Lorsqu’Une #Organisation Qui Combat Le #Viol le Perpétue Aussi !

Rita Banerji:

Le mot ‘Tehelka’ est devenu un synonyme de révolution et d’indignation publique pour la justice et l’égalité.

La portée de Tehelka est immense. Le magazine possède une influence énorme, à la fois en Inde et dans le monde entier. Cette année, son festival THINK s’est vanté de la présence d’invités tels que Robert De Niro, Amitabh Bachchan, Medha Patkar, Garry Kasparov, Tina Brown, Mary Kom, John Pilger, et bien d’autres encore.

Originally posted on The 50 Million Missing Campaign: Les 50 Millions Manquantes:

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Traduit de l’Original par Roxane Metzger

 Par Rita Banerji

En novembre, un article circulant sur Internet sur un faux « festival du viol » en Inde a choqué beaucoup de gens parce qu’il semblait se moquer du viol !

Ironiquement, au même moment, un événement rassemblant des personnalités célèbres telles que Robert De Niro, le festival ‘THINK’ à Goa (état de l’ouest de l’Inde) faisait exactement cela – il se moquait du viol et des victimes de viols !

Le festival ‘THINK’ était organisé par Tehelka, l’un des magazines les plus radicaux et libéraux en Inde. Mais pour l’Inde, cette institution est bien plus encore. Le mot ‘Tehelka’ est devenu un synonyme de révolution et d’indignation publique pour la justice et l’égalité.

La portée de Tehelka est immense. Le magazine possède une influence énorme, à la fois en Inde et dans le monde entier. Cette année, son festival THINK s’est vanté de la…

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Does @VodafoneIN Have No Business Ethics? This Is How They Cheated Me!

As a gender activist in India, I have often heard women complain about how shops, businesses and even banks cheat them! Not just illiterate, poor women, but even educated, middle-class women.  And I had one such experience recently with the multinational mobile phone company, Vodafone.  The sale made to me was not only irregular but I found out deliberately deceptive, and that the main offices have been evasive and complicit in covering up for whatever scam they are running at this store!

Last month I purchased a 3G Internet Dongle from one of Vodafone’s official store in Kolkata, — a big shop located in the glossy Ideal Plaza.

IN A NUTSHELL THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED AND I DEMAND A FULL REFUND FOR THE PURCHASE I MADE:

1) The store refused to give me a receipt after taking my cash.  Then when they gave me one after I kicked up a fuss, it seemed to be a fake receipt! [see photo below]

2) I was given a vodafone sim card which wasn’t activated till 3 days after I bought the phone, and that too after many complaints.  One of the help line numbers told me it didn’t even seem like a Vodafone number!

3) I had to fight to get a warranty card — and now after taking to a Vodafone official I find out that too was fake! [see photo below]

4) They sold me a defective piece, which later on examining I found had ‘VOID’ written on a sticker on top, which they had carefully tried to scratch off. [see photo below]

5) The Vodafone head offices in Kolkata and Mumbai have been complicit in trying to hide the fact that their official store deceived a customer deliberately and was extremely irregular and unethical in the sale it made to me.  The Mumbai nodal office did not even respond to my email or register my case.  The one official from Kolkata who called me, kept saying “I don’t know” to everything and hung up saying she’ll get back.  But never did!

When I paid for the Dongle at the cash counter (Rs. 1500/-) first they didn’t want to give me a cash receipt.  I said that is absurd and loudly demanded for one.  The receipt they gave did not have the store’s name.  Instead it was from something called “OKAY Call Center Pvt. Ltd.”  (See the photo of the receipt below).   They insisted that this was the way Vodafone wanted the sale to be made and that this was protocol.  Now Vodafone is in some massive mess over taxes with the Indian government, and I wondered this is how they made their sale.

But then they also did not want to give a warranty card. They said there was no warranty card.  Again I had to loudly  demand for one.  They told me not to shout, and provided one.  I made them stamp, sign and date it.

But three days after my purchase the SIM for my dongle had not been activated and the store was closed! I called the customer assistant number and the person told me it seemed like they had given me a SIM which might not be a Vodafone number!  Whatever did that mean?

I emailed the West Bengal and the nodal office in Mumbai to register a complaint.  But got no response from them. I still haven’t!  But when I went to the store, 3 days later, the head offices had contacted the store, because they were waiting for me.  They did activate my SIM but no apologies.  Instead they were rude and extremely hostile.

I had purchased this dongle because my old dongle through Tata Photon was on a CDMA system which is slow but at about 2mbps rate.  I asked about the Vodafone speed and they pointed to the box (see photo below) which says 21.1mbps.  I was told I can use both 2G and 3G.  I thought I’ll test both and got a 2G recharge first.  But the speed was about 80kbps average!

