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Indian #Women’s #Freedom Song: Where the Mind is Without Fear

January 5, 2013

Where the Mind is Without Fear‘ is a famous poem that the great Indian poet and Nobel Laureate, Rabindranath Tagore, had written in 1901 to inspire India’s Freedom Movement.  Tagore believed that India’s fight was not just against British colonial rule.   But this fight for freedom and democracy for all its citizens had also had to be fought within, against its own social structures and cultures.

In 20 years, 20% of women will have been exterminated from India, subject to every form of misogyny and violence, before and after birth (see this).  For too long, we’ve kept silent and borne this violence like we were taught to.  For too long, we’ve allowed customs, culture, religion, class, family, caste, and government to imprison us in this cage of violence and fear! No more!

The December 2012 protests that started in Delhi, and spread to the rest of India, after the brutal gang rape and murder of a 23-year-old woman touched a nerve, that set off a time-bomb! The government tried to squash the protests that started in Delhi with brutal force and dirty political maneuvers, and continues to attempt to block and minimize all grassroots efforts rallying for the safety of women and girls in India.  But the fact is — THE REVOLUTION IS ALREADY HERE! And it is moving forward, regardless!

The 50 Million Missing Campaign is honored to present below the anthem to India’s second fight for freedom and democracy.  It is a series of photos from the Delhi gang rape protests and is accompanied by Tagore’s freedom poem.  The photos  were contributed by various photographers to our campaign’s flickr pool, which is supported by more than 2400 photographers.  Click on the photos to connect to the photographer’s site. To see our other online photo-shows click here.


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114 Comments leave one →
  1. meeta permalink
    January 5, 2013 10:44 pm

    dont have enough words to express myself but tears are rolling down to see anger,frustration,fear,grief,humiliation,cries and scream for help of young generation.your continuous efforts to wake up people and make aware about reality
    are commendable

    • January 8, 2013 6:19 am

      Yes. I am going through all your sentiments as well Meeta. While I am proud of my urban brothers of India taking up the cudgel on behalf of their long-suffering Indian sisters, I also feel ashamed as an Indian male. This situation will not disappear without considerable antisexist training at all levels in India in education, employment, social life, domestic life, transport and leisure services. It will take a long time to rewrite the chapters of shameful male dominance often leading to brutality. I suggested this kind of training a week ago in the Facebook. An American woman supported me stating USA needs it too. In today’s Asian Age, I noticed the Humanities Minister of India is also recommending it.. Well it is a start!

  2. Sonali Roy permalink
    January 5, 2013 11:15 pm


  3. January 6, 2013 12:04 am

    Reblogged this on Therealninjabob's Blog.

  4. January 6, 2013 12:55 am

    Damini’s premature death must not be in vain. It has sparked off spontaneous revolts and demonstrations from students and professionals all over India. This must bend and wilt the age-old resistance and prejudice of powers that be i.e. the politicians, police and the media. The world’s largest democracy cannot succeed if half of ts population are disabled. The ancient concept of ‘Mother India’ does not mean anything as long as it is confined only to the roles of mother, sister, wife or a daughter. Modern women of India endowed with good education must be allowed to develop in employment and careers. The glass ceiling for women must go both in social lives and the economy. This will then begin to curb the rates of female infanticide, dowry deaths and honour killings eventually through a generally raised awareness among men regarding women’s roles in society. I cannot wait for that day!

    • Ross permalink
      January 15, 2013 2:11 am

      Sounds to me like you need to get rid of the religion of “PEACE”, that allows for domination of women, honor killing, etc.

    • Anverali permalink
      January 15, 2013 11:22 am

      Very well written.
      Hope men understand & follow.

  5. January 6, 2013 1:40 pm

    now should change something in India!

    • January 7, 2013 8:56 pm

      I’ll write about this topic on January 9 in my daily blog …

    • Chandan permalink
      January 15, 2013 10:06 pm

      Thanks, please post a link to your writing.

    • Zoe Fletcher permalink
      February 18, 2013 4:45 pm

      Where is the SPIRIT of India??? Raped, Abused, Grief stricken, Beaten into submission.
      Where is the SPIRIT of India??? Sold as Dowry. Shame and Blame to the culture and government which supports this appalling behaviour towards females in 2013.

  6. January 7, 2013 2:08 pm

    fantastic job rita. i have already mentioned it at other places and i do it happily again that i am proud of my young women and men from urban India, they have taken up their responsibility to bring about change in our society as regards women’s safety, women’s desire and right to lead autonomous lives is concerned. wish all much joy in life in future, living without fear.

  7. January 8, 2013 11:45 am

    Have tweeted this post. This anthem gives me goose bumps everytime! My blog post on this…please read till the end. salute every girl and woman of India!

    • January 8, 2013 4:40 pm

      Check out my poems about the braveheart (I don’t agree with any names given to her by the media. I don’t subscribe to branding a tragedy)

    • January 9, 2013 11:42 am

      @Dipesh — Of of the technical reasons is, that there is a law in India that prohibits media from naming rape victims unless the victim legally consents for her name to be released. The victim is no more, so her family has to, before the media can name her.

  8. January 9, 2013 11:13 am

    Reblogged this on REVOLUTIONS IN MY SPACE: A BLOG BY RITA BANERJI and commented:
    This might well be the start of a real revolution in India — not just for women but for democracy too!

