Friday, March 31, 2006

Comic #117: Bahadur - The Murderous Trio

Friday, March 31, 2006 17 comments Share: Digg Technorati Delicious StumbleUpon Facebook

Busy day, almost forgot that I had to do this. This is the English version of the Hindi Bahadur comic posted earlier - Teen Khooni Darinde.

Time has passed, and I have loved many women. And as they've held me close...and asked if I will remember them I've said, "Yes, I will remember you. " But the only one I've never forgotten is the one who never asked. Malena.

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Wednesday, March 29, 2006

The politics of eve-teasing?

Wednesday, March 29, 2006 22 comments Share: Digg Technorati Delicious StumbleUpon Facebook

UPDATE:
The Indian Express reports that one of the accused, Sunny Rawat, has confessed in front of the media, that he fired at Meher Bhargava in a fit of rage. He shot her because she "threatened him and his accomplices with dire consequences and also abused him" and "used filthy language which I could not bear and fired at her".
Yesterday, he had said that Sachin Pahari had shot Meher. He also said that Pramod Singh was the one who passed lewd remarks about her daughter-in-law.

Yesterday's post

I am writing this in response to DesiPundit bringing up the lack of interest shown by the blogging community (in comparison to Rang De Basanti) in the Meher Bhargava case. Thanks DesiPundit.

Meher Bhargava, a 50 year old woman was shot at when she objected to her daughter-in-law being teased by some goons. She succumbed to her injuries a few days ago, giving rise to "widespread outrage" over the incident. That the incident took place 100 metres near the Lucknow SSP residence is even more "shocking". The CM has promised prompt action, this is commendable considering the accused were linked to the Samajwadi party, the party of the UP government.

The Congress party (?) has taken up cudgels on behalf of Meher and made a statement that "the incident had projected the state government in poor light". Why on earth would they do a thing like that when beating their chests in front of 10, Janpath is seemingly more profitable!!! Meher bhargava is the wife of Congress "leader" Luv Bhargava. The woman got shot at several days ago and the news was kept alive (thankfully) - following her to death and beyond her death too. But is Meher Bhargava the real issue here? How does one keep a news "alive" in the eyes of a media? Is this how the incident would have been treated if the person in question was a politically unconnected, middle class woman in another part of the country?

I smell a rat or maybe I have a dead rat lodged in my nostrils since I was born, but this is looking more like Samajwadi Party - Congress sparring match. Soon it will have little to do with Meher Bhargava, her standing up to the eve teasers or her death. The only reason we could be seeing "prompt action" by the UP government is because it realises the potential of this being politically exploited. If it sorts out the case by putting a few people behind bars, it wins for now - the accused can always get out on bail later when the news has faded from public memory (in 10 days). If it doesn't sort it out, the Congress exploits it shamelessly and hopes to win an extra seat in the next elections.

There is obviously a bigger issue, the treatment of women in a male dominated society. Jessica Lal, Priyadarshini Mattoo and now Meher Bhargava are merely the tip of the iceberg. But incidents like this become news only when the victim belongs to the well-off strata of society. I wonder why. For instance, a man divorced his wife in his sleep - and while it made news, it never got picked up for the real problem it represents (the triple talaq) - maybe because this happened in a village in West Bengal. Would this have become as big a news if Meher was not a Congress Leader's wife or if this had happened 1 month before the Jessica Lall case acquittals? Not a chance.

And how much do we really care about women being subjected to eve-teasing or being harassed? A little maybe but not to the extent where we go out and stop this. After all, who wants to get shot. We may be repulsed but as long as the shit isn't landing at our doorstep, we prefer to voice our "objections" and get on with it. Hate to say this but it is upto a woman to protect herself. A man can only "support".

If politicization of this issue leads to stronger laws, I don't really mind it, but will it? Don't want to sound cynical but I seriously doubt it.

P.S: And why is Vajpayee mum? Isn't Lucknow his constituency? Or are we catching him while he is going through one of his never-ending "pauses"?

IP was subjected to a bit of this treatment by a courier guy delivering an ICICI bank statement. The guy made a pass at her, she couldn't see the guy's face clearly because it was dark and he was standing on the other side of the safety door (lucky break i would say). She took it up with ICICI (prompt action - Thanks) and with their help traced the guy at the courier company. The courier guy was sacked. But note that IP belonged to the well-off strata of society and the courier guy would find his place several rungs lower, making it easier for being subject to action.

Alternate titles welcome :-)

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Comic #116: Phantom - A String of Black Pearls / The Scarlet Sorceress

Tuesday, March 28, 2006 20 comments Share: Digg Technorati Delicious StumbleUpon Facebook

Thanks to the contributors (Misraji?), the show goes on. And this is a DOUBLE ISSUE !!! Have fun while I get some work done and also think of something to write.

Let's start with "A String of Black Pearls"

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And here's "The Scarlet Sorceress"

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