Protest over gang-rape, at Indian embassy in London


2:46 pm - January 4th 2013

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The campaigning and support group Southall Black Sisters are holding a demonstration in front of the Indian High Commission this Monday 7th Jan, over the Delhi gang-rape.

They announced today the timings had been extended to 4 – 7pm to give people at work an opportunity to attend after 6.

This is what they said in an email:

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Shocking as it is, the recent gang-rape in Delhi is only one of many acts of horrific sexual violence that take place every where and every day in India. 

The world’s largest democracy was named the worst country in the G20 countries for violence against women (after Saudi Arabia) in the recent Trust Law/Reuters Survey. 

This is the heart of darkness in ‘India shining’. By drawing world wide attention to this horror and solidarity for Indian women, we hope to shame the Indian government into acting now by making public spaces safe for women, starting with implementing the laws and bringing the perpetrators to justice.

Southall Black Sisters invites you to stand in solidarity with Indian feminists who are demanding:

1.      Increased patrolling and deployment of police, including police women in public places so that such incidents can be prevented, and women’s safety assured; improved infrastructure to make cities safer for women.

2.       Fast track courts to deal with rape cases, hearings to be held on a day to day basis, so that sentence can be delivered within a period of 6 months. Police investigation to be conducted in a time bound manner.

3.      Standardized investigation procedures to be circulated to all police stations, with action taken against police personnel who do not implement them properly;

4.      Increased sensitization, effective investigation and accountability of the police in dealing with heinous crimes against women.

5.      Immediate relief, legal and medical assistance, and long term rehabilitation measures to be provided to survivors of rape, without delays and hassles.

SAFE ACCESS TO PUBLIC PLACES IS A RIGHT, NOT A PRIVILEGE FOR WOMEN ALL OVER THE WORLD!

Please bring banners, placards, whistles, songs,  slogans and all your friends and let the our anger echo from the Indian High Commission all the way to India. 

We do NOT support the death penalty or chemical castration for the criminals.
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Latest details will be posted to their Facebook page.

Hope to see you there.

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The circumstances of the recent gang-rape and murder of a young woman in Delhi are horrifying but the public debate needs to shift from outrage to analysis of conducive social pressures and to constructive reform issues.

Protesting outrage is not enough. We need also to get a more realistic perspective. We have had brutal gang-rapes in London too, not very often but it happens and the truth is that public outrage here has faded quickly.

It is not easily evident what reforms will reduce the incidence of rape, not least because stranger rape is much less likely than rape by someone known to the victims.

Changing social values and family values about the value of women is a challenging process. In Britain, we also have a low conviction rate for rape compared with the number of reported cases – and it is widely accepted that reported rapes probably understates the reality. Try this press report from 2009:

Britain has lowest rape conviction rate in Europe, study finds – Rape victims are increasingly being failed by the criminal justice system as new research has found that conviction rates in Britain are the lowest in Europe. [Telegraph 2009]

They seem perfectly sane and reasonable demands.

Whatever happened to India’s ancient devadasi tradition?

I hope this important protest goes well.

This may sound a bit pedantic but I think the title of this should be changed. At the moment it implies that a gang rape took place at the Indian Embassy in London.

I know little of the long history of India’s ancient civilisations but on researching a little I’ve come wonder whether the sculptures on the Khajuraho temples, in Madhya Pradesh, central India, reflect enduring social values, which go some way towards explaining the prevalent patriarchial attitudes towards women:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fql7NGkWiic

To Bob B, who seemed to think that the beautiful carvings of women at the temples of Khajuraho helped to shape the enduring patriarchal ideas that we see today, firstly, has not fully observed that the images of women here are of women who seem to express their sexuality freely and seem to have an equal status to men, secondly, the idea that patriarchy comes from beautiful depictions of women is short-sighted, and thirdly, gender relations between men and women in India seemed to worsen after the British Raj where predominant Western values permeated the social fabric of India.