  9. January 9, 2013 4:29 pm

    greetings by
    not patience down on knees helps to change such a cruel and ignoring society, only rage, riots and rising up could …!

  10. s. pandeya permalink
    January 11, 2013 4:48 pm

    Male dominating psyche and society depicts their sexual victims of fair sex in so low that she has lost every thing and starts feeling worthless ness of life with social stigma attached to them by the same society. Male therefore victimise them for inflicting punishment by their such deeds as sign of manhood.
    Women, their family members and a matured society should start looking at these as mere accidents and post accident care as needed be given besides inviting legal actions.

    • January 14, 2013 3:49 pm

      This gang rape is the tip of an ice-berg! This is a systematic violation of a group of people. In 20 years, 20% of women in this country will have been violently exterminated. It is strange to suggest that the victimized group group of people start giving ‘post care’ to the oppressive group. That’s like suggesting that Jews during the Jewish genocide should understand, that the Germans were only killing them because they were financially insecure, and feeling worthless, and so the Jews instead of prosecuting them for crimes, should have given the Germans ‘post accident care.’ Sorry, but think your suggestion is bizarre!

    • Chris Sharp permalink
      February 14, 2013 9:49 pm

      I have to say, S. Pandeya, that I totally disagree with what you seem to be saying. How can rape be justified as a “sign of manhood?” I am 100% a man, and 100% heterosexual, but I would NEVER rape a woman for any reason, least of all to “prove my manhood”. And there are many more men like me in the world. Basically, this is about having respect for other human beings, regardless of their gender.

      But make no mistake: men who commit such acts KNOW that what they are doing is wrong, regardless of how they may justify it afterwards. Which is why I am ASTOUNDED that there are politicians in power in India who have been accused of such crimes, and yet they are being allowed to determine the progress (or lack of progress) of laws to protect their female citizens from such crimes! That is totally “bonkers”!

      By the way, S. Pandeya, are you a student (or even a practitioner) of psychology or psychiatry, or any affiliated subject? The reason I ask is because you seem to use a lot of “psycho-babble” type of language. Anyone who is aware of the genus of modern psychology and psychiatry will know that these subjects view human beings as soul-less animals and many (but not all, to be fair) practitioners of these subjects are themselves without religious or spiritual beliefs, beliefs which might encourage them to rise above their own baser impulses as well as to expect other humans to do the same. I am not saying that you have to be religious or spiritual to respect others, but I also get irritated by people who push the idea that religious beliefs encourage intolerance and violence. They don’t. But people with evil intentions, who commit evil acts, can exist in any group within society, and furthermore can try to justify their own evil acts on the basis of the ideology (whether religious or political) of that group. It is therefore the duty of other members of that group to speak out against those evil actions and even to expel or disempower the perpetrators of those acts.

      Despite my disgust at the plight of women in India, I am heartened to see that Human Rights awareness is increasing in India, and I believe that at least some credit for this is due to Youth For Human Rights (South Asia Region) — see
      May this trend continue and grow, and may India emerge with its head held high in pride at its accomplishments in such matters!

  11. lalita permalink
    January 14, 2013 8:19 pm

    Let this be an awakening for the dignity of human life first followed by value for woman’s life. Because we r humans first.

  12. SAS permalink
    January 14, 2013 8:21 pm

    I am very happy to see Indians taking a collective stance against sexual violence.

  13. January 14, 2013 8:22 pm

    I am praying for you and doing the little I can to bring awareness to these terrible tragedies against women. I am not Indian,but a fellow human being and a woman.
    I know if everyone one helps in whatever way they can male or female we together can educate all of our men and put a stop to this brutality. No one should accept the violence against women, for we all know “what you accept is what you teach”
    It is the time to teach!

  14. soniae chobanian permalink
    January 14, 2013 8:31 pm

    We need to stop thks violent crime.

  15. January 14, 2013 8:32 pm

    it is quite touching. but the brave heart girls all the way kept their cool. but police acted like the gundas. where we are heading for a gundaraj under the very nose of seat of our govt.

  16. January 14, 2013 8:34 pm


  17. Rosanne Gervais permalink
    January 14, 2013 8:41 pm

    We will go forth breaking silence to end violence!

  18. Cathy permalink
    January 14, 2013 9:00 pm

    The Indian men that I have knon in my career working for a large financial institution have all be gentelman. Where does this attitude regarding women come from?

  19. Lisa Guest permalink
    January 14, 2013 9:04 pm

    I am so incredibly shocked, I had no Idea India had such terrible problems!, I had no idea that they KILLED and MURDERED THEIR OWN CHILDREN!,,.ESPECIALLY GIRLS and WOMEN,because of the Dowry!…..WHy has it come about that Women must supply this?????…Men earn MORE why don’t THEY supply the Dowry!…..FOR so called RELIGIOUS country , How can it be logical!….It makes no sense!……..And for men to treat women, such as women who,s husbands have died, to then evict them and just take their home, to RAPE, MURDER,BURN,POISON!BURY ALIVE,STARVE girls and Women!,,YOUR OWN FLESH AND BLOOD!……Where is the HONOUR in MURDER!……it IS BIZARRE beyond belief!,,,,,,,I had NO IDEA that MANY INDIAN men were SO EVIl!,,,I Know tHere will be some good INDiAN men But Where Are they!…Why Does It Take such A terrible rape and MURDER to start doing. Something!,,,NOW India,s men have such a bad reputation it is time to stop the MURDER of 50 MILLION women And Girls!,,,,,,,what a terrible reputation India now has!,,,,,,,SHAME ON YOU!,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

  20. Mary Newton permalink
    January 14, 2013 9:07 pm

    Ladies of India your courage, dignity and suffering bring such sadness and such hope to my heart.

