Thursday, January 29, 2009

Goons on the Loose in Mangalore...

Recently goons of a Hindu activist organisation called Sri Ram Sena entered a pub in Mangalore and beat up five women there. These men claimed that thw women were drinking and dancing obscenely, which is againt our culture. They manhandled the women and even tried to take off their clothes, apart from beating them up.

What does this say about our society, and the place we hold in it? How can we allow anyone to tell us what we should or should not be doing? How can someone else decide whether we should drink or visit pubs or not? Is there something called "Freedom" in Free India? Not only did these men commit an utterly shameful crime, but they have also misused the name of "Shri Ram" to do something that God does not advocate. As far as I know, Shri Ram used to respect women to the point of worshipping them.

Ten suspected activists of Sri Ram Sena have been taken into custody on charges of assaulting customers of a pub in the busy Balmatta Road in the heart of the city. The All-India Democratic Women’s Association has strongly condemned the attack on the young women. They were badly beaten up and molested in full public view for patronising a pub. The attackers also objected to the women “mixing with youth of other faith,” an AIDWA statement said here on Tuesday.

The National Commission for Women (NCW) is constituting a three-member committee to probe the January 24 attack on women in a Mangalore pub by activists of the self-styled Sri Ram Sene activists in the name of “moral policing.”

But we, the women of india, also need to review the situation. Freedom, if not given, must be taken. I urge all women to stand up for themselves, and their rights. Let us stop being doormats. Let us not let our husbands or in laws take undue advantage of our "so called culture". Let us talk about Domestic Violence. Let us bring such issues out in the open.

After all, for how long do we have to act like "dutiful bahu" or "nice girl" and hush up about all the injustice?

Thank You for all the Emails...

Here's a nice one....

Thank you to all my friends who sent me such important emails this year!
It's so wonderful that you included me in your quest to inform!

Because of all of you I stopped drinking Coca-Cola after I found out
from you that it's good for removing toilet stains and rusting the
arse out of 40-gallon drum.

I stopped going to the movies for fear of sitting on a needle infected
with a disease.

I smell like a homeless f*@k, but thank goodness I stopped using
deodorant because you said it causes cancer.

I don't leave my car in any parking lot even though I sometimes have
to walk about seventeen blocks, because you said that someone might
drug me with a perfume sample and then try to rob me.

I also stopped answering the phone because you said that they will ask
me to dial a stupid number and then I get a high phone bill with
calls to Uganda, Singapore, Tokyo and maybe the Mars Rover.

I stopped eating chicken and hamburgers because you told me they are
nothing more than horrible mutant freaks with no eyes or feathers that
are bred in a lab so that places like McDonalds and KFC can sell their

I also stopped drinking anything out of a can - you said that I would
get sick from the rat faeces and urine.

When I go to parties, I now don't mix with anybody or talk to anybody
- you said that someone would take my kidneys and leave me taking a
nap in a bathtub full of ice.

However, the police are also after me at present because you said not
to pull over, as they could be fake policemen trying to kidnap me.

I went bankrupt from bounced checks that I wrote, in anticipation of
the $15,000 that Microsoft and AOL were supposed to send me when I
participated in their special e-mail program.

It's weird, though, that my new free cell phone never arrived, and
neither did the passes for my paid vacation to Disneyland. But I am
positive that all this is because of the chain I broke or forgot to
follow and I got a curse.