Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Institutonal Flab; Violence against Women


Women vote share topped in the 2019 Ballot they are part of the democratic process more than ever before. Safety has turned gloomier, inspite new schemes, helplines, online apps, a dedicated ministry and National Commission. We choose to employ more office based managers, researchers and white collar academics to deal  Violence on the ground like Rape, Incest, Battery and Sexual abuse of infants. As a result, same old coterie of Women who write Papers, do Press, make speeches in Metro Institutions get posts in Commissions and Numerous schemes floated by the Government. Publicity and props represent Women Safety not urgency and intention. Inspite tech credentials, office support, Women Safety Organizations could neither bring immediacy to the menace of DARKWEB "Sex-tortion" rackets, nor could take up increasing number of Suicides and Dowry Deaths in NRI's/Indians abroad. When Inefficiencies exist in pursuing both these desk based functions, let alone increasing streams of violence on the ground across Indian townships.               


DARKWEB: Increasing number of Indian's are falling prey to "Sex-tortion" from the Darkweb, a haven of masked and false identities. Human Traffickers, Organ Traffickers, Child Sex Rings flourish, tempting innocent Indians with dreams and cash incentives. FEAR & SHAME are forcing Millions of Indian youth to Fall Prey. Youth who befriend on Tinder, dating sites, post on Social media walking into Blackmail traps & money extortion. In a already excessively surveilled Indian scenario, vibrant social media, blocking Darkweb access wont prove prudent as much educating Youth and hunting down sham call centres and online extortionists. More than 500 Indians fall prey to SEXTORTION DAILY.

NRI DOWRY DEATHS: An alarming rise in NRI deaths has rattled conscience of the Nation notably after the MANDEEP KAUR death in RICHMOIND USA. Abusers camouflaged behind Jurisdictional boundaries get shielded in play of different Cultural contexts and Western Police's crime priorities. A dead NRI's is a dead cause with Indian administrations, those living and undergoing harassment are not dealt with urgency as takes a low rank in the list of Bilateral issues. Women's Commissions, Safety Schemes, Consulates and embassies all paid by the same Indian Taxpayer are unable to co-odinate and apprehend offenders.                               



State and the Non-Profit sector Trade barbs, slight each other while infants right from age of 5 to adolescents and women succumb to sexual aggression almost every day. Rural and Small town India never gets serviced beneath National Capital's VIP Security and Metro India's Institutional duties. Rape cases mount in plenty, Police listens and act only and only for well heeled, Policemen donot find it mandatory to assist victims, corridors of Judiciary & unscrupulous Lawyers strip victims to their last dime, privacy and remaining sanctity of life.     


Hired workers of Indian Foundations belong to Colleges of Social work, who tend to XEROX COPY Classical Classwork lessons, theories which they test in Urban Slums. Foundation leaders tend to befriend Western Funders, import social work designs which address Western society. Not Indian. We are made to believe Social work community is not self serving. Its fair to assume India's Social Sector reports more to the West, its Press than connect with the Local truth. Communities remain unconcerned to victims, at times even get hostile, call them "the provocateur".          


a. Women Protection services need to be granted Premise Search and Rescue powers. 

b. In a Nation where Religion and Caste are the only determinant for casting the Ballot, Faith based leaders and Organizations need to be given some accountability to shift age old  Patriarchal mindsets.

c. Give equal funds and manpower to Difficult Terrain and Hard to reach Populations as much as Metro India. 

d. Centralise Foreign University Intern appoint across NGO's and Government Organisations to build perspective of dowry harassment and other abuse women face in India, Online and abroad.

e. Utilise Nirbhaya funds to tackle Darkweb menace, NRI deaths, and Trainings of Religious leaders and Local Police to Bring overall sensitivity in Communities.      

