Posts Tagged ‘eve-teasing’


Guest post by Ankit Gupta, a social activist and avid blogger at Indian Survivor Federation: 

After Delhi gang rape case every Indian wants a solution and demand strongest step against culprits. Now It’s not about a one case or two. It’s about “how to curb India`s rape culture” because on the one side people are asking for justice everywhere in a country for the victims but sadly at a very same time these crimes take places on the other part of country.

Now every one asking following questions :
How to curb rape cases?

How to decrease the incidents of Eve Teasing?
How to create safe public spaces, where women and girls can move freely?

Here we are sharing few suggestions that can play a key role to use and access public spaces and services fearlessly for girls, women and every Common Indians.

In era of 3G, we are capable to decrease physical abuse and criminal activities in public spaces of metropolitan cities with the help of latest technology. Most of the time culprit thinks that “Nobody can catch me and I will never be identifying for my heinous crime”. But that’s not true, it is actually possible to identify these culprits and decrease the number of crimes that take place in our country. For all that we need to set up CCTV Surveillance Network in our city as use in London.
Mumbai, July 6, 2012: Mumbai police on
Friday released CCTV footage of a man
kidnapping a child in full public view at
Chattrapati Shivaji Station.
In our country, CCTV cameras are already in use in many cities at Bus stand, railway station, road crossing, toll plaza, high security area, etc. In some city CCTV camera also installed in local buses and local trains.But unfortunately, the number of CCTV cameras installed at public place is not enough. 

We know that CCTV Surveillance Network may help us to catch culprits of rape, eve teasing, chain snatching, bag lifting, hit & run cases, kidnapping, murder, terror attacks and many more. 
According to the crime rate we need a CCTV Surveillance Network with large number of CCTV camera as used in UK. We need a Centralize Control Center that helps us to control criminal activities in real time.
(CCTV + High Tech Control Center + Help line Number + Active Police) = Safe City
To know how successful CCTV Surveillance Network just type “CCTV Network in London” or “CCTV surveillance network in UK” on any popular search engine site. You will find an eye opener statics that describe the success story of CCTV Network.
If we follow CCTV Surveillance system as used in London, then with the help of centralize control room, CCTV Surveillance Network can be used very dynamically not only for decrease crime rate even it helps us to controlling traffic to prevent traffic Jam and plays an important role to send aid for road accident injured in minimum time.
After 26/11 Mumbai Incident, Honorable Home minister R R Patil with high-profile delegation visited London on September, 2011 for three days to study the city’s integrated intelligence and CCTV surveillance network. And then an ambitious plan created to install a network of 5,000 CCTV cameras in Mumbai. To read more please click following link :
After much delay in executing the ambitious project, the Maharashtra government on 26 September, 2012 invited fresh tenders for the Rs 864-crore cover plan for Mumbai. To read more please click following links :
Unfortunately red tapism and careless nature become a main cause of delaying cover plan for Mumbai with CCTV.
In last few years various state government spent lots of money on parks, museums and many other city decoration plans but unfortunately they don’t take seriously an ambitious plan “To cover metropolitan cities with CCTV surveillance network”.
At this point of time when every single human is asking for justice for the 23 year old victim the Government of India seriously thinks about various options to take the strongest step against rapists and working hard to decrease rape cases.
We request to Government of India please take necessary steps to cover every nook and corner of all metropolitan cities with CCTV surveillance network and pass a sufficient budget for CCTV surveillance in next budget 2013.
We also appeal to all Indians , police, social workers please demand to state government an action plan for covering metropolitan cities with CCTV surveillance network. 
(CCTV + High Tech Control Center + Help line Number + Active Police) = Safe City 
It may be possible that due to lack of sufficient budget some state government will show their inability to establish CCTV surveillance network in every metropolitan city because it is very expensive to follow the city’s integrated intelligence and CCTV surveillance network of London. Only in London there are more than 4 lac CCTV cameras. 
We have few suggestions to fight insufficient budget problem.
First Suggestion:
As we all know that Metro train project is also an ambitious and very expensive. To create a metro train track in all over Delhi city this project has been divided into various stages. In the last decade, the number of metro tracks has been increased after completing various stages and shows its success story.
Another example of Cable TV Digitization in all over India project has also been divided in various stages. In first phase of cable TV digitization done in only in 4 metro city and now second phase is about to start in various cities. 
Covering all metropolitan cities with CCTV surveillance network project also can be divided in various stages. For example:
1. Cover all road crossing
2. Cover all public places (govt. office, bus stop, taxi & auto stand, school/college/institute gate, mall, park, etc.)
3. Cover all public transport (bus, train, taxi, cab, auto, etc.)
4. Cover all colony main gate, gali and mahola
5. Finally cover every nook and corner of city  
Second Suggestion:
We know that government of India to running various education schemes charge Education cess at 2% and Secondary and higher education cess at 1% on income-tax, service tax, etc.
To cover all metropolitan cities with CCTV surveillance network within a record time government of India think to charge a security tax (cess) for a limited period only in metropolitan cities. 
Third Suggestion: 
Joint Venture of Government of India and Common Indian
Add a fix charge in an electricity bill for a limited period only in metropolitan cities. For example:
      0 – 50   electricity unit Nell
     50-100   electricity units Rs. 10   per month
   100-150   electricity units Rs. 15   per month
   150-200   electricity units Rs. 20   per month
   200-500   electricity units Rs. 50   per month
  500-1000  electricity units Rs. 80   per month
1000-1500  electricity units Rs. 100 per month
1500- 2000 electricity units Rs. 150 per month
And above Rs. 250 per month
Now it depends on us how we create safe public spaces, where women can move freely and use and access public spaces and services fearlessly.
At the end we want to share question of “A Wednesday” movie in different word:
“Ye Guwahati me, Delhi me, bus me, train me, ye sabi rape ke case nahi hai, ye ek Bahot Bada sawal hai aur wo sawal ye hai ki bhai hum to yunhi rape or eve teasing karte rahenge tum kya kar loge. Yes they asked this question.”
Now the time has come to answer them…

