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Tuesday, 17 March 2015

India's issue with rape and sexual abuse. The ban of the BBC documentary about Nirbhaya's rape.

This is an article I wrote about some recent events in India. A bit aside from our main subject, but as it is about the indian society it is somehow related. Chinmoy grew up in this culture where free women have to fight every day for their rights.

Nirbhaya was a physiotherapy intern in Delhi. On December 16th, 2012, she went to the movie theater with one of her male friends to see "The Life of Pi". They took a bus to get back home. The two friends were in the bus with six Indian men, including the driver. One of them asked her if they were married. She answered "This is none of your business". This was the fatal answer. For those average Indian men, she turned into a non-human, slutty women.
The six men raped her one after each other. Then with an iron rod, they raped her again, taking her organs out. They threw both of them out of the moving bus, and the bus driver tried to drive over her. She died fifteen days later.
A documentary from the BBC, broadcast a few days ago, shows interviews with one of her rapists, and with two of the lawyers of the rapist. It is clear that those three men believe that she deserved her fate, being out at night without a husband or a relative. They believe there is no place in India for such women. How I wish that those three men were just sick people. This is what a big part of India wants to believe. But they are not. I think a big part of Indian society has the same beliefs. What I know from the Indian customers I know makes me believe so. And when every day I see the attitude of Indian male tourists towards western women wearing bikinis here on the beach in Goa, looking at them like they are meat, it does not incite me to think otherwise.
I do not compare. Western countries have their own issues. The situation in the west for women right is way better, but there is still much to do.
I do love India. It is a wonderful country for me. I was living in Delhi when this horrible event occurred. My Indian friends were horrified. It was their main subject of conversation for weeks. There were protests in central Delhi for a few days in a row. Protestors clashed with police. Many subway stations were closed. Curfew was imposed near the presidential residence.
India is evolving very fast. Some of the most open minded and progressive people I know live here. There is definitely a big part of India that is aware of the situation with women. This part of India is even more horrified than us westerners about the situation because it is in their own country.
But India has a very long way to go towards full womens' rights. The recent ban of the BBC documentary by the Indian government is not pointing in the right direction.
Like most of the over-religious countries, with the exception of some of the Buddhist ones, India is an extremely sexually repressed country. Sexual repression leads to sexual obsession. The only way India can solve this problem is through getting rid of sexual repression. A long way to go. But India is a very surprising and quite unpredictable country. Let's hope for the best.

(I haven't seen the documentary. The youtube block in India is quite efficient. This is from what I read in the press, transcriptions of the interviews, what my friends told me, and my own feelings towards India.)

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