Month: August 2013

Enemies of rape victims

People in general must beware of enemies of rape victims. These enemies do not want justice for rape victims. They call themselves human rights activists or women’s rights activists. Their ways are subtle and misleading. They oppose severe punishment for rape by saying they want certainty of punishment and not severity of punishment. When a case of gang rape or rape by unknown person is mentioned they want to divert attention by saying 75% or 90% of rapes are committed by persons known to victims. They oppose castration or death penalty for rape by saying these are barbaric and we are a civilized country. They do not talk about the barbarity of rape. They ignore there is nothing civilized about rape. They talk of patriarchy, male gaze, mindset, item numbers and other non-issues. Patriarchy does not say men should rape women. They talk of male gaze as if every male is a rapist. They talk of changing mindsets instead of punishing rapists. Blaming item numbers for rapes is silly. Some from Bollywood also do that. For them it is a case of sour grapes. Nobody hires them for item numbers.
In Saudi Arabia there is death by stoning for rape. If death by stoning deters rape so be it. Rape is a crime and should be dealt as a crime. It is wrong to talk of culture, economics, sociology and such things when talking about rape.
Gang rape of a photojournalist at Shakti Mill on 22nd August has become a talking point as if it is the first rape in Bombay. There have been many rapes. A criminal broke in the flat of a Spanish woman in Bandra and raped her. He had burgled in the area before. There were no demonstrations or processions at that time. TV channels have ignored rapes of foreign women that have taken place all over the country. Many foreigners avoid Goa because of the rapes and murders of foreigners. Nobody was punished. Rajasthan had a good record of fast track courts. Now nothing is heard.
Enemies of rape victims are defenders of rapists. They surreptitiously justify rape by giving various reasons. They oppose lowering of age of juveniles from 18 to 16 and trying juvenile rapists as adults. They shed crocodile tears for rape victims. They talk of poverty, illiteracy and joblessness as reasons for rape while ignoring large number of poor and illiterate people who do jobs and earn money and do not commit crimes. Saying being poor, uneducated and jobless are reasons for rape is to insult a vast majority of poor and uneducated people who work hard and earn their money.
In DPS MMS case one anchor expressed sympathy for the offender saying Oh he is just a boy. She did not think of the harm done to the girl. She did not express support to the victim. Shame on that anchor. The judge let off the boy lightly.
Many rapes don’t get reported. Shakti Mill rapists had committed rapes before. They had clicked photographs of victims and threatened to make them public if the victims went to police. They did the same to the photojournalist and were sure she would not go to police. Many rapists start with petty crimes that go unpunished.
Enemies of rape victims want to call rape victims as rape survivors as if they survived some natural calamity or bravehearts. There is no shame in being a victim and euphemisms should be avoided.
Women chief ministers, women judges, and policewomen have not made a difference for better for rape victims. One woman judge let off rapists lightly. In one case the imprisonment was till the rising of the court i.e., 5 p.m.
Our legal system needs to change. We should do away with lawyers. Rapists and other criminals should hire lawyers at their expense. Government should not provide lawyers to them. If rapists cannot afford lawyers so be it. Shame on lawyers who defend rapists and molesters. Rapists should be punished even if rape victims do not report rapes or deny rapes. Many times rape victims do not report rapes because they are ashamed or threatened. When there is evidence of rape action must be taken at rapists.

