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Are we Humans?

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Are we Humans?

GOD & Religion were born out of exploitative conditions favoring Ruling Class to oppress women and laborers. Is it sinful to speak against GOD when whole of India is crying for the brutal rape & murder of the 8 year old chid ASIFA?

While we have to demand Justice for any religious atrocities which are further proving to be dangerous for children, isn’t it highly important for a society to understand that No Religion or any Prophet or any Religious Reformist can ‘civilize’ Human Beings. Religion is an Institution! An institution to dominate, oppress and make wealth for the Rich Class. It discriminates one another by claiming superiority or purity over others. Thus hate and power becomes its Instinct. Arrogance and brutality becomes its foundation.

As humans capable of thinking, what is stopping us from being rational? What is stopping us from asking this very simple question – when so many GODs are available, why not even one is able to STOP such brutalities?

Let us not counter this question with answers like ‘Sin’ & ‘Re-birth’! Is it rational? If we are convinced with ‘Sin’ & ‘Virtue’ then why are we shedding tears for Asifa? If we believe in someone being ‘Good’ and ‘Bad’ person, then why are we seeking justice from Court? Come – let us sing aloud to invoke the ‘Good God’ to take an avatar to kill the ‘Asura’? If we are going to say that No Religion encourages Rape or preaches ‘bad’ things, please go back to your religious texts and read what it says about Women and laboring class.

We claim ourselves to be ‘Humans’ – i.e Humans who have six senses, who can think and who has the ability to reason out. When we call ourselves Humans, it denotes the evolution from savagery and barbaric stages in which human beings were not aware of Nature. They could not understand the effects, changes and disasters caused in Nature. They had to find solace by worshiping it or seeking its grace for a healthy life. They had to cling on to something to help themselves from the fear of destruction. This belief / superstition later developed into Religion and GODs emerged out of exploitative conditions that enabled one group of people to accumulate wealth & power. While on one hand this group which emerged as Ruling Class and State oppressed and appropriated the wealth of the other Tribes through weapons & ‘Army’, it also ‘produced’ Religious Texts and Morals to make people subservient on their own – i.e willingly surrender to the POWER, the power of Kings / Masters (today it is Capitalist) in the name of GOD; in the name of ‘Paavam’ & ‘Punniyam’. Thus Religion is the most cunning and oppressive tool created by the Mankind for selfish reasons.

We as human beings capable of thinking, learning and functioning only through our senses, isn’t it strange and stupid to believe that something exists beyond our senses? Yes there are umpteen things in nature that humans have not yet explored, but how is worshiping GOD going to help us explore them? Don’t we agree that all explorations are the outcome of Human Brain and effort? Ain’t we able to reason out that the images / morals are only reflecting the same Human Life with all perversion and inequality? Having lived for ages and ages, we are only witnessing more cruelty day by day rather than ‘Dasavathara’ that can kill these evils.

I request those brothers and sisters who shed tears for Asifa or Nirbhaya or any human being to first question their beliefs, because it is US  (the believers in Religion, Caste & any such non-materialistc Idealism) who are blockades to Justice, the real justice that will establish equality in this society. We believers – the unscientific idealists are the protectors of the hegemony that sanction authority to ‘teach lesson’ to our ‘enemies’. We believe in ‘destroying’ & ‘punishing’ the ‘bad people’ without questioning the (ruling class) dictionary that defines something as ‘right’ or ‘wrong’, something as ‘good or ‘bad’, something as ‘superior’ or ‘inferior’. We believers do not question the reason for the existence of such conflicting conditions such as good / bad, rich / poor, pure / impure, powerful / powerless, Religion vs Religion, Caste vs Caste, Sex vs Sex, Race vs Race etc., we are happily convinced with the ‘Paavam’ / ‘Punniyam’ story or ‘Good’ person vs ‘bad person’. At the best we may blame a Mother for the ‘bad’ upbringing of a child.

