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In the video below, campaign founder Rita Banerji responds to 10 of the most frequently asked questions on India’s female gendercide in her first video Q&A response. The questions which were a part of an e-interview with college students in Delhi are listed below the video. If you have additional questions please leave them in the comment box.
The questions answered in the above video in sequence are:
- Can female gendercide ever end given how entrenched it is in Indian culture and religion?
- Why do parents not give up baby girls for adoption instead of killing them?
- What’s the use advocating for the rights of the girl child when we cannot even Read more…
by Chetan Bhagat
Why is the real solution to women’s empowerment [in India] unlikely to come from the political class?…Well, [because] any step [by the government] to women’s empowerment that doesn’t conflict with men might see the light of the day… steps [that] do not impinge on the great Indian man.
[So] while you may educate women, how will you ensure employers do not discriminate between men and women recruits? You may be able to save a girl child from being aborted, but how will you ensure the child is looked after as well as a male child? You may have a policeman who can arrest a molester, but how will you stop groups of men from leering at a woman in a bus, and making her feel uncomfortable ? How do you explain to men Read more…
The 50 Million Missing Campaign receives many emails from Indian women sharing their problems and asking for advice. Two days ago we received a letter from a young woman, which we found very distressing. The story in this letter is not uncommon and we’ve heard it repeating in too many homes in India. This is why we are publishing this letter (with names and details concealed) with our advice to this young woman and to all women in this situation. Please listen to our advice!
Below is the letter we received from this young woman:
I don’t know what to say. Right now I am seriously very upset and I am not able to think what to do. What decision should I take now? Today my brother-in-law and his wife both have tried to kill me and my husband has also helped them. They have been continuously torturing me after Read more…
A question our campaign frequently gets is: There is violence on women in all societies, so why should fingers be pointed only at India?
That is why we present to you below what women from the main metros of India say about the kind of fear they live with in their daily lives. Read and ask yourself:
Is this normal?
Is this how educated, professional women in London, New York, Singapore or even Beijing live?
What does this say about the violence that women in India live with, tolerate and are often in denial of?
Sreemati Mukherjee (College Student):
Single women travelling after dusk should take more safety precautions. With so many rape cases and incidents of molestations making headlines every other day, my parents get really worked up if I cross my deadline of 8 pm. They keep calling me up to find out if I am safe. To combat the given situation, my college has come up with an awareness programme for the safety of women and imposed dress codes for students. If we need to stay back late in college, our professors insist we go home in groups.
Tanya Choudhuri (Real Estate Agent):
Previously I used to come home by eight. But now I have to come home early because my father…gets very worried if I am late. The newspapers [are] full of news of women being harassed by biker gangs or raped by cab drivers. He says it does not matter even if I am traveling with five women in our pool car, it does not matter as these gangs can easily overpower us and the police will look the other way. It does not matter if the Chief Minister is a woman. No politician has been sensitive to rape victims.
T.S. Ravikant (Executive at Multinational Company):
My daughter is five years old and I am desperately searching for a job abroad. India is no country for women.
Vidya (Engineering Student)
I avoided talking to him [the driver Read more…
The events that led up to Sunanda Pushkar’s death had India agog. Twenty-four hours after this successful, wealthy businesswoman went hysterical on social media, accusing a Pakistani journalist of having an affair with her high profile politician husband, and gave a spate of interviews to newspapers and television channels on the same, she was found dead in a hotel room.
The post-mortem report said her death was “sudden and unnatural.” But what really happened to Sunanda Pushkar in her hotel room on the night of January 17? Did she commit suicide? Was she murdered? Or did she accidentally overdose on her medication? There are reports of people hearing angry arguments she had with her husband, that may have turned physical just before her death. What explains the bruising on her arms, wrist and neck? Pushkar’s 21-year-old son, from a previous marriage in which she was widowed, insists that his mother was too strong woman to commit suicide, even as he absolves his step-father of any wrong doing.
For all the questions and inconsistencies that surround this case, the fact is we probably will never know what really happened. It will be just another mystery buried in Delhi’s dirty corridors of power where glamour, politics, business and media make for sordid bedfellows.
But the question to which we know the answer, and this is the question to focus on, is – Was Sunanda’s death needless? Could it have been avoided? And the answer is Read more…
The 50 Million Missing Campaign’s Discussion Blog on female gendericide in India was viewed about 390,000 times in 2013.
The campaign’s Blog on News and Crimes Reports against women was viewed about 15,000 times in 2013.
The busiest day of the year for our Discussion Blog was 24th May, 2013, with34,065 views. The most popular post that day was Is it A Crime to Menstruate?.
These are the posts that got the most views on the Discussion Blog Read more…
Originally posted on REVOLUTIONS IN MY SPACE: A BLOG BY RITA BANERJI:
Who is Shikha Bhandari? She is one of Kolkata’s unknown heroes. Her husband works as a guard, and his meager income sustains his whole family.
Despite this economic hardship, twice a day, every day, Shikha cooks a giant bucket of food – rice, vegetables and sometimes chicken or fish if there’s any to spare, and walks around her neighborhood and feeds the street dogs who live there. She stops at certain spots and the dogs immediately come running to her. Then she puts our large steel plates on the pavements, and with a long ladle, puts generous amounts of food for the dogs and waits for them to have their fill.