal force to that person, is said to commit an assault.
      Explanation.—Mere words do not amount to an assault. But the words which a person uses may give to his gestures or preparation such a meaning as may make those gestures or preparations amount to an assault.

      Simplistically put, using criminal force is actually touching whereas assaulting is by gestures. Hence the offence of outraging modesty is said to be committed either by use of criminal force or by assault. So I guess its clear now how expanded the wording of section 354 (outraging modesty of women) is. Since it not only covers actions involving actual physical contact but also indecent gestures.

      So far as the connotation of the expression “outraging modesty of women” is concerned, the Hon’ble Supreme Court has clearly laid down that ” The ultimate test for ascertaining whether modesty of a woman has been outraged or not is to ascertain whether the action of the offender is such as could be perceived as one which is capable of shocking the sense of decency of woman.” In yet another case the Hon’bl;e Court defined modesty of women for purpose of Section 354, IPC,as ” womanly propriety of behavior, scrupulous, chastity of thought, speech and conduct. It is the reserve or sense of shame proceeding from instinctive aversion to impure or coarse suggestions.”

      Hence taking all the above mentioned facts into consideration a person is said to be guilty of outraging the modesty of women if he by his gestures or otherwise outrages or violates the sense of decency or shame of a woman..”

      Therefore in my humble opinion the law against outraging of modesty of women does cover all kinds of masculine misbehavior and is neither, for reasons explained above, antiquated nor insufficient in covering acts which make it impossible for women to go about their daily lives without constant fear.

      It is also relevant in the present context to mention another provision of law which deals with somewhat similar situations. It is Section 509 which specifically deals with word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman. It says that “Whoever, intending to insult the modesty of any woman, utters any word, makes any sound or gesture, or exhibits any object, intending that such word or sound shall be heard, or that such gesture or object shall be seen, by such woman, or intrudes upon the privacy of such woman ; shall be punished with simple imprisonment for a term which may extend to one year, or with fine, or with both.”

      I would like to respectfully disagree with “strivingupward” who has stated that “the phrase ‘outraging a woman’s modesty’ is antiquated and quaint, patronising and condescending and further stated that If women want to be thought of and treated as equals to the males, sexist language has got to go! Why not the more accurate “assault” or “assault and battery” or “sexual assault,” whichever fits the crime..”…

      I fail to understand what is patronizing and sexist about the law against outraging of modesty of women. Its definitely a gender based (not biased) law. That’s the way its supposed to be written. Now had not a specific law been written then there would have been an uproar about the same. Now that there is such a law we say that its sexist. And by the way outraging modesty of women is a category of assault. It also includes battery in it. Please let us first understand the law properly then opine.

      The Indian Penal Code (IPC) is one of the best codes of criminal laws in the world. I know the immediate response to this claim might be that how is it then, that crime in India is at an all time high and that the criminals go scott free after committing the crimes. Well, it’s not the law alone but the effective implementation of it by law enforcing agencies, especially Police, whose task it is to investigate and collect evidence so that the guilty could be punished, that actually matters in bringing about a sound administration of justice. Let’s see what the Guwahati Police does in this case.

      I humbly offer my apology IHM, for having intruded upon so much of your space. But trust me since we are dealing with a sensitive issue here, I thought that we should be able to take a well informed decisions on the matter.

      Regards,

      Anupam

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      • The things is cops are rarely present when a woman’s “modesty” is being outraged.

        I’ve been manhandled by angry men twice, and the cops were nowhere to be found both times. Once an angry male driver spat on my face because I pulled over without warning (I thought I had a flat tyre).

        The truth is, a woman in India has to be extremely lucky to escape violence because it is literally everywhere.

        Very few men experience the kind of violence women exprerience everyday. Most Indian men think being threatening and agressive is a sign of manhood.

        The truth is, most men think of doing what those goons in Guwahati did. These men just acted on those impulses.

