*waits for puberty to turn me hot until i’m 43*
still wondering how they made this movie
moment of silence for those people who followed me since i started this blog
they have seen things i am not proud of
The story about the two girls who were raped recently in Uttar Pradesh was terrible. The 3 men who confessed were not, however, police.
India has some very complex problems when it comes to rape and sexual violence that have a number of sources. Like many places, misogyny is very deeply rooted in the culture and while there are many working to change this, it will take a lot of work to make real progress.
Rape is mostly illegal in India, but marital rape is considered legal and some people in power still believe that rape is a suitable punishment for crime.
To be good allys to those working for real change in India, it is important that we get the facts straight. Like in the US, there are a lot of leaders who maintain a boys will be boys” attitude about rape.
This does not mean that the people of India as a whole support rape. (generalizations like this are dangerous!) More than 90% of Indian voters see the combating of violence against women as a priority, second only to corruption, the MDRA/Avaaz survey shows.
What it does mean is that they face a lot of the same issues as women all over the world when it comes to fearing for their safety and fighting lawmakers who impose restrictions on their basic human rights.
There are many brave individuals and groups in India who are fighting to gain ground for women. Fighting rape culture is not just a local endeavor. We must work to see it dismantled throughout the world. This includes supporting and listening to those in India who need our help. It requires that we educate ourselves on the issues with which they struggle and then learn how best we can help them fight for justice.