A lot has been put on line already about the horrendous gang rape, and murder of an Indian student in Delhi.
Many of you will have come across variations of this post which is pretty much “viral” on Facebook :
The post shows what appears to be, pictures of the Indian student – on the left lying in bed seriously ill after her assault, and on the right, wearing modern indian style clothing, and looking very attractive.
The accompanying text includes a graphic account of the most violent rape imaginable – it’s all over the internet if you want to read it – I’m not going to repeat it again here.
Naturally many thousands – if not millions – of Facebook users, have shared this, and shared their disgust at violence against women in general, and this despicable crime in particular. It’s hard really to think of a reason why you wouldn’t want to share that.
Except … this is a woman who’s name has not been released. Which does make me wonder whether they would release a picture of her – which would make it pretty pointless concealing her name.
After a bit of scouting around on Google – I discovered very quickly that the picture on the left, really is a picture of the victim of a serious assault. It’s one Christo van Eeden a South African MAN – who was beaten by his mother’s ex partner in August 2010 Woman’s ex attacks her son
The picture on the right is interesting too. Indian Minister of State for Human Resource Development Shashi Tharoor has been relatively quick to point out that it’s not the girl in question. He claims that it’s a picture of an Engineering Student from Kerala Delhi gang-rape: Victim’s purported photo is of Kerala student, claims Tharoor .
This may well be true – but what he doesn’t flag up is where the originators of the Facebook picture are likely to have found this picture. Well they could have found it in any one of hundreds of websites such as this one Desi Indian Aunties which feature the picture. (Scroll down to the bottom it’s the last picture in the October section)
The terms “Desi” and “Auntie” – appear to be a name for a particular brand of mildly pornographic pictures of Asian women, dressed in indian dress. This particular web site cites its purpose as follows :
“This Blog is specially for aunty lovers and contains hot indian actress, celebrity, models, sexy babe, Real Life Photos of Desi Indian Girls and Aunties downloaded from internet posted by some one else. We are just helping to save your time and avoid searching everywhere.”
It is by western standards very mild pornography. Some of the sites which contain the picture are a little more explicit.
But let’s remember the Facebook posting says :
“And oh yeah
SHE WAS A GIRL
But don’t worry
She wasn’t your sister
She wasn’t your daughter
But she could be. The brutality has to stop right here guys
Is this how we treat our women?”
And yet – the people who have faked this picture have gone to the trouble of downloading a picture from a website which promises “Hot Masala navel” and carries links to user submitted pictures like this one :
It carries with it the following caption
It struck me having discovered this about the photographs that the graphic account of the rape was quite possibly ripped off from somewhere else too. I couldn’t find any evidence of that – but if it is accurate it begs the issue of where has it come from. Has it been made up ? Or is it based on police accounts of the incident.
If it’s based on police accounts then immediately it makes me wonder what on earth the police are playing at releasing such graphic descriptions in to the public domain before the alleged perpetrators are brought to trial. One Indian newspaper, the Daily Bhaskar is already attributing to the police, stories relating to the youngest of the six accused who is reported to be a juvenile :Delhi gang-rape: Juvenile raped victim twice; was most brutal among 6 men
“He might walk free in three months but he was the most brutal among six men who gang-raped the 23-year-old medical student in South Delhi on December 16.”
“According to the Delhi Police, the juvenile raped the student twice. Once she was unconscious, he extracted her intestine with his hands and suggested she be thrown off the moving bus sans her clothes, says the chargesheet that the police are supposed to file in court today.”
The police have released this information ? Really ? I do wonder – because extracting her intestine with his hands – even by the callous extremes of this crime – seems to a little far fetched.
All of which leads me to believe that chances of the people accused of this hideous crime getting a fair trial must be pretty close to zero. The world has already judged them guilty using trial by Facebook, after consideration of not very well fabricated evidence. If they were to be released in Delhi tonight there is every likelihood that they would be lynched.
And how would that kind of justice serve the dead woman, or those close to her ?
Even assuming that they really are guilty ?
The world is being found wanting over this case.
< Would you believe the first pingback i had on this was from a site which just lifted the text quoted from the ‘Aunty Lovers’ site. I despair sometimes >
< And several days later I find that today – 7th Jan – More than 9 people came to this site by searching for ‘Hot Indian Aunties lying naked on bed pics’ – sheesh ! >
In my office at the school where I work I have a self indulgent picture gallery. There are six photographs in blue IKEA frames of people that I consider to be “My Heroes” – for whatever reason.
Heroes are funny things – you don’t make a conscious decision to say “I’m going to choose a hero” – nor do you have quotas for race, gender, ethnicity etc, etc. Heroes just reach out to you and grab you emotionally, as someone you admire and as someone you think makes – or has made – the world a better place.
So it’s interesting for me to see how my heroes can be analysed according to various rational criteria – as opposed to the totally spurious ones by which I selected them.
Well – there are six heroes. There are three sportsmen. Two of which are footballers. There is one prime minister. There are two people from the North of England , there are two politicians, there are two white people, there are four black people. I have no idea about the sexual preferences of my heroes – and even less interest. I don’t know what this tells people about me – I’m a straight white northerner who likes football, and is interested in politics. My heroes are certainly a topic of conversation for people who visit me in my office, though .
Unfortunately, the comment that most of them make though is this : “Why aren’t there any women ?”
To which I answer – those are my heroes – I didn’t pick them – they picked me. I can’t help who they are.
Well this past week saw International Women’s Day, and at some point Twitter users were asked to nominate their “ #wonderwomen“ – their female heroes of all time.
Well I thought it was high time I did – so here they are.
It’s perhaps a slightly more contrived list than my original six heroes – but if I didn’t put these people in my heroes list before it wasn’t because they didn’t deserve it – it was just because of the vagaries of fate.
I think all these women are or were, wonderful people. Here they are :-
[ I'd like to ask any visitors who have their own blog to post their own #wonderwomen & to leave a link in a comment - thanks ! ]
(and if you want to see my male heroes you’ll have to wait !)
Mo Mowlam – for all the work she did in Northern Ireland, all the while battling cancer – a wonderful person, tireless politician and first class human being
Janis Joplin – for her astonishing music, and being the wildest child who ever walked the planet. Too fast to live too young to die – but she did
Rosa Parks – Civil Rights campaigner who sat as a black woman in a white man’s seat on a bus and was arrested for doing so. Which is what she planned. Brave woman
Ann Frank – a young lady persecuted by the Nazi’s who educated the world by writing down her thoughts – as all good bloggers aspire to. She was murdered in a concentration camp simply for being Jewish.
Barbara Castle – the fierce Labour politician who was a feminist before feminism was invented. Though a Labour loyalist through and through, she was nevertheless very much her own woman. The intelligent person’s Margaret Thatcher I certainly wish we’d had Barbara for PM instead
|Joan of Arc – AKA St. Jeanne, the Maid of Orleans. A peasant girl who rose to lead the French to victory over England in the 100 years war, before being burnt at the stake for heresy at 19, and then made a saint. Also rumoured to be a boy . Saint, Sinner ? Boy, Girl ? Jeanne defied all stereotypes|