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    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/index.cfm?...ectID=10331555

    Indian rape victims fight back against epidemic


    20.06.05


    NEW DELHI - For years, rape victims in India were too afraid to speak out, traumatised by the assault and fearful they would be blamed themselves. Many don't trust the police.

    Now, they are learning to fight back.

    Rattled by a series of brutal rapes across the country, almost 3000 women from 15 to 50 packed into a park in the Indian capital last weekend for self-defence classes that included elements of judo, karate and taekwondo.

    "Women have enough weapons on their body," said Vimla Mehra, joint commissioner in the Delhi Police women's crime squad. "We teach them techniques for self-defence that make use of things like their nails and elbows."

    The class was so popular, more are planned.

    Apart from self-defence classes, many are turning to new weapons such as pepper spray to protect themselves.

    Especially popular is a non-toxic spray called Knockout, which causes uncontrollable sneezing, coughing and an intense burning pain.

    Although India is famed as an ancient civilisation and the homeland of Mahatma Gandhi, the apostle of non-violence, crime against women is commonplace.

    Molestation, especially on crowded public transport, is rampant, particularly in northern India. Activists say there are two rapes every hour across the country.

    Instead of providing protection, the police are sometimes the perpetrators. Last month, a constable in Bombay was arrested for raping a teenager on Marine Drive, the famous sea-hugging road in India's financial capital.

    Victims often face social ostracism and are even blamed for rape -- village elders recently forced one to "marry" her rapist, her own father-in-law.

    A recent survey by the India Today magazine showed one in every two women in leading cities felt unsafe and more than one in three was sceptical of police handling of cases.

    "The system works against the victim," said Aatreiyer Sen, assistant director of the Human Rights Law Network. "It's a very cumbersome system and not a very sensitive system."

    Activists say one in every five victims is a child and 19 of 20 accused walk free. Official figures show more than 18,100 people were tried for rape in 2003. Just 4645 were convicted.

    Some critics say women are to blame for rapes, especially if they wear tight jeans or revealing tops.

    "It's a daily nuisance for us. Harassment is rampant -- whether while travelling in a bus or while walking through an isolated area," Priyanka Gupta, a Delhi-based sales executive, told the Hindustan Times.

    "I don't feel switching from jeans to salwar-kameez (a loose shirt and trouser) will change men's attitude towards women, as far as crimes like rape and molestation are concerned."

    Activists are scathing critical of the argument that women are to blame because of their dress.

    "This argument about women dressing provocatively is all nonsense. Men can walk around in their underwear and nobody says anything to them, but a woman completely covered in a sari can be a target," said Sunita Thakur of Jagori, a women's group in Delhi.

    The cases that make the papers are ugly: a pregnant woman killed herself after being raped in the city of Pune, an 80-year-old was raped in Delhi and a principal raped a 16-year-old Delhi student by luring her with the promise of a matriculation certificate.

    In another, a Hindu priest's wife was gangraped in a temple.

    One rapist caused an outcry when, pleading to be let off, he told the court he would marry her because no one else would have her now. The judge jailed him for life.

    With crimes against women on the increase, anger has been building up among women in India for some months.

    Last year, a group of women in the northern city of Nagpur bludgeoned a man to death in a courthouse who they said had been accused of rape and murder. The slum women were sure he would be released, as he had always escaped punishment in the past.

    In another incident, around 40 women marched through the streets of the northeastern state of Manipur last July to protest against the rape and murder of a 32-year-old woman by soldiers.

    Faced with the growing number of cases, women's groups are not just offering conventional self-defence methods such as judo and karate, but are also training women in the Canadian Wenlido method, which uses several forms of verbal and psychological defences against potential male harassers.

    But women who are raped usually stay silent because of the stigma.

    Those who dare to speak up rarely find justice.

    One woman was gangraped more than 10 years ago by five high-caste leaders in an Indian village because she dared stop a child marriage.

    Although the case hit headlines and she became a national hero, the five were acquitted of all but a few minor charges.