7. Shatterface

thirdly, gender relations between men and women in India seemed to worsen after the British Raj where predominant Western values permeated the social fabric of India.

Ah, knew it had to be our fault.

n Britain, we also have a low conviction rate for rape compared with the number of reported cases

Rape is the only crime where conviction rate is defined as convictions in reported cases as opposed to convictions in prosecutions. Using the standard definition conviction rate is roughly the same if not better than other crimes.

Why do I point this out? Because saying things like “the conviction rate is very low” inclines people against reporting because they think there isn’t any point.

Shatterface: “Ah, knew it had to be our fault.”

Absolutely. The British Raj banned the Hindu practice of Sati (or Suttee), in which widows in an act of self-immolation were burned to death on their dead husbands’ funeral pyres – this reports the origins of the sati practice in legend and history:
http://adaniel.tripod.com/sati.htm

By web accounts, the initial ban in 1798 applied in Calcutta only although the origins of the present ban date back to 1829.

I’m sure we can all agree this was flagrant imperialist interference in a historic practice of indigenous traditions. Why have governments in India delayed so long in revoking the imperialist ban on sati imposed by the British Raj?

10. Shatterface

We do NOT support the death penalty or chemical castration for the criminals.

Nor do I but its interesting to speculate how many of us would have opposed extradition to India – and therefore possibly death – had the suspects fled to Britain.

@Bob B
Quite the opposite: most people, thinking and sensate, and with at least a modicum of empathy have been protesting vehemently all over the world against “historic practice of indigenous tradition”. You call it “practice?” Suttee murders still happen in rural India, without impunity. In 34 African countries, genital mutilation of young girls is still practiced. And in x number of Middle Eastern countries. It takes place even in British hospitals, because “traditions” have to be respected. Circumcision of little boys, under anaestetics, is also controversial and arguable, but it cannot be compared to female genital mutilation. It is equal to cutting the penis off. Now, imagine if any religious “tradition” demanded SUCH mutilation. Would you still dismiss its barbarity as “indigenous tradition?” Of course, not. You would be outraged. And rightly so.

polyglot55

I’m hardly a stolid defender of indigenous traditions in general or Imperialist practices and Christian atrocites in particular, although IMO the British Raj did right to ban sati (or suttee) despite local traditions.

I’m opposed in principle to FGM – which seems to be more prevalent in Muslim cultures than Hindu but then Hinduism appears to have been altogether more enthusiastic about preserving traditional erotic arts, hence ancient religious texts such as the Kama Sutra, the devadasi tradition and the scultures on the temples at Khajuraho.

“Circumcision of little boys . . It is equal to cutting the penis off.”

I’m glad you told me or I might never have known and you had better warn asap jews, Muslims and Americans. Btw:

“Circumcision can cut the rate of HIV infection in heterosexual men by 50%, results from two African trials show. The findings are so striking, the US National Institutes of Health decided it would be unethical to continue and stopped the trials early.”
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/6176209.stm

@12 You should look into those trials methadology with a bit more skepticism, the findings have been found to be dubious at best.

13

I can’t personally vouch for the trials on whether circumcision provided some protection for heterosexual males against HIV infection but the World Health Organization said this:

There is compelling evidence that male circumcision reduces the risk of heterosexually acquired HIV infection in men by approximately 60%. Three randomized controlled trials have shown that male circumcision provided by well trained health professionals in properly equipped settings is safe. WHO/UNAIDS recommendations emphasize that male circumcision should be considered an efficacious intervention for HIV prevention in countries and regions with heterosexual epidemics, high HIV and low male circumcision prevalence.

Male circumcision provides only partial protection, and therefore should be only one element of a comprehensive HIV prevention package which includes: the provision of HIV testing and counseling services; treatment for sexually transmitted infections; the promotion of safer sex practices; the provision of male and female condoms and promotion of their correct and consistent use.
http://www.who.int/hiv/topics/malecircumcision/en/


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