  21. Sudheer Uppadhayay permalink
    January 14, 2013 9:08 pm

    Do not beg, snatch it and fight vigorously for the existence of this planet.Remember Jhansi Ki Rani fought for it,begging shows your half hearted ness and a sought of compromise.

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  23. January 14, 2013 9:27 pm

    god bless the women of india and cover them with you great protective wings while they seek the justice they deserve.

  24. Mike Cooney permalink
    January 14, 2013 9:49 pm

    I was impressed by the words on the placard of one protester in particular “Rape doesn’t make you a man, it makes you a coward”. Eleven well chosen words sum up the situation. Every right thinking grandfather, father, uncle, brother and son should be demanding a change in the attitude to women in Indian society. This should not be left up to the women (the victims) alone – the men must support them – and support them now!

  25. Dr Manmohan Singh permalink
    January 14, 2013 10:02 pm

    In 1907 Dr. Iqbal wrote “Har shakh pe ullu Betha hei anjamay gulistan kya hoga” Dr. sahib aa kay anjam dekh lo. Long time back in film jagriti Abhi Bhatacharya sings to his pupils the song “Hum laye hein toofan se kishti nikal kay is désh ko rakhna merey ,bacho sambhal Kay. Abhiji aa jao aur dekh lo us samay key bachey is désh ko kitna achcha sambhaal Rahey hein.

  26. January 14, 2013 10:08 pm

    Reblogged this on Comedyflyer's Blog and commented:
    Freedom is just a fantasy if you live in fear!

  27. sanjay permalink
    January 14, 2013 10:12 pm

    I, Woman “I want to live”

    The monsters took turns without any shame…
    My body wrenched in the pain
    But all in vain…
    My neurons to nephrons…
    Writhing in pain…
    Twisting my intestine with iron rod through vxxxx again and again
    Is this India run by Taliban militants?
    Thrown naked from a moving bus in winter dark as drain
    Lying naked on road with my blood dripping as thick as rain
    Scribbling with shivering hand “I want to live”…even tubes around my brain…
    Like me every minute a daughter is born in this cruel world again…
    To born is a bane or bliss?
    I am woman monsters blame …
    Mom, how can I save my sisters when I am in heaven?
    I bid adieu mom, my heart is not responding…
    Mama, from heaven I see candles in flames…
    Mama, tell them to carry this flame and this will never happen again…

    Sanjay Romsha Singh 29 Dec 2012

  28. Kapil Dev Sharma permalink
    January 14, 2013 10:16 pm

    Sorry and Shame will do nothing. After cutting both the hands and feet of the criminals, make them impotent permanently for whole of their life and keep them alive so that no other such type of criminals dare to do this type of act in the future.

    • Jean Zocrafos permalink
      January 21, 2013 9:53 am

      For once I totally agree with a punishment to fit the crime….death is too easy for these incredibly cruel monsters called human MEN ! So much needs to be done on the home front, how can a mother have respect from her sons if she has taught him not to respect women as a whole ? What is the matter with their brains & thinkling ? Are the men, of this level, so AFRAID & INSECURE around the beauty & desirability of a woman, that they want to brutalize her because they “desire her ” ?? As you wrote, hands & feet, plus genitasls must be removed and let them live a life of utter misery for the beautiful life they took away. What about doing that in public ?? Will these beasts GET the message then, that this brutality against women WILL NOT BE CONDONED OR TOLERATED, but severely PUNISHED.

  29. Dr Manmohan Singh permalink
    January 14, 2013 10:19 pm

    Kaash yeh song gaaney wala phir se koi paida ho “merey bacho is désh ko sambhaal lo”

  30. Nadir N.M Mahmood permalink
    January 14, 2013 10:22 pm

    Morality is absent in our society ,root cause is ,no fear of accountabllity..God’s fear is diminished .We have forgotten the ture teahings brought and taught by the God fearing people of the society..Women are exposed like toy on the media and showbiz:.They are presented as an attraction for the young men.Why they don’t hide their beauty from these sex starved wolves who are always on hunt .Women should cover them let not the wild eyes be in searh of them so these beasts don’t dare attack them.On the other hand youngsters never forget their mothers, sisters at home that how would they feel if any of them is treated like these unfortunate girls.

  31. ms_kitt53 permalink
    January 14, 2013 10:49 pm

    i feel men that rape should be castrated,there is no cure for their sickness except cutting off the afending appendage!

