Archive for July 18th, 2007

Foot In The Mouth: The Hon’ble Minister For Women And Children

The Hon’ble Minister backtracked with the usual “my comments are misinterpreted” excuse.

Here is the link

This is what the Hon’ble Minister originally said:

“men cannot be trusted. A woman should not feel shy about keeping condoms with her. She is equally responsible for her health and she should be prepared for any any kind of eventuality. Women is always more vulnerable.”

This is the excuse by the Hon’ble Minister: “”Yes, it is ironic. It is a tragedy that it is interpreted like this. The people, the women I have met are women who are survivors of HIV, people who are living with HIV/AIDS. And the women themselves have said it in the audience, in front of everyone that we have got AIDS because of our husbands,”

Err, is this an issue of misinterpretation or one of foot in the mouth ?

Can we at least get someone who can communicate to be a Union Minister?


Due Process In India: An Article From IE

Here is the link: Due process

An excerpt: “What is due process when it comes to India? What is the record of our police and security agencies in terms of always respecting basic constitutional principles and guilty-until-proven-innocent rules? What is our record in quickly processing terror cases? Fourteen years after the Mumbai blasts, the convicted are still being sentenced. None of this is to suggest that India shouldn’t be concerned about its citizens abroad. But remembering how we run our own criminal justice system is useful when judging others: due process appears to have been followed in Haneef’s case.”

The Express asked some good Questions.


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Some Interesting Stats On Arrests Of Women

In 1930, the British govt arrested 17,000 women for their involvement in the Dandi Yatra (Salt March). During 1937 to 1947 (10 Years), they arrested 5,000 women involved in the freedom struggle. From 2004 to 2006, the govt of India arrested 90,000 women of all ages under 498A. On the average, 27,000 women per year are being arrested under this flawed law. These are stats from the NCRB.

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The family of the writer was tortured by the Indian Police in an attempt to extort over a $100,000 by holding them in custody for over a week. The police, in cahoots with the magistrate and the PP, did this due to the ridiculous allegations made in a 498A case by his embittered ex-wife. She filed the case years after he and his family had last seen her. Thousands of 498A cases are filed each year in India by women seeking to wreak vengeance on their husbands and in-laws. Enormous sums are extorted from intimidated families implicated in these cases by corrupt Indian police officers and elements of the Indian judiciary. The author and his family haven't bribed any public official nor have they given in to the extortion. This blog aims to raise awareness of due process in India. The content of this blog constitutes, opinions, observations, and publicly available documents. The intent is not to slander or defame anyone or any institution and is the manifestation of the author's right to freedom of expression – with all the protections this right guarantees.

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