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Why More #Women in #Government Won’t Help Women in #India

May 14, 2014

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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33 nowby Debolina Dubois

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.  

To Read the full article on Debolina’s blog CLICK HERE

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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/

6 Comments leave one →
  1. May 14, 2014 5:43 pm

    Reblogged this on iheariseeilearn.

  2. Deepti permalink
    May 18, 2014 2:55 pm

    With new BJP government there are more women in Parliament – 61.

    • Anoop permalink
      May 28, 2014 10:33 pm

      ha and more lady ministers also ..lets see what happens now.

  3. Anoop permalink
    May 28, 2014 10:30 pm

    During Pratiba Patel and Soniya Gandhis regime Rape cases in India incresed rapidly..why so. And we knew they have done nothing to curb it

  4. FabFro permalink
    August 3, 2014 2:09 am

    Yes! This is exactly right! You keep having certain women [this is even done in America] who is under this silly impression that as long as we get more women in that field, then that will fix all the things. No. Not true at all.
    These women gain this position simply because they’ve already sold themselves out to males. They swore to him that they would be no threat, that they wouldn’t bring up women issues or help their fellow sisters, that they would not question him or his shenanigans. They swore to him that they hate their Sisters and therefore their own self.
    This is why that in no matter what field you look at: Books, movies, shows, writers, acting, plays, politics, gaming, etc, these women do nothing different from what men have been doing; they still write, direct, create, produce, act, behave and think through the male gaze. Males are still being shown or written as the strong, well thought out and likable character that saves the day. While women are still weak, unlikable, whinny, sexualized, captured and raped.

    Being sold out by your fellow Sister is not somehow more empowering than when a male was/is doing it. It’s a the same if not worse. Indeed, it’s not until women wake the heck up and start embracing the feminine energy, female gaze and the Sisterhood will they start to actually move things foreword. Until then, she who is in power within the Brotherhood is currently just hurting herself and therefore her Sisters.

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