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Sunday, September 25, 2022


Equating Iran's Hijab Protest with Karnataka"s Hijab Ban misleads. Both so far separated in Context. Shenanigans is International Activism, who until now resolved Social issue on Desks and brew up fracas-exparte. Coterie of Human Rights watchdogs, would not care for Female Genital Mutilation and Women Poverty in Africa, they instead gun for Iran because of political stress, bitter history of the Hostage Crisis, Trade, Oil Wealth, Nuclear balance in Middle East and so forth. International activists partly parrot Govts voice, remaining part they glamorize suffering on Powerpoint. Watchdogs/foundations never step away from desks to read the Ground story, they egg on Indian activists to fight the Karnataka Hijab Ban on Schools. School Uniforms level out class differences. These Watchdogs tried to infuse Religion into school going children just to prove Indian State was Intolerant. Premise of School uniform is to stamp out out any Caste, Economic distinction. "ACTIVISTS" wish to stoke fires in Peaceful communities, draw lines between peoples.   

Approx 19% Indian women make it to workforce and 16% in Iran, a Country that has far better wages, Quality of life, given Oil revenues. Do Economic Freedoms measure for more in Third world or Flavour of Month "CAUSE" chosen by International "Non-Profits". Women and men both have rights over their bodies and clothing, what fuels Governmental backlash is International Press and Activism. The external nudge Irritates the States-so then lowly constables swing batons on streets. Governments come down heavy to tame. Whilst NGO's mark this for a landmark campaign in their reporting. Over Seventy years, pouring of development aid into India has still kept it at number 110 in Hunger index of 116 nations- what were these Foundations upto all this while? The verbose Social Development Sector formula is so predictable, they work with a list of adversary states, rip into social media, create inflammatory graphics, inject adrenalin, sit back and watch.

Freedoms in speech, clothing, lifestyle in women come with Economic Independence, but when they depend totally financially on men, the moral code maker is head of the household not a Government office. Communities reinforce these codes with a bolder Patriarchal shove blending it with History lessons. To truncate women from Livelohoods options and direct AID and equate freedoms with Developed world mocks women in poverty even more. Developmental aid evaporates in non-stop seminars, junkets & conferences. Never trickles down to its rightful recipients. Knowledge based solutions will NOT shift Ground reality in ASIA, until Jobs, skills and Food Security solutions include Women. We donot empower a Girl child by fastening religious scarf on head in classroom in Karnataka, we ought to watch quality of education and incentives delivered constantly so they not drop out of schools, we need to invest in women's right to work, so they live in honour and choose their battles. Let the International Social development apparatus NOT PIMP FOR RIGHTS after gulping down Development aid in Admin, Conference, Research, Report making and endless Training expenditure.

Its notable photo's of women in Gender inclusive project report never changes decades after decade, same poor attire and distress wear down expressions next to the neatly turned out NGO activist. A local Indian middle class Social work College graduate, emulates EU and US issues to create "awareness" in class of women many of whom are unsure of next meal. Bangladesh & China have lifted women out from Poverty by Jobs and livelihood solutions, Indian NGO's carry poverty around as a Trophy. Gender has become a city slickers term from Rural and Small town's hard economic truths. Nevertheless Global funds keep churning, more Media is circulated for GENDER, its easy to make a Powerpoint than deliver a Jobs plan in slum and shanty town.   

Its a myth Iranian women are second class citizens, denied car driving rights top decision making positions. Women are far freer than their arab counterparts. 5.86% of them are elected to the Parliament, not far from 14% of India. More women have access to healthcare, higher education, improved life expectancy and work in fields of sciences, stem research and other areas which were traditional bastion of men. More than 30 National Women level female film directors work on Gender issues and diversity. Does Iran need backing of International foundations and Newschannels on Hijab. External intrusion, puts off governments, makes women suffer more by baton yielding constables and get wounded on streets just because External powers interfered.  


