Gang Rape - Murder in West Bengal Prompts Urgent Plea From YGB Partner

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Fri, June 21, 2013 10:44am

Gang Rape - Murder in West Bengal Prompts Urgent Plea From YGB Partner

The Indian Express reports amid growing public outrage with two incidents of gang rape-murder taking place one after another within a gap of three days in the state, the Trinamool Congress government went into an overdrive on Wednesday to convey its "seriousness" about tackling crimes against women. In a bid to assuage people, the government said it would seek death penalty for the accused in both the cases.

A college girl was gang raped and killed in Barasat in North 24-Parganas district last Friday, another girl, a 13-year-old, was gang raped and her throat slit while returning from school at Gede in Nadia district on Monday. With the government being slammed for the poor law and order situation and increasing cases of crime against women, Chief Secretary Sanjay Mitra today said: "The state government is very serious about the crimes against women. The government will seek death penalty for the culprits. "

These incidents of violence against women prompted a personal plea from a YGB Partner (see e mail below). This is an important issue that affects women in India and the developing world.  We must continue to bring attention to the fact that violence against women is inextricably linked to gender-based inequalities.  In a past blog post titled, Money Equals Power, we sighted Cherie Blair and Siddharth Chatterjee's Huffington post, Promoting Women's Economic Participation in India, "Whether we like it or not, money often equals power, so there is growing recognition that the status of women in societies like India can change significantly if they are able to gain financial independence, whether it is through employment where they are adequately compensated or by setting up and running their own businesses.

Further "United Nations Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillayhas, said that the violence against women is the "most pervasive" expression of gender-based discrimination and it remains unacceptably widespread. She said that before the 1990's, violence against women was still "largely considered a private matter and not a human rights issue of concern to the international community."  ... the 57th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, have reaffirmed the commitment to eliminate violence through the promotion of women's empowerment and equality in fields such as education, labor, health, and participation in all spheres of public life.

This has been and will continue to be the goal of Yoga Gives Back!



YGB's Partner - personal email: The Situation From Women¹s Point of View is Worsening Day by Day

Dear Sister Kayoko,

At the beginning I would like to express our heartfelt thanks and gratitude to you for being once again with [us] with all the warmth of your kind heart. We need your support and guidance to continue our struggle against all barriers of girls’ and women’s empowerment. The situation from women’s point of view is worsening day by day and calling for more and more intensive work to ensure their empowerment, protection and dignity. Every day more and more girls are becoming victims of atrocities and violence whereas on passage of time such incidences should have come down. Alongside atrocities and torture against girls and women, it has been noticed and we are shocked that the nature of such violence has changed considerably and more brutality is being noticed in each and every case of atrocities of women.

In this context I would like to refer to the horrific incidence took place in Barasat area of North 24 Parganas district of West Bengal on 6th June. A 20 year old girl was having her examination in her college and returning home at about 2.30 pm. She came down from a bus and took a narrow lane which is the normal route to her house. To reach her home, she used to walk for nearly seven minutes by the side of a canal with an open place with high boundary wall (reserved for a factory). On that day, she was walking as she used to walk every day. Five anti-social miscreants were waiting just behind the gate of the land reserved for factory. As she approached the gate, they jumped on her and dragged her inside. She started shouting and they immediately beat on her head and she lost consciousness. They then raped her one by one. The men were local people and the girl could identify them easily. Hence, in order to ensure that she cannot report the case to Police and to avert all risks of punishment, they decided to kill her. They strangled her to death. Then to confirm her death, they took one more brutal step. They grouped in two and hold her two legs and dragged her legs in opposite direction and her body was split into two parts up to the lower part of neck. They are now confirmed about her death and pulled her body and threw over the high boundary wall on the other side of the land.

One day later in village ‘Gede’ of Nadia district of West Bengal, a 12 year old girl was raped and killed by a youth. On arrest the Police have revealed that the youth had proposed her on a number of occasions and she had been refusing. The youth continued to disturb her on her way to and from school and one day she slapped him. For the time being the youth refrained and a few days later on her way back from school, he kidnapped her to a nearby bush and raped her. After taking his revenge to avert punishment of the crime he killed her by cutting off her neck veins.

The horrific incidents had stunned us and we feel that both these cases are even more brutal than that the case of Jyoti Singh Pandey who was gang raped in a bus and brutally beaten who succumbed to death after a few day in New Delhi in December 2012. People from ethnicities, nationalities, sexual orientation and gender, caste and creed came together on roads to protest the horrible rapes and murders. Things did not change since the case of Jyoti Singh Pandey, rather we apprehend that we are heading to more and more brutalities every day. The cases of molestation; abuse and rape are in every day’s newspaper.  This is how and where we are living. It seems there is no sincere effort to protect women’s rights. I do not understand why men are so furious about women, why do they go for raping, torturing like animal and beating women to death. We are passing through a very tough and difficult time in respect of women’s securities. The society, the administration and the government have failed to provide security and protection to the women and this proves to show how the women issues are neglected.

The present situation will never change with the present social and administrative structure. Women have to come to administration and power to fight all odds against women. The male dominated society and administration will never pay any heed to women issues and problems. They are concerned with their own interests and well beings. They are least bothered on women issues. Had they been serious, the rapists and killers of Jyoti Singh Pandey would have been punished by this time. The whole country and people from many countries came on road to protest the incident but judgment is still pending.

Hence, it is very clear that women have to be empowered so that they come to power and administration and the first and foremost tool of empowerment is ‘Education’. Women can only understand their problems and issues and can take appropriate action. We should no more expect that the male administrators.

We are already running short of time, delay by one day is resulting in to ruining of life of thousands of girls and women. We are working to our best abilities. Please be with us, we need your cooperation and support.

We of course know that you are with us and will remain witches forever and your help, inspiration and encouragement is our great strength. We are working due to your feeling and realization of the sufferings of the girls and women of our country sitting thousands of miles away. We need more and more sister  like you in our endeavor to make our dream come true.

With warm regards.

Yours truly.