February 28, 2009

Something wicked this way comes

THE ATTACKS have not stopped. I have received at least three emails about attacks on women in Bangalore for wearing jeans / drinking / being free individuals.

One victim has blogged about the horrific incident:

And as soon as they turn around in protest, the car doors are flung open, and a stream of 4-5 rabid men run out towards these women, screaming obscenities in Hindi and Kannada against women in general, fists flailing. Some of us who came in running at the sound of the screaming brakes now stand in the middle in defense of our women, and then blows start raining down. One of the goons make a couple of calls over the cellphone, and in seconds a stream of other equally rabid goondas land up. They gun straight for the women, and everyone – a few well-meaning bystanders, acquaintances who know us from the restaurant, basically everyone who tries to help the women – starts getting thoroughly beaten up.

Women are kicked in the groin, punched in the stomach, slapped across the face, grabbed everywhere, abused constantly. Men are smashed up professionally, blows aimed at livers, groins, kidneys and nose. A friend is hit repeatedly on the head by a stone until he passes out in a flood of blood.

The Hindu carried a story about three attacks:

The second incident took place on Tuesday at 10 a.m., when a 28-year-old woman on her way to Kormangala was accosted by four men near RBANM’s College in Ulsoor. “Four men got off an SUV and started screaming at me. They tugged at my clothes in front of at least eight mute spectators. One of them even pulled my shrug off, scratched my neck and hit my ear,” she told The Hindu on condition of anonymity. She said that the four were all aged between 25 and 35. “When I said I would call the police, one of them offered me his mobile phone and told me to go right ahead. They saw an airline tag on my bag, got more aggravated and called me an outsider,” she said. “One of them said I must be part of the pink chaddi campaign.” Fortunately, an army van passed by and two soldiers ordered the men to stop harassing the woman.

Different groups are planning protest marches for March 7 and 8. More details here as soon as I have them. And I’ll leave you with what Nisha Susan at the Pink Chaddi Campaign says:

For every one of you who sat about bemoaning the lack of ‘real’ action over the last month because ‘chaddis are not enough’, please come to Bangalore and join the action. The rest of you lovely people for whom sending chaddis was only one way of protesting, jump in. This promises to be fun because no one, least of the government, is expecting People Like Us to care at all. Shouldn’t we give them a pleasant post-Valentine surprise?

4 comments to Something wicked this way comes

  • […] Ultra Violet says: ” I have received at least three emails about attacks on women in Bangalore for wearing jeans / drinking / being free individuals.” […]

  • apu

    Something wicked is right, indeed. I hope we can keep up the spate of citizen’s initiatives and exert some pressure on this inept government.

  • […] India continues, I’m sorry to say. Ultra Violet has been covering it. Here are two of their recent posts on the subject. Protests are […]

  • hi,
    actually i am not living in karnataka,but other places in india too are not secure for women,i had a strange experience the day before yesterday,which disturbed me much,i was travelling in a bus,sitting in the edge seat,the bus was full of men,one guy was standing beside me,he didnt do anything,he was looking somewhere,but two other man came near him and shouted-“how can you stand near a woman?move that side….etc”,it became a big fight,everybody in the bus gave me a indifferent look,they then started shouting at me-“how do you allow a stranger to stand near,you dont know to protect your family’s dignity,……etc”(i cant tell those words!),even after
    i came out of the bus,they scolded me in the road,with everybody watching,i was much humiliated,they said they are protecting my dignity,actually they spoiled it!!
    who are they to protect my dignity,those people don’t even know the meaning of that word,usually i even sit near men if there are no empty seat,i don’t know what these people will say if they had seen that,i am not in a position to tell these things to my family,because,the men in my family are also having the same mindset,
    i wonder -isn’t there a single man in India without a dominant mind!! i fear to get married because of this.

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