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Pink Pantie Power in India (Update!)

Pink Pantie Power in India (Update!)

Imagine a night out with your friends.

You get dressed up, meet at your favorite bar, and order a round of cocktails. Maybe you order a second round, or a third. You drink, talk, dance.

Imagine being chased down the street, pushed to the ground, and attacked for this same ordinary night out.

If you were a woman living in India you wouldn’t have to imagine it – that would be your reality.

Early this month in Mangalore, India, a university town in the southern state of Karnataka, a group of women were attacked by the Sri Ram Sena, the Army of Ram, a Hindu god, for drinking and dancing with men in a local pub.   Having deemed their behavior “un-Indian” the group justified the unprovoked attack. Eventually more than 10 members of the group were arrested and jailed, only to be shortly released on bail after about a week.

Women around the country were outraged by the attack and decided it was high time for some action. The “Consortium of Pub-going, Loose and Forward Women” was soon created with an accompanying group on Facebook that has elicited over 50,000 group members from around the world to date.

The group’s first call to action was the “Pink Chaddi Campaign” which called on women around the world to send pink chaddis (underwear) to the Sri Ram Sena on Valentine’s Day. Over 40,000 pink chaddis flooded their offices that day as a non-violent protest against the attacks. As part of the campaign women were also encouraged to stop by their local bar to toast Indian women and take a picture which will also be used in another form of protest (details yet to be released). Touché ladies.

Thanks to the endless possibilities of the internet and social networking the “Consortium of Pub-going, Loose and Forward Women” has ignited a movement to end violence against women in India that has taken off.  With a growing Facebook group (that was unfortunately recently hacked into and tampered with but is up and running again) and popular blog with nearly 800 followers, there is a ripe opportunity to raise awareness of the need to challenge India’s cultural landscape that continues to pigeonhole women in traditional and conservative roles.

For these women having the right to socialize with men, drink alcohol, or God forbid, dance goes beyond these social customs. It is about accepting a new generation of Indian women that are stepping out of the deeply-rooted patriarchal values of Indian’s past without harassment or violence. Until groups like the Sri Ram Sena move past these old social boundaries, women will continue to suffer.

Following the pub attack in Mangalore, a Hindu girl from the same town who had been harassed by right-wingers for talking to a Muslim boy committed suicide.

In New Delhi, one of the biggest cities in India, cases of rape and molestation for the last decade have reached a record high.

Enough is enough. The time has come for the world – women and men – to unite in solidarity to protest violence against women in Indian – even if it’s one pink chaddi at a time.

UPDATE: 4 more women have been attacked in the last 2 days in Banglore, India. The attacks took place in the broad daylight with witnesses who did nothing to intervene or help the victims!

At this time it is unclear whether these attacks can be linked to the Sri Ram Sena and the pub attack early this month. What is clear is that immediate action is needed to combat this violence and protect the women of India now.

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7:35PM PDT on Apr 18, 2009

This is all very sad. To have fallen thus after vanquishing the entire Indian masculinity by merely throwing pink panties at them!
We must consider what else to throw now. Or shall we hand over the entire issue to the Afghan Taliban and seek their protection? They are perhaps, the only secular force that can teach the Hindu Fascists the right lesson.
The very reason for wearing panties is that private parts have to be protected from infection by bacteria and virile viruses. It looks as if by throwing away our panties, we have laid ourselves open to easy infection.
Not by bullets, but by panties; seems to have failed. We might have to go back to Mahatma Gandhi again. Something like a Chaddi March, perhaps; from the Pub in Mangalore? To some Mallya brewery and make Beer.

7:34PM PDT on Apr 18, 2009

This is all very sad. To have fallen to hackers thus, after vanquishing the entire Indian masculinity by merely throwing pink panties at them!
We must consider what else to throw now. Or shall we hand over the entire issue to the Afghan Taliban and seek their protection? They are perhaps, the only secular force that can teach the Hindu Fascists the right lesson.
The very reason for wearing panties is that private parts have to be protected from infection by bacteria and virile viruses. It looks as if by throwing away our panties, we have laid ourselves open to easy infection.
Not by bullets, but by panties; seems to have failed. We might have to go back to Mahatma Gandhi again. Something like a Chaddi March, perhaps; from the Pub in Mangalore? To some Mallya brewery and make Beer.

