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EDITOR’S NOTE: WALL OF VIOLENCE
The research is clear: when there are more women in positions of power, the organisation or community performs better on all long-term parameters. Take the current battle against Covid being fought worldwide, and the comparative success of women-led responses – cover personality KK Shailaja in India’s Kerala (p.13), Jacinda Ardern in New Zealand, and Angela Merkel in Germany.
And yet getting women to the top is an arduous climb, and breaking down patriarchal codes is more the treacherous wall of a cliff than a winding slope. The more social media gives women a voice, the more toxic masculinity seeks to crush it.
It’s a cross-border problem, and this month we look at gender issues in Pakistan (p.20), only to recognise that the situation mirrors our own in India. We have seen enough brutal violence against women – sexual, caste-based, domestic – in the past few days alone (p.66) to know beyond doubt that Brahminical patriarchy is alive and kicking.
Crimes against women and caste-based crimes are separate categories in our National Crime Records Bureau for a reason: unlike ‘normal’ crimes that aren’t personal – the thief or drunk driver doesn’t know you and doesn’t care who you are – these crimes are committed precisely because the criminal knows and does care who you are. These are not crimes of impulse or desperation: these are cold-blooded assertions of power and privilege.
The more they strike, the more we must speak up. #SmashThePatriarchy.