This picture shocked and disgusted me. I came across it by accident in the comments on the Facebook page for Southall Black Sisters. Please take a look for yourself to see what the person said about the Military acting with impunity in India. I find this barbaric.
I was on that Facebook page to find out about the demonstration outside the Indian High Commission in London which does not seem to be reported by the UK press (7th January 2013).
I went on to try to email the Indian Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, with this photo but the form would not go through. I sent the photo to the Indian High Commissioner in London so if you think you could say something about your feelings about rape and the photo above, his email address is: email@example.com The High Commissioner is Dr. J. Bhagwati.
I sent the photo to Mr Hague the Foreign Secretary for the UK. Filled in the form for the Prime Minister to know about this too. Mr Hague can be contacted by emailing: haguew@parliamentuk
I also sent the photo to the world press including the BBC, ITV, Sky News and Reuters. I a wrote to Janet Street-Porter because she is a journalist/presenter that I admire. The photo also went to a woman’s magazine in India -Feminina. Further to ‘Loose Women’ an English tv programme.
I will be tweeting about this blog – will you?
What can you do? Apathy is not an option because this is an international issue for women. It is not acceptable to just close your eyes and say I cannot make a difference – you can. Also don’t think that this is just a problem in underdeveloped countries…horrific abuse happens to women in the UK and the USA and Europe.
Rape is a crime of violence not sex. It is perpetrated by inadequate men who think it will make them feel better through the illusion of power, control, domination and humiliation. Not all men rape. Some men get raped. This is an issue for all civilized societies.
Today a friend wrote to me eloquently about this and I repeat it here with her permission:
“Because countries like India are making great strides economically and because many of their educated classes speak excellent English, we tend to lose sight of the fact that the country is light years behind The West culturally and sociologically. This also applies to most countries in the Middle East [and I would suspect Africa, China and Russia]. The fact that their men wear smart western-style lounge suits does not make them civilised by our standards.
Globalisation has brought such matters to the fore, but I think we are deluding ourselves if we think things will change [and I would add - without media pressure].
So-called multi-culturalism in the UK is turning the clock back here as far as women are concerned. The UK government should do more to stop arranged marriages, ‘honour’ killings, and other barbaric practices that continue in a country where women have equality by law. The government is far too lenient and certainly should not bow to the Muslim lobby that wants Sharia law to prevail over British law in certain circumstances.
WHY ISN’T EVERY WOMAN IN THE WORLD SHOUTING THAT RAPE MUST STOP? WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO TELL YOUR LAW MAKERS?