Why More #Women in #Government Won’t Help Women in #India
India currently has only 11% women in Parliament. And theare has been a demand from some women’s groups for a 33% reservation of seats for women in Parliament. However, as the article below points out, the women currently in government are completely apathetic to the issue of women’s rights in India. Hence the question we should be asking is how do we get the women already in government to address women’s rights?
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I was watching Eve Ensler, author of ‘Vagina Monologues’ on an YouTube channel around the time of the December 2012 Delhi Gang Rape uprisings, and she was asked what she thought might help stop violence against women in India? She suggested, “Get more women in”, into government, police – positions of power and decision-making.
Unfortunately in India this theory does not work. Otherwise the religious totems would not have existed. The rape culture and indoctrination and religious obsessional neurosis is such that in India women in positions of political power do not think the welfare of their own sex, or for that matter even extreme violence on women in India is any of their concern. They don’t act on women’s-rights or even legislate on it. They don’t discuss it, and if necessary to keep the terror going they would torture women and children to remain in political positions. If forced to recognise the necessity of women’s-rights, they use their religious beliefs and patriarchal indoctrination to further blame and put women down. A good example is that of the current chief minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee. She accused the victim of a high profile gang rape in Kolkata as a liar. When a female police officer, Damayanti Sen, cracked the case, she came under fire and was transferred off to a less important posting as a punishment. Later the Chief Minister said that because women were socialising openly with the opposite sex, instead of staying home – secluded, like good Indian girls are supposed to, they are inviting rape.
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Debolina Dubois is a visual artist and feminist. Her bilingual (French-English) Bachelor Thesis was on “Feminism in Art vs Minimalism in Design.” Her website is at debolinadubois.net/