A human being could be a ‘believer’ either because of ignorance or out of selfishness (the later being the top most reason though). Yes as humans if we are not able to question the beliefs, rather FAITH that sanctions authority to very few to use those beliefs against a fellow human being to harass, to kill, to rape, to oppress and to exploit  then are we worthy enough to call ourselves ‘civilized human beings’?

#JusticeforAsifa #Unnao #VAW #Patriarchy

 

SDurga – sexy enough to spit!

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S### Durga (Originally Sexy Durga) is a hardcore political critic movie spoken in common ‘Man’s’ language. I am in awe with the subject and unconventional film making that #SanalKumar Sasidharan chooses. He proves that content outshines form. #SDurga not only stands out for its ‘storyless subject’ but the way it has been filmed. Passion and Political commitment is what it takes to produce such films.

I remember the poem – road not taken! But the road that Sanal Kumar takes us is the same road that we travel every second, every minute, however not been ‘repaired’. To escape from this road, bypass roads have been created or the dents have been justified, ‘Tips’ have been offered by ‘virtuous’ people for effective maintenance of the ‘road’ rather than making it accessible for everyone. Thus it becomes a road not taken – path being consciously ignored for the benefit of Oppressors.

Tons of thanks to #SanalKumarSasidharan and #SDurga team for making a ‘propaganda film’ without ‘cinematizing’ it! Propaganda becomes a taboo in films. Am glad that you did it, probably making it a ‘new genre’, atleast in my understanding!

This form is definitely new and inspiring. It has opened newer hopes for Political Activists to speak their heart out in the so called ‘Entertainment’ Medium. Why would someone call this an alternate film? Is the pathetic condition of Woman (or any gender) in society an alternate problem in this society? Aren’t these ‘masala’ films an alternate and deviation from the ‘reality’? We should be terming them as ‘hyper reality’ movies… I guess.

I am not going to narrate the story, because it has to be watched and experienced. However, as Sanal himself has mentioned in his interview, the festival intercut and the end, rather endless end attempts to spit on the hypocrisy of this society.

This Patriarchal society is not only a threat to women but also Men, Couples, Children and every damn life on this planet. Myself being a victim of moral policing when my partner was subjected to assault on road for holding hands and walking can write pages and pages on how fearful it is to live in this ‘dark society’, but what is the use unless and until it is being voiced at large scale.

S###Durga struggles to be that voice and it is shameful as always that such voices are suppressed. Let’s stop calling such films an alternate film and bring it to mainstream.

Dear comrade Sanal Kumar Sasidharan, please do make many such movies and politicize this ‘numb’ society in your own way and we shall be with you.
With love,
kotravai

P.S. Infact I had gone alone to the movie and there was one woman along with a man. So, I was the only woman alone watching this movie amidst about 7 or 8 people in PVR. I had to cross so many male gazes while I went alone into the mall, when I came out to take a cab, inside the cab! I kept thanking Sanal 🙂

 

6 year old child was raped and murdered by her own grandfather

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It is reported that a 6 year old girl child was raped and killed by her own grandfather. This brutal incident has been reported from a place called kallaavi jadayan palayam, oothangkarai near krishnagiri district. The victim Pooja (6 years old) is the daughter of Gopala Krishnan a lorry driver. Pooja’s mother was dead when the child was 6 months.

Following this Gopala Krishnan had married muthulatchumi (20). She is 5 months pregnant now.  Krishnan would be often on travel and Pooja would be under the care of her step mother and her grandfather Pazhani Gounder (63) and her grandmother Muthammaal.

Pooja studies in U.K.G in a nearby school. Day before yesterday she had gone to school and as usual returned home. She had slept next to her grandpa in the night. Her Aunt and grandma had slept at another room

Pazhani Gounder woke up in the night reporting that Pooja was missing. Following that the grandma, the aunt and neighbors started searching for the Child. To everyone’s shock the child’s body was discovered from a nearby well.

