Two of my favourite shows doing the Harlem Shake.
Must see #TEDtalk for wannabe models and how images can be deceiving.
The debates around the world following the rape of a 23 year old girl in Delhi have been understandably emotional. For the most part, reaction to the crime has been that of shock and disbelief that such a barbaric assault could even take place. The Indian public reacted when the government would not. Arguments have been driven by both reason and anger. Everyone wants justice, but there is disagreement over the definition of justice in this case. Will the swift prosecution of those responsible be enough to appease the protesters. Should they and future rapists be put to death or should there be greater focus on prevention and vigilance? Will true justice come only with a countrywide change in cultural attitudes towards women?
Of the utmost importance is that this crime is not forgotten, as other high profile rapes in India have been. There is a danger that swift sentencing will put the case to rest and the appetite for justice will wane. With tensions over Kashmir hitting the headlines the attention of the government is being redirected. There has, however, been an increase in debate on international news sites over the broader mistreatment of women’s rights across the country, highlighting sex selective abortions, trafficking, dowry debts, and healthcare. These issues are not new however. The “missing” women of India have long been acknowledged and earlier this year India was ranked as the worst G20 country to be a women. How can this particular instance of rape create a change where other cases and campaigns have not yet succeeded?
I must stress that violence against women is not an India specific problem. Sexual harassment in Egypt has received greater media attention since the increase in cases of women being harassed and assaulted during protests but it remains an issue neglected by government. Unless public pressure can persuade those in power to act then women will continue to be victims of violence. Changing attitudes that are widespread and long-standing will demand a long term strategy that will have to be supported by public services and maintained through every change of government. With corruption being another issue that India continues to grapple with the challenge of achieving societal change is made even harder.
“violence against women is endemic in India”
Redhotcurry uploaded this video of Avtar Brah, of Southall Black Sisters, speaking at a protest outside the Indian High Commision in London yesterday.