Incredible India 10

Time for the next instalment of Incredible India, those Only-in-India stories.

Here we go:

* Holy cow, unholy representation in the Holy City. What does it take to be the BSP’s Lok Sabha candidate for the holy city of Varanasi? Over two dozens cases including murder, attempt to murder, kidnapping, extortion, loot and land grabbing. Our candidate Mukhtar Ansari will contest the upcoming election from Gazipur jail, where he’s lodged now for the alleged murder of BJP-MLA Krishnanand Rai.

* Foreign tourists to India have never had it so bad. They are raped, murdered, cheated, assaulted et al, merely for the sin of coming to India. Now foreign tourists are so sick of the crimes against them that the other day some of them staged a protest march in Gaya in the North Indian state (or sewer) of Bihar. No kidding. Here’s an excerpt from the TOI story:

In perhaps the first protest of its kind, a group of foreign tourists took out a protest march in Bodh Gaya, on Saturday to register protest against incidents of crime, including road robberries targeting visitors from abroad.

The placard-carrying protesters also silently walked around Mahabodhi temple, the seat of Buddha’s enlightenment. The protesters from countries like Belgium, Canada and Mexico also demanded the deployment of “tourist police” to gain the confidence of visitors and prevention and detection of crime.

M Mariya, a visitor from Mexico, told mediapersons that some of her friends visited Bodh Gaya a couple of months back and stayed on the Root Institute Campus. One evening when the tourists came out of the Institute, a group of road robbers overpowered them and demanded money. When the visitors told the road robbers they were not carrying wallets, one of the tourists was made hostage while others were freed to fetch money and the hostage was freed when payment was made.

* You say there’s a backlog of 2.5 crore cases in various Indian courts, right. Who gives a damn. The Madras High Court has worked only nine days this year.

* Hey, if you can’t become a programmer, you can always become a pigrammer. With the coming restrictions on H1B visas, software programmers in Tamil Nadu can take up pig farming. Hey, there’s free training too.

* Sweet justice. Naxalites have occupied 250 acres in Kondapuram village in Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh that’s said to belong to Satyam crook B.Ramalinga Raju.

Did we hear anyone say Mera Bharat Mahaan?

12 Responses to "Incredible India 10"

  1. the gora   February 16, 2009 at 1:51 am

    There was an AP news video on Yahoo this weekend showing Shiv Sena supporters taking to the streets to protest Valentine’s Day, calling it a day of shame and lust, and that they were prepared to attack anyone showing public displays of affection, etc. I was on the phone with one of my best friends and told him about this. His (sarcastic) response was, “Of course man. That’s how we Indians are. Why would any guy in India want to spend lots of money buying roses or chocolates for a girl on Valentine’s Day when he can rape her for free?” Responds:

    India is already the rape capital of the world.

    In 2007, there were 20,737 reported cases of rape, according to the National Crime Records Bureau. This works out to a horrific 2.37 rapes every hour. Since 1971, the incidence of rape in India has increased by a whopping 734%.

    Look at this chart.

    Given the social stigma attached to the victims of rape in India rather than the perpetrators and the bias of the Indian police and society against women, we believe the real incidence of rape in India could be 20 times as high as the reported figures because many women do not come forward to report their rapes or are shoved aside by the legal system.

    So the real rape figures for India could be as high as 400,000 per year.

  2. Harry Butt   February 16, 2009 at 10:46 am

    pig-rammer?? ramming the pigs may be good diversion for rapists.. it may help them abate their unhealthily high sexual arousal a bit, and the squealing of the pigs may calm their minds..

    After ramming them, they can eat them. Responds:

    1. You are a wily fellow. 😉 Looks like you are suggesting a story-line for Bala’s next movie? Naan Panni-ten?

    2. We think the high incidence of Rape in India is more of a cultural problem – a reflection of the very low status of women in Indian society and failure of the law and order machinery.

  3. Harry Butt   February 16, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    Yeah, Bala seems to be obsessed with the grotesque..

  4. gtapradeep   February 16, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    you forgot wat happened on valentines day……
    some guys made 2 dogs to marry on protesting against lovers………
    lovers are made to tie rakhee (pronouncing bro and sis) on each others hand…..
    WTF is happening Responds:

    The Hindu Maha Sabha (which presided over the marriage of the dogs in Nagercoil) comprises of a bunch of blithering idiots.

  5. joeantony   February 17, 2009 at 1:28 am

    True, in India you can rape a girl for free, 95% she wont go to police station to give a complaint against you, atleast for the fear of geting raped (or gang raped) again by the cops. If at all she goes and boldly gives a complaint the so called law is there to protect the rapist (so called intension is not to punish a innocent male), they ask question to the girl in the court like, how do u say that it was a rape, did u co operate, did you enjoy it, can you please explain frame by frame what exactly happened?….

    do you think any girl would even think of going to the law? so literally India is the heaven for rapists.