Monday, August 22, 2022

GENDER VIOLENCE; Activism, State Instruments and Ground Truths

GENDER VIOLENCE: Activism, State Instruments & Ground Truths:
So much in News Cycles on Violence in India, Domestic Violence, Community anger, other forms spilling onto streets.Lately trending Videos have Women attacking men in Blue Collar Jobs. Lady slaps an Auto Rickshaw Driver, another pushes a Security Guard for unlocking gates albeit late. Does that momentarily Pause Women's jeopardy in the Gender Equation. We don’t fail the test of Tolerance - we operate almost always with class overtones-men & women both. Women face gorier forms of abuse, battery and are more defenceless despite,National Commissions, Helplines and Gender Projects. We even have a dedicated Ministry for the Women and Child. Nothing deters, because deep within a aggressor knows these Instruments can be dodged and the victim wont talk. Women are getting more reluctant to report sexual harassment. There is Statistics in plenty and is a running blame Game. 30% of Indian Women have faced sexual or physical violence. Women married to Indians abroad donot escape the brunt of physical abuse of partners and In-laws.      
Its not only slack of the state. Stubborn Social Factors are at Play, Patriarchal mindsets, preference for Boy Child, Illiteracy, Caste, Economic Class, even Terrain. In this backdrop - who does actually have well meaning Institutional disposition to care for the Victim. Are Social Agents, NGO`s & Non-Profits the Refuge or they chase ONLY the Trending the Viral, Media Savvy stories eyeing Donor Cash and some Publicity in bargain. Do Media Outlets from their CSR Funds and Local Politicians who draw juice against victims hand a single dime of Financial support from Party Coffers? Has any hapless Victim received more than Stripped Privacy? New incidents of Violence mean shelling of Administration and Police by Media & Non-and Profits,Politicians heckle one another other, life goes on. The lonely victim drags through the media glare, ends up a Trophy, even with loss of work/job.
Rape and Sexual abuse survivors in India submit to Family and Community coercion. Bullied to make "COMPROMISE, and uphold the "FAMILY NAME" and deflect "NEGATIVE PUBLICITY". A typical Indian family would invoke past family glory and caste above justice for a abused child. The Indian Social fabric, has many OUTSIDERS AND RELATIVES intruding inner sanctum of any family. A Distant "ELDER" would have as much gravitas at Home as much as Parents. Few Victims break free of such prompting. The Police Complaint can now happen.
Rural and Small Town India, especially in difficulty Terrain muzzles a victim a lot more,The third wall is Panchayat. Who assume a KANGAROO COURT, extra judicial kind of influence. They do not ease Pressure on Courts and Police they reinforce misogynous beliefs more strongly. Village chieftains try to mollify victim before a formal Police complaint. Be it Metro India, or Rural the Blame for Provoking Violence is on the Woman who are faulted for clothing and general conduct.

No surprise, Indian Police would deploy more Manpower and resource to search a stolen handbag of a Senior than investigate a rape. Nature of Bureaucracy and format are self serving, for the Constable its a job keeping them out of Rural poverty, they would like a happy boss. Structure of the Bureaucracy and Policing is so TOP heavy, INSULATED, only cases that find Seniors attention inch, others catch mould. Social activists and Media try lobby through Senior Officers for cases they intend to pursue. 
First Information Report (FIR) is drafted by a Insensitive Constable, the entire case rests on it. FIR is the Foundation every step of the system will refer to, be it National Commissions or Judiciary. Rape victims undergo Humiliating Hospital tests, violation of Privacy, cold hearted-hard boiled Women Constables to prove rape. India needs funding to ease the Ground Complaints making Process. India needs funding to give respect to clinical investigations. Our funding is directed to Institutional Structures, Elaborate Buildings, oversized support staff in Offices, Publicity of Schemes and General Administration expenses. Video's of well turned out Constables seem to deliver a far greater Media Frenzy than remedying the Ground Complaints and Investigation comfort that every Victim deserves.              
Will budget committees allocate more for Reporting level comfort and ease, Constable Training, and respectable Clinical procedures or frills and power trappings of the Seniors, depends on who presides on these Excel Sheets 
Irrespective of Gender, Domestic Violence or rage on Streets deliver a lethal Class smite. Domestic Violence is almost always about finances, Dowry etc. An outdoor altercation ends up in sizing up Class and Caste. Is it Gender Violence against women or the stronger have a free ticket against the Meek. Are we discussing an age old Malaise over again? We are made to believe a EVERY NEW SCHEME is a empowering tool, in reality its more Infrastructure and White Collar officials with Electronic Gadgets. Schemes are a dilatory show. Results will show when we instil fear that the State watches its citizens right from the ground level beat and well funded, Trained and sensitive Constabulary or First contact points, not through repetitive Social Media and TV ads and celebrity endorsements. 