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      • Anupam,

        I’m not sure if you have legal experience outside of India or not, but I assure you that the IPC is possibly one of the more unwieldy and outdated penal codes in the modern world, especially when it comes to protecting women. This is a very common opinion in legal circles and has been so for quite some time now; I’m somewhat surprised that you hold the opinions you do.

        Pray tell, how is it that the ‘best code of criminal laws’ has no remedies for such acts as marital rape (recognized as a crime throughout the developed world), rape other than penile-vaginal (very common), non-sodomy related sexual assaults/harassment against males (again, common enough) and criminal harassment against males and females alike aka ‘stalking’. I ask you why the criminal remedies against domestic violence (Section 498A) are so poorly framed that while being wide open to misuse, they also horribly stilt the ability of genuine victims to get justice unless their situation fits within a narrow and arbitrary window. From definitions of adultery, to protecting children from sexual assault, the IPC does a very poor job of keeping up with modern notions of justice.

        As far as the point about modesty goes, it really is high time that sexual violence be de-linked from concepts like ‘modesty’ and ‘chastity’. Sexually harassing or assaulting a woman is not an attack on her modesty, it is an attack on her PERSON, on her dignity as a human being. A supposedly ‘immodest’ woman has as much right to legal protection as a ‘modest’ one. Whether or not a woman has a ‘womanly sense of shame’, she needs to be protected from harassment. This should be obvious, and yet, our own laws/precedents imply otherwise. I’m aware that the ‘test’ put forward by the SC is no longer rigorously applied, but why should something so discriminatory even exist in the legal system of a modern nation?

        It is completely shameful that legal protections be extended only to women who act in a certain culturally defined) ‘ideal’ manner, a manner which is arbitrarily defined and archaic to boot.

        Make no mistake, the IPC needs a major overhaul – even the Law Commission sees that. Denial is no solution.

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        • Praveen,

          Its correct that I don’t have legal experience outside India. Be that as it may, I’m absolutely with you when you say its really is high time that sexual violence be de-linked from concepts like ‘modesty’ and ‘chastity’. Sexually harassing or assaulting a woman is not an attack on her modesty, it is an attack on her PERSON, on her dignity as a human being. A supposedly ‘immodest’ woman has as much right to legal protection as a ‘modest’ one. Whether or not a woman has a ‘womanly sense of shame’, she needs to be protected from harassment.

          But we both know the context in which the Hon’ble Court made that observation. I’m sure the Apex Court is as cognizant of the fact that an immodest woman is equally entitled to protection as an immodest woman, as both of us are. In fact I know of cases, and I’m sure you do too, where people have been convicted of sexually assaulting, harassing / molesting prostitutes. I totally endorse the view that every woman, irrespective of her behaviour, must enjoy equal protection of law. The point which I’ve tried to make is that Section 354 , despite containing an apparently narrow term “modesty” is equally applicable for the protection or vindication of women, irrespective of the popular perception about her modesty. Since you know the law, it isn’t difficult to appreciate the fact that Section 354 contains the terms criminal force and assault. Now ‘criminal force’ by definition envisages using force to any person, without that person’s consent. So the moment the offender acts indecently against the consent of the woman, he is liable to be prosecuted u/s 354, ofcourse if he did that with an intention to outrage the modesty of that woman. Now that intention has to be deduced from the circumstances attending to that particular case. I’m also aware of the fact that the response of the woman is also not as important as is the perception of a reasonably intelligent man, who thinks that by his actions the offender has in all likelihood violated that woman’s privacy. I safely presume that you are aware of this settled position of law regarding Section 354. That’s the whole point that I’ve tried to make.

          As far as marital rape is concerned, I know the IPC is silent. But with the coming into force of the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, the law has somewhat caught up with the lacuna. Since domestic violence includes sexual abuse by a husband or wife. The consequences may not be penal per se. But a disregard for the orders under the Act will make the husband liable for penal consequences.