    - REUTERS


  • #2
    What I have to ask is do you think this is enough? What does it take to change a whole cultures thinking? I cant imagine that karate classes would be enough; though it is a beginning.

    Also has anyone heard of Canadian Wenlido before this link? I wonder if it could help others.

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    • #3
      1st off, get the **** out of india.

      2nd, i think bjj would be pretty good for women to learn. think of the positiongs women are in when they are being raped. if the woman was trained in bjj, the attacker would be putting himself right in her guard, making him the victim. bjj would allow her to escape from or even destroy her would be rapist.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by EmptyneSs
        1st off, get the **** out of india..
        right ....and that's easy as 123.

        Originally posted by EmptyneSs
        2nd, i think bjj would be pretty good for women to learn. think of the positiongs women are in when they are being raped. if the woman was trained in bjj, the attacker would be putting himself right in her guard, making him the victim. bjj would allow her to escape from or even destroy her would be rapist.
        Good point.

        In my armchair warrior opinion, I would advocate karate + bjj.

        Karate to inflict quick damage in stand up somewhat close quarters, then bjj so they can fight from the ground if someone overpowered them tried to mount them.

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        • #5
          I've been reading more on this, mostly trying to find out exactly what Wenlido is. Though I have found nothing on Wenlido other than basic sales pitches, I have found out more about the rape epidemic. Its really not all that different from anywhere else. Maybe reading up on the causes of why this is happening in India can give better clues to why it happens anywhere else on such a large scale. Particularly college campuses. Read below and see how familiar this sounds.

          http://www.indiatogether.org/2003/nov/edu-campviol.htm
          Campus violence assumes several virulent forms, the commonest being ragging and the growing harassment of women students. Of these, ragging has received intense attention while the growing harassment of women students remains a hushed affair. To a great extent campus life in the nation’s beleaguered institutions of higher education is a mirror image of an ‘illiberal democracy’ — characterised by the rise of particularisms such as caste and religious identities against the backdrop of crumbling law and order and other institutional mechanisms. But a particularly reprehensible feature of rising campus violence is that it stamps the mind of the barely adult college goer with a lasting, unpleasant impression of the real world beyond college gates.
          traces the origin of campus violence to “the degradation of the social fabric”. “People with values who live by the rules are regarded as weak individuals who will never quite make the grade. Aggression is looked upon as a positive trait. This attitude is sometimes encouraged by parents who tell their children that they are unlikely to be successful unless they become aggr-essive. This message is intensified in schools where overcrowded classrooms make it difficult for teachers to pay attention to committed and quiet students. In universities an 18-21 year old though technically an adult, seldom has the emotional maturity to know where to draw the line when it comes to violent behaviour or sexual harassment. For this the media is also to blame. Cover stories in the print media scream about hitherto taboo subjects such as pre-marital sex, kissing on screen etc. The question is, whether this attitude is supported by what the student sees at home. Sexual awareness coupled with the contradictory messages they get from their homes and the inability of young adults to talk with significant adults in their lives about these matters degenerates into campus violence and sexual harassment,” says Chib.
          Chennai believes that ragging which has morphed into campus violence is a foreign import unsuited to Indian conditions and needs to be dealt with sternly. “In foreign countries ragging is meant to toughen freshers. Indian youth lack the mental toughness of their western counterparts. Colleges in India are certainly not safer than elsewhere and unless stern measures are adopted to curb the menace of ragging and adequate security is provided to students by college authorities, it will lead to escalating campus violence,” warns Parthiban.
          university administrators refuse to acknowledge the magnitude of the problem. By regarding the problem as ‘normal’, institutional managements systematically legitimise it. Such legitimisation of groping, molestation and worse often results in blameless women students internalising male perceptions of sexual harassment and losing self-esteem, aver psychologists. They not only doubt the validity of their own experiences but begin to believe that they themselves are ‘abnormal’, ‘cheap’, ‘indecent’ or deserving the violence directed against them.
          Indeed blaming the victims rather than campus hooligans and law-breakers is a pervasive attitude within police personnel, even policewomen. “Wherever there are boys and girls together, some mischief is to be expected. And practically speaking some part of the onus for this lies on the girls. A lot depends on how the girl dresses up and how she conducts herself,”
          They call it an epidemic. Puts things into perspective.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by EmptyneSs
            1st off, get the **** out of india.

