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Why Indian Women Must Learn to Misbehave!

March 18, 2013

jnu_1302989f   by Rita Banerji

Why did Indian women suddenly rise up in an angry, mass protest after that highly publicized Delhi gang rape in December 2012? Since I run a campaign on female genocide in India, this is one question I’ve been repeatedly asked.

I’m not sure why this puzzles people. India is the fourth most dangerous country for women, following Afghanistan, Congo and Pakistan. In 20 years, 20 per cent of women will have been systematically exterminated from India, subject to every form of gender-based violence.

How much more were Indian women expected to bear before they rose in revolt?

Perhaps what we really need to understand is that women’s revolutions happen for the same reasons everywhere. The impulse is the same.  What is this impulse?  To read the rest on The Huffington Post click here.


Rita Banerji is an author and gender activist, and the founder of The 50 Million Missing Campaign to end India’s female genocide.  Her book ‘Sex and Power: Defining History Shaping Societies, is a historical and social look at how the relationship between gender and power in India has led to the ongoing female gendercide.  Her website is She blogs at Revolutions in my Space and tweets at @Rita_Banerji

9 Comments leave one →
  1. Padmanabhan Jaikumar permalink
    March 18, 2013 12:57 pm

    There is no reason that women should learn misbehave it is time that the world fight back against such indecent thinking and start respecting women and allow them to share all responsibility with men.They are treated equally with men in every place.

    • March 19, 2013 12:07 pm

      Really? Women in India are treated equally with men in every place — you don’t say!!!!

    • asha kachru permalink
      March 24, 2013 3:24 pm

      padmanabhanji, please come out of this wishful thinking and start doing something concretely so women get treated really equally. in fact i dont want equality with men, as they are not my role models but i want humanly dignified lives for ALL human beings, both women and men! unfortunately men have not only not given/ allowed women a humanly dignified role, they themselves too are actually suffering on the whole.but then they have to fight for their human rights themselves. fact is that women ger raped by men but not vice versa.

    • March 30, 2013 2:55 am

      Very well said Asha: Sie hat sehr gut gesprochen. Auf Widersehen!

      Samir Chatterjee, Greater Manchester (UK)

  2. March 18, 2013 2:03 pm

    Brilliant Rita Banerji. I learnt. its very informative and bold writing.

  3. asha kachru permalink
    March 19, 2013 12:03 am

    yes finally it is time to misbehave. while we were behaving we were taken for a ride misused, misunderstood, misbehaved. so let us not give them a damn more importance. let us see and find ways how we are able to live humanly dignified lives on OUR terms. we have a right to live OUR lives OUR way. anyone who comes in the way must know that Now enough is emough and we WILL misbehave.

  4. March 19, 2013 2:40 pm

    Padmanabhan Jaikumar are you blind through lack of eye sight or is it as I suspect blindness because that’s how you choose to see things around you ?
    To say women are treated equally is a misnomer whatever country you’re in, pay is never entirely equal & there is still a glass ceiling for high fliers and college girls that are raped by members of the football team are ignored, vilified and told to shut up. For you to say women in India are treated equally is offensive on so many levels, I chose marriage for love and have a father who worries more about my welfare than his own status, I can only say I pity the women in your own family if you can’t see things as they really are but as the way you wish to see them.

  5. March 20, 2013 3:25 am

    I have much respect for Rita Banerjee who has taken on this lonely battle. It is not so lonely after all as increasingly more women and men join her global war. It is a battle against sexist culture, institutions and politics–all in the name of protecting women. It is incredible that this goes on even in India famous for its multitude of female deities that we worship and age-old concept of Mother India that we revere. I was reading an Indian national newspaper the other day. I have never seen so many stories of rapes, honour killing, sexual harassment, dowry murder in one day’s newspaper. Even a Russian woman camping with her husband was gangraped in Madhyapradesh. Are we on a national suicide path or what? How can the foreign tourists visit the “incredible India” that India government advertises so religiously for their coveted gold, if we fail to respect them so abysmally? This sham must be exposed and terminated with strong laws and prompt justice. Sooner the better. We don’t respect women at all. We just dominate them and exploit!


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