          The IPC may not be a be all and end all for all crimes. But it has certainly caught up with times in certain cases, especially regarding some crimes against women. For example, a century ago the law under Section 375 was enacted to punish rapists and it seemed fine uptil 1983, when the burning phenomenon of custodial rape hounded our society. Men in charge of important institutions were found to take advantage of their position and commit rape on unsuspecting females who had surrendered themselves into their custody for entirely noble purposes. So the IPC caught up with this evil by virtue of enactment of a series of four sections (Sections 376 A to 376 D) besides the revamping of Section 376 itself, in as much as it brought within its purview police officers, public servants, personnel in the management or on the staff of a jail, remand home or other place of custody established by or under any law or of a woman’s or children’s institution who are susceptible to misusing their position to ravish women under their care. It also made the punishment harsher for these class of violaters as it considered these persons to be under a far greater obligation to guard themselves against offending tendencies than ordinary men. More to this it also took cognizance of the alarming rate of gang rape, rape of pregnant women and rape of females under twelve years of age and therefore brought into existence the definition and punishment for these ghastly crimes, crimes which were probably either unheard of or much less recurrent during yester – years.

          Praveen, I also agree that the IPC is actually incapable of specifically dealing with grievous crimes like rape other than penile-vaginal (very common), non-sodomy related sexual assaults/harassment against males (again, common enough). I guess all these offences for the time being atleast, have to be vindicated through the definitions of Hurt and Grievous Hurt. I say this because I believe that instead of only lamenting about what ought to have been done its wiser to make the best possible use of the available provisions. It may not be adequate but its definitely better than being completely remediless.

          When you say that it is completely shameful that legal protections be extended only to women who act in a certain culturally defined) ‘ideal’ manner, a manner which is arbitrarily defined and archaic to boot, I totally concur with you. As I have already mentioned above the settled position of law is that every woman is entitled to the same protection of law, despite of popular perceptions about her character, behaviour etc.

          As far as Section 498 A is concerned, its a gender based law. And no matter how much you try, every gender based law has some scope of abuse, however small or large, writ into it because of its inherent bias towards a particular gender and class of humans. So far as the inability of genuine victims to get justice under Section 498 A is concerned, it may have more to do with the system of investigation and evidence collection and the whole process of furnishing evidence in trial rather than because of the way the law is drafted. How can a law be open to abuse by women because of its wordings and at the same time be insufficient for women to get justice. I agree that the way the law against adultery in India stands today, it requires much to be done.
          I’ve in fact written a post about it @ http://anupampatracontemplates.blogspot.in/2012/06/conversation-x-women-cannot-be-punished.html

          It may also be correct for certain situations that the IPC is outdated or unyeilding. But let’s also not forget that the Code was written more than a century ago, yet it comprised of so many varied sections dealing with the myriad sections. In my humble opinion while on one hand its not wrong to think that IPC is insufficient in the present times, on the other hand it’d be unfair to say that its an absolutely incompetent Code of law. Let’s not forget the numerous crimes that it defines and proscribes too.

          Regards,

          Anupam

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      • “Womanly propriety of behavior, scrupulous, chastity of thought, speech and conduct. It is the reserve or sense of shame proceeding from instinctive aversion to impure or coarse suggestions”

        Pray what does this mean? So Guwahati victim was supposed to implore, in a high, breathless voice, “Oh, gentlemen! How odious you are to tear my clothes away!”

        Maybe she could have then fluttered her eyelashes and fallen in a faint. Would that be womanly enough?

        It appears the Hon’able Court still lives in Victorian times while the problems women face are of the 21st century.

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        • Dear Biwo,

          I understand your anger and revulsion against the use of the terms that you’ve mentioned. But I think that you should also know that it is the Supreme Court which has observed and declared that even a prostitute has a right to her privacy and no body can take sexual advantage of her without her permission. By virtue of that law, our Courts have punished offenders for sexually assaulting, harassing / molesting sex workers. I totally endorse the view that every woman, irrespective of her behaviour, must enjoy equal protection of law. The point which I’ve tried to make is that Section 354 , despite containing an apparently narrow term “modesty” is equally applicable for the protection or vindication of all women. irrespective of the popular perception about their modesty. Plus I think you should also know that its the Supreme Court only that has held that in cases of outraging of modesty of women, the response of women, though relevant but not the decisive factor in determining whether her modesty has been outraged.. It has held that what is important is what a reasonable man thinks about the action of the offender. If the acts are reasonably perceived to be such as likely to outrage her modesty then the offender will face punishment.

