India’s Rape Shame

India’s women are in a very precarious situation, and rapes are happening across the country. We need international intervention.

In Hyderabad, a young woman — a veterinarian — is the newest victim of India’s relentless, shameful rape epidemic.

The description of the crime is so grotesque that I do not want to do it here. Basically, four men gang raped and killed her, and then burned her body, and left the remains on the street. And media, to sell the news, published that picture, and disclosed the victim’s identity widely.

So, point is, women’s safety is zero in India today. If such a violent and grotesque crime can happen in a big city like Hyderabad, and that too, around 9.30 P.M., then imagine what is happening across the country in remote, rural areas — in dark. We’ve had many examples.

Of course, the people in power vehemently deny that the situation is grim. Worse, BJP’s driving engine Hindu supremacist RSS’ top leader Mohan Bhagwat has said that such crimes only happen in big cities, and never in villages, because big cities have Western influence that is causing these crimes.

So, we know their position.

Second, when the much-publicized Delhi gang rape (nicknamed “Nirbhaya”) happened a few years ago, there were a lot of liberal outrage and candle light vigils. Since then, India saw rape and murder of hundreds of women in every corner of the country, and yesterday’s Hyderabad tragedy is another incident which got some media attention because of its very grotesque nature.

Both Hindu and Muslim men are responsible for it: police just caught all four of them. Women are in such precarious situation that I believe it deserves international intervention.

I have compared India’s rape epidemic with the gun violence epidemic here in USA, and have wrote series of articles on this website. If you want, you can visit one of the articles, and find related links there.

I am not sure what else I can do. Those of you who live in India might think of possible action plans. In my opinion, India is imploding on all fronts — economic, social, and political.


Picture courtesy: Creative Commons.

The Biggest Secret: Violence on Indian Women

I am no communist, but I strongly support their struggle for justice.
I am no communist, but I strongly support their struggle for justice.

When I was a journalism student at Columbia University, some professors and students said I was doing “advocacy journalism,” because I was writing about the poor and powerless. When I said to them, what about you also doing the same thing because you’re *always* reporting news on behalf of the status quo, they got angry. Then, I invited Noam Chomsky to speak in our department, and they got angrier.

Yesterday, a well-known journalist (who is also Indian and a co-alumnus at Columbia) showed again big media’s strong bias for the people in power when she said violence on women was not really so bad in India: she was referring to the BBC documentary “India’s Daughter” — now banned in India — on the infamous gang rape in Delhi.

She said that India has already elected a woman head of state (Indira Gandhi) and U.S. hasn’t; therefore, it is proof that India’s women are better off than what U.S. and Europe had thought. It’s like saying, look, a black man is America’s president now; therefore, all this news about brutality on blacks and their poverty and hopelessness is plain nonsense.

Sometimes, I wonder, if these journalists are just elitist and out of touch, or are they actually paid for by their owner corporations and politicians to speak on behalf of them. This is also proof that women can also be a part of a terribly patriarchal system. 


West must come forward, and stand by the fighters in India. In an honest way.
West must come forward, and stand by the fighters in India. In an honest way.

RAPE is an epidemic in India. Not just rape. Sex trafficking. Daily violence on women. Big violence. Small violence. Ridiculing. Name calling. Improper touching. Luring. False promises. Threats. Publishing intimate photos online. Destroying women’s careers. Stealing their money and land. Robbing women of their human rights, economic rights, political rights, workplace rights. Religious subjugation. There is NO concept of equality.

Of course, there have been women prime ministers (Indira Gandhi, a dictator) and chief ministers (Jaylalitha, an Imelda Marcos, Mayawati, a corrupt caste leader, and Mamata Banerjee, leader of an illiterate, mafia-run force) and noted journalists and even a few police officers and scientists and astronauts. And India has had a laughable, rubber-stamp woman president too.

But that does not mean India has any iota of gender equality. People who tell us otherwise are either a part of the status-quo and do not ever want change; or they are elite and privileged class and out of touch. Or, right-wing ultrapatriots who believe women should be put in the kitchen and dark and dingy birthing rooms.

An Indian woman works very hard at home and outside, and is mostly used for her labor she puts in or money she makes. Often, she is forced to give all the money she made to her husband, father, or in-laws. Hindu, Muslim, no difference. A woman is forced to give birth to children against her will; or, if found early in her pregnancy, is forced to abort a girl fetus.

I don’t need to read a book, or hear erudite conference or media speeches. Many poor and working-class women are fighting back against this horrendous patriarchal and male chauvinistic system, but the establishment and their media do not support them. They undermine their struggles, and impose their own, elitist solutions.

We who came from poor and struggling backgrounds know the reality on ground. The others, including Indian powers and “Born Into Brothels,” “Slumdog Millionaire” or “City of Joy”-type missionary West exclude and distort the truth, and offer phony solutions.

India’s gender discrimination and disparity is no less than an apartheid. Let us not fool ourselves no more.

(And there is NO comparison between gender violence and 24/7 discrimination there, and the ones we see here in America. NO comparison. Period.)

Sincerely, with a heavy but fighting heart,


Brooklyn, New York


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