This week saw women holding onto their values and views against the age-old, misogynistic, and patriarchal actions among others happening in the country. They did not shy away from discussing topics like the falling democracy, and its laws to women safety.
When the government decided to not do the winter sessions in the parliament, journalist Smita Sharma spoke about how the government is creating irony in their own actions.
Seriously. Why is the Prime Minister of this country without a mask In a public place? An entire winter session of parliament has been done away with citing #Covid as an excuse. This is simply irresponsible messaging right from the top. https://t.co/4pphDDYb8J
— Smita Sharma (@Smita_Sharma) December 16, 2020
Stand-up comedian Aditi Mittal also shared her view on this decision.
And then there will be the parliament building construction excuse to push any sessions of Parliment further and further away from happening. https://t.co/gFB9gMGtV3
— out of context aditi mittal (@awryaditi) December 15, 2020
In other news, Supreme Court issued show-cause notices to stand-up comedian Kunal Kamra and cartoonist Rachita Taneja on pleas seeking initiation of contempt of court proceedings against them. Author Sanjukta Basu expressed her concerns on this action by the Supreme Court.
Today SC could have set an example, given us hope that no, India is not a nation where the Judiciary is so fragile that a Tweet or cartoon can shake the entire structure. SC could have just laughed it off and moved on. They actually started contempt proceedings. National shame.
— Sanjukta Basu (@sanjukta) December 18, 2020
Meanwhile, actress Swara Bhasker reminded that it is been one year to the brutal attack on the students of Jamia university.
One year to the brutal attack on #JamiaMilliaIslamia students by @DelhiPolice .. for exercising their constitutional right to peacefully protest the CAA-NRC project.. Salute to the spirit of Jamia students! #jamiaattack #SabYaadRakhaJaaega pic.twitter.com/V1RfGQzpY1
— Swara Bhasker (@ReallySwara) December 15, 2020
After nearly two months of probe, the CBI has filed a chargesheet against the four men accused of the gangrape and murder of the 19 year old Dalit woman in Hathras. Expressing her grieve, political journalist Roshini Singh shared her thoughts.
Horrific crimes against women happen in all states and in all parts of the world. But nowhere else has the victim and her family been harassed, slandered, threatened and violated as much as it happened in Hathras, Uttar Pradesh by the state govt, BJP’s IT cell & godi media.
— Rohini Singh (@rohini_sgh) December 18, 2020
Incidentally, it has been eight years since the brutal gangrape in Delhi happened. Nirupama Kotru, a civil servant shared her concerns.
It's been 8 yrs since that cold winter night of 16.12.2012.The night a young girl was brutalised& left to die.The incident seemed to galvanise whole nation into action.Suddenly everyone was talking about #women's #safety.For a while it seemed things would improve(1/3) pic.twitter.com/AWdwwL6C9s
— nirupama kotru (@nirupamakotru) December 16, 2020
Writer and journalist Namita Bhandare spoke about the love jihad law which is still a debatable topic.
I would say woman + men who still believe in our Constitutional guarantees of being free and equal citizens with the right to love and make informed decisions. Please and RT, if you believe this. https://t.co/UKXWHumrU3
— Namita Bhandare (@namitabhandare) December 14, 2020
On a lighter note, the past week also saw Google going down for a brief time. Feminist researcher Radhika Radhakrishnan brought into light on the fact that we are all very dependent on Google.
I hate admitting how dependent we all are on Google, and how worked up we all can get when its servers go down, like right now. The perfect example of a digital system that has scaled up (mostly unregulated and often unethically) beyond measure.
— Radhika Radhakrishnan (@so_radhikal) December 14, 2020
(Edited by Varnika Gupta)