          So please be assured that neither the law nor the Courts consider such cases under the archaic and narrow light that you fear them to.

          Regards

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        • Thanks for the clarification Anupam. I based my comment solely on the archaic language used. Its good to know that the interpretation is quite 21st century.🙂

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  3. Like the dialouge in Rang De Basanti, i feel like saying- ‘Maar Daalo unhe’. I really don’t think there is better punishment and a better deterrent than death sentence for these animals.

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  4. I am not going to comment on the terrorism part .

    because my view is different , this episode doesnot only effect women, SORRY it effects everyone , her , her parents , her friends , anyone who knows her..
    do you think the Father of this girl is dancing in joy, of is she has a brother he is partying over this

    people who are reading this , seeing this .

    so how can it be just against women.. as i mentioned in the last post we keep talking of the same thing against women ,etc etc well all the boys have some WOMEN in their household has anyone come out agains them.. SO those women are also culprits… they are supporting the culprits

    I will copy paste my previous comment ..

    I blame everyone , all are to be blamed the people doing this MORE, but equally the people watching this, THE PEOPLE WATCHING THIS VIDEO AGAIN AND AGAIN, the people at home , everyone , those reading this even, I blame myself even for this ..

    WHY did we let our nation come to this..

    why cant we treat the other as a human being or atleast treat them as we want to be treated..

    I feel disgusted when people start to say of its a man’s fault , its a woman’s fault, its society its this its that .. WELL whoever or what ever it is .. WE have made it that way..

    till we get out of this mentality of blaming something or someone .. things wont change EVER.. do what one may..

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  5. I was hoping for exactly this. A public shaming campaign of the perps for once, not the victim.
    As for the “punishment” for these guys. Here’s what I would do. Isolate each one of them in a police cell and get a police woman to interrogate them. Someone who will reduce them in their own perceptions to the beings they are in our perception. That is what they need. That is what the society needs.

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  6. If this country, our beloved “INDIA”😛 ….. hate(s) women soooo much, Why don’t we just kill all women and then all the males can (maybe) live happily ever-after !!!

    [Sorry, for this utterly-2 negative comment, but I am just feeling so disgusted, angry right now😦 These kind-of incidents just keep on happening one after the other…….recently there has been a incident in Bengal, where a mentally challenged woman was raped & murdered. Apparently, a lot of other inmates there were also facing this sort-of abuse for quite some time……until somebody decided to speak up]

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  7. IHM, I hope that you write a post in which you ask the readers on possible ways of punishing the molesters so as to reduce such crimes.I am sure we need to come up with innovative ways to punish such people so that more and more people would realize that they can be punished in creative ways and as a result stay away from such inexcusable errors.I can unearth a few from the most creative part of my brain.Hope you write.

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  8. First timer here, and I must say that I completely agree with the analogy- there is systemic and at times institutionalised social, economic and emotional violence against Indian women which frankly, seems only to be getting worse, as we get more ‘modern’.
    I for one, am too sick and tired, jaded and cynical to read about the inevitable ‘outrage’ that will follow this new incident, which as we all know will amount to nearly nothing.
    What I want to see , is women taking a stand in cities and urban areas. With their wallets. Since it’s so ‘unsafe’ for women outside the four walls of their homes, we should refuse to step out and eat out, shop for non-essential items, watch movies or do anything other go to work/ buy the essentials.And also get our families to comply. I know its mostly wishful thinking, but what if it was all done on a single day (preferably on festival day, like diwali? ) and by a significant number of families? Refusing to spend our hard earned money on a country that does NOTHING for us?