  32. Johan van Zyl permalink
    January 14, 2013 10:50 pm

    It is no wonder that rapists in India get away with what they do if you se how the government forces react against the women protesters ..India’s Government should hang their heads in shame and to the men in the government I say this …Be real men and take a firm stand against this raping of women and bring all the perpetrators to justice . If you do not do this you are not men but cowards who are not fit to rule your country. Remember that if it were not for women there would be no next generation

  33. Mary permalink
    January 14, 2013 11:12 pm

    I have always found the culture over there weird. Woman mean nothing there, they just objects, slaves to men. Where in the world do men have the right to burn woman and children because they don’t want to marry someone they don’t love. Disgusting these are not christians they devils from hell

  34. January 14, 2013 11:39 pm

    Indian girls and women must continue to dress as they consider appropriate and suitable to their need, especially in major cities like rape capital Delhi. Simultaneously the protest against the enemies of the society must continue.

  35. January 14, 2013 11:49 pm

    I do not think my comments need much moderation.May be I am extremely angry at the Delhi gang rape case, that’s why they sound a bit too loud.. Still I hold that any change in the movement pattern of women and girls by staying indoor after sunset will only enthuse the goondas to adopt other means to attack the womenfolk. Even they might dare to enter domestic quarters in the day time to fulfill their nefarious desire. If you still feel any change is necessary you may make minor changes in my comments..

    • January 15, 2013 12:11 pm

      @Prasun — We fully agree. Sheila Dixit blamed a female journalist in Delhi sometime back who got killed at night. She said women should not be out at night! But she’s a woman in a seat of power. No one is going to touch Sheila Dixit if she out at night, are they? Because the police is alert for her. But not for the rest of us tax-paying women citizens? NOt once has the government admitted that police is incompetent and corrupt. They even over-rode the testimony of the victim’s male friend who explained how badly the police treated them!

  36. Karen Haggerty permalink
    January 15, 2013 12:03 am


  37. January 15, 2013 12:06 am

    it’s about time the land of the Veda, the land whose Rishis sang praises to Mother Divine, return women to their rightful status as embodiments of love, compassion, and high intelligence. They deserve to be protected, even worshipped!

  38. Prabakaran permalink
    January 15, 2013 12:24 am

    I will full support

  39. January 15, 2013 12:33 am

    Wake India

    wake up now
    before this crime
    wraps your people in a deluge of shame.

    Wake up and hear the cry of your victims
    human rights
    rape is
    crime !

  40. Eklimur Raza permalink
    January 15, 2013 1:28 am

    If stoning to death in full view of public for those criminals could be an option, more as deterrence than as vengeance for preventing or at least mitigating such recurrence (which did take place shortly afterward to great consternation), that could probably be the most humane treatment meted out to those culprits, considering the enormity of infliction they perpetrated.

  41. January 15, 2013 2:27 am

    Our women or young girls should not become victims of rape. And at the same time our Men and boys should respect our women folk. Why and why should be answered.
    We Indians have almost forgotten our way of life. We do not know why we are born on this earth. Has our boys and girls aware of Swami Vivekananda, Bhagavadgita etc. where in we could get enough strength and avoid such incidents of rape shame. It is for the parents who should guide the children to follow ideals of Great people like Swami Vivekananda or Swami Paramahamsa Yogananda but not Nithyananda of Bidadi Asharam, Bangalore.
    God helps those who help themselves..

  42. January 15, 2013 2:50 am

    I also just cannot come up with words for this horrific violence against women – but I was also very angry to see photos of the rapists with their heads covered in hoods – SHOW THEIR FACES why should they be able to hide their cowardly faces – where is their bravado now!

  43. Philippa Boyington permalink
    January 15, 2013 3:19 am

    I would like to know what these men that victimize women are afraid of. Are these men so scared of women that they have to brutalize women to make them feel more manly. Well that is not being manly that is being cowardly!

  44. Judy Hooker permalink
    January 15, 2013 3:43 am

    I am US. I read an editorial recently about how America was different from the rest of the world through laws punishing rapists. Why are we not asking the question, “What is it about men worldwide that we must have laws to protect women FROM THEM”? The US is a gun-toting violent society and US men make it that way and keep it that way. Men everywhere should abhor the violence of their brothers and feel shame. If they decided to defend women- then and only then- they could reclaim their manhood. Judy Hooker

  45. Barbara permalink
    January 15, 2013 3:47 am

    It is easy for we here in America to say ‘GOOD JOB PEOPLE of India!’ To say ‘SPEAK UP!’ but then again, we are not being beaten for protesting and for speaking out… you are.
    It is heart breaking to know this. I think you have made the world aware…Your continued outcry for justice , protection and rights of females is exactly what it takes to bring change.

  46. January 15, 2013 4:05 am

    Reblogged this on diwatalakayan and commented:
    No woman safe until all women are safe. In India and the Philippines we must resist domination and assert our right to life and dignity.

  47. Claes-Peter permalink
    January 15, 2013 6:14 am

    Translated from Swedish to English by Google due to lack of time, pardon me.

    Jenny Lemon was on New Years Eve 2004/2005 subject to a very brutal rape in Gothenburg of four Somalis.

    The attack

    Jenny and her friend Linda took entourage of four Somalis to a party. The road to the party went through an unpopulated area after which the two girlfriends were separated by Somalis. Linda was then hit in the head with a baton and one of the Somalis took her bag. Linda suffered several blows to the head so that it started to bleed heavily and she did not then she would make a lot more then she played unconscious to end the abuse. The assault against Linda resulted in that she had to sew in two places on the head. Linda was also put limbs in plaster his thumb and her whole thumb nail has fallen off since she was trying to protect himself from baton Act. She is also mentally ill after beating and do not want to stay alone.

