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Indian Women a Valentines day salute from Australia

Updated on May 20, 2009

Indian women have been subjected to the extreme view of "Taliban" like extremists and it must be stopped.

An extremist group of Indian men have assaulted a group of women in a public place for being "un-Indian" while having a normal social outing with friends for Valentine's day.

The BBC reported this story and the women have evidently retaliated with an online campaign to send the perpetrators hundreds of pink panties.

They got an enormous response with some people sending boxes full of pink panties to them!

Evidently the loony god bothered Hindu extremists are to reply with gifts of the conservative sari. These gutless zealots are not being peaceful because they suddenly grew a brain each, the are scared of the press! Good work ladies! I can't wait for the next round.

You cannot push Indian women around. They have the Internet and a means of world wide support. The other huge factor is the strength of Indian women themselves. A force to be reckoned at any time. When they get together in numbers, they could start with pink panties and end up changing some Indian values important to the situation of many women in India.

As an Australian, naturally I have many Indian friends as we have many Indian people living here. Every Indian woman that I know is strong and smart. They love it here and so do the kids, who soon escape in to our free and open society. The women integrate well and so do modern Indian men.

Some of the older men treat the females in the family badly even in Australia, but usually not for long.Given the opportunity these women show their strength.

Indian women get to know neighbors and workmates here because Australia is a friendly place over all, and soon learn our laws.

I know three older women who have called in our Australian social security and got orders against abusive males who did not obey Australia's laws. Our laws protect women's rights very well.

The younger Indian men get it. They have a lot less trouble getting an equal relationship going with their wives. Society has it's own ways of educating them if they don't. They will be told by workmates that the shouldn't treat women that way, just as reasonable Indians do in their own beautiful country.

I am surprised and shocked by the Indian Government's lenient attitude to these thugs.

A true story.

One young woman I know came to Australia on her parents behest to marry a man she had never met. After she married him he treated her badly.

She went to work in a factory where she met other Australianised Indian women and a few Aussies who's relationships looked a lot better than hers.After a few months she became aware of the enormous gulf between her and her abusive husband.

A young good looking Indian man (who looked like a god to her she told me about a year later), had heard about this abuse from an Indian/Australian woman she worked with.He liked this quiet pretty girl a lot, but had not considered her approachable as she was married.

When he was told the extent of abuse this girl was getting from her husband he got his Australian lawyer on her case. She is now married to this beautiful young man who loves her deeply and treats her like a princess. True story, oh and by the way they now have a beautiful little girl, the first child for them both, as she did not have children with her first husband even though he regularly raped her.

I do not know what happened to the husband and I don't care, I just want to see all the wonderful women of India happy and safe, living as equals whatever country they are in. They deserve to be safe and hopefully happy.

Oh, and a hairy goat up each of the aforementioned loony tune flat world dwellers!


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      Gaurav 5 years ago

      I am an indian man,and i think that our women are very strong but very feminine and We are proud of them.

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      earnestshub 7 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Thank you for your informed comment Sofs. I am very happy to know that Indian women are winning the respect they deserve.

      You are right, I do care about women's rights.

      There is nothing better than local information, and your contribution is indicative of Indian women being well educated and informed.

      It's very useful to know the current state of affairs for women in India.

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      sofs 7 years ago

      Hi Ernest, I find this a little lopsided, being an Indian woman I can tell you the women do handle abuse smartly these days, the valentines day incident was just a group of lunatics who want some publicity. I do have to agree with you that this used to be the state of my country women, now the women are smarter and well educated the take men to the courts. This is still true in rural India to a great extent where the women are largely illiterate. I do appreciate the fact that you care to high light the problem, articles like these do create an awareness among people. The Pink chuddy (panty) protest happened where I live in Bangalore.

      Yup, as you have rightly pointed it out marital rape happens everywhere I guess no country is an exception.

      I love the way you stand up for womens right, Your heart is in the right place, God bless! :)

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      earnestshub 7 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Thank you Keith! I reckon if enough males offer support to our better halves worldwide it may offer some hope of changes.

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      attemptedhumour 7 years ago from Australia

      Hi Ernie, another great hub, it's sad to think that this type of behavior not only goes on but is encouraged by ignorant males with vested interests. Change is usually a slow process, but the more people talk about it the better. Well done.

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      earnestshub 8 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      We have them in all countries I fear,thank you very much for your insight.

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      Anamika S 8 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

      It is sad Martial Abuse and Martial Rape still exist in India and we still have Men here who treat their wives as doormats.

