India no country for young women

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I am still in shock; 13 young women, who were persuaded to undergo a “simple” STERILIZATION (tubectomy) lasting a few minutes died because the doctor (butcher) used a RUSTED UNSTERILIZED equipment. Another 70 are in hospital, 20 critical. The women came forward to undergo the surgery after health counselors assured them the minor process would be over in minutes and they could be back home to take care of their families by sunset with an incentive of $23.

The process was over in less than three minutes; the doctor conducted 83 surgeries (according to news reports) in less than five hours in a dilapidated building using the same rusted surgical equipment on the poor women one after the other, mechanically, nipped them!

It happened in my country two days ago in a mass sterilization camp. I am not shocked that women are treated as second class citizens in the country, quite used to it. But how can you use dirty, rusted! surgical equipment on ANYTHING ALIVE?

The women were in terrible pain while they waited for their death, some lasted a day, some two, others are still going through.

It is not new either, the pathetic state of government hospitals in India. Overcrowding, filthy hospitals with dirty operating rooms and toilets overflowing into patient wards are common; I was appalled by these some 15 years ago while covering the health beat for a national daily.

But this is brutal. My last blog was addressed to PM Modi, where I had requested him to take population control seriously, appoint a Minister specifically for it, (who could also put migration-regulations in place). But butchering women is not how you do it Mister. And why contraception programs should be women-centric. Nip them, men. Makes more sense. And, besides, one man off action secures multiple women against unwanted motherhood – let’s face it.

Br (butcher) R.K. Gupta, needs to be tried in a fast track court and get the severest of punishments, and quick, as quick as the tubectomy he specialises in, with the same blunt weapons. Only then the orphans left behind will get some kind of closure. Women wait for their turn with their kids in toe outside a sterilization camp

Shocking facts:

  • Victims died reportedly due to dirty surgical equipment or contaminated medicines.
  • Gupta’s mass sterilization took less than three hours with the help of two assistants working in a dirty, abandoned private hospital.
  • Sterilization is the most popular form of birth control in India; about 4 million people a year undergo surgery. Almost all are women.
  • Guidelines were set following reports that some doctors were carrying out as many as 200 surgeries a day. At least 600 similar deaths occurred between 2009 and 2012.

Dear Prime Minister Mr Modi…

By 2028, India will be more populous than China, according to the recently released OPEC World Oil Outlook. I have no reason to contest that report. My only doubt, however, is: Do we really need those many years to top that list?

Mumbai

A normal day in Mumbai, uff—

Garbage on a Mumbai beach

The report made me aware of one of my worst fears – crowds. I am very scared of crowds. My other fears include dirt, dust, anger (my anger included), violence and love. There are a few other things as well, but not as scary.
Anyway, this blog is dedicated to my country, India. Some of the things that keep me away include its ever growing population and the continuing government apathy, overflowing garbage bins, and the role of women in society.

Slums, housing senseless migration to citiesI wish Prime Minister Narandra Modi would take up population control with as much enthusiasm as his clean India campaign (which I appreciate much). It is an urgent need. As much, if not more. Because, while we can shame people who litter public spaces, as we can see them in the act, population grows in private spaces, away from the public eye, all the time!

Add to it, the new drama ‘kiss of love’. Are they nuts? These women who participate in a public kissing and hugging protest, in a country like India? I can vouch that all the women taking part are signing themselves up for molestation. Let’s admit, most Indian men consider women sex objects, except immediate family members. In a society which has online sexual stimulation aplenty, but very few no-strings-attached opportunities, frustrated males are in big numbers. Take care women. TAKE CARE!!

And, Mr. Prime Minister Modi, we need a Population Control Minister, Please. Urgently.

Good news: Abusive “pickup artist” Julien Blanc kicked out of Australia

Originally posted on we hunted the mammoth:

Don't let the door hit you on the way out, Julien

Don’t let the door hit you on the way out, Julien

Writing about abhorrent misogyny pretty much every day of every week can get a tad depressing. So I’m glad to have some actual good news to report. Good news, at least, for non-misogynists.

The #TakeDownJulienBlanc campaign has taken off internationally, and the “pickup artist” who advocates choking women as a clever “opener” has been kicked out of Australia, his visa revoked.

In an op-ed in The Independent yesterday, self-described “Aggressive Chinese Girl” Jenn Li explained why she started the #TakeDownJulienBlanc campaign and what it has accomplished so far:

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India’s Dharavi set to become a Kowloon

Sindhu S.:

Shocking reality… And we have reached Mars! God save the red planet.

Originally posted on SinghCircle:

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The mess that is Dharavi today

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Children play on Kowloon rooftops

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The concrete lump that was Kowloon

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This is the centre of Dharavi

A couple of days ago, I read a book on Hong Kong’s famed Kowloon Walled City, which was pulled down to make way for a park in the late 1980’s. This after it became well-known as a hotbed for everything illegal, unlawful and undesirable. It was a haven for crime and criminals and both the then Hong Kong British administration as well as the Chinese had washed their hands off the ‘territory’ where around 50,000 people crammed into a cluster of ‘box’ apartments.
I cannot but help compare Kowloon with the now ‘world famous’ Dharavi slum in India’s commercial capital, Mumbai – the only difference being that while Kowloon was a clump of apartments, Dharavi spreads across the heart of Mumbai over several square kilometers.
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Age is just a number

Sindhu S.:

So very true.

