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Is it A Crime to Menstruate?

Posted: May 25, 2013 by sakshikumarindia in Uncategorized

Is menstruating a sin? A crime? Or a divine punishment in traditional countries?

THE 50 MILLION MISSING CAMPAIGN BLOG ON INDIA'S FEMALE GENDERCIDE

In December 2010, Indian actress, Jayamala was investigated by the Crimes Branch of the police, on order of the Kerala state government in India, and then officially charged with violating Indian law.

Her crime, it seems, is to belong to a gender that menstruates!

She was charged under Section 295 of the Indian Penal Code for “deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feeling of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs.”

What was Jayamala’s “deliberate and malicious” act?

Her crime was she visited a certain temple, about 23 years ago, when she  18 years old, because she  wanted to worship there.

And why did this simple act of devotion “outrage” some people? Why was it so “insulting” to them?

Because this particular temple, like many others in India has an old rule.  No female who is menstruating can enter the temple. Menstruating girls and women in…

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Last week … I saw a small girl standing near the red light … I tried to talk to her mother and then the Child Welfare department to some how get her to school but was unsuccessful…
some thoughts as I looked into her eyes ….
माँ मुझे गुडिया ले दो …
खड़ी है वो चुप चाप … लालायित आँखों से देखती …
सुबह की हलकी धूप सूखे बालों को सुनहरा करती …
देखती है गुम-सुम सी हँसते बच्चों को स्कूल जाते …
अटकती हैं उसकी नज़रें उनके चमकते जूतों पर …
वापस आती हैं अपने नंगे कटे से पांवों पर …
उस के होठ हिलते हैं जैसे कह रहे हों मन ही मन …
कोई सुनी हुई कविता कोई भूला दो का पहाड़ा …
खड़ी है वो चुप चाप 

कार में बैठी कुछ कुछ अपने ही जैसी लड़की को …
आइस-क्रीम खाती वो लड़की चहक रही है …
देखती है उसको ..उसके बालों में लगे रिबन को …
हाथ उठ जाते हैं खुद के उलझे हुए बालों तक …
जीभ फेरती है अपने सूखे हुए होठों पर …
देखती है खुद को वहां एक पल को …
खड़ी है वो चुप चाप … लालायित आँखों से देखती …

खुद तो संभली नहीं और दूसरे दे दिए गोद में …
बहन और माँ के अंतर को खत्म कर दिया गरीबी ने …
गुड्डे-गुडिया के खेल खेले नहीं …संभाला अपनों को …
घर घर खेलने की उम्र में सेकी असली रोटियाँ …
किस से मांगे वो गुडिया …किस से कहे स्कूल भेज दो …
कौन है अपना …गरीबी में ? 
माँ …मुझे गुडिया ले दो …
© Dr. Anita Hada Sangwan

 

Do You Think Death Penalty Will Stop Rape?

Posted: May 7, 2013 by sakshikumarindia in Uncategorized

Rape Has No Nationality

Posted: May 1, 2013 by sakshikumarindia in Uncategorized

Rape has no nationality. Think big, act small and become a catalyst of change.


Guest post by Monica Sarkar, a freelance journalist and writer. Original post at http://missinterpreting.com:

The tragic case of the Delhi gang rape and murder of a 23-year-old woman last year forced India to take a long, hard look at itself in the mirror and decide how to change.

Or rather, the citizens looked at the government and judiciary system and made it reconsider how it deals with the abuse of its women.

But let’s not forget one thing: violence against women is a crime the world over. Alongside the stories emanating from India, there have also been reports of gang rapes in Mexico, Brazil andSouth Africa.

In war torn countries such as Syria and the Democratic Republic of Congo, sexual violence is used as a weapon of war – even after a ceasefire is declared.

And it isn’t restricted to the developing world; in the UK, approximately 85,000 women are raped on average in England and Wales every year.

Society’s fabric drapes mens’ shoulders

Patriarchal beliefs, sometimes subtle and other times misogynic, are woven into the fabric of many societies that hold down women and drape the shoulders of men.

The UN Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women (1993) states: “…violence against women is one of the crucial social mechanisms by which women are forced into a subordinate position compared with men.”

Perhaps there has been more noise about the incidents in India because, out of sheer frustration and anger, its citizens have taken to the streets and are shouting about them too.

So when you hear or read of such tragic tales from India, I hope you don’t just point your finger, shake your head and think this is India’s problem. Because violence against women is likely to be happening on your soil, but your attention is on another land.

But we need to be aware; a link has even been suggested between the abuse of women and international violence. The study, entitled “Heart of the Matter,” in the Harvard-published journalInternational Security, concluded that the best predictor of societies’ peacefulness is how well they safeguard the interests of women. Therefore, mistreat women and you mistreat the world.

Yes, India’s rape problem is alarming. But look at your own country, look at your people, look at yourself: how do you treat your women and how do you need to change?