Meeting in New Delhi January 10, 2013 on Preventing Violence against Women

I have received a few emails from a friend in the last couple of weeks following the gang rape and death of the 23-year old female medical student in New Dehli. These emails have been a joint announcement with updates from PUCL-CFD – the People’s Union for Civil Liberties and Citizens for Democracy—about a planning meeting to discuss what needs to be done to prevent rape and other forms of violence against women in New Delhi and throughout India. Here’s the latest update for tomorrow’s first meeting.

Film Show on ‘Rape’ at PUCL-CFD meeting on 10th Jan.2013 and discussion how to prevent violence against women.

Dear friends,
PUCL (Delhi), in association with Citizens For Democracy, has organized a meeting on the subject “How to Prevent Rape and other forms of violence against women” to be held on 10thJanuary, 2013.

A film ‘NOW, I WILL SPEAK’ on RAPE shall be shown in the beginning. ‘Now, I Will Speak’ produced and directed by writer, film-maker and social activist, Sagari Chhabra is a documentary on rape. It deals with rape as a tool of political oppression, used by the police to displace villagers whose village is going under water, in the wake of a dam. It deals with Child rape and custodial rape. The film is a testimony of courage and encourages the survivors to speak out. It has been awarded by the International Association of Women In Radio and Television, and the NIFA ‘Award Of Excellence’ in production and direction. It is 40 minutes long and has a commentary in English with subtitles.
Discussion will follow the film to find out ways and means as how to achieve gender equality and justice for women.

Dr. Gopa Joshi, Shri Sanjay Parikh, Advocate, Ms.Shabnam Hashmi, Dr. Jugal Kishore and Ms. Sagari Chhabra form the panel of speakers. Justice Rajinder Sachhar and Shri Kuldip Nayar shall also contribute.

Programme is as follows:
Time & Date: 2 to 5 PM, Thursday, 10th January, 2013
Venue: Gandhi Peace Foundation, 223, Deen Dayal Upadyay Marg,
New Delhi-110002 (Ph.011-23237491, 23237493)

You are requested to make it convenient to attend.

Satyendra Ranjan
Secretary, CFD
(M) 9811999269

Secretary, PUCL (Delhi)
(M) 9868505324, 9811099532

Petition to End Rape Immunity in India

Avaaz is organizing a global petition to help reduce the incidence of rape in India following the rape and death of the 23-year old medical student in New Delhi. According to their website Avaaz “is a global web movement to bring people-powered politics to decision-making everywhere.”

This international human rights organization has created a petition that will be delivered to Indian Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde. Mr. Shinde will be meeting with other government officials on January 4 to discuss the issue of India’s rampant rape crisis. There is some fear that without global pressure—as well as the internal pressure—little may come from this meeting. Here’s what the petition says:

For too long, violent criminals have attacked India’s women and girls with no fear of consequences. It is time to bring an end to the war on women. We call on you to take immediate action to set up fast-track courts for victims of sexual violence across the country, and take every step necessary to protect India’s women and ensure justice is done.

As of 11:25 am Eastern Standard Time, 37,342 people from around the world have signed on to this call for reform. If you are interested in joining this global chorus, please go to the Avaaz petition site and sign on.


The Indian Gang Rape-Murder Just Scratched the Surface

This is a great summary of the history of gender-cleansing in India in the wake of the gang rape and murder of the 23-year old female medical student in New Delhi, India.  It was written by feminist Phyllis Chesler, Emerita Professor of Psychology and Women’s Studies at City University of New York. Thought I’d share her thoughts with you.

The Indian Gang Rape-Murder Just Scratched the Surface.