Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together – Vincent Van Gogh

Stop the Violence on Women in

Bangalore

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Dear Everyone,

For the last couple of weeks, women in Bangalore have been at the receiving end of some pretty serious attacks – for wearing jeans, going about their daily chores like traveling and waiting for a bus at a bus stop, for fighting back the moral police etc.

We need to STOP these violent physical attacks;

Below is a letter to the Police Commissioner and Home Minister regarding the recent attacks on women in Bangalore,

Please read the petition below and endorse it at-

http://www.petitiononline.com/atackwom/petition.html

Please try and sign the petition by the 6th of March 2009

Dear Sir/Madam,                                                  1 March
2009

Over the last two weeks, several women have been violently attacked in
Bangalore.

– On 28 Feb at 10.30 pm, Sanjana got hit by two men on a bike who slowed down, socked her on her jaw and fled away.

– On 24 Feb, Lakshmi was attacked at around 9 pm by four men who punched her, hit her, and abused her for wearing jeans.
– On 17 Feb, two men chased Geetanjali’s car at 1.30 pm. One chased her with a large stone as she ran to a friend’s house for refuge.
That week, Jasmine was attacked by four middle-aged men at 11.30 am when her auto broke down. They physically assaulted and tried to disrobe her while yelling obscenities.

More than 80 attacks and cases of moral policing have been reported from all over Karnataka in the last six months.Two women have committed suicide after humiliation from right-wing forces. On 11 Feb, Ashwini killed herself after Venur Bajrang activists attacked her and her friend Salim. On 12 Feb, Vanita killed herself after Bajrang Dal activists attacked her.

The police have not taken meaningful steps to stop or prevent this violence, to arrest the perpetrators, or to ensure the safety of all women in Bangalore and Karnataka. On the 2nd of March when a group of concerned citizens protested outside the Police Commission Shankar Bidari’s office, urging him to take action to make the city safer for women he blatantly denied the fact that these attacks have been taking place and said Bangalore is one of the safest cities for women and that there was no law and order problem.

These attacks are crimes against women. They are legal offences. They are neither isolated events nor trivial incidents of ‘eve-teasing’. They are part of a series of attacks inflicted on women in the name of ‘morality’, attacks that are escalating as women resist and fight back.

It is the core responsibility of the State and city police to ensure that public spaces are kept safe for all. Women across class barriers – from powrakarmikas to garment factory workers to students and young professionals in the corporate sector – have today become vulnerable targets on the streets of Karnataka.

As an organization fighting for the rights of all women, we demand that the Bangalore and Karnataka state and city police immediately:

* Take punitive action to ensure that the attackers are punished by the law;
* Take preventive action to ensure that no more women are attacked in Bangalore and Karnataka;
* Take enabling action to ensure that streets and public spaces in Bangalore and Karnataka are safe for all women to use and enjoy as a matter of right.

Sincerely,

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