    Jenny received a blow to the head and fell backwards. Everything went black for her and when she wakes up as she lies in a grove of trees. She was then endured several battles that resulted in that she again fainted. The next time she was raped and may be raped several kinds. Among other things, kicking Jassin Abdikarim Mahamud [now Lamin Abdikarim Ali] her in the abdomen repeatedly. Abdulgadir Mohamed Khalif and Mursal Abdullahi battered Jenny. According to the judgment as to Omar Mohamed Omar kept guard while Jassin raped Jenny with brutality and ruthlessness [p.33 of the judgment] vaginally and anally.

    Jenny had a fracture of the zygomatic bone, she also got eye surgery and in surgery so removed it crushed bones [1] which was replaced with plastic. Both Jenny and Linda hit out anxiety attacks after the beating.

    Diarienummer Gothenburg District Court, B 8881-05
    Legal sanctions

    Jassin Mahamud Abdi Karim (1987-04-10) occurred at this time for three sections of the criminal record and had been March 26, 2004 convicted of serious knife assaults the social welfare committee in Mölndal, was made ??responsible for Jassins sanctions. [2] In the case of Jenny and Linda Jassin sentenced to 2 years’ youth custody and 150 000 SEK in damages.

    In November 2010, raped and robbed Jassin [now unde the name Lamin Abdikarim Ali] a 84-year-old woman in Dalarna. [3]

    Curiosities in this context is that Jassin Mahamud Abdi Karim self was raped anally by a male 36-year-old fellow patient when there was break in the court proceedings and Jassins psyche evaluated. [4]

    Abdulgadir Mohamed Khalif (born 1988-01-12) in Mogadishu Somalia. Convicted of robbery at youth custody two months. It may be added that even Abdulagadirs younger brother Yasin Mohamed Khalif also guilty of rape in another case. [5]

    Omar Mohammed Omar (born 1989-06-07) in Kismayo, Somalia. Citizens of Somalia. Acquitted completely.

    Mursal Abdullahi (1987-04-10) Citizens of Finland and lives in Turku. Convicted of robbery at youth custody three months.

    Media Coverage

    The event merited considerable press coverage because of its rough nature. The newspaper Aftonbladet garbled perpetrators ethnicity by printing the “Swedish” in European silhouettes which the reader would be led to believe that the perpetrators were ethnic Swedes.

    Aftonbladet wrote only alerts “Swedish” and the European silhouette. They were dark-skinned, or that they spoke Somali with each other was not mentioned in a single Newsweek Items Quality. [6] , and the same applies to Expressen [7]

    SVT shall also have pushed Jenny to take away from the National Democratic demonstration regarding rape. [8] Even TV3 should have used ytav same methods when they had contact with Jenny. [9]

    Medially Aftermath

    Despite the Somali and Arabic rape wave that is sweeping across Scandinavia, so have Jenny Lemon wrote an article in Expressen, titled “Do not use me in the hate propaganda.”

    “When I heard about the Sweden Democrats’ report on rape and immigrants feelings of powerlessness back again. For me it was not important where the guys who made ??me and my friend so badly come. thing that bothers me is the unanswered question of why they wanted to hurt us and how we, like so many other rape victims, had to fight so to get redress. ”


  48. January 15, 2013 6:19 am

    India has such a terrible reputation for it’s treatment of women. Doesn’t India’s Government realise if it cleaned up it’s act in this area and made examples of the perpatrators of these monstrous acts towards women, tourism to it’s beautiful country would bring millions in much needed revenue. If not for the moral and ethical aspect, do it for the money…just like big business. I know heaps of people who would love to travel in India, but wouldn’t even consider it because of how things are at present.

  49. Acharya Nihal Paul permalink
    January 15, 2013 6:36 am

    your anger and passion are admirable, I am proud to think that you have, at las found the courage to stand together- man and woman- to demand respect for the weak, the vulnerable and the marginalised. Don;t let it be a one off event, an excuse to go on a protest march. Be there until the situation changes and Indai can be counted among civilised societies. Long way to go, and you have a long and difficult road ahead. Stay the course and you will be victors together- young men and young women. Bless you all.

    • January 21, 2013 2:39 am

      I have read so much regarding this horror and feel there is nothing left for me to do but pray. However, on reading Acharya message I realized it is vital that this cry for help does not go cold; it’s the biggest mistake one can make. Now is the time for you all to stand together and not allow those so badly hurt to go without some justice and you the people of India must be their justice and make the government make changes. Aren’t you the ones who decides who you want to run your country!! Stand firm and fast, God bless you all. Ellen

  50. gina winning permalink
    January 15, 2013 7:34 am

    Sometimes from tragedy rises a new dawn,I hope this is such a time and this girls death will not be in vain,the world needs to listen as we all deserve to walk or catch a bus without fear and no act of violence should be deemed acceptable

  51. January 15, 2013 10:21 am

    Rape reflects raped cultured mind set of society we live in

  52. January 15, 2013 1:15 pm

    First thing is to punish these people then and there…Then only fear will come in d mind of these culprits…Severe punishment…

  53. rohit permalink
    January 15, 2013 1:15 pm

    India is becoming an increasingly unsafe country 4 women..due 2 male chauvinistic society, impotent law & corrupted police..our society is largely stuck in a time warp, there is no fear of law & then Courts which allow delay or leave rapists on flimsy grnds..society must start with “shame the shameless” – details of 6 inhuman fiends # delhirape must b highlighted so society can banish them as also of every rape which occurs…

  54. Rajivi DSilva permalink
    January 15, 2013 5:16 pm

    Wake up all you young, middle aged and old women/ladies/girls. Dont give up THE MIGHTY HAND OF THE LORD WILL PREVAIL UPON ALL OF US. My prayers r with every woman globally.

