15/1089-90, VASUNDHARA, VASUNDHARA (P.O.), Dt. GHAZIABAD (U.P), PIN-201012
Reference: AIA/Circular-32/2012 Dated: 29th December 2012
Members & Spl. Invitees – NE &
Members of Women's Committee
A RUDE AWAKENING
The brutal gang rape of a young para-medical student in Delhi and her death has thrown some rude and crude questions before the Indian Society – apart from many an outpouring of anger, anguish and ofcourse, attempts to pass on the buck by those should have owned responsibility.
There is no record of such a voluntary massive participation of people in any protest programmes in Delhi, especially in the past few decades. The emotions were genuine – ofcourse, of the common man. It had no leader. The participation of youngsters – irrespective of gender - was most noteworthy, though girls and young women outnumbered others.
Many a demands have been raised – such as death penalty for rapists, castration of rapists etc. No doubt, those responsible for such heinous crimes have to be awarded with maximum penalties at par or more than that is awarded to terrorists and traitors.
The question remains –why this happen?
Unless one is able to find answer to this, no remedy can be even thought of.
First and more most is the psyche of the Indian society which is feudal and patriarchal – giving status to men only, leaving women at the fringe. Secondly, placing and projecting women as a commodity (for pleasure of others) has added to the first one and this has come out more nakedly since the advent of the neo-liberal economic policies initiated in 1991-92.
This is what the neo-liberal economic policies have done to the society, especially to women – they have been portrayed as a commodity.
The media – controlled by the corporates, desi as well as transnational – never dared to touch upon this subject and one cannot expect that from them.
The atrocities against women cannot be stopped, rather controlled, unless the fight against these is stepped up. The death penalty etc is deterrents, true, but not a panacea.
And the fight has to start from home – a conscious one against the patriarchal system where the parents have to cultivate the culture in their children.
These outpouring of protests that we saw during the last fortnight has to be channelised and developed into a fight against the system itself – against the patriarchal system as well as the system, the neo-liberal economic policies, that commoditise women.
To expect anything from the ones who are proponents of the corporate led neoliberal economic policies will be nothing but foolhardiness.
HOLD MEETING ON 2ND JANUARY 2013
CHQ call upon every unit to hold meeting on 2nd January 2013 during lunch hour, a condolence cum protest meeting. The women employees may be persuaded to speak on the occasion on the incident and the incidents that they have to encounter in the day to day life. The Women's Committee should take initiative to carry the struggle further. It is preferred that meeting is conducted by Women's Committee with total participation and involvement of the Executive Committee and of members.
A report on the meeting held may be sent to CHQ by sms followed by e-mail/post.