India – democracy in name only. Police punish anti rape protests

NEW DELHI (AFP) – Horror at a deadly gang-rape that appalled India has turned to anger in New Delhi, where a leaden-footed government is accused of being out of touch and out of ideas in handling its latest crisis.

On Sunday evening, as dusk descended on an area of the Indian capital where protesters have assembled daily since the December 16 rape of a 23-year-old medical student, a group ran through the crowd with an effigy.

It depicted Sheila Dikshit, the 74-year-old chief minister of New Delhi blamed by many for failing to prevent Delhi becoming known as India’s “rape capital.”

The victim was repeatedly raped and violated with an iron bar on a bus before being thrown off the moving vehicle. She suffered horrific injuries and died on Saturday.

“Tomorrow it could be my sister or me,” Soumya Tandon, a 26-year-old marketing executive, told AFP. “I take a bus from near my office and every day my mother is worried if I will reach home safely. Why should we live in constant fear?”

Under the watchful eye of hundreds of riot police, Dikshit’s effigy was burnt to cheers, underlining the ugly mood among young urban voters who are increasingly vocal in denouncing their leaders as too old and too complacent.

“We are the future of this nation, they need to connect with us,” said 32-year-old Mayuri Goswami, a chartered accountant carrying a banner that read “Time to engage, not disconnect. Wake up, leaders”.

“They need to involve us more, try and understand our emotions and anger,” he said.

Dikshit, who once said a female journalist murdered in Delhi should not have been so “adventurous” as to be out on her own late at night, is not the only target amid a chorus of calls for change.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, an 80-year-old former academic who struggles to connect with voters, called for “dispassionate debate” in a brief statement after the woman’s death as the nation was consumed by grief.

As politicians of all stripes struggled to measure the mood and find the right language, the Minister for Women Krishna Tirath failed to make herself heard.

Heavy-handed policing and insensitive comments only stirred more anger.

The president’s son, Abhjit Mukherjee, called the protesters “painted ladies”, while others blamed provocative clothing and suggested withdrawing skirts at school to curb harassment.

Another protester’s poster took aim at Rahul Gandhi, the 41-year-old “youth leader” of the ruling Congress party who is expected to be a prime ministerial candidate in 2014 national elections.

The aloof Oxford graduate — the latest in the Gandhi political dynasty — has made few public comments on the crime, which brought simmering anger over widespread abuse of women to boiling point.

“I am not Rahul Gandhi. I have guts to save my sisters,” read one banner.

Commentary on the victim’s ordeal has tended to place the assault at the centre of forces churning up one of the world’s most diverse countries.

Economic growth of nearly 10 percent over the last decade has led to hectic urbanisation that has brought changed moral codes and lifestyles, a more global outlook and globalised trends, as well as simmering class and gender tensions.

Many reasons have been posited for the assault, a commonplace crime in India. A recent poll found it to be the worst in the G20 group of nations for women because of infanticide, child marriage and abuse.

Analysis has focused on India’s deeply patriarchal society, in which misogyny runs deep and women are at best second-class citizens and at worst mere objects to be owned, enjoyed or abused by men.

But did the country’s gender imbalance as a result of female foeticide play a role? And what about frustration among young Indians in an increasingly sexualised society?

“In our attitudes to sex, we are midway between the liberal democracies of the West and fundamentalist Islamic societies,” wrote Palash Krishna Mehrotra, author of “The Butterfly Generation”, this week.

In the “old versus new” narrative, most analysts agree that the scandal highlighted the growing battle line between young middle-class urban India — the future of the country — and a government still run by men of pensionable age.

Madhuresh Kumar of the non-profit National Alliance of People’s Movement, says the protesters represent a new kind of movement which is urban and rooted in globalised, aspirational India.

“This class was till now complacent in its material prosperity,” Kumar told AFP.

The millions who protested last year, when anti-corruption campaigner Anna Hazare ignited a national campaign against graft, had a similar profile.

Then as now, a political class seen as unable or unwilling to improve India was widely pilloried as failing to respond to a young population yearning for wealth and security.
end quote. The West Australian, 31 Dec 2012

The above events and government responses highlight the anti democracy movement at the heart of Indian government. Pfo rape police attitudes have been proven by the suicides of victims forced by police to drop charges or marry their rapists. Such police are criminals themselves yet remain employed by a sick government.

This sick government punishes protests in the same manner as the British Raj. It is not an independent government. It is captive to global corporations such as ailing nuclear power companies desperate to build facilities which will ruin farmland and communities. With attitudes to victims even worse than that demonstrated by Japanese officials, who claim it is safe to eat plutonium and exploding reactors are mere CT scanners whose emissions are a claimed health benefit, in India, rape and death is the victims’ fault because in the eye of the officials, the time of day and appearance including dress of a woman renders rape a non crime. This is barbaric. The treatment of protestors as this barbarity at the official level is seen in any protests, including anti nuclear ones.