5:25PM PDT on Mar 19, 2009

Stop attacks on women in Karnatakahttp://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/stop-attacks-on-women-in-karnataka

9:08AM PST on Mar 5, 2009

One bad apple can spoil a whole basket full. Unfortunately for society, this is what happens. We see the existence of radical groups in every society and the harm that these groups do. No matter how much we try to dispose of these groups, we will never succeed in ending their existence. Even if every radical in the world were rounded up and locked away for the remainder of their life (notice I did not invoke the "kill" scenario), there would suddenly be a new group of radicals to push their agenda onto society.
No matter how much I would appreciate an end to violence against women or any person, I do not see it in the near future. Most people abhor violence but we cannot see that fact because that one bad apple has spoiled the whole basket.

8:59AM PST on Mar 5, 2009

I think we should just give those women tickets to America where they can whore and carouse all they want, and let the rest of the people in India practice their religion as they see fit. After all Freedom of religion is one of our basic principles.

8:20PM PST on Mar 2, 2009

Certainly violence should not be tolerated, period, but there should be no double standards about this. Asiya Andrabi heads the Dukhtaran-e-Millat, a militant fundamentalist women's organization that is violently against the emancipation of women. Neither Ximena R. nor Nisha Susan with her pink panty have the guts "to combat" them. Perhaps Theresa W. with her clarion call to women helping their sisters in other nations can help her oppressed sisters in Kashmir by sending a pink panty - and encouraging her own sisters in her own nation to send "a shipload of pink panties" - to Ms Asiya Andrabi, Dukhtaran-e-Millat, Srinagar, J&K, India.

10:12AM PST on Mar 2, 2009

It does not matter what gender , violence should not be tolerated, period! Maybe they should have send a shipload of pink panties to the two anti women andrabi and Millat - whoever they are. Yes , they blaim culture as an excuse to get away w/ violence against women in other nations ....the point is ladies , since we are the female gender, we should be sympathetic and try to help to our sisters in other nation. The abuse they do to their women is not acceptable ------no matter what nation you belong because it is agiants the simple rule of human rights!!!

6:10AM PST on Mar 1, 2009

"It is very hard to find men of high integrity, honor, and COMPASSION in this world. They are still primitive and have a long way to go. Hopefully, they won't destroy this world before they evolve!!"

12:02AM PST on Mar 1, 2009

To add another dimension to Ximena R's one-sided rant, readers may be interested to know that there are numerous instances when (non-Westernised) Indian women have have acted forcibly against drinking men - and no one, certainly no man, felt the need to send them underpants (of whatever colour). "When women protest against men drinking, there are no issues of individual freedom or human rights or “who gave you the right to do this”? I am not in favour of beating up any one — men or women. But surely, for all those who believe in equality of women, beating up women drinkers is in no way worse or more condemnable than bashing up alcoholic men" (http://www.expressbuzz.com/edition/story.aspx?Title=%E2%80%98Chaddis%E2%80%99+and+liberation&artid=/ZK%7C8wCE1Uo=&SectionID=XVSZ2Fy6Gzo=&MainSectionID=XVSZ2Fy6Gzo=&SectionName=m3GntEw72ik=&SEO=CPLFW,%20Pramod%20Muthalik - or websearch for "‘Chaddis’ and liberation" by Anil Chawla). Both Ximena R. and Nisha Susan (who started the pink chaddi campaign) clearly have a politico-religious agenda - neither of them dares send a pink panty to Asiya Andrabi and the Dukhtaran-e-Millat notorious for their violence against women.

1:09AM PST on Feb 28, 2009

Thank you, Cherida Hivale and now Martine T. for taking this away from Ximena R.'s anti-Hindu rant and considering it as a general human problem. To the extent that Gandhian non-violence is being proposed as a solution to this problem, his sexual experiments are certainly relevant because, in them, he never practised non-violence at all. He inflicted considerable (psychological) violence on his wife, forcing abstinence on her and coercing other women (both minors and adults) into sharing his bed, even in her presence. Therefore, the relevance of Gandhi to the issue of violence against women is highly questionable. Secondly, violence against women is endemic in America, and in Canada too is of a level that can hardly be brushed aside as occasional or atypical (http://www.vancouver.sfu.ca/freda/articles/statsw.htm). Therefore, if Gandhian non-violence is preached as appropriate in dealing with violence against women, perhaps "North America" can try it out and then teach other cultures how to do it. Thirdly, spousal and physical violence is a crime in India too - and Ximena R. chose not to tell you even in her update, but the police did arrest 27 men accused of the pub violence.

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