            2nd, i think bjj would be pretty good for women to learn. think of the positiongs women are in when they are being raped. if the woman was trained in bjj, the attacker would be putting himself right in her guard, making him the victim. bjj would allow her to escape from or even destroy her would be rapist.
            here's to choosing to destroy rapists. *clink*

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            • #7
              Heres somthing interesting:

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              KLEINMOND, South Africa (Reuters) - A South African inventor unveiled a new anti-rape female condom on Wednesday that hooks onto an attacker's penis and aims to cut one of the highest rates of sexual assault in the world.

              "Nothing has ever been done to help a woman so that she does not get raped and I thought it was high time," Sonette Ehlers, 57, said of the "rapex," a device worn like a tampon that has sparked controversy in a country used to daily reports of violent crime.

              Police statistics show more than 50,000 rapes are reported every year, while experts say the real figure could be four times that as they say most rapes of acquaintances or children are never reported.

              Ehlers said the "rapex" hooks onto the rapist's skin, allowing the victim time to escape and helping to identify perpetrators.

              "He will obviously be too pre-occupied at this stage," she told reporters in Kleinmond, a small holiday village about 100km (60 miles) east of Cape Town. "I promise you he is going to be too sore. He will go straight to hospital."

              The device, made of latex and held firm by shafts of sharp barbs, can only be removed from the man through surgery which will alert hospital staff, and ultimately, the police, she said.

              It also reduces the chances of a woman falling pregnant or contracting
              AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases from the attacker by acting in the same way as a female condom.

              South Africa has more people with
              HIV/AIDS than any other country, with one in nine of its 45 million population infected.

              Ehlers, who showed off a prototype on Wednesday, said women had tried it for comfort and it had been tested on a plastic male model but not yet on a live man. Production was planned to start next year.

              But the "rapex" has raised fears amongst anti-rape activists that it could escalate violence against women.

              "If a victim is wearing such a device it may enrage the attacker further and possibly result in more harm being caused," said Sam Waterhouse, advocacy coordinator for Rape Crisis.

              Other critics say the condom is medieval and barbaric -- an accusation Ehlers says should be directed rather at the act of rape.

              "This is not about vengeance ... but the deed, that is what I hate," she said.
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              • #8
                Why not just place a device in there, that will cut the penis off.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Oraenor

                  Ehlers, who showed off a prototype on Wednesday, said women had tried it for comfort and it had been tested on a plastic male model but not yet on a live man.

                  What do you think THAT job will pay...?

                  Thanks, Danny

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                  • #10
                    I have been tracking rape, assault, muggings, and road rage for some time.

                    Understanding these help me conduct and learn more about self defense.

                    In fact, before I taught my first defense class, my old instructor suggested that I attend rape seminars and seek out study beyond physical defenses.

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                    • #11
                      This would make an awesome documentary movie. Elite American martial artists go to india and crossdress. When a would be rapist tries to assault them, the cameras are rolling to tape them getting their asses beat down.

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                      • #12
                        Well, it may make some other headlines

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by 47MartialMan
                          I have been tracking rape, assault, muggings, and road rage for some time.

                          Understanding these help me conduct and learn more about self defense.

                          In fact, before I taught my first defense class, my old instructor suggested that I attend rape seminars and seek out study beyond physical defenses.
                          You gonna share any of this info, man?

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by treelizard
                            You gonna share any of this info, man?

                            Share.....sure.......but it is research and attendance of decades....how can I share this in one sitting or per a forum?

                            I posted my expereince(s) as a mere suggestion on how one can really get a concise program going. very concise and beyind a single teaching method such as physical martial art tactics.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by 47MartialMan
                              Share.....sure.......but it is research and ateentance of decades....how can I share this in one sitting or per a forum?
                              Start with proper mindset. Then explain a couple of techniques that work?

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