Guest post by Varsha Kalyani, student of MA English Literature who aspires to bring change in society through her words and hopes to succeed one day & witness the change:

The news chilled me to the bones

For it could have been any of the girls

You, Me, Our Sister, Our friend…

Anyone!

If such cases will continue to transpire,

In fear of ‘HER’ Life,

Folks will stop sending their gals out

Quivering & Shivering of torments!

Why dont they understand?

The mental trauma a GIRL undergoes.

Physical injuries a doctor can heal

But what about the mental agonies?

Who’s gonna heal them?

A doctor, A Minister or A police officer!?

Even after saving ‘HER’ life,

Lending her breathe,

You think ‘SHE’ would survive through

that mortification of a molestation!?

Would punishing the culprits

make her lead a normal life?

Why don’t they understand

Someday their own daughters

might be ravished?

Why such barbarous beastly brutal act?

These ministers who move

With security & guards

can never perceive their own daughter

In victims place for they are not commoner!

Such pathetic cases

Would bring the doomsday soon

& its must come,

for ‘SHE’ would be safer

with the Demons & Satans of Hell

than the Devils & Belials of this Infernal Land !

 

PS: The post came out as my reaction to the news! vexing & annoying state of affairs.


Guest post by Anushree Kejriwal:

 

Amidst the simmering anger I try writing this post hoping that the flame won’t extinguish. So the rapes continue to happen, candle light marches, silent protests (the entire concept is a farce in my opinion though), blogs and demand for castration for the rapists. I totally second the latter though. It has happened and the enormity of the situation has probably ensured that the government wakes up.

Indeed it has. Politicians are flocking in to meet the lady, open letters are being written but introspection level is zero.

I don’t intend to blame anyone; I feel I am responsible for myself. Like me there are many others who are staying away from their loved ones in order to make a career for themselves. Our parents are constantly nagging us by commanding do this do that, in short do everything to protect yourself.

What we need is public support. Small incidents (according to the administration) like ‘eve teasing’ should be dealt with stronger steps. I do not mean that the police should necessarily be involved.

If someone is stalking or teasing you, create a scene. God has blessed you with a tongue, use it. He has given you two hands, use it. Shout in public. The public is a conglomerate of a variety of people: few are deaf, few are ignorant and a few are genuinely helpful. Let’s just ignore the two former cases and try harnessing the latter category.