People were doubtful about Pooja’s death and they reported in Kallavi Police Station. Police rushed to the spot, acquired the body and sent for Postmortem to Dharmapuri Government Hospital. It was reported that the child was raped and murdered.

Following the investigation made by the police it was found that Pooja was raped and killed by her own grandfather, threw her body in the well and acted innocent. Police has arrested him.

Additionally they also arrested her aunt Muthulatchumi.

Below is the statement issued by Pazhani Gounder:

I had an affair with my 2nd daughter-in-law muthulatchumi. I promised to give all my property to her and demanded her to have sexual relationship with me in exchange for this. We both used to have sex often. In the course of time, Muthulatchumi was a bit skeptical about the property rights and asked how is it possible for me to give the property to her when Pooja is still alive.

So I decided to Kill Pooja. Day before yesterday while all were sleeping, I took Pooja to nearby cow shed. On the way I raped her, inspite the fact that she is my Son’s daughter. When Pooja screamed Muthulatchumi came out, I ordered her to go inside. Then I murdered Pooja, threw her body in the well and walked home innocent.

Source: http://www.dailythanthi.com/2015/02/06012454/Grandfather-arrested-raped-and-killed.vpf

Activist’s car stoned in Hyderabad after she launches campaign against rapists – D.C

Hyderabad: Stones were thrown at the car of activist Sunitha Krishnan in Hyderabad after she launched a campaign against rapists who have shared videos of the horrific assaults.

Two separate videos were posted on YouTube by the activist on Thursday and are being shared on WhatsApp. In one of the videos, five men were seen smiling as they took turns to gangrape a woman even as she pleaded to let her go.

Reportedly, the videos are believed to be at least six months old and were discovered by Krishnan, who runs an anti-trafficking NGO named Prajwala in Hyderabad.

Activist Sunitha Krishnan’s car stoned in Hyderabad (Photo: Twitter)

The activist posted the video online hoping to start a national campaign to shame the rapists, find them and get them punished.

Sunitha Krishnan, who is herself a rape survivor, tweeted on Friday that her car was stoned in the morning, minutes after she announced her #ShameTheRapistCampaign.

On her Facebook page, Krishnan wrote she was alerted to the horrific video by a young man who received it on WhatsApp.

She further wrote, “If you know of anybody who has received any such videos, inform me at sunitha_2002@yahoo.com.”

The videos have been posted by anti-trafficking NGO named Prajwala on YouTube 

Source: http://www.deccanchronicle.com/150206/nation-current-affairs/article/activist%E2%80%99s-car-stoned-hyderabad-after-she-launches-campaign

What the hell is this? I just can’t believe this… So disturbing… Whatever we say of Patriarchy… this is hard core perversion and these guys needs to be bloody punished.

#Sunithakrishnan #Rape #VAW

HC directs Maharashtra government to appoint protection officers The Bombay High Court on Friday directed

The Bombay High Court on Friday directed the Maharashtra government to recruit within six months full-time protection officers for each teshil, as required under the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act. A division bench headed by Justice Abhay Oka said the protection officers play a very important role in assisting the aggrieved women.
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The Bombay High Court on Friday directed the Maharashtra government to recruit within six months full-time protection officers for each teshil, as required under the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act. A division bench headed by Justice Abhay Oka said the protection officers play a very important role in assisting the aggrieved women.

Advocate General Sunil Manohar submitted that the Woman and Child Development Department has created 142 more posts of protection officers, in addition to the existing 216.

Appointment letters have been issued to 105 candidates so far, he said, noting that recruitment of 65 candidates was in the last phase and the government has earmarked 45 seats for Maratha and Muslim candidates which will be filled soon.

The AG said that the filling up the newly created 142 posts will take about six months and during the same period, 358 multi-purpose employees and assistants to the protection officers will also be recruited. The court was hearing a public interest litigation filed by advocate Rajendra Anbhule, which has contended that protection officers have not been appointed in many districts.
source: http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-hc-directs-maharashtra-government-to-appoint-protection-officers-2053248

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