Tuesday, March 10, 2015

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alt.fan.jai-maharaj@googlegroups.com (Dr. Jai Maharaj): Mar 10 08:53PM

'The Hunting Ground' Sheds New Light On Campus Rape Epidemic
By Neesha Arter
The Daily Beast
February 26, 2015
A new documentary follows two activists around the
country as they talk to fellow survivors about the trauma
of rape and the triumph of survival.
Rape has always been a taboo topic in our society, but
lately that seems to be changing thanks to activists like
Annie Clark and Andrea Pino.
Clark and Pino are leading the crusade for Title IX -- a
federal legislation most famous for sports equality, but
which prohibits all discrimination (including sexual
harassment and violence) on the basis of sex in any
education program or activity that receives federal
funding -- and the Clery Act, which grants protections
for sexual assault victims on college campuses. They
recently made their film debut as activists in the new
documentary "The Hunting Ground," by Oscar-nominated
filmmakers Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering.
Pino graduated valedictorian of her high school and was
the first of her family to leave her home state of
Florida to go to college at the University of North
Carolina at Chapel Hill. Clark, a North Carolina native
and high school athlete, wanted to stay in state for
college and chose Chapel Hill as well. Having both
survived rape while college students, they eventually
created End Rape On Campus, a survivor advocacy
organization dedicated to ending sexual violence.
The film notes that 16 to 20 percent of undergraduate
women are sexually assaulted in college, and 88 percent
of women raped on campus do not report.
The documentary follows the two women as they drive
cross-country to meet with other sexual assault survivors
on college campuses who wish to file complaints against
their schools. Clark, who became a campus administrator
at the University of Oregon after graduation, reflects in
the film, "I basically had to make a choice if I wanted
to continue to support survivors or have my actual
administrative job at a university. I figured I could do
more good this way, so I resigned."
The film notes that 16 to 20 percent of undergraduate
women are sexually assaulted in college, and 88 percent
of women raped on campus do not report. Pino details her
violent assault as a second year student. She says, "It
all happened really quickly. I was actually a virgin, so
that adds a bit to it. He just started pulling me towards
the bathroom. He grabbed my head by the side of my ear
and slammed it against the bathroom tile and it didn't
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alt.fan.jai-maharaj@googlegroups.com (Dr. Jai Maharaj): Mar 10 06:16PM

