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[16days_discussion] sad pictures about violence against women in West BEngal: Death And The Maiden]

Eva Quistorp equistorp at aol.com
Fri Jun 18 18:30:15 EDT 2010


with sadness,
Eva Quistorp, Berlin
women for peace
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    http://www.countercurrents.org/geetha170610.htm

    *Death And The Maiden*

    *By S V Rajadurai and V Geetha*

    17 June, 2010
    *Countercurrents.org*

    *A* photograph featured in *The Hindu, dated 17-06-2010 shows *
    <http://www.hindu.com/2010/06/17/stories/2010061764270100.htm>security
    personnel in West Bengal , carrying the body of a woman killed in a
    purported raid on a Maoist hideout.



    The woman's body had been trussed up like the carcass of a dead
    animal. The photo speaks volumes of how the Indian state views those
    it considers a threat to the internal security of the nation - as
    people beneath its contempt and consideration. The photo featured
    alongside that of the dead woman shows a 'captured' young adivasi
    man, barely past his adolescence - a face that could stand in for a
    large number of disenfranchised, poor and desperate tribals, who are
    being treated as enemies of the state for merely wanting to lead a
    life of autonomy and dignity. Merely labeling the dead woman and
    this young man 'Maoist' does not explain the reasons for their
    disenchantment with the Indian state's policies, both at the
    regional and national levels - policies which are calculated to
    deprive them of their right to life and livelihood. Nor does such a
    labeling take away from the cynical and outrageous disregard and
    disrespect that these photos represent.

    There is a civic decorum that democratic life demands we share, and
    the media is as much a party to this compact. But when the media
    presents such photos without comment, and agrees to treat a section
    of the Indian citizenry as little more than animals to be hunted,
    one wonders what the democratic contract is all about - perhaps it
    is a lovely fiction that we all like to invoke when struggles for
    equality and justice turn violent; and which we allow ourselves to
    forget when we feel triumphant over our political opponents or when
    we wish to endorse those who are clearly enemies of the people, as
    in the Bhopal case.


    *S. V. Rajadurai* is a writer, translator and civil rights activist.
    He has written widely in Tamil and English on a range of subjects
    including socialism, anti-caste radicalism, literature and society,
    art and revolution. A long time member of the Peopleï¿œs Union of
    Civil Liberties, he has been active in the campaign against the
    death penalty. Formerly a professor with the Centre for Periyar
    Studies, Bharathidasan University, Trichy, he continues to write and
    participate in civil rights work.

    *V. Geetha *is a writer and editor, currently with Tara Books,
    Chennai. She has been active in the womenï¿œs movement for over two
    decades, and has written in Tamil and English on gender, caste,
    anti-caste radicalism and socialism.

    Rajadurai and Geetha have jointly authored Towards a Non-Brahmin
    Millennium: from Iyothee Thass to Periyar, Samya, Kolkatha, (1998); 2006

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    interest in receiving the included information for research and
    educational purposes.


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