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So many things recently are bringing me back to Sylvia Pankhurst. The title of this thread is indeed the title of a DVD about her life!

The late Jyoti Singh Pawdrey who from a poor background qualified to be a Doctor expressed similar hopes for Indian women.

For me therefore the spirit of Sylvia Pankhurst must be kept alive. Sadly I have not been able to find references to International Women's Day or the fatal injuries suffered by Jyoti who was raped in India on the Sylvia Pankhurst websites I have looked at.

As parents our heart goes out to the parents of Jyoti and their courage in participating in the film "India's Daughter" that was broadcast on British Television Sunday evening (BBC 4 at 23.00 hrs).

Critics choice in "The Sunday Times" culture magazine explains better than we can:-

So powerful is this film that it was first shown at late notice last Wednesday night.
On December 16, 2012, the 23-year-old medical student, Jyoti Singh Pandey, was raped by six men on a bus in Delhi. She died, 13 days later, of appalling injuries.

Leslee Udwin's film is almost impossible to watch; it is terrible to hear about Jyoti's conviction that "a girl can do anything", to see the grief of the parents who encouraged her dreams, and watch Udwin's jail interview with one of the men sentenced to death for her rape and murder. "A girl is more responsible for rape than a boy" he says, blaming her for being out after dark and "fighting back".

Such deep-seated misogyny is everywhere - in their lawyer's defence case, in a world that diminishes women. Jyoti's story is unspeakable, yet her case triggered 30 days of protest across India. A reason for hope, perhaps, but no antidote to the sadness and anger this film leaves behind.
Please encourage all United Kingdom viewers, particularly male and Indian, to watch this film on catch up television and to discuss the extent to which their cultural experiences in this Country can encourage change in India.

This was not just another rape - not just another brutal rape but a reflection of traditional male barbarity against women.


Dying declaration of Jyoti on 21st Dec 2012:

She said she and her friend Awninder Pandey boarded a white chartered bus after watching the film The Life of Pi at Delhi's Citywalk mall. They had struggled to make their way home and had jumped on the bus after hearing the conductor call out their destination, Dwarka, where she lived.

There were "six or seven" people on the bus and they assumed they were passengers. They had been apprehensive, but by the time they had paid their fare it was too late.

"The conductor closed the doors of the bus. He closed the lights of the bus and came towards my friend and started abusing and beating him. They held his hands and held me and took me to the back of the bus. They tore my clothes and raped me in turns. They hit me with an iron rod and bit me on my entire body with their teeth.

"They took all belongings, my mobile phone, purse, credit card, debit card, watches etc. Six people raped me in turns for nearly one hour in a moving bus. The driver of the bus kept changing so that he could also rape me," she said.

She and her friend had put up a fierce fight at the outset, she said, but their screams to passers-by outside went unheard and their attackers snatched their mobile phones. For half of her ordeal she was unconscious, she said, but each time she awoke in the darkness she was attacked again, she said.

"I heard these people saying 'catch them, tear their clothes, hit them, take her bag' and using abusive language. Ram Singh, Thakkur, Raju, Mukesh, Pawan, Vinay etc were their names. We were all the time in total darkness, they were all looking black. By their language they were illiterate, driver-cleaner type people," she said.
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