Pink Chaddi Campaign: Violence against Woman continues in Bangalore


In the aftermath of the Pink Chaddi Campaign, the violence against women continues in Bangalore.

Ultra Violet says: ” I have received at least three emails about attacks on women in Bangalore for wearing jeans / drinking / being free individuals.”

They link to further reports of attacks on women:

And as soon as they turn around in protest, the car doors are flung open, and a stream of 4-5 rabid men run out towards these women, screaming obscenities in Hindi and Kannada against women in general, fists flailing. Some of us who came in running at the sound of the screaming brakes now stand in the middle in defense of our women, and then blows start raining down. One of the goons make a couple of calls over the cellphone, and in seconds a stream of other equally rabid goondas land up. They gun straight for the women, and everyone – a few well-meaning bystanders, acquaintances who know us from the restaurant, basically everyone who tries to help the women – starts getting thoroughly beaten up.

Women are kicked in the groin, punched in the stomach, slapped across the face, grabbed everywhere, abused constantly. Men are smashed up professionally, blows aimed at livers, groins, kidneys and nose. A friend is hit repeatedly on the head by a stone until he passes out in a flood of blood.

The Hindu carried this story on three attacks:

Gangs attack women in ‘western attire’

Bangalore: In what appears to be inspired by the pub attack in Mangalore, three women have been attacked in the city over the past week. All three in their 20s and in “western clothing” were subject to varying degrees of violence. […]

The first incident took place on February 17 at 1.10 p.m. in Indiranagar, when a young woman’s car was closely followed by two men on a motorcycle. […] After a chase, she sought refuge in an apartment building, where she was cornered. One of the men continued to shout obscenities and moved threateningly close. When she slapped him in self-defence, he punched her. “Aggravated, I shouted at him in Kannada. He was stunned to hear me speak the language. He noted down my licence plate number and told the guard he would harm me later,” she said. […]

The second incident took place on Tuesday at 10 a.m., when a 28-year-old woman on her way to Kormangala was accosted by four men near RBANM’s College in Ulsoor. “Four men got off an SUV and started screaming at me. They tugged at my clothes in front of at least eight mute spectators. One of them even pulled my shrug off, scratched my neck and hit my ear,” she told The Hindu on condition of anonymity. She said that the four were all aged between 25 and 35. “When I said I would call the police, one of them offered me his mobile phone and told me to go right ahead. They saw an airline tag on my bag, got more aggravated and called me an outsider,” she said. “One of them said I must be part of the pink chaddi campaign.” Fortunately, an army van passed by and two soldiers ordered the men to stop harassing the woman. […]

Later the same day, at 9 p.m., a young filmmaker was attacked by four men near High Grounds, past the Mount Carmel College. “At first, they jostled me and I told them to back off. They shouted obscenities in Kannada. I yelled back in English, which seemed to provoke them. It grew into a fight when they punched me and said I ‘deserved’ it for wearing jeans and sleeveless kurta and walking alone at night.”

There will be a protest walk on the 7th March, a Reclaim the Night march on the 8th March, and an email campaign. See the Pink Chaddi Campaign page for more.

Categories: gender & feminism, violence

2 replies

  1. Just goes to show yet again that it doesn’t matter what ethnicity or religion is involved, fundamentalist religionists want to turn the clock back for women to withdraw from the public sphere and merely be servants for men. And their “moderate” co-religionists in every group fail to adequately shun them, let alone excommunicate them.
    Gods bless the minority radical progressives in religious groups who do actually speak up. Would that there were more of you.

  2. Thanks for this. I’ve got a remarkably good fix on the definition of ‘coward’ after reading the ‘sputnikstar’ link, if nothing else.
    skepticlawyer’s last blog post..Law of unintended consequences…

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