Photographs: Protest March, M G Road, Gurgaon.

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20 thoughts on “Photographs: Protest March, M G Road, Gurgaon.

  1. sister, wife, mother

    They missed the biggest one. The daughter. I’ve seen men who are sexist and gender-biased even with their moms, sisters and wife, make a complete u-turn when it comes to their daughter. dads with girls here will agree when i say that the love you feel for your child is beyond comparison.

    And well, apologies for the side-tracking here, but if you are doing slogans then put some thought into it.

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      • I think because many people only wake up once their loved ones are concerned. There are people who simply don’t believe it could happen to their family, so I think the slogans were meant to make them aware of how unrealistic this attitude is.

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      • I didn’t make up the slogan but given that they made one up, why exclude daughter?

        And I agree it’s a ridiculous slogan anyway as if it only matters if it’s someone you are related to.

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    • What I found sad, was that they missed *friend*. Even excluding my family, about half of the people I love are female. It made me wonder if friendship between genders is rarer in India than it is here.

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  2. Candles, protests and outrage.. they didn’t work before, we hope they do this time. Can we commit to something more than this, like a continuous involvement? My comment from your previous post (I am sure there will be better ideas out there):
    Bloggers can possibly come up with some kind of a movie certification. This will hardly make a dent to the footfalls in the theaters, but over time it will create a stigma around such movies and their makers. A very small step, but an important one.
    A rogue’s gallery of the movie industry or an annual ‘worst movie award’ are other alternatives.

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    • Excellent Idea! This need not be just movies, but any media that sends out wrong signals. The good thing is that we would be left with only the most uplifting meaningful art, but also very little art.

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    • While the media is also responsible for creating the terrible images of women we have today, I don’t believe that it is the main cause. The main cause is lack of law enforcement – give exemplary punishment to a few and see the other cowards retreat back into the woodwork. That said, I use a rating system on my movie review website – it’s based on the US rating, and I give a kidwise review at the end of each review. The Indian censor system is sorely lacking in rating and deciding those ratings. I see the vulgarest of films being OKed for kids with a U rating.

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  3. The question is – what are these protests going to do anyway? I think as Indians, we need to shun our idealism and stop relying on protests as the only way to solve major social, political or economic issues.

    12 years of fasting by Irom Sharmila and thousands of protests didn’t change the Indian public opinion on AFSPA – an act that pretty much denies the basic human rights of over 30 million North East ‘Indians’. What makes you think they’ll stop low down psychopaths from raping women?

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  4. Anne Bartow’s Sexual Assault Prevention Tips:
    http://feministlawprofessors.com/?p=12965

    1. Don’t put drugs in people’s drinks in order to control their behaviour.

    2. When you see someone walking by themselves, leave them alone!

    3. If you pull over to help someone with car problems, remember not to assault them!

    4. NEVER open an unlocked door or window uninvited.

    5. If you are in an elevator and someone else gets in, DON’T ASSAULT THEM!

    6. Remember, people go to laundry to do their laundry, do not attempt to molest someone who is alone in a laundry room.

    7. USE THE BUDDY SYSTEM! If you are not able to stop yourself from assaulting people, ask a friend to stay with you while you are in public.

    8. Always be honest with people! Don’t pretend to be a caring friend in order to gain the trust of someone you want to assault. Consider telling them you plan to assault them. If you don’t communicate your intentions, the other person may take that as a sign that you do not plan to rape them.

    9. Don’t forget: you can’t have sex with someone unless they are awake!

    10. Carry a whistle! If you are worried you might assault someone “on accident” you can hand it to the person you are with, so they can blow it if you do.

    This came up in the guardian today. I had to put it up on my blog following the horrific gang rape of a 23-year-old student in Delhi last Sunday.

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    • When somebody puts drug on a person’s drink, assaults them or goes out of their way to stalk someone, it is deliberate and malicious behaviour, with the perpretator well aware that what they are doing are against the norms of civilised behaviour and etiquette.

      No offence, but claiming that these ‘tips’ are guaranteed to work is typical demagogic increduility, as silly as the idea that saying ‘thou shalt not steal’ is guaranteed to reduce highway robberies and street muggings. It is also sexist, as it implies that men are all sociopathic morons who engage in rapes, assault and battery because they didn’t get these ‘tips’ while growing up.

      “No offence, but claiming that these ‘tips’ are guaranteed to work is uttely naive and ridiculous, as silly as the idea that saying ‘thou shalt not steal’ is guaranteed to reduce highway robberies and street muggings.”
      Okay, I get it now. It is supposed to be a joke.🙂

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      • Yeah. Protesting against the things that essentially everyone agrees are wrong, isn’t very productive.

        What I’d welcome, would be reactions to the things that all too many thinks are “innocent joking”, but which is actually abusive harassment.

        No, it’s not okay to shout obscenities at random women on the street. No it’s not okay to stare at the girl on the bus for 10 minutes continously. No, it’s not okay to “accidentally” brush against the woman ahead of you in the line. No, single women who walk home by themselves in the evening do not generally find it a “nice compliment” when a group of men shouts “Hi Sexy !” at her.

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  5. It looks like an huge protest from the people in Gurgaon. It’s nice to see people coming together for a heinous act for first time.:)
    But I am wondering is it because it happened in a Capital of our country or people are fed up with our law system and these daily culprits ? Would it had been the same if it would have happened in some small town ?

    Whatever the answers of the above questions but I feel if the culprits of this case would be given some punishment like “Tooth for a tooth” then it would be a better learning for to be culprits. That should happened in front of the public so that from the next time people should think 10 times before doing such act.

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    • I believe the outrage would have been the same if it happened in a small town. The Guwahati molestation and the outrage against it (which incidentally, began in Assam), seems to have started a precedent of sorts. Now people realise the power of activist public outrage, rather than passive protests and whining in 394489 blogs about how ‘unfair’ the system is.

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