Non-Profits and Media need to intensify Community Domestic mind shape-shift rather than spar with the state. The State is infallible, its people are caught in a time capsule of yesterday. Gender is a constant Training not one time or landmark Workplace/POSH/Sexual Harassment Committee judgement setting any precedent. We forgot the Ground Level work is ongoing, responsibility of Social and Media Actors is people not heckling the state. We are so much awe of fancy Visuals of Well turned out Police Personnel almost equate it with National Pride. We donot have a Video coverage or documentary of realtime harassment the ENTIRE COMPLAINTS REGISTERING PROCEDURE IS. Let the Women find seamless access to justice, let common people know the building block of evolved communities and prosperous economies is mutual respect and trust. The State apparatuses will tweak, when the Ground consciousness shifts.
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Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Bilkis Bano; Lets Re-Visit our conscience not a Verdict.

We revisited a 20 year Old Conviction, freed convicted rapists with an outdated Policy. The 1992 policy of remission got redacted in 2014. Per new policy Life imprisonment will be served till end of life. This new policy applies to the State of Gujarat. Bilkis Bano was raped in Gujarat, her mother, 3 other women raped in front of her. Bano’s 3-year-old daughter was killed. Compare visuals today of sweet & celebrations of freed offenders.

Envision the mass rape, not a crime of passion nor a random act of anger, a co-ordinated group violating a pregnant woman, raping others, finishing off with murder in Communal venom. These men were neighbours who lived peacefully with Bilkis Bano until the communal flare-up. Can any legal argument hold that fourteen years sentence served is enough for remission. Sweets offered upon exit gives it a shade of Respectable exoneration. Is an abrupt pardon from imprisonment just? Every prisoner has a indefensible right to appeal, this is no individual who underwent remorse in incarceration. Almost a dozen individuals took turns to rape and bleed children to death, we offered them clemency? We need not term any case rarest of rare, compare it with Nirbhaya or get busy in legal lingo. Just like a crafty clerk the state shuffled 2 policy documents. The world is watching the state carefully juggle documents, let the convicted walk.

There is policy watch, legal talk, jurisdiction, state v/s central and more and there is a our inner-self questioning whether this act was reinforcing to our women and children. Our responsibility to defend every woman and child- has hit a pause button. If the Centre can track down economic offender to any corner, it also is guardian of all. Above all state is a MORAL CUSTODIAN.

Will all 11 pardoned convicts find gainful employment. What ensures they or their friends will not act in retribution to Ms. Bilkis Bano or her family. Would all 11 released would have thawed anger with promise to reset their life with some remorse. Community setting in Lower middle class India does allow for much privacy and personal security, would all 11 who walked settle back into the same neighbourhood forgetting wounds.

Raisina Hill and Centre possess overarching power over the Union. Let message on 75th anniversary of the Nation be, the state is a guardian. Let no one game our system, our conscience is above all a strong pillar of our democracy and values.

Sunday, July 10, 2022


Some defining moments can launch us to Life's Higher Purpose. Yogita, was witness to One road accident, the victim left by the roadside. Passerby's stopped, looked, walked. Local administrations and hospitals gave a cold shoulder. This victims passing was her turning point, made Yogita step into public space to support lives who cannot access public services, because of their poverty and social class. She resolved to be voice of the oppressed. Helplessness of the road victim, apathy of Hospitals and uncaring state services, transported her to be a PEOPLE’s PERSON. 

She became voice of Women whose body and pride were Violated. Indian women have faced battery, abuse and rape in mute silence for ages. She joined and led the Nirbhaya movement from 2012 to 2020, alongside Nirbhaya's mother. This campaign demanded, juvenile law age limit for rapists be lowered from 18 to 16 years. This movement led by Yogita became turning point in Parliamentary advocacy. Rajya Sabha the [Upper house of Indian Parliament] passed the JUVENILE JUSTICE AMENDMENT bill in 2016. Beyond the Nirbhaya movement, she continuously speaks for Woman who face abuse in communities. She is on the POSH/Sexual Harasssment committes of Companies and Various Institutions as a Nationally recognised expert.

