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>>> Google lights up a candle to honour the Delhi braveheart
>>> President Pranab Mukherjee called her a "true hero";
>>> In Memory of The Unknown Citizen by Shuddhabrata Sengupta @ Kafila, Run from the big media
>>> Nirbhaya (the symbolic name given to the girl by The Times of India);
>>> Delhi gang-rape victim given symbolic name 'Damini' (seen on a banner, is a symbolic name given to the victim, taken from a Bollywood film of the same name about a woman's fight against society for justice for a rape victim);
>>> Amanat (“treasure”); whose gang rape triggered mass protests ... was first trapped in the name of love and friendship and then raped...leading to her death...
>>> Demand for revealing her name grows, The Hindu, Gaurav Vivek Bhatnagar -- but there is a legal issue: "Under Section 228A of the Indian Penal Code, disclosure of a rape victim’s name is punishable with a two-year jail and a fine."
A clash of two cultures as women are left out of India's bright new future, The horrific Delhi gang rape reveals a painfully divided society, writes Jason Burke, The Observer, Saturday 29 December 2012The six criminals who have been charged for the murder are listed @ Wikipedia:"Last week I wrote this in response to a Hindu Human Rights posting on Facebook: In the US the pro-gun lobby blames Hollywood for the periodic massacre of school children. In India, the Hindu Human Rights blames ‘Bollywood’ for the rape of women. Now, two important voices - Mahesh Dattani and Swaminathan Anklesaria Aiyar have also blamed Indian movies." quotes Mayank Bhatt. Mayank commented on his FB page: "Just to clarify: I don't agree with this view at all. And I find it surprising that Dattani and Iyer should hold a view similar to a right wing religion-based organization"
Ram Singh, the bus driver, and his brother, Mukesh Singh, were both arrested in Rajasthan; Vinay Sharma, an assistant gym instructor, was arrested in Delhi, as was Pawan Gupta, a fruit seller; Raju, a minor, and native of Uttar Pradesh was arrested by the police at Anand Vihar terminal in Delhi; and Akshay Thakur, a man who had gone to Delhi seeking work, who was arrested in Aurangabad in Bihar.
>> There is enormous sexual frustration in India's underclass which has been left out of the liberalisation process, By Palash Krishna Mehrotra, Daily Mail (UK)
>> "Everyone is demanding reforms in the judicial system, but we must first go to the root cause of such incidents. The government must stop promoting liquor and put restriction on nudity and pornography on national television and Internet," said Swosti Sangeeta Dalei of Democratic Students' Organization.
>> Rape death sorrow spills over on Odisha roads, Dec 30, 2012 Times of India
>> "The researchers may state various reasons from drugs, alcohol, violent projection on the silver screen to an addiction to porn or difficult childhood but ultimately the it’s the victim that suffers more. Rape: A Woman’s Worst Nightmare, Society
>> "How has it happened that India — a country that hundreds of years before the birth of Jesus was sexually progressive enough to give the world the “Kama Sutra” and the concept that lovemaking and sexual pleasure could be an avenue to closeness to God — is now described in travel guides as a place where women must take great care?" In India and beyond, shock at a woman’s death, Jamila Bey on December 29, 2012 Washington Post (blog)
First there is the acutely unhappy coexistence of mutually incompatible social norms: those of a deeply conservative patriarchal rural society and those of a modern urban city where hierarchies that have been in place for centuries are fast breaking down... Urbanisation has brought the two cultures together in an unprecedented way....
A second element is a continuing inability to see women in any role other than mother, child or spouse. A third is the violence so endemic in so much of India. Alongside the dozens of rapes discovered by reporters last week across the country, local newspapers reported a tea planter burned to death in Assam and an alleged petty criminal blinded with acid by villagers. Continue reading The Observer
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Extract: At the very onset, let's clarify that it will be highly presumptuous to assume that Hindi cinema is the root cause of a spike in sexual assaults. But Bollywood and regional cinema in equal parts, because of their reach, scope and influence, have a larger role to play in assuming responsibility for the message it sends out to millions of audience - some highly impressionable.
Films are not only a reflection of the society but also a powerful tool that shapes social engagement, culture and behaviour. For millions in India, Bollywood movies are about escapism from the struggle that surround their daily lives. And in a rapidly modernising India, where women have started to break free from their traditional shackles, regressive themes in films that include subjugation of women provide men with moral reinforcement to perpetuate gender stereotypes and sanction acts of domestic violence.