  55. Martin Paul Kay permalink
    January 15, 2013 11:12 pm

    Its just improper,,hang every S.O.B.,, for rape and child molesters,,hang them,,until dead,,And do it it the public square,,,See how many try after watching this,, And if thats not fair,,remove their testicals,, O K,,to unhuman,,Put them in a room ,,with Me for 5 minutes,,

  56. Agni shikha verma permalink
    January 16, 2013 1:38 am

    I am very shameful that I am citizen of India there people talk about sanskar n culture.if we are cultured and civilised then why do start all the abuses from the women like Bahanchod,maadarchod and betichod etc .i am watching That there are not remain values,sanskar and culture in India .i am living in that country there govt became impotent,senseless,deaf,blind and selfish.Actually govt is doing rape of every women of the nation in every moment to ignoring of this matter.that is why govt. doesn’t want to do anything for women.very shameful .so say shamefully that we are Indian and cry that we are governing by the horrifying terrifying country.

  57. January 16, 2013 6:50 am

    Please DO NOT GIVE UP & DO NOT STOP, STAND UP 4 YOUR RIGHTS LADIES, WE r CREATED EQUALLY 2 MEN, WE JUST HAVE DIFFERENT DUTIES, but that doesn’t mean we cant all do the same things, no1 was created 4 another 2 abuse or misuse, if a woman says NO…IT’S NO in every language, get a grip on ur sexual domination, women have the right 2 say NO & u must accept that & find 1 who will say yes

  58. A K MEHROTRA permalink
    January 16, 2013 11:44 am

    We all. must take a resolve to spread the message, may be by word of mouth,to all citizens of this country, to vote out ALL THE CORRUPT POLITICIANS; BAABUS; & POLICEWALAS, from our society.
    3 suggested steps:
    Police: Train them, make them human, so that they stop all barbaric acts.They should be trained to behave as a human being, treating the society, as their own people.
    Baabus: They should use their own conscious,and stop themselves, as pet dogs of Politicians in power.They must behave & judge the situation, as need be , and then make the political bosses, listen to their advice.IT is them, who should be councillers & advicers to Minister saheb, not the other way round.
    NETA(Politicians): We must introduce, a voting system, whereby, criminals & undeserving Politicians, do not have a chance to get elected.Voting cards, must have a last candidate”None of the Above List”, in every poling list.In case 25% people vote for this, all the candidates, stand to be debarred from any election for next 5 years.
    I very strongly feel, this is the only way of cleansing our political parties of, candidates, with suspect background.

    • January 18, 2013 11:25 pm

      Absolutely! That is why the first demands of our petition is that politicians with pending rape records have to be thrown out first. Cops with rape records also must be discharged and tried, and the policewomen like Damayanti Sen who were indeed mindful of their duties and the laws, and were sent off on punishment postings, need to be brought back. If our system is not clean, it does not matter what laws we have! Please support our petition here.

  59. January 16, 2013 2:18 pm

    the picture along with Tagore’s words are compelling!! we need 2 strive harder. push harder 4 d change we want so mch.

  60. January 17, 2013 1:43 am

    The Anger expressed is secondary to the hurt and pain endured. Prakash is most thoughtful in saying that “Rape reflects raped cultured mind set of society WE live in.”
    Although most prevalent in India,THIS IS A GLOBAL ISSUE.
    FEAR of loss from some perceived gain or advantage created greed, leading to rape in all it`s forms.
    Greed is blind. We the worlds inhabitants, the caretakers are waking up by the Billions.
    Soon very soon, the blind will no longer lead.

  61. January 17, 2013 6:16 pm

    Continue in your fight against the injustice of your women. It is time for everyone to.stand up for women in every parts of the world where there is no justice

  62. Kenneth Kennedy permalink
    January 18, 2013 9:56 am

    As a male I really do not understand how someone could commit rape or participate in the rape of a woman. I have a Mother, sisters, daughters, sister-in-laws, I love all of them dearly. I was taught to respect all people (male and female) and protect those who needed protection. Maybe it’s old fashion, maybe these beliefs do not belong in some societies, but it is what I believe and what I taught to both my daughter and my son.
    To the people of India continue your fight for changes, your Mothers, wives and daughters deserve it!

  63. Rohini Srivathsa permalink
    January 22, 2013 8:54 pm

    I don’t have the words to express the depth of anger and frustration.. I remember reading about female infanticide as a little girl and it shook me to my being. It feels like decades of submerged rage is resurfacing… like a Durga within!