India must change its governmental processes and recognise that rape and violation by iron rods which rip out intestines is a crime no matter what time of day it is or what the victims and her partner, soon to be married, look like, dress like or speak like.,

Wake up Indian government you are the Unit 731 of rape and murder. recognise your attitudes to rape encouraged this barbaric rape, violation and murder of the poor victim, who was flown out of India not on medical grounds, but political ones, as she was dying, And on the day Braveheart died, a 16 year old who was running away from a brother who raped her was raped by a bus conductor on the bus she was travelling.

Do not sell anything to India, boycott India. boycott any business which outsources to India until the pro rape attitude encouraged by the Indian authorities and police change to ones which comply with standards of treatment of people established at Nuremberg.

While the British Raj controlled India via gun, cannon and bayonet, the current Indian authorities rule with iron rods and tolerate, by the processes and attitudes in place, the threat of the penis against anyone who dares to act as a free person in that country. This divides the population, causing untold suffering and death, and makes the Indian government the meal ticket for global corporations to have its way with that country.

The Indian government and police and justice system seems to have no guts to extract if the same thing were to happen to it as happened to on innocent theatre goer who caught a bus after the hour deemed appropriate by the Indian authorities. Going on the statements these dicks have made since the event.

If it is permissible to have theatres open after the hour rape is permitted as an excuse to blame the victims, who stands to gain? Who in the Indian government allows public venues to remain open after the semi official “rape permitted hour” has passed?

By their actions and attitudes over decades Indian authorities have much blood on their hands. It is too ignorant to allow the passage of India from the Raj to that of a modern state inhabited by free people.

Apr 13, 1919:
The Amritsar Massacre

In Amritsar, India’s holy city of the Sikh religion, British and Gurkha troops massacre at least 379 unarmed demonstrators meeting at the Jallianwala Bagh, a city park. Most of those killed were Indian nationalists meeting to protest the British government’s forced conscription of Indian soldiers and the heavy war tax imposed against the Indian people.

A few days earlier, in reaction to a recent escalation in protests, Amritsar was placed under martial law and handed over to British Brigadier General Reginald Dyer, who banned all meetings and gatherings in the city. On April 13, the day of the Sikh Baisakhi festival, tens of thousands of people came to Amritsar from surrounding villages to attend the city’s traditional fairs. Thousands of these people, many unaware of Dyer’s recent ban on public assemblies, convened at Jallianwala Bagh, where a nationalist demonstration was being held. Dyer’s troops surrounded the park and without warning opened fire on the crowd, killing several hundred and wounding more than a thousand. Dyer, who in a subsequent investigation admitted to ordering the attack for its “moral effect” on the people of the region, had his troops continue the murderous barrage until all their artillery was exhausted. British authorities later removed him from his post.

The massacre stirred nationalist feelings across India and had a profound effect on one of the movement’s leaders, Mohandas Gandhi. During World War I, Gandhi had actively supported the British in the hope of winning partial autonomy for India, but after the Amritsar Massacre he became convinced that India should accept nothing less than full independence. To achieve this end, Gandhi began organizing his first campaign of mass civil disobedience against Britain’s oppressive rule.

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Indian authorities have no originality and seem intent on repeating the past and snuffing out social and political justice in India. The iron and the penis are their weapons of choice, aided by tear gas, water cannon and blind indifference to the people who pay them to rule the country fairly and with insight.

Indian authorities have failed the test over many decades.

Behaving in a manner slightly less inhumane and illegal as Britain in 1919 is not progress. It is cynical copycat ay the limits of the possible. And is still inhumane and illegal in the sense that modern society demands equality, safety and a government which obeys the people and which respects them and their rights to live work and travel in safety no matter what gender, no matter dress, no matter what time of day.

One that acknowledges the forced and encouraged suffering of women under the present regime, forever abhorred and prevented in the new India.

The present India is not a modern state fit to take its place among the nations of free peoples, for its people are neither free nor safe. No dictates by a police man which condemns women from riding on buses is an excuse or a cover for the ignorance and complicity the statement contains. The Police Chief of New Delhi is a painted arse hole.

One Response to “India – democracy in name only. Police punish anti rape protests”

  1. CaptD Says:

    Sadly India is even more like Japan in that its Government says many things but in reality those at the top do whatever they wish, which given situations like the the people choice using nuclear energy and or the rights of citizens of all sexual persuasions to live a happy and carefree life free from being bullied, sexually assaulted or worse is a RIGHT that only the very wealthy actually enjoy!

    If all Political Leaders had their financial holding eliminated if there was a nuclear accident (like the folks in Fukushima) or their (male) children raped like what happened to the Indian women then laws would be passed ASAP to protect “civil liberties”…

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