November 25 is International Day for Elimination of Violence against women. This day is observed to mark the public awareness about the issue by UN agencies and NGOs worldwide.
Here is a UN initiative against International violence: A web site for A Life Free from Violence: It’s our right. Sadly no national organization from India is listed on organizations page in this web site. 😦
UN has also started an International campaign called 16 days of activism against gender violence from November 25 to December 10.
According to UN definition of violence against women, it not only includes physical, psychological, sexual abuse in the family, child sexual abuse (CSA) of female children, dowry deaths, rape, sexual harassment but also physical, psychological, sexual violence perpetrated or condoned by a state. Acts of violence against women also include forced sterilization and forced abortion, coercive/forced use of contraceptives, female infanticide and prenatal.
You might have guess which of the violence is on my mind. One that is overlooked or perpetrated by state. Recently a news spread like fire on each new site and also on blogosphere: Saudi court punishes a gang rape victim with 200 lashes!
Before we dismiss this piece of news with excuse that Saudi is a regressive country, let’s introspect our own. State is overlooking women’s rights (and other citizen’s rights) in our eastern states: Nandigram in West Bengal and Guwahati in Assam.
In Nandigram, it was widely reported in news that state-sponsored CPM cadres raped women of the protesting poor folk in Nandigram. While, in Guwahati, aadivasi women demanding for ST reservation status were stripped naked and beaten by residents. What state did? Offered one lakh compensation to the victim!1 lakh price of my indignity, suffering and humilation.
I strongly protest against the behavior of the residents who committed such a grave crime. I am ashamed to be part of such a society. I protest against the law enforcement and governance that lets inflecting such injustices on its citizens.
Nandigram Diary by Love’s Ragpicker