    The hindu clowns are protesting against V-Day forgetting the fact that their supreme gods Ram and Krishna are great lover boys… All versions of ramayana says there was a ‘love at first sight’ chemistry worked out … between sita and ram..
    Krishna … was a childhood play boy, no need of facts there. If these clowns are against obscenity 90% of hindu temples (where group sex, lesbianism, gay, public sex all are portrayed) has to be demolished by them first, in Hindu myth lords have stolen others wife, and we have some incest gods (brahma slept with his daughter) as well… these clowns without knowing all these facts came out and protect ‘this’ culture from the lovers (because they are portraying obscenity by holding hands in public)….

    ah, bunch of rapists and bunch of uneducated goons..deciding the fate of India…

  6. joeantony   February 18, 2009 at 2:27 am

    See what world hottest growing economy delivered to its people Responds:

    The Indian people have been shaved to the bone.

    And some people build billion dollar homes.

  7. raghavendrav   February 18, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    I thought the below article is apt to this blog.. This could possibly happen only in India… Responds:

    True, the incidence of rape is growing in India.

  8. joeantony   February 19, 2009 at 12:29 am

    There was a notion from BJP earlier on giving death sentence from raping (alone) I actually liked it. India’s half of the population would be hung 🙂 .

  9. coolfrog_20   February 19, 2009 at 5:43 am

    SI, How does it look if you take the cases as “per 100,000” or something and compare it with the rest of world/US? Since 1.4 billion is a lot just numbers can be deceiving.

    About the multiplication factor 20. How did you get it? That means only 1 in 20 incidents is reported. It seems to me like an exagerration even for a cynic. 2 or 3 would be more correct. Responds:

    1. We’ll do a comparison one of these days on a per 100,000 basis. Do you have any links to U.S. data?

    2. Given that India is still conservative society when it comes to the ‘reputation’ of women, widespread oppression of the poor in rural hinterlands and rampant corruption among the police-force, we assumed a factor of 20. That’s arbitrary, of course. Just as your 2 or 3 is.

    But the fact of the matter is (as this table demonstrates), the rape numbers for India are staggering.

  10. coolfrog_20   February 19, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    When you do the comparision, make sure you multiply US data by 4 (only 26% is reported according to US dept of justice). As for India you can stick to your 20. Since there are no official stats, its anybody’s guess and we seem to be the only people who think its less than 70. So the hypocritical swine that I am I suggest you give the benefit of the doubt to the rapists.. But seriously though, I think you should do it with 70 or even 100 (with a smallprint footnote) just to be on the safe side. Responds:

    The last link in your comment offers depressing statistics. Only 1 in 70 rape cases get reported.

    Here’s an excerpt for those too lazy to click on the third link:

    Only one in about 70 cases of rape gets reported. This means that about 69 women get raped before one lodges an official complaint. Of the reported cases (only one out of 70), only 20 per cent are convicted. Consequently, only three out of 1,000 rapists ever get convicted. So most rapists can get away with rape. A woman gets raped every half an hour in India. So what in the world is keeping women silent about this heinous crime?

    If you are as puzzled as I am by the collective silence of women, would their silence be less puzzling if you were told that almost half of those raped are a vulnerable population, under the age of 18? Or that most sexual abuse takes place in the sanctity of that most venerable of institutions – the Indian family? Most women are raped by men who are well known to them. The rapists are fathers, grandfathers, fathers-in-law, husbands, lovers, uncles, cousins, or the voyeuristic neighbour next door. Lower class and lower caste women are raped by upper caste and upper class men. Women are silenced because they are the safe-keepers of their families and communities. When the victims are very young, they are coerced into silence by their older, more powerful abusers. These women live in cities and slums, villages and towns, all across India. Surely they aren’t all dressing up provocatively to tempt their rapists?

  11. SRINIVAS   February 20, 2009 at 6:56 am

    some positive news here – recd this via e-mail

    Government of India has developed an ‘Online Grievance Forum’ @ Can you imagine this is happening in INDIA ?

    The govt. wants people to use this tool to highlight the problems they
    faced while dealing with Government officials or departments like Passport
    Office, Electricity board, BSNL/MTNL, Railways etc.
    Many of us say that these things don’t work in India .

    Couple of months back, the Faridabad Municipal Corporation laid new roads
    in his area and the residents were very happy about it. But 2 weeks later,
    BSNL dug up the newly laid roads to install new cables which annoyed all
    the residents. A resident used the above listed grievance forum to
    highlight his concern. To his surprise, BSNL and Municipal Corporation of
    Faridabad were served a show cause notice and the guy received a copy of
    the notice in one week. Government has asked the BMC and BSNL about the
    goof up as it’s clear that both the government departments were not in sync
    at all.

    So use this grievance forum and educate others who don’t know about this
    facility. This way we can at least raise our concerns instead of just
    talking about the ‘System’ in India ..
    Invite your friends to contribute for many such happenings. Responds:

    OMG, the above factoid certainly deserves to go into Incredible India.

  12. coolfrog_20   February 20, 2009 at 11:46 am

    On a related note, this Public Interest Foundation deserves mention..
    type “NC (pincode)” and send to 567678 for all the dirty secrets of your sitting MP. It should soon expand to include all contesting candidates.
    There are a total of 128 MPs who have criminal proceedings against them.
    BJP-29,INC-26,SP-11,CPI(M)-7,CPI-3. Details available on the site. Responds:

    Another important issue we all ought to fight for if we wish to make Mera Bharat Mahaan is term limits (say no more than two terms for an MP/MLA).

    But getting term limits is very hard because the people who will stand out to lose will have to pass such legislation.

    But as with everything in life, nothing tried nothing gained.

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