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?

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