YOU AND ME AGAINST THE WORLD

Shivani Saharia
Posted January 4, 2017 from India

BENGALURU MOLESTATION: After photographs captured young women in the heart of Bengaluru weeping after being molested on New Year's Eve, Karnataka Home Minister G Parameshwara must resign, say women's rights activists and opposition parties.The minister, who is responsible for policing, said in an interview to Times Now yesterday that "western culture" is to blame and that "these things do happen," further outraging Bengaluru as well as the rest of the country.

Describing the street party where thousands gathered to countdown to 2017, the minister, who is from the ruling Congress, said, "A large number of youngsters gathered -- youngsters who are almost like westerners... they try to copy westerners not only in mindset, but even the dressing, so some disturbance, some girls are harassed, these kind of things do happen."

The Bengaluru Police late on Tuesday, two days after the incident, said they have filed a case after finding credible evidence of molestation.

"As promised we have found credible evidence repeat credible evidence in a case of wrongful confinement, molestation and attempt to rob," Bengaluru Police Commissioner Praveen Sood had said in a tweet.

Lalitha Kumaramangalam, who heads the National Commission for Women, said the minister is obliged to resign over his comments. "I want to ask this minister: are Indian men so pathetic and weak that when they see a woman in western clothes on a day of revelry, they get out of control?" she asked. The minister offered no apology for the police's failure to protect the women, and said footage from security cameras is being trawled to identify those who sexually harassed and molested women. On New Year's Eve, there were 1,500 cops patrolling the city. Those at the city's famous MG Road were unable to cope with the huge crowd that had gathered there. And then men, some of them drunk, went berserk. Union Home Minister Kiren Rijiju tweeted, "We can't allow such shameful act of #MassMolestation go unpunished. Bangaluru is a vibrant city & women must be safe in a civilised society." Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, top entrepreneur who lives in Bengaluru, tweeted, "A shameful incident which I hope is an aberration n will never happen again. Police must be proactive n use CCTV footage to book hooligans."

A young woman who was present on the boulevard in the heart of the Karnataka capital that night described the situation as "almost a stampede" and said she saw "girls crying and shouting for help." One woman, she said, fainted, another took off her shoes to fend off attackers.

"Whenever a woman passed the molesters groped and pawed them, taking advantage of the intense crowd...You can fight back one or two people but how do you fight a crowd," she said, emphasising that men were "intentionally" targeting women. It was "mass molestation," she said.

WHAT MATTERS IS NOT TO KNOW THE WORLD BUT TO CHANGE IT..

STOP WOMEN ABUSE !

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Tamarack Verrall
Jan 04, 2017
Jan 04, 2017

Dear Zainshaw,

What a horrific mess of a start to the New Year. When this kind of violence happens with men who witness it afraid to or unwilling to intervene, it becomes accepted as inevitable. When a Government official blames the victims, accuses them of not following culture, makes a statement that "things like this happen" the violence is formally condoned and inevitably spreads. This government official is clearly and publicly stating that women do not have the right to public space or to choosing their lives. Congratulations on the strong response by your head of the National Commission for Women and by many activists there, calling for the rightful dismissal of this man. Hopefully the police will come forward with many charges of sexual assault. Please keep us posted.

In sisterhood,

Tam

Shivani Saharia
Jan 04, 2017
Jan 04, 2017

Dear Tam,

There are many incidents of molestation daily, in open or behind closed doors. Some get noticed and some are zipped up. If the victim report the incident, no action is been taken, this is what gives a confidence and uplift to more crime in the nation. Because this is what degrades the stand of the victim and ensuring that the woman are weaker and has no power. Which is exactly not true.

I will keep writing and keep updated with the further information. Thanks for reading.

Regards,

Lisa Anderson
Jan 04, 2017
Jan 04, 2017

Dear Zainab,

This is such a heartwrenching story and image. It's so challenging to witness victim blaming by government bodies and public officials. I'm glad to hear the Union Home Minister and entrepreneur are among other activists taking a stand. Keep sharing your voices and standing up for what you believe in!

Warm regards,

Lisa

Shivani Saharia
Jan 10, 2017
Jan 10, 2017

Dear Lisa,

Thank You

Regards

danadabbous
Jan 10, 2017
Jan 10, 2017

Dear Zainab

Thank you for sharing this. It is important to create awareness about these various incidents taking place around the world that target women. It is a horrific incident that took place and I hope that justice is served and the minister does resign. It is difficult to change a mindset of a man who things the "western" world is to blame for such acts. Keep sharing and raising awareness. I hope this form of abuse against women will end.

Take Care

Dana 

Shivani Saharia
Jan 10, 2017
Jan 10, 2017

Dear Dana,

Good Day, Thanks for appreciating and yeah its important to share such incidents and voice more audience for the hideous and unnoticed incidents

Regards,