Originally posted on Mindful Digressions:

AgingLast month, one of the Daily Prompts said “age is just a number” and then asked whether it’s a number I care about or ignore.

I responded to the prompt with a somewhat tongue-in-cheek post about the wonderfulness of senior discounts. Don’t get me wrong; senior discounts are great. But I avoided answering the question.

What I am finding out is that, while age may just be a number, it is also a label. It labels me as part of a group. I’m a Baby Boomer. I’m a Gen-Xer, a Gen-Yer, a Millennial, a Gen-whatever.

I’m a child. I’m a teenager. I’m an adolescent. I’m a young adult. I’m middle aged. I’m a senior citizen.

My age categorizes and classifies me as something. But is that really what I am? Is that all I am?

Okay, so based upon my age, I actually am a “senior citizen.” But what does…

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Each new video that Anita Sarkeesian posts is a sign that the bullies are losing

Originally posted on we hunted the mammoth:

Anita Sarkeesian, still standing

Anita Sarkeesian, still standing

On Monday, Anita Sarkeesian posted the latest installment of her Tropes Vs. Women in Video Games series on YouTube, a half-hour examination of the ways in which video game makers use sexualized violence against women as a cheap way to spice up their narratives and appeal to straight male gamers.

Her tone was measured, her analysis clear and logical and supported by dozens of clips from a wide assortment of games.

Late Tuesday night, this happened:

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Men’s Rights Redditors agree: “It was empathy not misogyny that kept women from having careers.”

Originally posted on we hunted the mammoth:

Girl totally protected from the harsh world of work by nice men.

Girl totally protected from the harsh world of work by nice men.

Once upon a time, you may recall, women were denied the right to vote, couldn’t own property, were prevented from having careers of their own. Well, it turns out that all of these pesky “restrictions” weren’t really restrictions at all! They were protections that men provided women out of the goodness of their hearts. Men protected women from the terrible burdens of voting and property-owning and so forth, because they just cared about women so much.

Or at least that’s what a lot of Men’s Rights Activists seem to think, judging from this highly edifying discussion in the Men’s Rights subreddit.

rogersmith25 325 points 1 day ago  As I read /r/mensrights[1] more and more, it is becoming increasingly clear to me that the primary female privilege is empathy.  If a woman or girl is hurt, people care. If women are kidnapped, there is international media attention. If women are killed, their deaths are highlighted. If there is a conflict between a man and a woman, then people will jump in to defend the woman. If women are under-represented in an area, people want to take action to make things "equal".  If a man is hurt, it's funny. If men are kidnapped, we hear silence. If men are killed, their deaths are glossed over. If there is a conflict between a man and a woman, people will attack the man. If men are under-represented in an area, the president will call it a "victory" (as he did regarding the female majority in colleges).  Basically, people are programmed to have more empathy for women than men. 200 years ago, that empathy manifested itself in keeping women safe from harm by having them stay home to raise the family rather than die on battlefields or toil in mines. It was empathy not misogyny that kept women from having careers. Present-day, work is safe in offices, so today we have campaigns for women to earn more money and yet have more "balanced" lives where they can both raise a family and earn an "equal" career and, in other words, "have it all".      permalink     save     report     give gold     reply  [–]sierranevadamike 82 points 23 hours ago  wow... as a history major, I never looked at the "repression" of women throughout history as empathy rather than misogyny. I NEVER considered this option..  blew my mind..  thank youDroppaMaPants 45 points 22 hours ago  Restricting women to vote, hold property, etc. etc. would be a downside to the bad old days - but women always had empathy as a benefit.  Now that the bad old days are behind us, women maintained their old privilege and now hold disproportionate sway over men because of it.

 

It wasn’t just sierranevadamike who was “blown away” by rogersmith25’s comment: the Men’s Rights mods were so impressed that they reposted it and pinned it as the top post in their subreddit.

Apparently every…

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Island CraP

 

Giant_Crab_by_TrendyDNASo, finally, the creepy gigantic CRAB that was supposedly stalking the Bahrain coastline turns out to be an ad agency’s teaser campaign, possibly for an amusement part or a crab STRUCTURE coming up in this (island) nation.

Journalists in Bahrain took the bait and were taken for a cheesy ride by the ad agency, who got all the publicity they wanted and more. Full length articles were published, sans any real probe. Some customary calls were made, and the clichéd “not available” for comment was attributed to the expert and the ad agency, who had the last laugh. Still journalist didn’t smell anything fishy!

A little close reading and the journalists would have noticed that the name of the “renowned Madagascan expert” professor Cigam Dnalsi, from the Marine Sealife Observation Centre (!!!) – who was being sent to investigate the claims – read ‘Island Magic’spelt backwards!

The news was prominently displayed, even with follow up stories, by all leading newspapers in Bahrain, and the unique “crab measuring up to 5m across” became a cheap publicity stunt, which defied all acceptable advertising practices and cardinal rules of journalism.

The mythical crabs that the advertising agency claimed to have been spotted weighed up to 50kg “about the same as the average 14-year-old boy” (ha ha).

Can’t believe this is what journalism has come to be in this part of the world! With anyone and everyone considered qualified to be a journalist, what else does one expect in terms of professionalism! RIP.

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