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A PLEA FOR THE RIGHT TO EQUAL TORTURE


Chapparwad,Gujrat 2002
Men amputated and killed,
Women raped and killed.
Pregnant womens belly split opened and embryo carried on the sword.

Imphal, Manipur 2005
Men beaten up and killed.
Women raped and killed.

Nandigram , West Bengal 2007
Men killed
Women raped and killed.

Guahati, Assam 2007
Men beaten up. People stand by.
Women made naked by three men. People take pictures.



The Constitution grants equal rights for men and women. Yet, we, the women citizens of the country are not even subjected to an equal death. Do we have the right to an equal life? Can we have the right to an equal death or at least to be tortured equally?

Whether it is an atrocity in Gujarat or in Assam, whether it has been perpetrated by a group of cadres, or so-called common people, or the army, or the police, the nature of violence is the same from the west to the east. It violates the right to property, life, body, identities. Aggression in all its form is denounced. Yet the atrocities on women are considered to be so integral to the process of violence that its specificity is hardly recognized - that women are being violated differently from men.

It is the desire of aggression that leads the aggressor to violate the space of identity of the other group. The specific act of aggression may vary. But the desire of aggression as the drive to violate remains the same. It ranges from the destruction of property to the violation of ones way of living to impinge one self on the others body to the annihilation of life altogether. What is specifically under attack is however, not property, body or life, but all that is considered to be the hallmarks of ones identity, of what they think themselves to be. The aggressor does not seek to destroy or mutilate only the concrete-property, body, life or does not torture merely to agonize. The purpose is to inflict trauma, morbid fear and humiliation on the group at large, so that they never dare to speak up as themselves, as what they think themselves to be and to speak up for themselves.


Then, why are the women violated differently from men?


Is it only because the aggressors are largely men and in the heterosexual order sexual violation is therefore to be that of the women?
Is it only because in the heterosexual order the man considers woman as property and therefore seeks to possess her and imprint his right over her body.
Is it only because the womans body is the center of the ijjat of the other community and it is by violating her ijjat that the community at large can be made humiliated and made to hang their head low?
Is it only because violating woman body in concrete, means violation of the mind of the individual victim and the community at large as well?

Perhaps it is all of these. It is all of these, clubbed together for the aggressor. Perhaps, it is all of these for the man victim. Perhaps it is all of these for the woman victim and perhaps it is none of these for the woman victim.

The recent incident of Assam in which a woman was stripped off her clothes shows glaringly that the aggression on woman is not about taking possession of the body, body the concrete. It is about stripping off the self from the body. For the woman victim, it is not simply the violation of her body, her mind or her ijjat, but the very negation of her embodied self. She is not being threatened so that she no more dares to speak up as herself, as what she thinks herself to be or for herself ; she is threatened so that she loses her identity at one go, and keeps thinking WHO AM i?

The purpose of the torture on woman is to make her feel that she is nothing but body, and thereby just nobody.

Whether it is Gujarat or Assam, whether it is a religious community or an ethnic group, the specific torture on woman thereby not only threatens that particular group but brings out the vulnerability of being(?) a woman which cuts across the specificities of caste, class, religious and regional identities.

If we, the women, are forced to live with this vulnerability, being(?) always in the threshold of somebody and NOBODY, then what does the right to equality guaranteed by the Constitution mean? How long can we continue to live with this illusion of equal rights?

At least can we have the right to equal death, or equal torture?
Or else, do we need to strip off our clothes?
Or else do we need to be ever prepared to STRIP OFF OUR OWN CLOTHES to retain our agency to remain an embodied being?
Or else, do we need to be ever prepared to walk on the roads NAKED saying COME TAKE AWAY OUR FLESH?

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