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    • I think most Indian women already impose these restrictions on themselves, much to the delight of the moral police.

      Do you think young girls in Mangalore walk into pubs fearlessly after 2009?

      Do you think the Guwahati incident won’t make women impose restrictions on their own movement?

      That’s exactly what these people want. They want things to be how they were a hundred years ago — when women enjoyed few freedoms and no rights.

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      • I guess. Perhaps I should have said go out on the streets, but refuse to spend any money anywhere. I’m personally frustrated by the way these incidents play out- whatever happens after an incident of this nature tends to be superficial, and doesn’t seem to prevent the next one from happening.

        How do we send out a message that treating women this way from now on will real consequences, not just to the perpertrators, but also for law enforcement and the general public? How do we signal that enough is enough? In a way that they understand?
        Is it even possible?

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        • I think we will, unfortunately have to mount a grassroots campaign for broader civil rights. I often feel that women’s rights will only be respected if individual, civil rights are respected since gender equity is a result of greater civil liberties. I guess we’ll have to wait till the cows come home for that to happen.😦

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  9. The only commendable thing about this horrific attack is the pressure that is put on the police by the public outrage. Hope it will continue till maximum punishment possible under Indian Law is given to the terrorists.

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  10. I am about to join a company in some other city, I’m totally satisfied with my job but my parents are worried about the same and they really want me to find another job in Delhi itself.. and this is because they feel afraid.. And right after my mom watched this, she came up with the same lines, this is why I say it is unsafe for girls to stay alone..
    And for the first time in life, I wasn’t able to argue with her, for I didn’t get what to say..

    I was totally shocked to watch it!! 20 men, onlookers, nobody cared, nobody tried to protect her.. It does inculcate fears in minds of many girls and their families..

    These are shameless creatures, no matter how much we abuse them, no matter what people all over the country say, they do not care..They did not fear the consequences of what they were doing..not at all..
    But, they must be sentenced to death.. All politicians say that they must be given strict punishment.. But they must be killed.. the “strict punishment” is nothing compared to what they have done,, It isn’t injustice or crime against one girl, it is actually TERROR and SHAME for the entire nation!!

    It is affecting a girl who wants to go to a different city for post graduation or a job, it does affect a girl who wants to go out after 7 PM..It does affect the girl’s father who is always worried about her..It is almost equivalent to restricting the freedom of many and terrorizing many. It has affected everyone in the country, irrespective of age or gender.. Women, men, young girls and boys… EVERYONE!! For if they are molesting a girl today, tomorrow someone else could beat another girl or boy to death.. And, therefore, its not only about women and their safety, it is about the entire nation, every man and woman who feels affected, shocked and panic-stricken..

    In any case, these men deserve much more than the so-called strict punishment, more than just a death sentence for that matter.. For if they can roam around alive, this will happen again and again.. And what about other cases, where no one reports, there is no video footage? What about such criminals?

    I don’t know if things would change or not, but as of now, as far as this case is concerned, they must not be left alive!

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  11. IHM, I think we should cast the net wider. Any all-girls-institution will have atleast one jerk hanging around outside, with his fly unzipped and his d**k hanging out. And what about those guys who use walls or trees as their own personal urinals. Are they not “exposing themselves” and “corrupting innocent girls”? (If a skirt and tank top is counted as ‘exposing’, don’t these fall in the same category?) Let’s castrate them all. What’s sauce for the goose should be sauce for the gander too.

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  12. Lets start a “Blog of Shame”. I think one of us can take the onus of running a blog that will put up the picture/FB profile and details of such offenders. I don’t need to emphasize the importance of such an online medium. A public online outcry can act as a deterrent for these to misbehave in future and the fact this can affect them in their future professional and personal lives can be a fair enough ‘punshiment’. Ladies, keep your mobile camera handy and don’t be scared to use them. It need not be only the victim who has to come forward. Lets use the resources we have to strike back our defense.

