Rapes Show Extent of Prejudice Against India's Northeast

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  1. Oracle

    Oracle New Member

    Mar 31, 2010
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    Bangalore, India
    By Aruni Kashyap

    Female migrants to Delhi from India's north-east are increasingly being subjected to sexual attacks made worse by police attitudes

    Last week, after a local Assamese daily reported that another woman from India's north-east had been raped in the country's capital, a lot of my friends in Delhi started to get calls from anxious parents. A friend hoped her mother hadn't read the papers that day since they would worry and ask her to return home. Delhi is an unsafe city for women. Almost all women here face sexual harassment in some form or the other.

    But what goes largely under-reported is that a significant number of these cases are against migrant women from north-east – a number that is increasing every day. It is a subject the jingoistic, popular Indian media is not comfortable talking about.

    A year ago, an email was forwarded to me that had disturbing images of two Manipuri girls in Gurgaon, who were beaten with iron rods by their landlord as they refused to provide "sexual favours". They escaped with injuries to their thighs, backs and buttocks. In March 2010, when a Manipuri girl who was molested in Munirka went to file a first information report (FIR) in a local police station, the officer-in-charge initially refused to file it or arrest the accused, who she had chased and caught, until members from her community gathered and protested for two hours.

    Last year, another woman was raped by a Delhi student and burned alive, apparently for resisting rape. It caused huge outcry, and north-eastern student organisations arranged a protest march demanding chief minister Sheila Dikshit ensure safety for the community, especially women.

    One major factor behind these cases is, of course, poor administration, lack of adequate patrolling in the streets, but this isn't the sole explanation. The problem lies in the deep prejudice against north-easterns, and even more against women. Though the administration identified the increasing number of crimes against north-eastern migrants in Delhi, they are complicit in the perpetuation of racial prejudice.

    In July 2007, a booklet was published by the west district of Delhi police where they asked north-eastern women not to wear "revealing" dresses and "avoid lonely road/bylane when dressed scantily. Dress according to sensitivity of the local populace". After a gang rape took place in June 2005, the principal of Kirori Mal College, University of Delhi, publicly said the salwar-kameez must be the dress code of north-eastern women to avoid sexual harassment in Delhi.

    The rest of India has a fraught relationship with its north-eastern states, but the politics of targeting north-eastern women with violence have only started to increase in the last two decades. Due to prolonged internal conflict between the many insurgent groups and the Indian state, student migration from these states has increased phenomenally. Now, thousands of students leave their home every year to different cities of India in search of better academic prospects and jobs. This has made the community a visible minority scattered across India.

    Last summer, popular news channels and newspapers were practically hysterical over the racist attacks on Indians in Australia. This surprised the north-eastern community, for we have been facing similar things from other Indians for so long. Amid this mass mania of the solidarity shown for Indians in Australia, some news sites published a report referring to a recent survey that 86% of north-eastern students in Delhi face racial violence in many different forms, with 41% of these cases being sexual violence on women.

    In December 2009, when the Dhaula Kuan rape case verdict was announced, reports said that the advocate defending the accused tried to argue for his innocence by citing that the victim from Mizoram, who was raped in a moving car, had an "active sexual life" – which probably meant that the rape shouldn't matter at all.

    The judge responded with strong words but such a sentence could only have been hurled against a woman from the north-east; it is even worse that we hear of such debates happening in a court in this day in age, at the heart of this supposedly liberal, progressive nation.

  3. ajtr

    ajtr Veteran Member Veteran Member

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  4. ajtr

    ajtr Veteran Member Veteran Member

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    I wont classify it as notheast ,southie,northie problem...Indian cities in particular are unsafe for women.With all those stigma attached to the rapes and stupid indian laws;it actually rather encourages the despots rather them discouraging them.
  5. hit&run

    hit&run Elite Member Elite Member

    May 29, 2009
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    My heart cries when i see such prejudice against our own Indians.
    Only a person with an insect's brain will do such discrimination.

    Do we only understand and learn our lessons hard ways ?
    How many times these idiots will lets us get humiliated before going to sleep?
    Is it very difficult to understand the fact that all citizens of India deserves equal respect and opportunity?

    Please someone tell me such acts of inhumanity are ugly face of today's urban life which is not selective for east Indians only, east Indians girls are socially more vulnerable, are subject to racial discrimination due to their physicality or these barbarians are basically sick and need urgent overhaul with few having noose around the neck and legs paddling in the air.

    We all Indians are equal. We are the same people who vows to fight racial discrimination against us in foreign lands. So why we are selective and quite about our own people those who are working harder then average overconfident north indian by leaving their native state in search of better opportunities.

    I want to recite few lines of Amrita Pritam, when she was talking about condition of women during 1947 partition.
    Today the condition of these physically and mentally assaulted women (irrespective of state) may not get such dramatic attention but numbers are in same proportion or higher. We are expecting system to teach us a lesson but it will be easy if Obnoxious Indians can have some courage for an introspect.

    Aaj akha waris shah nu kiton kabra vichu boole, te aaj feer keetabe ishq da ka koi agla warka fol.
    Ik roee se dhee panjab de tu likh likh mare vaan, aaj lakhan dheeyan roondeya tainu waris shah nu kehan.

    Today i urge late Waris Shah ( A great Punjabi Poet ) to speak up from his Tomb and explore a new page of his book of love for us.
    You wrote heaps and cried the hell when only one daughter of Punjab was offended. Today lakhs of daughters are crying and asking you again to speak up something for them.

    Jithe wajde se foonk pyar de ve o vanjanlee gayee gwach, Ranjhe de saab veer aaj bhul gaye usde janch.
    Dhartee te lahoo hai vasyea kabran payeean choo, Preet diyan shehjadeeyan aaj vich majarran roon.
    Aaj sabey Kaidoan baan gaye husn ishq de chor, aaj kitho lyaeeye laab warish shah ek hor.

    (Where people were with profound understanding of love and respect for women)
    Where in the melodious air of love use to blew into, that biflute has been lost . Indians those who oath to follow Ranjha ( their friend; a true lover, who may die but not offend) have lost the sence of his style too.

    The blood is flowing on dirt and tombs are soaked with the same. The princeses of affection are today cring defenceless under unknown shelters of shame. Today, every man is (Kaidoan) a thug and tout for a fame, So from where those offended will find a person with Waris Shah's name?
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