Thursday, February 26, 2009
Sita Sena. Join now. Speak up!!
This is the beauty and the power of blogs. I read the reports of fresh attacks on women in Bangalore and felt sickened. This has to STOP ! I said to myself . The idea of launching a Sita Sena to counter the Ravanas in our midst came to me in a flash. I communicated it to my dear, dear blogdost Aham, who immediately swung into action and created a site. His plan is to congregate at the Gateway of India on March 8th, International Women's Day, and raise awareness, but even more importantly raise voices against this abominable trend. Harish needs volunteers. As of now, there is no specific agenda but to communicate the idea to as many like- minded people as possible. It has to be peaceful and it has to be strong. Nobody should take law into their own hands or respond via violence\abuse. But a plan of action has to be formulated urgently. Perhaps an SOS line? Women who find themselves in that demeaning situation, outnumbered by men hell bent on humiliating them and ignored by the police, must be in a position to alert others who can rush to the trouble spot and help them. I would greatly appreciate suggestions - practical ones - that are easy to implement in an emergency. Spread the word. Get as many men as possible to join up and extend their solidarity. If we let these assaults go without articulating our anger, the Mangalore\Bangalore model will catch on in other metros. And soon we will have several Kabuls sprouting up all over India. Shame the men. Show your contempt. Speak up!!