I was about to take care of those last minute errands, but stopped to read the headlines. That can be a deterrent on a good day, depending on the news du jour. And over the last few weeks, there’s been a lot of news. Much of it not good. Pick your tragedy or injustice. Unfortunately, there are many.
I have some wonderful blogging friends throughout the world. I am counting on all of you to help make a difference. Together we can. Please pass this on. Here’s the issue and what I propose.
I have been outraged by the death of the 23 year-old woman from India. She was brutally raped, beaten and then died from catastrophic, internal injuries due to this assault. Her so called male companion, as many of the media have described him, was actually her fiance. They were to be married in February.
Her family came from modest means, but sold their ancestral land, to help put her through medical school. Yes, she was going to medical school to become a doctor and heal the sick. Quite ironic, isn’t it ?
This is one of the biggest atrocities I have heard to late, besides all the mass shootings, in our country. Maybe we forget how most of the world lives. How little freedom women have. It is easy when you live in a country, or any westernized society, where women have equality. We don’t stand for this. We prosecute offenders of violent crimes. Perhaps I take this justice for granted. Perhaps I shouldn’t.
Unfortunately, this woman is only a symbol of a country who has allowed these crimes to go unpunished for years. A young 16 year-old girl was raped in a village a few months ago and went to the police to report it. The very law enforcement that should have been protecting her, taunted and harassed her so ruthlessly, that she took her own life a month later. Two of the three police officers were fired and one suspended, but only after this incident. This is a common occurrence in India.
Men can rape, beat and molest young women, most are under 25. There are no ramifications for their actions. They get away with it, so knowing this, they take the liberty to repeat this over and over. Because they can. When there is no punishment for such heinous crimes, the country, the society, is saying it’s okay. They often make the victim the offender, as if it’s her fault.
I was glad to see all the pockets of India in an uproar- men and women together. They were demonstrating their outrage, holding candle light vigils. Outrage is good. The death of this innocent woman, speaks for all the women of india. Let her death mean something.
The government has locked their doors. Crowds of protestors are close to the Parliament and government buildings. The entire area has been sealed off and guarded. I wonder how they feel now, to be in fear ?
People are angry, but anger invokes action. I don’t think it should be destructive or violent, but mobs of people and loud voices, tend to be listened to. It propels one to usually do something. The government offered the dead girl’s parents money and a job. What a message. We’ll buy you off. Buy away your pain. Do they think that will console them ? Or take away the horrific visions of what happened to her and how she must have suffered ?
Why does it sometimes take such despicable acts to make change ? This has been going on for years. Police and law-makers were all cognizant of it. They chose to laugh it off and turn their backs. Even worse, they often blamed the victim, while the criminal walked.
I have been trying to find out about these six men- who they are, their ages, their backgrounds, how many other crimes they committed, but I can’t find any information. Are they being protected ? How crazy is that to protect brutal murderers !
What I have read made me cringe. With hate. And I am not a hateful person. I try to give people the benefit of the doubt. I am the first to jump in if there’s a crisis. Or to help. I do not believe in guns. I think they should all be banned in the United States especially, but they won’t be. Gun reform is definitely needed, but that’s a whole different post. In this particular case though, if someone gave me a gun, I think I would shoot them.
They took 2 innocent people, poured acid into her fiance’s mouth, then one by one, each of the six men raped her. As if that weren’t bad enough, they beat her, inserted an iron rod into her, causing severe internal damage, which ultimately killed her, then stripped them both and threw them out of the moving bus, like trash.
Her parents want them hanged. I feel so radical right now, but what do you do with such sick, violent criminals ? They are barbaric, sadistic men. If you could save their soul, maybe.. But they have no soul. They have no humanity, They are emotionally and spiritually barren. I don’t think you can fix that. I don’t think any government should spend one dime on them in jail. It’s a waste of money.
India needs to make a strong statement that they won’t stand for these violent acts against women. They need to tell India and the world that this is not okay. That this is the most unacceptable behavior a society can have.
You cannot violate anyone, then beat them mercilessly, for sport, or kicks, or whatever their sick minds were thinking. It should mean life in prison, at the minimum. And I say, chose the worst prison, a rotten, dirty, run down one, filled with vermin, just like them.
And during the time this happened to the 23 year-old. This happened also-
Dec 19, 2012 – Police on Wednesday fished out the body of a 10-year old girl from a canal in … Police superintendent Ajit Kumar Satyarthi said the girl had been gang-raped and killed and her body dumped ..Ten years old !
So this is my proposal. Until the Indian government, puts some strict laws on their books to protect women and until they enforce these laws, so men know there will be retribution and severe punishment, we boycott all American companies who outsource there.
It hurts the U.S. companies that do business with people allowing this and in tandem, hurts the Indian economy. That always seems to get notice. We’ve seen this before. We know the results. It works. The pressure of this boycott will hit a wall, because the bottom line, is that all these companies want to make money. Stop the surplus and they’ll get the message. Who knows ? Maybe some of these large companies, might actually bring jobs back here.
Here’s the irony- India is doing so well with American companies that outsource there, they have moved some of their business operations to the U.S. Now those same greedy U.S. companies, that took the jobs away from Americans, are now asking the Indian outsourcing companies, to hire the American people. Can you imagine ?
Why didn’t these corporations just stay here and give Americans the much needed jobs to begin with ? They look like fools now.
Below are some of the companies that outsource. You and I have probably used many of their products. I plan to stop using every product I can, until there is change. I am asking you to do the same. It’s a small task, in comparison.
Please pass this on for all the women in your life and to honor that one woman, who gave her life, so voices could be heard. So, change can happen. If you like Pizza, McDonald’s, Pepsi, switch to an alternative. Try the small Mom and Pop shops, that are better quality and could use your business.
Check out the list – I know it’s only a very small portion of corporations, but it’s a start. Feel free to investigate further. Your actions will speak loudly.
Then PLEASE PASS THIS ON
Do this for Your:
Mostly do it for all the women that don’t have a voice and need us to speak for them.
And Remember- PASS IT ON
CB Richard Ellis
Johnson & Johnson
New York Life
Ogilvy and Mather
INDIA- It’s up to you now. And the whole world is watching.