Ever since bidding farewell to a good Aviation Sector job, at KINGFISHER AIRLINES, today she has placed herself as India's top known Women's rights activist and Campaigner for Rape Victims. This was no easy flight, from a luxury Corporate Job to a everyday FUNDS RAISER for the Oppressed Women's Cause. Fight against an oppressor maybe onetime, but taking on state's apathy, ineffective laws and policing is a endless road. 

Year 2007, she stepped out to serve Women under the “PARIINDIA” Umbrella. Since then has been given to  empower women, bring gender sensitisation at workplaces and communities, fight sexual harassment of women at institutions and workplaces like companies. PARI is a youth-led movement advocating for the rights of rape victims in India. PARI's core areas of work include active work against sexual violence, providing prevention mechanisms for rape and supporting rape survivors with psychosocial, financial and livelihoods support. PARIINDA provides support structure to rape survivors for judicial procedures and their rehabilitation. Sensitising communities on the need to end rape and victim blaming is crucial to reduce the stigmatisation around the subject of rape as well as rape survivors (Who often can’t speak about their ordeal). To achieve this, PARI undertakes extensive awareness building initiatives at the grass-root level

When a woman falls and suffers, the PARIINDIA Team reaches out. State’s apathy and Social attitudes against women keep driving her everyday. So that poverty does not mean silence and acceptance, she travels to homes of the abused women, fights legal battles, prods police and politicians to act. The PARI-INDIA women protection program is  united in a Nationwide circle of Social Media Volunteers. New members join every hour. Focus of PARI is to educate people to be sensitive to women and children, in each strata of the society, in each caste, in each region and start this education from home.
Yogita served on the National Commission for Women, where she witnessed Nirbhaya case and many others. Today she is a leading spokesperson on Womens rights on National Television and Diases of credible Insitutions. Yogita is the Chairperson for People Against Rape in India (PARI), a Social movement that supports rape survivors and gets them strength and rights to fight for justice. Through her work with PARI she educates Corporations, Community Stakeholders, Institutions and Authorities find sensitivity in their hearts for Women and Children. She believes the First lession of Gender Sensitization begins at home. 


(a) Legal Aid, Rehabilitating Women in Distress.
(b) Training Stakeholders, Adolescent Boys and Adult MEN on Gender and Respecting spaces where Women and Children visit.

(a) INDIAN PARLIAMENT: Yogita/PARIINDIA made a parliamentary petition calling for adequate attention on women's issues, their SAFETY AND COMPLAINT REDRESSAL, inclusion in parliamentary debates. Lok Sabha Speaker Shri Om Birla, along with several Members of Parliament have already pledged their support for the same. Yogita petitions, State Governments, Local Administrations, Police Authorities on a consistently. 

(b) CHANGE.ORG: Yogita's petition on [ change.org ] was supported by over one lakh people and is rated as one of the top campaigns of Change.

Yogita is a recognised POSH expert, she serves on Internal Complaint Committees (ICC) constituted that handle complaints on Sexual Harassment at Workplaces, most notably with the Delhi High Court and Delhi State Legal Service Authority (DSLSA).

(d) NATIONAL TELEVISION: Yogita is renowned TV personality and public speaker, routinely appearing in TV interviews, panel discussions, debates on Women's issues,

(1) NATIONAL COMMISSION FOR WOMEN: Awarded distinguished role with National Commission for Women for Work done on Women Empowerment.  National Commission for Expert Committee on Gender & Education and Member- Enquiry Committee January 2011- December 2013 (3 years)

(2) Government of Uttarakhand
(a) Vice Chairperson- State Council for Women Empowerment December 2016 - December 2017 (1 year 1 month) Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India
(b) Served as the Vice Chairman of the State Council for Women Empowerment of the Government of Uttarakhand.

(1) NAARI CHETNA PURASKAR: For contribution in creating awareness in the society on Women’s Issues.
(2) More than 50 awards by various bodies, on Work done on Women Empowerment.

* Recognising the role of education as a catalyst in gender sensitisation.
* To main stream gender sensitisation / human rights education in schools & universities.
* Introducing gender sensitisation / human rights element into every subjects. To make suggestions and recommendations to initiate policy level changes as well as for better implementation of existing policies, programmes and schemes for welfare of women and children in the field of education.