  64. Adrian carol permalink
    January 26, 2013 4:33 pm

    Don’t give up, protest and bring shields for your safety. Do not let them dominate you , but you dominate them. Make them fear, make them see you are not afraid anymore. Make them feel weak and hopeless and show them you will not give up under their weapons. You are not afraid. GOD is with you. So they will learn how to behave when the mob is in anger and pain. Show them that in democracy, people have the power and they will decide what to do with those animals. You should protest in all India, make noise. Make allot of noise and never show weakness. You will be heard!!! GOD bless you and give you power. i SALUTE YOU AND RESPECT YOUR COURAGE. Romania says: DON’t GIVE UP. Women deserve peace.

    • February 15, 2013 9:13 pm

      Beautiful, lovely…so sad, but stay strong my dear friends across the ocean. We are one in heart and soul. Also, to you my dear brothers who stand with your good women, and children; God’s blessings onto you and your house, mightily! Thank you for keeping the faith. “Up and out” ~ it’s the only way. Blessings, blessings.

  65. January 27, 2013 3:20 pm

    Don’t rely on your country, ministers, police,your relations or dear friends, take Amrit wear your kirpaan no man will dare to look with evil eye or dirty mind, he will be afraid of his own life. WJKKhals WJK Fateh

  66. February 1, 2013 5:42 pm

    MEN!!!!, if only u remember that that woman you see is your GRANDMOTHER,MOTHER,SISTER,DAUGHTER AND NIECE, you will never conceive rape in your mind.NEVER EVER. Am convinced that God is watching us,and will surely pay back for every of this wicked acts.GOD perpetually encompass your daughters in your mighty hands of protection.AMEN

  67. chellam permalink
    February 14, 2013 8:36 pm

    Continue the fight…its a human right…everyone’s concern…

  68. M.Sudhakarudu permalink
    February 14, 2013 9:01 pm

    Its good to remember that the theater does not depict explicit sex; it is the Cinema that does it; also how is the bare skin adverts and such, even the internet promotes, excites and encourages such abominable actions; how is this going to be tackled!!!!!!!!!

    • February 16, 2013 11:56 am

      Babies get raped!Is it their clothes. Most women raped are in the poorer classes who wear saris. Rape is opportunity, it is oppression. It is sexual predation. And men rape because they know they can get away with it.

  69. Gerry Sankar permalink
    February 14, 2013 9:37 pm

    This is such a shame! The Indian government and all the men in India and the world have to join these brave women in their fight to put an end to this tragedy.

  70. Donna Smalley permalink
    February 14, 2013 9:45 pm

    Thank you all for rising up together!

  71. February 14, 2013 9:51 pm

    It is wonderfully expressed. It need not be any female relative- if it is remembered that it is another HUMAN BEING, it is enough. This is an EYE OPENER

  72. MaryAnne permalink
    February 15, 2013 12:27 am

    It makes me so sad and disappointed that women across the world still have to endure these cowardly, vicious act of violence. It’s so wrong. We are living in the year of 2013. We are not living in the ages of primitive, barbarity in centuries gone by,where such acts of violence were implemented, condoned and accepted by law or society, hereby, of course, controlled by men. It is a shameful, despicable, cowardly act pressed upon the female gender enforced by men of authority in different capacities. Unfortunately, this too happens in many cultures across the world even Ireland. Enough is enough. It is time for the world to stand up and speak against these atrocities and protect women from all over the world.

  73. Anne Marie permalink
    February 15, 2013 2:49 am

    Men – remember when you rape a woman, you are also raping your mother, sister, daughter and grandmother. We are all faces of the one Shakti!

  74. February 15, 2013 4:48 am

    Bravo, women of India, you are a light to the world.

  75. K nageswarrao permalink
    February 15, 2013 4:27 pm

    it is a begining of war against male chauvinism, the war should continue,as we go on hearing and seeing countless rapes recorded and unrecorded inspite of the Ordnance.
    The system should change . Implementation is the need of the hour.Nobody should escape the gallows.WhenI am writing this another 19 year old lies battered and rapped in Bangalore.
    where is the end?

  76. February 15, 2013 9:20 pm

    This is an awesome, inspiring poem that deserves to be read by everyone, everywhere!

  77. John Matafeo permalink
    February 16, 2013 7:59 am

    Power to the people cannot be expressed with half of the people left out..

