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Friday
Apr172015

'India's Daughter' Documentary Of Jyoti Singh Brutal Rape May Be Banned Worldwide

It was our intention to bring AOC readers the full length documentary ‘India’s Daughter’, previously banned in India and YouTube into India. Yesterday, April 16, India’s Supreme Court refused to lift the ban in India, with the next court date on May 27. 

Installing the BBC full video last night, I see that the documentary is now frozen on the BBC Storyville website. This critically important loss of global free speech rights and artistic freedom is nothing less than astonishing, as this acclaimed documentary is now totally caught up in India’s court system, even though it is owned by the BBC/Storyville.

Further research not reported in the Times of India recap of yesterday’s court appearances explains what happened. One of the defense attorneys (who has his own problems if you read further) alleges that the film is ‘outcome of fraud and conspiracy’ hatched by documentary maker Leslee Udwin, BBC and a private news channel with advocate VK Anand.

Film-maker Leslee Udwin of ‘India’s Daughter’ meets the mother of convicted rapist Mukesh Singh; her other son Ram died while in police custody in connection with the Jyoti Singh case. Mukesh and three other men have been sentenced to death.The Brutal Rape and Disembowelment of Jyoti Singh

On Sunday December 16, 2012 the world was stunned to learn about the brutal gang rape of Jyoti Singh, 23, a talented young woman from Uttar Pradesh who had just completed her medical exams to become a doctor. The Guardian writes:

Speaking excellent English, she spent nights working in a call centre from 8pm until 4am, slept for three hours, then studied. Her ambition was to build and run a hospital in her family’s village. “A girl can do anything,” she would say.

The only girl with two brothers, Jyoti Singh — whose name means light and happiness — asked her father Badri Singh, to please take any monies saved for her wedding and help her with medical school expenses.

When Jyoti Singh’s body was found thrown on the street, she was alive in her eviscerated body. Demonstrations broke out all over India for weeks in a demand for gender equality. Many men joined the marches, horrified over what had happened to the young doctor riding a bus with her friend at 8:30 in the evening.

Rape Is A Global Epidemic, Including in America

Statistics about rape are notoriously difficult to validate. My own review of current rankings by country of rape statistics gave me five different rankings on the front page of Google.

Rape is hardly exclusive to India, where it’s estimated that a rape occurs every 20 minutes. We assume that number is significantly under-reported.  In England and Wales, 85,000 women are raped every year. In Denmark, a country with gender equality embedded in the law, one in five women report being sexually assaulted — based on one source.

In America, a video has gone viral showing a young woman gang-raped by three men in Panama City, Fla over spring break. Hundreds of young revelers stood feet away and watched the unconscious victim being raped and no one tried to help. 

More than one survey says that America is the rape capital of the world, with a woman raped every 6.2 minutes, and it’s been used in discussion about ‘India’s Daughter’. This dated Wonderlist comes up first in Google results, but a new link takes us to the most current list in which America is #3 and India is #5.  Much of America’s statistic is driven by our inordinately large incarceration system, compared to other countries.

The Girl Is Always At Fault Say Lawyers, As India’s Women Lawyers Move Against Defense Attorneys

In the documentary, Mukesh Singh, one of Jyoti Singh’s six rapists (five convicted and one died in prison awaiting trial) is interviewed saying that the rape was Jyoti Singh’s fault :

When being raped, she shouldn’t fight back. She should just be silent and allow the rape… Then they’d have dropped her off after ‘doing her’, and only hit [her friend] the boy.

One of the most shocking aspects of ‘India’s Daughter’ is the view of ML Sharma, the defense lawyer representing the men convicted of raping Jyoti Singh. He said:

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Friday
Oct102014

Angelina Jolie Honored With DCMG By Queen Elizabeth For Work To Stop Violence Against Women

Anne of Carversville’s founding muse Angelina Jolie received a wonderful honor at Buckingham Palace today, making her the consummate Smart Sensuality woman — smart, sexy and with great heart.

Queen Elizabeth awarded Jolie the Insignia of an Honory Dame Grand Cross of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George. “The DCMG honour is in recognition of her campaigning against rape in war zones and services to UK foreign policy,” writes the Daily Mail.

Jolie’s long-standing campaign for women culminated in a landmark international G8 summit held in London in April 2011, in which Jolie joined British Foreign Secretary William Hague (pictured with Jolie and husband Brad Pitt below) Listen to Jolie’s speech here.

Hague and Jolie announced a USD 35.4 million international agreement for action against sexual violence in war zone. 

“Our goal must be a world in which it is inconceivable that thousands of women, children and men can be raped in the course of a conflict, because an international framework of deterrence and accountability makes it impossible,” Hague told his fellow G8 foreign ministers from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia and the US in the run-up to the annual summit in Lough Erne, Northern Ireland in June.

It’s high unusual for the oward to be bestowed on an American and at the young age of 39. Jolie cannot use the word ‘Dame’ as part of her name, although she is allowed to use the initials DCMG after her name. Her audience with Queen Elizabeth was private, but husband Brad Pitt and their six children met the queen afterwards.

Tuesday
Sep232014

Chris Agius Burke's 'Beautiful Bondage' Images Explore Religion, Sexuality & Gender

London-based photographer Chris Agius Burke explores the powerful themes of religion, sexuality and gender, with a focus on fashion portraiture, according to his bio. These images are housed in his Beautiful bondage collection.

We are introducing AOC readers to Burke’s photography at a time when the global obsession with the movie ‘50 Shades of Grey’ promises a major effect on fashion and Emma Watson has just delivered a major UN address on the empowerment of women. Within hours, the views of the patriarchy threatened Watson’s life, promising retribution by Friday.

Burke’s photos capture the complexity of women’s lives and the conflicting social messages of ‘50 Shades’ surrender and temporary submission with the reality that 40,000 women a year continue to be brutally flogged in Sudan for inappropriate dress.

These soft and submissive portraits of female femininity also contrast with Sunday’s dramatic images by Erin Trieb of Kurdish women fighters taking on ISIS in Syria. The most startling takeaway from these brave women is the headline that ISIS is very afraid of being killed by a woman. Such a death at the hands of a woman denies the male soldier a place in heaven.

Together these two image essays capture the essence of Anne of Carversville’s editorial focus ‘From fashion to flogging, telling women’s stories’. ~ Anne

 

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