Khel Ratna controversy

There is Khel Ratna controversy. The committee headed by Michael Ferreira had mentioned Ronjon Singh Sodhi’s name for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna and 15 names for Arjuna awards. H. N. Girisha and Krishna Poonia were in the reckoning for Khel Ratna and both were unhappy when their names were not forwarded. Krishna Poonia has said she should get Khel Ratna. She had claimed the process of selection was flawed. She has met sports minister Jitendra Singh. She has the support of Deepinder Singh Hooda, a Congress MP from Haryana. Generally one sportsperson is given Khel Ratna per year but in some years two or more persons were given. The winner gets 7,50,000 rupees.
There is also controversy about Arjuna award. SAI director general claims volleyball player Tom Joseph’s name was in the original list of 16 and committee members deleted the name. Kerala MPs want Arjuna award to Tom Joseph.
When politicians get involved in sports controversies it further complicates matters. Those who do not get awards are disappointed. That happens in any field where awards are given. I have some suggestions.
The government should abolish Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna and Arjuna awards.
There should be different Khel Ratna awards for each sport. The awards should not have cash. The recipients should have represented India. Those who have played or competed in Olympics should have first preference. If the sport in not in Olympics, world championship or Asian Games should be considered.
Archery Khel Ratna may be given to three men and three women per year.
Badminton Khel Ratna may be given to four men and four women per year.
Basketball Khel Ratna may be given to five men and five women per year.
Billiards Khel Ratna may be given to one man and one woman per year.
Chess Khel Ratna may be given to one man and one woman per year.
Cricket Khel Ratna may be given to 11 men and 11 women per year.
Cycling Khel Ratna may be given to one man and one woman per year.
Discus Throw Khel Ratna may be given to one man and one woman per year.
Fencing Khel Ratna may be given to three men and three women per year.
Football Khel Ratna may be given to 11 men and 11 women per year.
Golf Khel Ratna may be given to one man and one woman per year.
Hammer Throw Khel Ratna may be given to one man and one woman per year.
High Jump Khel Ratna may be given to one man and one woman per year.
Hockey Khel Ratna may be given to 11 men and 11 women per year.
Javelin Throw Khel Ratna may be given to one man and one woman per year.
Kabaddi Khel Ratna may be given to seven men and seven women per year.
Long Jump Khel Ratna may be given to one man and one woman per year.
Pole Vault Khel Ratna may be given to one man and one woman per year.
Rugby Khel Ratna may be given to 15 men and 15 women per year.
Shot Put Khel Ratna may be given to one man and one woman per year.
Snooker Khel Ratna may be given to one man and one woman per year.
Table Tennis Khel Ratna may be given to four men and four women per year.
Tennis Khel Ratna may be given to four men and four women per year.
Triple Jump Khel Ratna may be given to one man and one woman per year.
Volleyball Khel Ratna may be given to six men and six women per year.
Water Polo Khel Ratna may be given to seven men and seven women per year.
Similarly there should be Khel Ratnas for various running events from 100 metres to marathon, hurdles, heptathlon, decathlon, shooting, swimming and other events.

Statehood for Konkan

Ever since Ajay Maken announced Congress has decided in favour of statehood for Telangana there have been many demands for various states. Over the years there were other demands.
There is no opposition to splitting of Uttar Pradesh in four states: Poorvanchal, Awadh Pradesh, Paschim (Harith) Pradesh, and Bundelkhand. Bundelkhand is a region spread over Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. Some districts of Madhya Pradesh may go to Bundelkhand.
There was demand for Meru Pradesh. I suppose it was from Rajasthan.
There is demand for forming Kutch, Saurashtra, and Bhilistan from territories in Gujarat. Kutch and Saurashtra were once states. Kutchi is a language of the locals.
There is demand for Vidarbha comprising 11 districts of Maharashtra.
There is demand for Tulunadu comprising Udupi and South Kanara districts of Karnataka and Kasaragod of Kerala.
There is demand of statehood for Coorg which was once a state and now a district of Karnataka. Kodava is the language of the locals.
There is demand for Kongunadu comprising 10 districts of Tamil Nadu.
There is demand for Koshal comprising 10 districts of Orissa. There was a kingdom of Koshal or Kosala in ancient times.
There is demand for Mithilanchal comprising five districts of Bihar. Maithili is a language of the locals.
There is demand for Bhojpuri state comprising territories of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.
There is demand for Gorkhaland comprising some territory of West Bengal. The agitation has taken a violent turn. There is indefinite blockade in the region. Previously Gorkhaland National Liberation Front under the leadership of Subhash Ghising had led an agitation for statehood and settled for council.
There is demand for Kamatapur comprising territories of West Bengal and Assam. Kamatapur Liberation Organisation had camps in Bhutan.
There is demand for states of Bodoland comprising the territory of Bodoland Territorial Autonomous Council, Karbi Anglong, and Dimaraji in Assam. The agitations have been violent.
There is demand for Garoland in Meghalaya and Kukiland in Manipur.
There is demand for state in some districts of Nagaland.
More demands for states like Mewad, Marwad, Shekhawati, Madhya Bharat, Vindhya Pradesh, Baghelkhand, Rohilkhand, Santhal, Munda, Oraon, Khariya and so on.
There is demand for Union Territory status for Ladakh. People are predominantly Buddhists who speak Ladakhi.
I demand Konkan. There is Konkan Division comprising Thane, Raigadh, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg districts in Maharashtra. Konkan State shall comprise of:
1) Union Territories of Diu & Daman and Dadra & Nagar Haveli.
2) Bulsar and Dangs districts of Gujarat.
3) Thane, Greater Bombay, Bombay Suburban, Raigadh, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg districts in Maharashtra.
4) State of Goa.
5) North Kanara, Udupi, South Kanara districts of Karnataka.
6) Kasaragod district of Kerala.
7) Union Territory of Lakshadweep.
Kasaragod and Amindivi Islands were part of South Kanara. Amindivi Islands are part of Lakshadweep. Other territories may become parts of Konkan.
Konkani will be the official language of Konkan. Gujarati, Marathi, Kannada, and Malayalam will be used in respective regions.
Modesty forbids from mentioning who should be the first Governor of Konkan.