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A year later

We started out with good intentions and grand plans but didn’t do too much work on this blog. I’ll now be trying to correct that. And just to get things going, here’s the link to some news that got me re-started really —
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/cityarticlelist/-2128932452.cms

In case the page refreshes, this was the text around midnight on January 25, 2012:
Gender ratio in Delhi not healthy: CM PTI | 5 hrs ago | Admitting that the skewed child sex ratio in Delhi was a matter of concern, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today said the government has initiated a range of welfare measures to improve the gender disparity.
Nine-yr-old girl ‘gang-raped’ in Cuttack TNN | 18 hrs ago | Yet another case of alleged rape has surfaced in the state, this time the victim is a nine-year-old girl from Bhadrak.
Kidnapped girl has miraculous escape  TNN | 56 min ago | An 11-year-old girl had a miraculous escape on Tuesday when she was kidnapped by two unidentified persons, who later abandoned her near railway tracks.

Three stories relating to women/girls on the landing page when you click on the ‘City’ tab on TOI’s homepage. Would that be something the internet editor chose to hightlight? Why? One relating to policy, one a serious crime and the third another crime, though somewhat odd. Do more people read about women? Did those stories just get the attention of the person whose job it is to chose the reports to highlight?

The Sheila Dixit story is a regular policy story, reported exactly as she must have spoken of it and butressed with facts and figures that can easily be found in the census report summary. It’s straight reportage and clearly written. But the comments from readers at the end are rather interesting. They touch on everything from the need for such welfare measures and lack of safety in Delhi to dowry harassment and divorce to abortion. (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/Gender-ratio-in-Delhi-not-healthy-matter-of-concern-Sheila-Dikshit/articleshow/11617041.cms)

The next link leads to the brutal gang rape of a child. It’s a very badly written story though the horror and gravity of the crime comes through. It refers to “another” child rape but provides no information on when or where the previous case was reported. For someone happening upon just this story it’s a bit puzzling. How many other similar cases were there? The report mentions that the police were informed, but was a case filed, an investigation begun? It quotes only a doctor, not the police. It’s a story full of holes but the comments run on and on. Some, as always, are rants and arguments. (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bhubaneswar/Nine-year-old-girl-gang-raped/articleshow/11610237.cms)

The third story is fairly clear though it is rather ambigious about why the child might have been abandoned. Is it a tale made up by the child, was she really abducted, we don’t know but it’s probably been written as well as a reporter on the beat could have with the  information s/he got. Not too many comments on this one, but a reference to sex trade. (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/vadodara/Kidnapped-girl-has-miraculous-escape/articleshow/11619886.cms)

 What I found interesting about these stories is really the comments. Stories on women and girls — especially relating to violence — seem to get people riled up enough to take nasty cracks at each other, comment freely and randomly and even make some good points along the way. The nature of commenting on the internet is that you get a lot of strange as well as sensible stuff. (One could quite reasonably say that this whole post is a lot of pointless postulating, but that’s a whole other subject.) The good thing, I like to think, is there seems to be a great deal of interest on gender issues and inequality, and people have an opinion on it. Whether the interest leads to doing more research and reading, and whether the knowledge is accurate are completely different questions. Interest is a good starting point, don’t you think?

Postscript: Four hours after I’d first seen the page, done a whole lot of other reading, written this and returned to it, the top stories on that page were the same.

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Girl burnt for resisting rape

Ironically, in  the same page that had a good report, this report which lacked the basic details was also covered.

Publication: The Times Of India – Chennai;
Date: Jan 6, 2010;
Section: Times Nation;
Page: 8

Bhopal: A 14-year-old class VII Dalit student was set on fire by two boys of the same age group when she resisted a rape attempt by them. She succumbed to burns in a few hours. The incident occurred on Monday at Kondri village of Burhanpur district in south Madhya Pradesh.

The police arrested the boys — Manohar alias Mania Beldar (15) and Krishna Mahajan (16) — on Tuesday at Bhanpur in Maharashtra where they were staying at a relative’s place. Burhanpur SP MK Katakwar said Yogita fought back and screamed. “When the boys realised they will be caught, they doused her with kerosene kept in the victim’s house and set her on fire.” The boys used to tease her regularly when she was on way to school. TNN

So what if boys used to tease her on the girl’s way back to school? howdid that lead to this incident

How did they reach the victim’s house. and how di dthey manage to douse kerosene on the girl? what was the provocation

Am sure there will not be any follow up in the papers and the story must have already been forgotten. 😦

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Bhopal doctor, 2 others gangrape MPhil student

A good report which answers the basic 5Ws (who,when, what, where,which) and 1 H (how)

Publication: The Times Of India – Chennai;
Date: Jan 6, 2010;
Section: Times Nation;
Page: 8

Suchandana Gupta | TNN

Bhopal: An MPhil student of Barkatullah University has alleged that she was forcibly confined to a doctor’s chamber and gangraped for over 24 hours by three persons, including a doctor of Bhopal Memorial Hospital and Research Centre —the super-speciality hospital for gas victims.

Late on Monday night, police arrested Dr Raghuraj Pandey and two others — Anand Mishra, a former employee of Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited, and an acquaintance, Pradeep More. The victim is from Betul district of Madhya Pradesh and stays in the university’s girls hostel.

Sub-divisional officer of police Ghanshyam Maviya said, “According to the victim, she was taken to the hospital by Pradeep More and confined in a doctor’s chamber. There she was forced to consume liquor with the three persons and then gangraped the whole night.”

Police said the MPhil student had left the hostel premises without informing the warden on Sunday afternoon to meet a black magician to sort out her troubled marriage. She met Pradeep, who took her to BMHRC to meet Dr Pandey.

They were joined by Anand Mishra, a black magician, who tricked the girl to drink liquor laced with drugs, police said. The three then allegedly gangraped her on Sunday night, the police added.

On Monday afternoon, she was forced to accompany one of the culprits to a movie hall to watch a film. It was from there that she sent an SMS to the hostel warden.

She was rescued by the police from Sangam Cinema soon after. The 23-year-old victim was sent for a medical check-up that confirmed rape, police said.

In the first week of December, a 19-year-old NRI student of Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology, a deemed university, was allegedly molested on campus by four students. The matter was reported to the police by the institute administration after a local daily published the news.

The victim, a student of electronics engineering, had completed her first semester. On the pretext of showing her the marks of a previous exam, three boys took her to an isolated room where a fourth student joined them.

The four forcibly put ‘sindoor’ on the girl’s forehead, put bangles into her wrists, tied a mangalsutra and then manhandled her.

The institute administration, however, could not identity the culprits.

The incident of the NRI girl’s molestation sent tremors across the state capital. Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan made a statement that the guilty will be punished. But, no action has been taken so far.

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