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      Gener Geminiano 8 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines

      Now i'm obliged to read you hub hehehehe...

      rate this for me hehehehe... erase this afterwards...

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      earnestshub 8 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Thanks Tom. I do get upset when I see this sort of thing.

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      Tom Rubenoff 8 years ago from United States

      Thanks for your view on this very important topic. Misogyny is really a crime against humanity. The whole human race must stand against it.

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      earnestshub 8 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      countrywomen- You are right. Bad news travels very well these days. Yes agvulpes is a trusted friend of mine.

      I am always happy when you visit my hubs, I have great respect for you.

      I wish you a great day.

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      countrywomen 8 years ago from Washington, USA

      Earnestshub- Yes that is so true. There are good, average and bad folks in every culture. But usually in general the bad gets more publicity than the good. I wonder why: is it because we the public are looking for bad that's why they dish it out to us or we don't have a choice hence they(media) decide whatever they want to show to us or is it because of the increased viewership for negative(resulting in more ads to the media network).

      I always wonder why I have to wake up to sad news when there are so many happy/wonderful things going on in the world. Yesterday the shooting in US/Germany upset me a little bit even though it was a festival day(holi) for us. We as a consumers seem to have little choice once we switch on the TV. I guess I am going totally off topic. A friend of Agvulpes is a friend of mine and hence I just went on.  Have a great day.

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      earnestshub 8 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Thank you countrywomen. I can see that most Indian men are quite advanced in their cultural growth. It seems there are always a few idiots in every culture.

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      countrywomen 8 years ago from Washington, USA

      Nice hub. Yes this incident was all over the news and luckily Indian society as a whole isn't held ransom to some nut cases idea of what Indian/Hindu culture should be. Thumbs up for a fantastic hub. Btw my first valentine after marriage was wonderful and if you find time please do check it out.

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      earnestshub 8 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Thank you SiddSingh, for the comment, and for enlightening myself and other hubbers. I am so pleased to read that this is not a common problem, and that Indian culture has reacted so strongly against these goons.

      Thank you Lindagoffin, yes we should be able to tolerate all customs, providing they are not abusive. These goons do not seem to fit in any modern society, yet they keep their stupid ways due to dumb pride. I call it ignorance-by-choice.

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      lindagoffigan 8 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Glad to hear your compassion for women in the world. I recently saw an Indian woman walk behind her husband in America, I mean feets apart. Someone could have snatched her but I guess custom is customer. I am happy that some of these women and free and got a second chance at happiness without the abuse.

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      SiddSingh 8 years ago

      Hi earnest,

      Kudos to you for writing a hub on this incident. I am so glad that you were sufficiently moved by the incident to think about it, and then write about it. I am really not aware that BBC took up the story, but the incident had dominated the airwaves here in India for days altogether. Everyone was shocked, disturbed and angered by this brazen act of some misguided goons. Just a little bit of correction though, these goons were not out to protect the "hindu" culture, but they were "protecting the Indian culture". They claim that it does not really suit the Indian women to follow the "western, pub culture". The way they came upon unsuspecting girls was very similar to how the Taliban have reacted in Afghanistan and some parts of Pakistan.

      Adding to what Shalini says, fortunately, these anti social elements represent a very, very miniscule school of thought. They might claim so, but they DO NOT represent the "Indian traditions and values".

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      earnestshub 8 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Thank you eyeamforanarchy.

      Shalini your hub is wonderful compared to my modest effort, thank you for making such a great hub.

      Tonymac04, I can see we are on the same road too, thank you for supporting the women of the world. If we honor women we honor life itself.

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      Tony McGregor 8 years ago from South Africa

      GReat Hub and I drink to the strength of the Indian women, and indeed to all women who have to put up with such s__t from silly males! And the hairy goat thing to such stupid males.

      Women are gifts to the world and to males in particular - we should all honour and love them appropriately.

      Any man who abuses a woman is in my view not a man but a beast.

      So thanks for this Hub.

      Love and peace


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      Shalini Kagal 8 years ago from India

      Thanks for bringing this to the public eye earnesthub! Just to set the record straight, most Indian men are very good to their wives :) However, there will always be a group that thinks of women as chattels - and it is difficult to change their way of thinking because it's a mindset that has been that way for generations. I think the modern woman has found one great way to attack - embarrass them. It's tough for their egos to take - and I guess this show of 'pink' strength is going to gather momentum in the days to come.

      Here's my take on this :)

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      Kelly W. Patterson 8 years ago from Las Vegas, NV.

      You go girls!