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    • I completely agree with you. The police and judiciary has lost its credibleness. These offenders will be out on paltry bails, the cases will go on for ages and even when the verdict will come out, the punishment will be insignificant compared to the magnitude of the offence.
      We should, therefore start a Blog of Shame, A Page of Shame on Facebook, a handle on Twitter and post images and details of all such pigs.
      They should be so publicly humiliated, that their own family will not acknowledge them, they won’t get a job, they will never have a decent life in future.

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  13. Yes it is terrorism, one that is endorsed by society as a whole.

    On a different note, IHM, very very happy to tell you that the girl I had mentioned in my comment on a previous post – the one who managed to escape from her tyrannical husband’s clutches and was preparing for engineering entrances – well, SHE GOT THROUGH! Am SOOOO happy!

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  14. For once in my life, I am completely with the cynical point of view here. I have personally had far too many reality checks to have any confidence in Indian ‘outrage’ solving anything at all. We’re talking about a major change in the way we deal with rape here. Rape!

    Let’s not forget that we are part of a country which has dreams of being a superpower, but has failed to control something as stupid as college ragging despite death after student death, despite a huge judicial rap, despite hours and hours of high voltage media coverage. Students still die, parents still cry, journalists still put little bylines in the paper lamenting it all, everyone says thank you very much and then everybody goes home.

    Can this country’s establishment and society combat sexual assault and institutionalized oppression of women? Yes. But will it? Never! Not unless it is forced to.

    Hope for change in these things assumes a functional system of law enforcement as well as political and administrative will for the actual enforcement of legal doctrine. As far as India is concerned, nothing could be farther from ground reality than that.

    Any change that happens will have to be eked out, inch by painful inch, not with the help of the establishment, but despite it, not with the will of larger society, but against the apathy demonstrated by it. India must be brought, kicking and screaming if it necessary, into the 21st century. And that task is too arduous, I fear, for the number of people interested in it.

    It’s going to take decades, not because this country can’t do it in good time, but because this country doesn’t give a flying fig about doing it in good time.

    I’m absolutely disgusted.

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    • I agree, Look at China, India’s major competitor. It s a patriarchal society too and people want sons but you never hear of things like this. Women have more equality. They have a choice. They can roam free on the streets. They do not know what is eve teasing. They have never experienced it at least the people I have spoken to. They wear short clothes. Nobody shames them for that

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        • Because….I am sorry to say and don’t hang me. It is culture. I have observed how the males in family are favored. How the girls are kept apart either cooking or serving the males at least when they are visitor around. There is nothing wrong with this until it comes to the part where the males have the rights to everything while the girl gets married and send away to her husband family to which she has to obey and served. Am I wrong? See there is no choice for girls starting in their parents household and then in their marriage. They are pieces of chess that are move around by society and the people around her. It is very rarely for them make their own choices. If this happens to her from her home, why would you think that the man on the street and other house hold will not try to do the same to them. This are lyrics from a song
          “Fathers, be good to your daughters
          Daughters will love like you do
          Girls become lovers who turn into mothers
          So mothers, be good to your daughters to”
          Respect is taught at home to our sons so they know and learn to love, respect and appreciate their women. Yes, we should love our culture and respect it and keep it but please we need to get rid of all the fuck up parts. I am not saying to the extreme but changes have to be made.

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  15. It takes years for even the terrorists to be punished, IHM! In such cases, where the crime was captured on camera, we do need quick justice. I mean, what else is there to prove?
    I hope more people share these pics of criminals and the public pressure speeds up the process of justice. Even if a handful of potential rapists are deterred by this, it is worth it. It will take ages for the patriarchal mentality to change, for women to be treated as equal humans, but for now, what needs to be done, must be done!

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  16. Wel I didnt and couldnt bring myself to watch the Video afetr 10 seconds. Two words, CAPITAL PUNISHMENT! and to all the imbecile, spineless weasels who watched guilty for abetting a crime. What a traumatic experience. I hope the little girl realizes, she is not a victim, she is survivor. To call these shameless people animals will be a crime and insult to animals.
    I hope men in India change. This is a shame.