When I got no help from the held lines, or response to my earlier emails, I tweeted Vodafone.  A customer representative finally called me and told she had no idea what the real speed should be.   While talking to her I also found out that the warranty card they had given me was not the real Vodafone warranty card. [photo below].  Then I examined the box carefully.  It’s a small box, and at bottom in small print is written “Check contents if seal is broken or ‘VOID’ is displayed.”  I turn the box around and then I discover it.  A sticker with only a part of ‘VOID’ written across it on the lid, even if much of it is scratched out! 

WHY WOULD VODAFONE’S OFFICIAL STORE TAMPER WITH A DEFECTIVE PIECE TO SELL IT TO ME, AND SET UP THIS WHOLE DRAMA TO EVADE DETECTION:  FAKE BILLS AND FAKE WARRANTY CARDS, THE REFUSAL OF VODAFONE TO EVEN REGISTER MY COMPLAINT,  AN ELABORATE SCHEME TO COVER UP WHAT EVER SCAM THEY HAVE GOING ON IN THIS STORE?  WOMEN CUSTOMERS ARE CONSIDERED IGNORANT AND HELPLESS, IS THAT WHY I WAS TARGETED?

INVOICE

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#Feminism Wouldn’t Do Its Job If It Didn’t Piss Off a Few People!

Below I share an excerpt from an article I just came across, “Why Feminism Needs to be Angry” by Will Robert — a man!  Loved it!  Also see my article “Why Kali Won’t Rage: A Critique of Indian Feminism

Beth Sutton’s interruption of Monday’s debate to denounce  George Galloway as a ‘rape apologist’ may not have been the popular choice but it did succeed, in a small way, in bringing these issues to the forefront.  The outspoken anger that Ms. Sutton displayed on Monday, (which the article claims to devalue the feminist movement) has long been a necessary facet of pushing forward woman’s rights. Voting rights, divorce rights etc. were won through aggressive public campaigning and often without the support of public opinion. 

Presenting a sanitised version of feminism so that it is palatable for the majority does not push woman’s rights forward in any meaningful way. People assume feminist rhetoric against the patriarchy must be anti-man when it is actually fighting against the dominance of men. Accusing modern feminism of fighting for the superiority of women is therefore a weak and misguided criticism…Yet the issue at stake is if men feel threatened by feminism and, as a man, I do not. So I agree with Jonas that “feminism is for everyone” yet it shouldn’t have to bend, compromise or change in order to include everyone. Feminism wouldn’t be doing its job properly if it didn’t irritate a large number of people. So what if it pisses a few people off?

Why #Indian #Women Must Vote #NOTA in the 2014 #Election

Rita Banerji:

As long as political parties house criminals, Indian women can never have a government that will be committed to stopping systemic violence against women.

Originally posted on THE 50 MILLION MISSING CAMPAIGN BLOG ON INDIA'S FEMALE GENDERCIDE:

WHAT IS NOTA?

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NOTA is a voting option provided to Indian citizens for the first time in the April 07- May 12, 2014 elections.  NOTA stands for “None of The Above.”When a voter presses the NOTA button they will indicate that they are rejecting all the political parties and their candidates standing for this election.

WHY HAS THE SUPREME COURT PROVIDED THE NOTA OPTION?  

why are rapists sitting in parliamentOver the last two decades there has been serious concern about the escalating presence of criminals in Indian government and political parties.  With each election the inclusion of these criminals increases.  In the 2004 election, 24% of Members of Parliament (MPs) had pending criminal charges against them. In the 2009 election their numbers had risen to 30% with a majority of these cases carrying serious charges of rape, murder, extortion and other forms of violence against women, such as molestations, stalking, and dowry…

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#Women Politicians Molested While Campaigning for Upcoming #Elections in #India

Rita Banerji:

I think what is bothersome is how most female politicians in India take this kind of sexual molestation by men in public venues into their stride. It comes with the job attitude! If the women in the position of power and politics don’t kick up a huge storm over this, is it any surprise they are not out there speaking for the common women’s rights? A slap? That’s enough? Is it any surprise that as people’s representatives these women often function like they know that this is a country for men, by men, and of men, and they are here only to serve men?

Originally posted on CITIZENS REPORT VIOLENCE ON WOMEN AND GIRLS IN INDIA:

March 30, 2014

nagmaPolitics and government are often touted as venues for the empowerment of women in India.  But the fact is that female politicians are subject to the same kind of harassment and sexual molestations in public spaces, like women in India are on a daily basis, even as they campaign for the upcoming elections in April 2014.

Politician Nagma, despite a strong ring of bodyguards, has been groped on numerous occasions, sometimes by male politicians and sometimes by men in public gatherings.  Last week Nagma responded by publicly slapping one man who grabbed at her.  Some female politicians don’t get out of their cars because they fear being molested.  Others clear wide spaces and speak only from a raised platform.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/lok-sabha-elections-2014/news/Women-politicians-face-sexist-slurs-pawing-seek-safety-inside-cars/articleshow/32934688.cms

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