Yesterday, I participated in a protest march organised by the JNUSU against the brutal sexual assault in Delhi. I felt quite proud to be part of a militant protest organised by students. Hundreds of students from JNU and other universities had gathered at the India Gate who later marched to the North Block catching the Delhi Police unaware. The slogan was 'Occupy North Block' till the home minister meets with the students. They sat there for close to two hours till the home minister finally relented. The protest venue then shifted to his residence.
A complex range of value systems took root among the emerging bourgeoisie as well as the middle classes of our country, ranging from conservative outlooks steeped in caste and community based thinking to more modern outlooks based in notions of secular law, scientific thinking, equality and rationality. This explains to an extent the phenomenon of honour killings in urban India.
Sona Mitra writes a short note on labour and gender inequality globally.
Rani Rohini Raman, a JNU researcher working on honour killings, writes on the significance of a recent verdict of a Haryana district court, awarding death sentence to those guilty of killing a young couple - Manoj and Babli.
Moneylenders and sexual harassers in Namakkal district run into spirited opposition from a communist activist. Their response - brutal murder. An article on martyr Veluchamy who was killed for taking up cudgels for women harassed by lumpen money lenders in Tamil Nadu.
The violent attack on women in a pub in Mangalore needs to be condemned by one and all. Such attacks do not have any place in a civilized democratic society.
The feudal mentalité already predisposes people to view all those who are non-elite, non-male in sub-human categories since this mentalité is based on inequity, dependence and filial piety. When the market economies’ need to accumulate capital is interwoven with this mentalité, it turns all those who are categorised non-elite, non-male as mere instruments of capital accumulation. It converts them into veritable “animals with tongue” (the famous Aristotelian categorisation of farm animals as “animals without tongue” for cattle and horses and “animals with tongue” for human slaves) for the feudal-in-mentalité-but-capitalist-in-currency man.
The estimated number of women who are missing are 44 million in China, 39 million in India, 6 million in Pakistan and 3 billion in Bangladesh. This is the single largest genocide in human history. Ever. Some researchers have coined a word for this phenomenon: Femicide, or the killing of the human female because she is female.
It is estimated by historians that about 72 million people were killed during the second World War. Of this number 25 million died in combat, as much as 11 million were killed in the Nazi Holocaust and another 20 million perished in war induced famine. But this is not the single event with the largest killing of human beings in history.