What to do in case there is wife beating or domestic violence in your neighbourhood.

  1. I asked my Facebook and twitter community for help, below are some of the responses.
  2. “@powaiinfo: Just got a call from a friend that a guy is beating his wife and kids mercilessly, she is asking what to do? Any NGO? #fb”
    December 15, 2011 2:37:02 PM EST
  3. @powaiinfo the neighbours should go and ring the bell…atleast the firts level of intervention a mesage that they are being watched…
    December 15, 2011 2:37:55 PM EST
  4. @powaiinfo helpline 103 for women, senior citizens and children. the that is best to stop the abuse then the ngo can intervene
    December 15, 2011 10:09:05 PM EST
  5. @powaiinfo CALL THE POLICE.
    December 15, 2011 2:37:36 PM EST
  6. @Sengupta @powaiinfo Go ring the door bell.
    December 15, 2011 2:42:44 PM EST
  7. @Sengupta @powaiinfo 103 / 7738133133 / 7738144144
    December 15, 2011 2:43:38 PM EST
  8. @sahilk @powaiinfo When it is physical violence- unless you’re entirely sure you can take the guy down, do no such thing. Call the police.
    December 15, 2011 2:45:16 PM EST
  9. Sahil argues that the best first plan of action is “Bell Bajao!”
  10. @Sengupta @powaiinfo Not about bringing the other guy down. Just ring the door bell. Remember the Bell Bajao campaign?
    December 15, 2011 2:46:29 PM EST
  11. Bellbajao.org is a NGO that trains people to fight against DOMESTIC VIOLENCE.
  12. @Sengupta @powaiinfo Here: bellbajao.org/
    December 15, 2011 2:48:11 PM EST
  13. @manojnayak @powaiinfo you could pass this on bellbajao.org/ thanks @AnkitBathija
    December 15, 2011 3:09:45 PM EST
  14. @powaiinfo where is it? u can call police senior mr kolekar asap… 9821270474
    December 15, 2011 2:52:01 PM EST
  15. December 15, 2011 3:13:07 PM EST
  16. @Naina @DKMahant @powaiinfo call the cops! DV Act!
    December 15, 2011 3:13:41 PM EST
  17. @DKMahant @Naina @powaiinfo please google Lawyers Collective and search their mumbai number on website.. Its a ngo for womens rights.
    December 15, 2011 3:18:12 PM EST
  18. @Naina @powaiinfo Ask her to contact the Women & Child Welfare Dept.’s Helpline number in tht city !
    December 15, 2011 3:20:57 PM EST
  19. @powaiinfo @shivOO @vivekvpandit sharadpawar the local corporator lives in lakeside. He’s a helpful person. Can approach
    December 15, 2011 4:11:33 PM EST
  20. @Naina @vishweshk @powaiinfo dfon’t know about NGO, but she must file a police complaint – an FIR and NOT NC, to protect self. Insist on FIR
    December 15, 2011 9:06:19 PM EST
  21. Last SMS I got from the friend was that the beating had stopped and the family seems to have gone to sleep. She said it was a routine matter and she would use the information next time to complain.

“The Mumbai Mega Project” by Ashish Puntambekar

Here is an interesting presentation by Ashish Puntamberkar. I don’t believe Mumbai is dying as Ashish says, people die, places don’t die, and the old gives in to you. But we certainly could well do with better Infrastructure! I was trying to find someone who really cares and also capable of visualizing such a change, Ashish Puntambekar is one such visionary. Check out this video below

Some Features of this Project are

1 Provides free housing, affordable education and healthcare for 9 Million slum-dwellers based on the dwelling concept

2. Provides better & faster Transport : 210 Km of Underground Subway … 60 % Reduction in Network Loa

3. Repays , the entire US $ 46 Billion debt of Maharashtra State as a single bulletpayment to deliver a debt free state by 2014

4. Transforms Mumbai into a large International Financial Centre : Creates two new financial centres and & Other Amenities … Universities etc

5. Invests US $ 40 Billion in Rural Education and another US $ 50 Billion in Rural health ( Total $ 90 Bn ) … to implement President Kalam’s PURA Model…thereby preventing Rural Migration to Indian cities.In addition the project will finance an additional 30,000 check dams in Marathwada and Vidharbha to raise water tables and will build a huge Ring Corridor in Maharashtra ( Mumbai – Nashik – Nagpur- Gadchiroli – Nanded – Pune Mumbai )

6. Applies principles of Intelligent Urbanism to create large open spaces, recreation facilities and culture facilities in Mumbai that will rival the worlds leading cities

7. Finally … the project will catalyze a tripling of the city’s GDP by 2018 and … by 2024, Mumbai’s GDP will exceed Singapore’s current GDP @ $ 310.69 Billion

Arthur Road Jail – D Prison Project by Dhriti

The System is broken, and nobody is trying to fix it.

D Prison Project by Dhriti – A NGO headed by Sumisha Shankar endevours to bring music, theatrics and creativity to the the hundreds of under-trials at various prisons, it started with the Byculla Jail and then last week it was a weekend at Arthur Road Jail.

I have seen the beggining of the “SYSTEM” in the school, when a child is not able to undertsand a subject, he is methodically segregated and encouraged to go and sit on the last bench. Some schools even have special classrooms where the bright students are clubbed to-gether , as they are the bunch of guys who will bring merit to the school in the board exams.

A Prison is the last bench or the duffer class, where the people who are not able to make money as per the “system” are sent. The under-trials instead of learning to learn money in a legitimate way, are sent to the school of crime in the Jails. Here a pick-pocket meets a murderer under-trial, notes are exchanged, introductions are made. The Arthur road prison is a place which is full of under-trials, including the infamous Kasab and the D-gang members, who live in the unda-cell.

Are we going to change the broken systems inside our prisons? Would NGO’s like Dhriti make any difference in the lives of under-trials ?  Who will push some serious bill in to legislation and repair this broken system?