The plight of women in India
Jan 28, 2013 | Written by Anupa Mueller
It is not possible to visit India right now and ignore the tumultous discussion surrounding women and their welfare. This follows the brutal rape and murder of the 23-year old student on December 16 which has led to a vivid discussion of the pervasive suppressive and mysoginistic attitude towards women. My first day in India, I was startled to read 15 reports on assaults and attacks on women, their court cases, civic protests, public discussions and a widespread litany of complaints in one day's newspaper. No question, everyone's consciousness has been raised. Whether this will change long-standing customs and culture is yet to be seen. Outwardly, many changes are obvious:
- In today's news, I read that the state of Pumjab wrapped up 11 rape trials in 20 days, a record feat where some cases had been pending for ten years.
- Even youngsters are involved indicating that this 'anxiety has percolated to children too' - this from Professor Anil Gupta, executive vice chair of the National Innovation Foundation. These young people have been devising gadgets and solutions that are 'weapons for the public good'. They include a robotic sandal that raises an alarm and delivers a mild shock to the attacker if hit twice on the ground, an anti-molestation device that can be worn like a wrist watch and gadgets that let off a siren.
- Local community groups are encouraging and providing bags of chilli pepper to be used against attackers.