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Justice for Women Now: Protest in New Delhi

December 28, 2012
Sack the Top Cop

Sack the Top Cop

On a day when the Prime Minister put his foot in his mouth by saying that ‘footlose migrants’ were responsible for heinous crimes like rape. On a day when the S.O.P – ‘son of a president / sign of a pervert’ – Abhijit Mukherjee said that the protestors were ‘dented and painted’ women, on a day when yet another gang rape was reported in Delhi, and a young woman ended her life in Patiala because the police harassed her in Patiala following her complaint of rape  – hundreds of young women and men, and many not so young and women and men, gathered under the single banner of ‘Justice for Women Now’ at noon in New Delhi, at the Nizamuddin ‘Sabz Burj’ with an intention to march to India Gate. They were stopped at the intersection of Zakir Husain Marg and Subramania Bharati Marg by several cordons of police. The police were arrayed across two intersections, several layers deep. The gathering was unarmed, peaceful, angry, joyous and disciplined. They were faced by a sullen array of police, armed with sticks and tear gas. The police did not let the gathering move towards India Gate, and the peacable, orderly gathering sat on the street for around two hours. There were several television and media crews.The primary demands articulated by the demonstration included ‘fast track’ processes for the 100,000 pending rape and sexual assault cases, the resignation of the police commissioner of Delhi, the drafting of gender sensitive and non-sexist laws, a call for a special session of parliament and a time bound commitment towards a massive expansion of safe public transport for women in metros.

Message to the S.O.P

Message to the S.O.P

The young women and men raised slogans about rape and sexual violence in Delhi, Kashmir, Manipur, Cchattisgarh and elsewhere. They spoke against custodial violence, marital rape and domestic violence. They spoke against the Armed Forces Special Powers Act, gun culture, moral policing and patriarchy. They equated the ruling UPA regime with a misogynist, sexist order. There were no national flags. No macho aggression,. No calls for death, hanging  and capital punishment. A new vibrant culture of public assertion has been born in Delhi. It is not going to go away. The political establishment, cutting across the government and the principal opposition has no clue to this new culture of politics and protest. It is going to be left far behind by a new generation of women and men who are staking their claim to the polis.

Here are a few images from the day’s demonstration in Delhi.

How Feudal ?

How Feudal ?

Law & Order

Law & Order

Halla-Bol

Halla-Bol

At the Barricade

At the Barricade

Stop Violence against Women

Stop Violence against Women

For a Safe Cty

Get Over It !

Justice for All Rape Survivors

Justice for All Rape Survivors

Commit or Quit !

Commit or Quit !

Get Rid of Him

Get Rid of Him

Policemen Videotaping Demonstrators

Policemen Videotaping Demonstrators

Moving Ahead

Moving Ahead

Against Patriarchy

Against Patriarchy

My Body, My City

My Body, My City

Safety First

Safety First

'Dented - Painted' Women Strike Back

‘Dented – Painted’ Women Strike Back

Expand Public Transport

Expand Public Transport

Kavita Krishnan, AIPWA, Speaking to the Media

Kavita Krishnan, AIPWA, Speaking to the Media

Zero Tolerance for Misogyny

Zero Tolerance for Misogyny

Democracy ?

Democracy ?

Protestors Approaching Sabz Burj, Nizamuddin

Protestors Approaching Sabz Burj, Nizamuddin

100,000 cases of rape and sexual assault

100,000 cases of rape and sexual assault

11 Comments leave one →
  1. December 28, 2012 3:40 AM

    Our country’s politicians have stooped to a new low with Abhijit Mukherjee’s sexists remarks! No politician has come out to the streets to talk to the protesters and get the feel of the nation bubbling with rage with the incompetence of the country’s govt.

  2. Mohit Satyanand permalink
    December 28, 2012 9:51 AM

    It is quite appropriate that Rajpath has not been re-named. It remains the playing ground of the state – its toys paraded on the anniversary of the Republic; its chosen lumpen paid to ‘rally’ there.

    The central vista of our capital city should be called Praja path. In the spirit of a democracy, free assembly on Praja Path should be guaranteed to all Indian citizens.

    • December 28, 2012 1:16 PM

      Dear Mohit Satyanand. Yes, I agree with you. I hope the vulgar, obscene display of weapons and armed might on Rajpath will come to an end someday. And I endorse you move to call the central vista of Delhi – praja path, and it should be a space of free assembly and protection for free speech and expression for all people, not only Indian citizens. It should be a space where Afghan, Burmese and Iranian refugees, Kashmiri dissidents, Bangladeshi workers, African students who face racist attacks and anyone who is Indian should be able to move, assemble and express themselves freely. I hope we can all work towards such an outcome.

  3. Anoop permalink
    December 28, 2012 11:27 AM

    Great !! you should have a picture showing large number in the rally…

    • December 28, 2012 1:11 PM

      Dear Anoop, thanks. I did not get a vantage point where I could get a picture of a large crowd. If you can send me such a picture, I will insert it in the post, with credits. Also, i wanted to capture a lot of details of the kind of expressions that there were on the signs and placards.

  4. Hargopal Singh permalink
    December 28, 2012 12:23 PM

    Have we ever thought that Judiciary which is supposed to deliver justice is actually a tool of state oppression ?Do not expect justice from it.The criminals are actually state’s allies.State at present is against women .If that were not so there would have been no derogatory
    remarks all around.

    • December 28, 2012 1:13 PM

      Hargopal. I do not disagree with you. I may not expect justice from it in all instances, but do recognize that it is an institution that should be made vulnerable to public and democratic pressure. That the state is a criminal entity is something that i have no doubt about at all.

      • Gaby permalink
        December 29, 2012 4:10 PM

        I suppose you mean the judiciary should be sensitive to public sentiment and democratic needs rather than be vulnerable to public pressure.

  5. Amit Paharpuri permalink
    December 28, 2012 2:29 PM

    OaSetCommnets made by Abhijit Mukherjee is not a shocking story it has become the tradition of these politicians to amuse masses by their insensitive and irrational statements rather than their conclusive works which actually they are meant for. Now these repetitive irresponsible statements by political groups on gender issues not just depict their Gender Insensitivity but it has much broader picture than this.
    Its reflects the dominance of Patria rchal Setup in the society. It shows the deep rootedness of Patriarchic nature in their heart and mind which leads .themto make such. Rotten statements. Most importantly Chief of WomenCommission Mamta Sharma attitude towards.these rescent incidents is also unthinkable.

  6. December 28, 2012 8:25 PM

    Its highly commendable that people involved in this campaign decided to refrain from shouting violent slogans but concentrate on the most pertinent issues relating to justice for women & women’s rights in India.

  7. Communal Award permalink
    December 29, 2012 6:15 PM

    Get real.
    You (not politicians) are devoid from reality.
    If you demand capital punishment for r@pists, 90% FORWARD CASTE men in rural India will be hanged .
    Everyday they r@pe/molest lower caste women in villages and they’re not reported to police.
    Google ”Violation is the norm here”.

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