Rape is a global issue, then why is only India in the
spotlight: BJP's Meenakshi Lekhi
By Meenakshi Lekhi
The Times of India
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
[Caption] BJP's Meenakshi Lekhi reacts to the controversy
over the ban on the Nirbhaya documentary.
The Nirbhaya incident was a heinous and utterly
condemnable crime. We, as a society, have anything but
shied away from talking about it, protesting against it,
writing about it and acting on it. We have been working
so hard to make sure that the 'mindset change' that our
society has spoken of innumerable times is actually put
into action. I have personally invested a lot to fight
for the rights of women over the span of my professional
career. I had worked hard with my party to draft robust
recommendations, more than seventy percent of which were
accepted and incorporated, to ensure change and empower
women. Our MPs stood shoulder to shoulder across party
lines in Parliament, at a time of political uncertainty,
to ensure that this important change was brought about in
our system after the Nirbhaya incident.
Given this, I ask you to stop and think why an objection
should have been raised against this documentary. We have
several documentaries and films depicting the status of
women in India, incidents of violence and the post-
Nirbhaya scenario but none of these documentaries needed
to be stalled.
But here is why this particular documentary has been
nothing but a deceitful exercise from the very start.
Instead of sticking to its stated objective of a social
purpose, this documentary has taken on an underhand
commercial sheen. The filmmakers had expressly taken
permission for social research but eventually took it for
broadcast on BBC 4 which by no stretch of imagination can
be called a social research platform. Why did the
filmmakers hesitate to reveal these intentions when they
took permission from the Indian government if their
motive was not to be deceitful?
Secondly, the filmmakers had signed a legal undertaking
to submit their unedited footage to the authorities but
this was not done. Despite the same being conveyed by the
Government and the jail authorities, they further flouted
and disrespected our law by releasing the documentary to
the Indian audience, without so much so as a warning of
the explicit and adult nature of the content, and not
even to a targeted audience for 'social research', as
they had claimed. Was your intention truly to posit a
social agenda or was it only a sick manipulation for
commercial gain?
A restraining order was issued pending investigation of
the issue and instead of respecting the Government that
gave you permission, you go against this order, prepone
the release and use the ban to further malign the
reputation of the country! The law also prevents you from
taking the name of the victim but, like every other
count, you chose to ignore and disrespect our law.
Somewhere a line had to be drawn against such deceit and
manipulation. With such obvious commercial tactics, I
fail to see when this self-proclaimed 'social purpose'
will kick in.
The Government had given you the liberty to film here and
you return this favour by utterly misusing this liberty
and show absolute contempt for the law of the land. What
choice was there but to ban the film eventually in light
of the above? The same laws would have applied to anyone
who made a documentary here and there is no reason why it
should be any different for a foreigner who agreed to
submit to our jurisdiction and laws, albeit deceitfully.
If this documentary was supposed to be fair, shouldn't
the action taken by our society have also been shown as a
'mirror' to who we are? If you come here with pre-
conceived notions of a sick society, it becomes hard to
look beyond those coloured thoughts to notice that our
law is so progressive and protective that a woman's
statement in a rape case is sufficient for prosecution
under rape. This is how far we have advanced in tackling
this problem unlike many other countries where this level
of indignation is not raised in society for sexual
violence against women. In other countries, rape
incidences do not even make it to the local or national
news. However, in the past two years, India has seen
unusual international coverage of every single incident.
In other countries, not even a handful of people have
turned around, like we did, to gain justice in the case
of Nirbhaya.
While we froth about the rapes happening in India, I
would like to point out that rape and violence against
women is a deep-rooted issue from Washington to Bogota to
London. India has a conviction rate of 41.5% whereas in
other 'progressive' countries such as the UK it is as low
as 26.5%. What this shows is that not enough is being
done for the protection of women against abuses across
the world. It is all the more surprising then why
international media outlets have not reported this skew
and higher incidence of rapes closer to their own home.
Why are they shying away from reporting the brutal rapes,
abuse of women and serial killings that are happening in
the western countries at the same time and with much
greater frequency than in India?
The hypocrisy in all this is that the BBC does not have
to go very far from its homestead to find a story of
sexual abuse. Its former host Jimmy Savile has been
accused of hideous sexual crimes but shockingly with all
its tall claims of a high-handed moral agenda, it would
appear that BBC has made no such documentary explaining
the mind of Jimmy Savile despite having had him so close
at hand for so many years. In fact, when BBC's competitor
ITV finally did air an exposure documentary on Savile
they chose to do it at a late night 11.15 pm slot with
caution and responsibility.
If BBC was so intent on showing the film, why is it that
they could not at least show the same responsibility in
broadcasting it to the Indian masses? It has only been
impertinent, defiant of Indian law and absolutely
insistent on showing a rape that occurred in India. This
gives all the more reason to think that this is not about
respect and good intentions but the exact opposite - the
only intention is to show a growing India in a bad light.
Has BBC also forgotten about the more recent Rotherham
case involving the brutal sexual exploitation of 1,400
children who suffered for many long years? What has
stopped the righteous BBC or the director of the Nirbhaya
documentary from covering this with as much panache and
holding up a 'mirror' to society in this case? Or was it
that the director did not receive permission in her own
society to cover it? The director was quick to call our
society 'sick'. But I fail to understand how this
discriminatory attitude can continue when there are more
sexual crimes happening in her own country and with a
much lower conviction rate.
I had invested personally in ensuring that the high court
allowed the press to cover the Nirbhaya trial and need
not be told twice about how important it is to get the
message out to society. Rest assured, I know that this
can be done without contravening the law if it is done
with the right intention. But you cannot do it with
suspect intentions that do not pass the test in your own
home. It is with complete understanding that we are in
the internet age where the material could have been
accessed despite a ban that the Parliament still stood
its ground to show its sense of morality and contempt for
such violation of the Indian law and journalistic ethics.
There is no moral high ground to be taken when you cross
that line.
This documentary has created a false impression of
demonising the Indian man and dishing us out as a
perverted society. That is not who we are. Who we are is
a society that came out in unprecedented numbers to
protest the commission of a brutal rape - unprecedented
because one will be hard-pressed to find a situation of
outrage as vociferous and as vast as the one that
happened in India in any other part of the world for a
case of rape. Who we are is a society that pushed a
lacklustre government to enact and implement a criminal
amendment law in 2013 to award the most stringent
punishment of the land - the death penalty.
Who we are is a society that celebrates the courage and
strength of the woman each year on December 16 to remind
ourselves of the promise that we have made to fight
against violence against women. We are growing as a
country and recognise that it is not only women who are
in this fight but that men also hold an equally important
place in campaigning alongside us. We don't need to
invoke our mothers, sisters and wives or even daughters
to engender that respect. BBC should consider making use
of such a campaign on its home ground where the problem
is more acute than setting out to paint India in a bad
This has become like the ubiquitous Che Guevara t-shirt
you find in markets everywhere - the seller does not know
what he is selling, the buyer does not know what he is
buying and the producer does not know what he is
producing. But everybody must continue on unthinkingly.
It appears that this film is also supposed to be like a
Che Guevara t-shirt. But no matter, one pertinent
question will still be raised - when the problem of rape
is of the world at large, why is only India being covered
(Meenakshi Lekhi is BJP spokesperson)
More at:
The Times of India
Jai Maharaj, Jyotishi
Om Shanti
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alt.fan.jai-maharaj@googlegroups.com (Dr. Jai Maharaj): Mar 10 06:52PM

Dr. Jai Maharaj posted:
> is of the world at large, why is only India being covered
> globally?
> (Meenakshi Lekhi is BJP spokesperson)
> More at:
> The Times of India
Rape in India - Why it becomes a worldwide story
By Sankrant Sanu, Niti Central, niticentral.com
December 23, 2014
http://www.niticentral.com/2014/12/23/rape-india-becomes-worldwide-story-292683.html?utm_content=buffer94f04&utm_medium=social&utm _source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer
Jai Maharaj, Jyotishi
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