Re: I was gang raped. I wasn't alone, I wasn't drunk, I wasn't provocatively dressed.
- This is all hue and cry ! where does it lead ! Any solutions !Can you suggest with practical implementation strategy too ! if not are you ready to listen to solutions and pledge to assist in implementing strategy to have concrete results, rather than hue and cry.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Paadam Pm <paadam.pm@...> wrote:
> Friday, August 23rd 04:53 PM IST
> Shame: Why Mumbai photojournalist gangrape violates all women
> She is a survivor, I am a victim. As are thousands of women who aren't
> safe in a country that demands of them patriotism, sacrifices and
> by Deepanjana Pal 23 Aug 11:05 am IST
> At 6 pm yesterday, a gangrape took place in central Mumbai. News of
> this terrible incident reached us a few hours later, after the young
> woman - a photojournalist - was taken to a hospital and reports of her
> rape appeared in a couple of city publications. (See here and here.)
> Predictably and understandably, outrage swelled through social media.
> Along with expressions of shock, horror, grief and disbelief, there
> was also curiosity.
> It seems everyone wants to know what precisely happened and to whom it
> happened. How old is she? Where does she work? What was she wearing?
> How many people raped her? Where was she raped? How long did they rape
> her? What did her companion do? What kind of work makes a 'girl' go
> walking around an area 'known' to be frequented by drug addicts? So
> great was the curiosity that some, thinking themselves the Indian
> Twitter equivalent of Wikileaks, decided to let their followers know
> details about the raped woman. After a few minutes, better sense
> prevailed and the tweets were deleted, but hashtags and retweets
> Perhaps it's understandable. This is a horrific, shocking incident and
> it's easy for paranoid minds to confuse curiosity with perverseness
> and/or voyeurism.
> So I'm here to answer the regular questions.
> Yesterday evening, at around 6pm, I was gang raped. I wasn't alone, I
> wasn't drunk, I wasn't provocatively dressed. I was doing what most
> people do at that hour: I was working. I'd done everything that girls
> and women are told to do in order to stay safe - it wasn't dark, a
> male colleague was with me, I wasn't in a particularly disreputable
> part of town - and it didn't help. I was raped by five men and then
> left there, at the site of the crime.
> You can find out all about me - where I work, what I like, who I know
> - by putting my name in Google. I also tweet a lot, so going through
> my Twitter timeline will give you many details about me. If you want
> to know what I look like, do an image search with my full name or look
> in Facebook.
> Now that you've got all you need to imagine the gangrape better, I
> have a few questions for which I'd love answers.
> The Mumbai Police has rounded up nine suspects, which is heartening,
> but this incident isn't over even if my rapists are among those nine.
> How long before the guilty are caught and sentenced? Tell me about the
> men who did this to me. How old are they? What do they do? Why did
> they think that a woman is fair game for rape? Did they enjoy it? Have
> they raped other women? How did they think that they could get away
> with raping me? What did they do afterwards? Are they actually going
> to get away with it?
> Perhaps it's because the woman who was raped yesterday is a
> journalist, or because I'm often walking through unbustling streets at
> and after 6pm, or because reports of rape are becoming way too
> regular, but this latest incident feels like radioactive lead in my
> I, like every woman in Mumbai, have held on desperately to the hope
> that women are safe in this city. Yesterday, that faith was brutally
> violated. I was not subjected to the terrible ordeal that the young
> woman suffered, but the rapists made me and every other working woman
> in Mumbai bleed when they gangraped one of our tribe.
> The dictionary defines 'victim' as a person who has been "harmed,
> injured, or killed as a result of a crime, accident, or other event or
> action." The journalist who was gang raped yesterday has been
> seriously injured, but she's no victim. She's given the police enough
> details for them to be able to round up suspects. She has valour and
> strength and all our prayers for a complete recovery of body and
> spirit. She is a survivor, I am a victim. As are thousands of women
> who aren't safe in a country that demands of them patriotism,
> sacrifices and taxes.
> It might have been better if we were numbed by the constant reports of
> violence committed against women, but I'm not immune to the toxicity
> of rape yet. So I have one question: where is a woman safe in India?
> Statistics tell us the largest percentage of sexual predators in India
> lurk within family and close friends, so homes are dangerous spaces.
> The streets are unsafe even when it's light and you have company.
> Public transport is the least secure because curtained by crowds,
> sexual harassment is painfully easy. Private transport is so fraught
> with danger that certain car models are popularly known as
> So where would you have us women go?
> No, I wasn't really raped yesterday. It was someone else, but I'm
> making this about me not just because I'm sickened by voyeurism
> masquerading as debate, but also because these crimes inflict
> physically suffering upon one woman but are committed against all
> women in this city and country. It is personal. It could have been any
> one of us. It happened to her, yes, but a tiny fraction of her
> experience was felt by all of us working women in India.
> What would you have us do to be and feel safe?
> To the police, the legal system, the political establishment, the men
> who think women are fair game for rape and the people who foster
> rapists: what will you do to make sure we're not violated again and
> again and again?
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