Monday, June 26, 2006

The "Fairer" Sex

My dear blogbuds and readers,
As I was checking my mail today, I came across this forward. No no .. this is not one of those chain forwards or friendship forwards. Here's an excerpt of what I got -
"An incident took place in Pune - a young girl was raped by a man posing as a plain clothes officer; he asked her to come to the police station when she and her male friend didn't have a driver's license to show. He sent the boy off to get his license and asked the girl to accompany him to the police station. Took her instead to an isolated area where the horrendous crime was committed. The law [which most are not aware of] clearly states that between 6 pm and 6 am, a woman has the right to REFUSE to go to the Police Station, even if an arrest warrant has been issued against her. It is a procedural issue that a woman can be arrested between 6 pm and 6 am, ONLY if she is arrested by a woman officer and taken to an ALL WOMEN Police station. "

Saturday, January 7, 2006 (Noida):

A school girl has reportedly been raped in Delhi's satellite town of Noida.
The 16-year-old was returning from her aunt's home when she was allegedly gangraped on January 5 in Sector 24 of the area.

Monday, January 9, 2006 (New Delhi):

A study indicates that up to 10 million female foetuses may have been aborted in India over the past two decades following prenatal gender checks.Fewer daughters have been born to couples who have not yet had a boy, according to the report published in Britain's leading medical journal Lancet.The journal said researchers studied data on female fertility from a continuing Indian national survey of six million people in 1.1 million households.Analysing information about 133,738 births, the researchers found couples were less likely to have a girl as a second child if their first child was a girl.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006 (New Delhi):

The murder of a call centre employee in Bangalore last month has sparked discussions on improving the safety of women working in late night shifts.
The National Commission for Women is leading the initiative for a safer work place.
The Commission has pointed out that women constitute 40 per cent of the BPO industry's workforce, making a case for the BPOs to overhaul the way it treats female employees.
"We should sensitise male co-workers and empower the women, and provide them self-defence training," said Girija Vyas, Chairperson of the Commission.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006 (Jaipur):

The alleged gangrape of an Anganwadi worker in Rajasthan by two government employees of the Woman And Child Welfare Department has shaken the administration. Lacho Devi, a tribal woman from Karauli district, was allegedly raped by senior officials while she was attending a 10-day programme for Anganwadi workers in Karauli on December 30, 2005. But it is only now that a case has been registered after pressure from social activists and women's groups.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006 (Auraiya):

A sixteen-year-old girl in Uttar Pradesh's Auraiya district paid a heavy price when she resisted a rape attempt, as the attackers chopped her hands off. Anju Gupta was returning home from a local market in her village when three men forced her into a nearby field and tried to rape her. They cut her hands off when she resisted them violently.But that was not the end of trauma for Anju, as the local police refused to register an FIR against one of the attackers, Viresh, whom she recognised as being from her village.
It was only after the intervention of the DIG in Kanpur that the case was registered.
However, the police claim their investigations revealed that Anju had tried to commit suicide when her affair with Viresh became public, and that is how she lost her hand.
Anju and her family can now only hope that her case doesn't become another statistic in the worsening law and order situation in Uttar Pradesh.

Wednesday, March 8, 2006 (New Delhi):

A 22-year old woman was allegedly molested inside the secretariat of Delhi government on Monday. Manju, a resident of Ghaziabad, has accused a supervisor in the maintenance department of molesting her. She had gone there looking for a job. Manju claims that when she reached the secretariat, Ranbeer Singh Negi molested her. What is shocking is that her claims that the incident took place very close to the chief minister's office.

News Courtesy:

Here's some more information, courtesy : Amnesty

  • Every two seconds somewhere in the world, a woman is subjected to violence
  • At least one in three women has been beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused in her lifetime.
  • In Ciudad Juarez and Chihuahua Mexico, over 400 women and girls have been killed or disappeared in the past thirteen years.
  • An alarming number of these cases remain unsolved...
  • Federal authorities acknowledge that 177 state officials had acted negligently. Not one of them has been brought to justice

So is women's liberation a far fetched fantasy? Why is everyone so callous and indifferent to the woman? Why is she not respected? Why is she being objectified like this? Is a woman nothing but a toy to a man to satisfy all his needs?

Would you be this indifferent if any of the women mentioned above were anyone you knew or cared for? I always wanted to write on this topic. And thanks to NDTV, I was able to give you a 3 month history of some of the snippets relevant to this issue.

These are some horror stories that actually made it to the news.
God only knows how many are suffering in silence, tolerating all atrocites and taking all kinds of abuse. My silent prayers go to them.
I had put up this post on Mar 11th, 2006. To check it out in ma blog, u can click here.

Saturday, June 17, 2006

Space Girl

She went where only one man had ever been before and he was Russian too! Valentina Tereshkova became the first women to go into space on June 16th in1963. She blasted off in a Vostok 6 spacecraft and made 48 orbit of Earth, spending three days in space.

Valentina was trained in parachute jumping and this was the main reason she was chosen form among more than 400 applicants for the mission. After her return form space, she married another cosmonaut. Andrian Nikolayev. Their daughter Elena interested scientists as the first child born to parents who were both space travelers. It was only 19 year later in 1982 that a second woman was sent into space. She was another Russian. Svetiana Savytskaya.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

CNN Future Summit

[+] How will the world be like in 2035? Visit the CNN Future Summit site.
[+] Take the CNN Future Summit Challenge.

Friday, June 09, 2006

The Beautiful Game!

The 2006 Fifa World Cup starts today!!!

Friday, June 02, 2006

Egypt cracks down on bloggers

Egypt government detained and beaten six bloggers for their anti-regime movement and protests through their blogs. Few bloggers were sexually assaulted too. You can read the full story here. The Egyptian blogger Alaa Abdel continues to blog from prison, his blog here.  Any action against bloggers for expressing their opinions is condemnable. This is not the first time the bureaucrats and corporate honchos taking actions against bloggers. Earlier in India, the blogger vs IIPM fight raised the same question on our freedom of speech. Egypt government's action, IIPM controversy shows the decreasing trend in patience and accepting criticisms in this fast-paced world. Mr.Statesman, suing or arresting those who fielded views against you is utterly unproductive.
Blogging is an expression of freedom of speech, given to each and every citizen in a democratic country. However I analyse, I end up seeing the blog world is full of pros rather than cons. On technology front, blogging is the pinnacle of Web 2.0, which was conceptualized around user generated content. The old internet was based on providing information to users in a static and non-interactive way. The new Web 2.0 business model revolves around creating avenues and solutions for people to fill their content in web, which has proven to be highly successful. On creative aspect, Bloggers are multi-faceted personalities and blogging gives an avenue for them to exhibit their creativity. Lot of construction actions are happening in blogworld. In someways, the blogs listed as technorati's top 100 blogs seed a paradigm change in this world.
World has started listening to blog world discussions to understand the true mind of common people. Be it a controversy or appreciation, bloggers views are frequently quoted in all magazines. (Ex, DNA newspaper aggregation on blog views on hot topics). While listing a company profile, Google finance lists recent blog posts on those corporates too. Blog based business models and advertisement ideas are the talk of the wall street now. Metroblogging brings the bloggers in a city to a common platform and metbloggers differ from regular journalists and newspapers in reporting events happening in a city. Metblogs also serves as the original source of breaking news in cities. Wiki article on metblogs here.
Within short span of time, this little world has grown as a fifth pillar of democracy and it can be termed as true voice of common man in a country. With the expressed opinions and feelings in media, Statesmen should listen to criticisms and correct the mistakes in the system. Any kind of oppression on the freedom of speech (like egypt's ) should be condemned to the core.