  78. arun shukla permalink
    February 17, 2013 3:46 am

    The issue is not as simple as it seems to be the strong laws for on road security is not enough it needs deep core education and mutual understanding and respect towards both the living beings both male and female … The truly educated never indulges in such atrocities it doesn’t come from the heart…I know of many friends who never indulge with womans already involved…relationship with them is not initiated and mass rape is totally out of question…it speaks of wild animals… Thanks to their thoughts moulded by porn sites,harboured wrong illusions,movies glamourising sex,their cultural idiosyncracies , sometimes misunderstood behaviour of a woman, the weakened law – which gives them feeling they can get away if caught, the cultural confusions ,the frustations of failed relationship, the image of woman as a sex object, the wrong impressions generated by few man and woman by their wrongly freedom oriented act etc………am sure it needs corrections both at root level ( education) and surface ( legal actions)….it needs a comprehensive outlook and action to identify the causes and initiate solutions thereon…the society comprises of bad and good both among men and women…so when we move ahead to resolve the phenomenon which has caused such deep gashes and is continuous still in some nook and corner — some reported some unreported …we all need to give a deep thought .. And check right from early education of right. And wrong , to educating. Self defence , to right expressions to keep a check on being misunderstood , strong laws to enable protection and discouragement in terms of strong protection , to encouraging reporting and initiating boycott of family of such criminals thus creating an additional fear in criminals of loosing their family , checking glamourisation of sex which needs not to be served or treated as a subject of entertainment but as a personal affair between two individuals with mutual consent , educating girls and womens to check from being misunderstood and act as per situations and culture and not imperil themselves in a mixed society of educated-semi educated-uneducated by utilising their freedom wrongly ( note the public figures who deal with masses do dress in such a fashion so as not be treated as a female by looks but as an individual – wish the females understand that we are in trasition stage of education where all kind of people constitute the society and by face devil incarnate cannot be recognized and no law can check such huge population totally – note huge number of cases of home violence incest still stands unattenteded – so precaution till the utopian state is achieved needs to be observed, consolidating the role of society , curbing wrong practices of the spoiled brats of rich or spoiled youths etc…am sure you all will agree the spoiled thought process needs a complete ovehauling not just few words of support to make one belief that with condemning my job is over… So dear friends join hands to understand and comprehensively mould the thought process both in girls (to observe precaution ) and boys(to abstain from such wildness) along with insuring the government supports the check by good laws …to ensure security to all our mothers,sisters,wifes daughters and friends of the neighbourhood … The present and the future…

  79. Danielle Shanks permalink
    February 25, 2013 11:56 pm

    I like many, have seen way too much violence and injustice it brings tears of frustration and sadness to my eyes, my heart aches as a result.
    I wish i could do more than just this but i am truly inspired by these women’s strength.
    Love to you all!!

  80. March 5, 2013 12:14 am

    very powerful presentation of pictures and poem… so touched my heart….thank you to the women of India for standing up and thank you to the men who support the movement… is a worldwide problem and one in which we each need to be cognizant of the choices we make in our daily lives and how those choices impact women….and let’s teach our children respect and compassion for all beings.

  81. Deanna Poole Fowler permalink
    March 6, 2013 7:55 pm

    It’s beautiful to see a gang of women fighting for what is right! Stay fearless you will win!! My prayers go with you.

  82. Mark permalink
    April 14, 2013 2:17 am

    Women should not have to walk around in fear that some man might rape her. I think the culture needs to change so that this is so. This will only happen if those in authority change the laws, and act on them to make it not only illegal, but to enable an unbiased prosecution. Any crime of rape should carry a minimum sentence of 3.5 years in jail and non parole period of at least 2 years. More heinous crimes should therefore have stricter penalties, such as rape of a minor, and gang rape of a minor should be so heinous that the judge throws all in his power towards a sentence that is similar to manslaughter. Because that minor will most certainly have a life sentence embedded in her.

  83. April 14, 2013 8:28 pm

    Women of any culture show not be treated with fear and abuse ! God did not make Adam the first man to abuse his wife Eve but made her from the rib so they would walk together in union. But men have lost their respect and shifted blame they cant get a grip on them selves they lack Men figures who are self disiplined and own there sin crap sorry to say Dont throw the blame on women or try to Justify their actions men need in India need a massive wake up call ! Treading on dangerous ground with not physical but the fear of God when they met . Women do not need to see Men out of order like mad men lost in a sycoltic world of mental issues of rage and rapes and bashing its Got to stop its disgraceful to see a man act like a animal as God said last days men we do unhuman things ! I pray women of India protect them selves with all they have and that Government start taking this seriously in stopping physical abuse and spiritual abuse but doing nothing about it ! I hope in the Government there is one righteous man that will rise up over all and fight for this raping andand abusing women stop or there would be heavy conequenes put in ! Let one destant man come forth and Fight for this women to live as wimen you actually helo you every day ! That dont need to be taken advantanged ! They are to be honoured loved respected and protected in saftey to grow and produce a healthy Country ! Stop the Abuse of fear and Rape Now its Over ! Women rise Up i will be praying for a Wise Person to take and fight to bring this to a end ! Needs to STOP !

    April 14, 2013 9:38 pm


  85. April 14, 2013 10:06 pm

    Thanks for the thought-provoking presentation.

    The problem of evil is eternal affliction of the humankind. Committing violence against the women needs to be tackled by two-fold approach: first is a strong, honest and efficient system of law-enforcement system; the second is building and strengthening a good value system in the minds of the youth. Anti-social elements, right from the school bullies to the international criminal gang leaders, can trace their origin to the failure of their parents and teachers in the character-building of their children and wards.

    The real leaders like Mahatma Gandhi gave equal importance to good personal and social values. The most of the so-called leaders of these days not only serve as bad examples in their personal lives, but also encourage criminals. The people should wake up and support only those political parties who have sensible and effective plans and action.

  86. CAROL MARGARET permalink
    April 14, 2013 11:04 pm


    • April 22, 2013 5:42 pm

      What has Christianity got to do with it? It is a bold question on straighforward morality.

  87. April 17, 2013 8:27 am


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    Reblogged this on iheariseeilearn.


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