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  17. I think that India’s safety crisis for women demands some kind of institutional response. I think strengthening the NCW would be part of such a response. I also feel that the number of female officers should be increased, especially in the constabulary.

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    • Brilliant suggestions.

      The other thing we have been doing is this: holding workshops for women with folks from the police force present. The focus is how to deal with harassment and unwarranted attention. We involve the top cop of the district so it works. The cops tell the women what exactly they need to do if they are harassed. We had a case where a 13-year old was being stalked and after this workshop her mother (who had attended the workshop and who was aware of the situation all along but did not know what to do plus feared the consequences) took action and the chap was pulled up by the cops – enough to stop him.

      In other words, there are many laws/procedures in place already. They just need to be enforced better.

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  19. I feel insulted being a girl…. Such perverts deserve to be dead!!! They treated the girl as their prey, tagging her a slut who went to the pub, had a drink and moved freely at night… These are beasts!!! Beasts wearing masks of “human being” !!! These are frustrated souls who could not tolerate a girl enjoying her freedom!!! Its their own cowardliness which came out!!! We have tolerated enough… Its high time to REACT and bring the CHANGE! Because if they win to escape, I fear the future is dark for all the women folk……..

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    • i agree.these people should be publicly hanged..not simply arrested and given a 10 year sentence…unless and until such measures are taken people will not fear.humans are wild animals .And these wild animals are not just in guwahati but in every nook and corner of the country.what good does a jail sentence does??nothing…instead of spending 10 years outside they will be guests of the government for 10 years..these people should be put to guillotine publicly.people should react angrily..we should think about the girl..what would be her ccondition??she has been put to shame in front of the whole world..she would be already dead inside..and nothing but the dead faces of those dirty filthy animals would bring some relief to her…

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  20. Much has been said about the appalling level of morality of the offenders . The offenders have proven to the hilt that they are animals in the garb of human skin. A substantial degree of blame has also been put on the Police for having been so near to the spot of occurrence yet having reacted with inexplicable callousness. As to how far is the allegation against the Police true, will be eventually unearthed during the process of trial. But amidst all this we are probably ignoring the unapologetic indifference displayed by the group of bystanders who witnessed the brazen occurrence of a helpless girl being molested by a bunch of men right there in the middle of their city’s street. It’s exactly like those scenes one used to get to watch in the Hindi movies where some gangster or hooligan had his way in his area and easily molested women in the middle of busy streets surrounded by imbecile onlookers. We hitherto assured ourselves that such a thing can only happen in cinema where the world belongs to the film director and who can conveniently sidestep the realities to show such a scene in his film. But in the real world such a thing is impossible to happen. The reason why we thought it is impossible to happen is not because we mistook our times to be Utopian where everyone respected and loved each other beyond harm, but because we assumed that even if someone dared to do such a thing, the towering presence of several members of the public present at the spot, who will come charging at him, will overwhelm the offender and he’ll probably fall down on his knees begging for apology. After the Guwahati incident, I’m jolted out of my notion.

    We usually make a lot of hue and cry, especially through words, spoken or written when such incidents take place. But when it comes to the moment of action, most of us slip into a state of complete paralysis of response and despicable indifference. Its already known to all, that the spot where the unfortunate incident took place is a busy place. Many persons must have passed by the victim when she was being tossed around by those mongrels. Even a small but abruptly gathered crowd by the road attracts the attention of the passers by. So I’m under no doubt that anybody would’ve missed the scene. In that context, what makes the Guwahati case even worse is that none of the alleged offenders were perceived to be either known criminals or belonged to the often blamed powerful class. I mean – we’ve all seen their photos right ? They don’t even look intimidating enough. Hence I cannot come to any justified conclusion as to what prevented these onlookers from rescuing the girl from that place. I wish there were any law which would have made such an omission punishable but unfortunately there is no such law. I therefore wish that the on lookers who did not do anything to intervene and save the victim should, as a gesture of repentance, come forward with an apology, atleast in private, to the victim.

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