Many women use the Metro for daily commuting, and prefer travelling in ladies’ coach than the general one. The myth that it’s safe is well just a myth. I often see men acting like bees, pushing themselves into the coach trying to catch a glimpse of the flowers for some honey. No one stops them because everybody is too busy with earphones plugged into their ears. That’s where we give a hint that we are weak.

The moment you raise your voice and protest, you will see the opposite sex simmering down. If someone is trying to “feel you”, be bold enough to make sure that the soles of your sandal feel his head. I repeat, harness the public’s energy. Mao said that revolution without bloodshed is impossible. Times have changed so we don’t need to shed blood, but we need to shed the cloak around us. Raise your voice once and see the difference. You will feel stronger and make the opposite sex feel weaker.

We are girls and not mules. No incident is small, even a simple case of “eve-teasing” should be dealt with harsh usage of words and sandals.

What happened to the Delhi gang rape survivor [and millions like her] was unfortunate and cannot be reversed but what may happen in the future can very well be prevented. Be responsible for your own self and see to how others acknowledge your importance. Whenever required shout, abuse and use your hands and sandals judiciously.


Guest post by Saikat Kundu:

 

Sexism in India refers to beliefs or attitudes in India that one gender or sex is inferior to, less competent, or less valuable than the other.

Discrimination and violence against women is prevalent, and sexual harassment at the workplace and lack of education continue to be identified as major problems.

Gender inequality, which is the devaluation of women and social domination of men, still continues to prevail in India.

Women are usually deemed as dowry burdens, the weaker gender, and worthy of a lower social status compared to men.

This subject raises the cultural aspects about the role of a female child in society, what her human rights are as a human being and a number of sensitive issues.This issue is important because there is nearly universal consensus on the need for gender equality.. Gender based discrimination against female children is pervasive across the world.

Sex selection of the before birth and neglect of the female child after birth, in childhood and, during the [teenage] years has outnumbered males to females in India and also in countries like Pakistan, Bangladesh and South Korea .

As per ?? 105 women per 100 men in North America and Europe but there are only 94 women per 100 men in India and other Asian countries like China and South Korea.

Domestic violence against women in India is a big problem.

For example, a paper published in International Journal of Criminology and Sociological Theory shows that in 2007 there were 20,737 reported case of rape, 8,093 cases of death due to dowry, 10,950 cases of sexual harassment with total crime of 185312 A U.N. Population Fund report claimed that up to 70 percent of married women aged 15–49 in India are victims of beatings or coerced sex.

In 1997, in a landmark judgement, the Supreme Court of India took a strong stand against sexual harassment of women in the workplace.

The number of girls born and surviving in India is significantly less compared with the number of boys, due to the disproportionate numbers of female foetuses being aborted and baby girls deliberately neglected and left to die.

Compared to the normal ratio of births, 950 girls for every 1000 boys,most states of India, especially Harayana, Mumbai and even Indians in overseas, are not meeting the standard,supported by the steeper child sex ratio, which can as low as 830 to 1000 boys.

India has a low sex ratio, the chief reason being that many women die before reaching adulthood.

It is therefore suggested by many experts, that the low sex ratio in India are attributed by female infanticides and sex-selective abortions.

Even though gender selection and selective abortion were banned in India under Pre-conception and Pre-natal Diagnostics Technique Act,in 1994,the use of ultrasound scanning for gender selection continues.

Other institution effort,such as releasing advertisement calling female feticides a sin by the Health Ministry of India and annual Girl-child day, can be observed to raise status of girls ans to combat female infanticide.

Female feticide will decrease the population of female and further skew the sex ratio of India.

In 1961, the Government of India passed the Dowry Prohibition Act, making the dowry demands in wedding arrangements illegal.

In rural India girls continue to be less educated than the boys.

According to a 1998 report by U.S. Department of Commerce, the chief barrier to female education in India are inadequate school facilities (such as sanitary facilities), shortage of female teachers and gender bias in curriculum (majority of the female characters being depicted as weak and helpless vs. strong, adventurous, and intelligent men with high prestige jobs) The Prime Minister of India and the Planning Commission also vetoed a proposal to set up an Indian Institute of Technology exclusively for females.

Although India had witnessed substantial improvements in female literacy and enrolment rate since the 1990s, the quality of education for female remains to be heavily compromised as the country continues to hold greater value for male than female.