Aug 122005

In the last one week there have been two cases where the rapist has been let off with a fine because he has dependants.

In both cases the victim has been a minor. The first girl was a 14 year old, and the second a 16 year old. Both come from extremely poor families.

Both the rapists have literally gotten away with it. They continue to stay in the same neighbourhood. They have payed some compensation. Blood MoneyOne of the girls gave birth to the rapists child, the other was slightly luckier.

The judge in both cases was the same – Judge Laxmi Rao. Incidentally the Judge is a woman.

We as citizens, seriously need to call into question the competancy of the judiciary when it comes to decisions such as this. From the judge who asked the victim if she wanted to marry the rapist to these two cases, the case of Imrana and the judgement of various caste panchayats. There seems to be almost a legal sanction for a man to force a woman to have sex when she doesn’t want to. Rape is ok, seems to be the message sent out.

There needs to be some serious action taken to deter these kind of judgements that jeopardize the constitutional right to equality under the eyes of law.

Aug 122005

via Zest Alternative, a story from the New Scientist on the atomic bombing of Hiroshima & Nagasaki . Based on new research by two historians – Peter Kuznick & Mark Selden – the article is a chilling read.

New studies of the US, Japanese and Soviet diplomatic archives suggest that Truman’s main motive was to limit Soviet expansion in Asia, Kuznick claims. Japan surrendered because the Soviet Union began an invasion a few days after the Hiroshima bombing, not because of the atomic bombs themselves, he says.

According to an account by Walter Brown, assistant to then-US secretary of state James Byrnes, Truman agreed at a meeting three days before the bomb was dropped on Hiroshima that Japan was “looking for peace”. Truman was told by his army generals, Douglas Macarthur and Dwight Eisenhower, and his naval chief of staff, William Leahy, that there was no military need to use the bomb.

“Impressing Russia was more important than ending the war in Japan,” says Selden. Truman was also worried that he would be accused of wasting money on the Manhattan Project to build the first nuclear bombs, if the bomb was not used, he adds.

read the rest here.
Also if you can lay your hands on this it is worth a read.