Mother Of All Roll Models!
Despite all the legal advances, little has changed for women who report a rape, the crime no one understands, because in far too many instances, juries don't believe the crime exists. Jeffrey Marsalis has been charged in USA with rape 10 times but never convicted of that crime. This story is a warning to all women. The testimony of 10 women wasn't enough to get a single rape conviction against him. The outcome reveals a disturbing truth about the justice system, worldwide. The only solution to the problem lies in the strength of the victims, the women. A group of women formed an alliance in India to fight sex offenders on gender divided trains. Not only did these women form a group, but they armed themselves with bats and when the men would break in, they would beat the crap out of them! These are the women who really are the finest role models in today's world to fight crime against women. And if that is not enough of inspiration to deal with the deadly criminals, let the women look to the all powerful, Durga Maa. Durga manifests fearlessness and patience, and never loses her sense of humor, even during spiritual battles of epic proportion.
Goddess Durga is an awesome deity amongst the devout Hindus the world over, who, by Her raging demeanor brings even the worst evil-doer to the doorstep of justice. The divine exploits and magical powers of the Goddess are reserved for not only Her worshippers, but also for the poor who seek justice. In Hindu mythology, Durga is a fierce form of Devi, the Mother Goddess, the all-powerful almighty goddess. According to a legend the gods could not defeat the buffalo demon Mahishasur, who was threatening the existence of the universe. They begged Shiva for his assistance, and Shiva advised all the gods to release their shaktis. The shaktis of the gods emerged in female form. These goddesses fused together in blinding light from which arose a magnificent goddess with many arms. She was as beautiful as she was deadly. Durga was born fully-grown and is depicted as extremely beautiful and full of rage. The gods called this goddess Durga, the invincible one, and they armed her with all their weapons. Thus armed, Durga rode to the top of a mountain on a lion. In a bloody battle, she defeated Mahishasur and his army of demons and thus saved the Universe from this demon’s menace.
Two instances of women power in recent history are an example of Durga Maa's blessing on those who bravely fight the evil forces. Rani Lakshmibai of Jhansi was probably the bravest of all the leaders who fought for India’s independence against the mighty British. She died in battle as she led the Indian mutiny in 1857, the first armed uprising against British rule. Lakshmibai's courage, strength, and ability as she valiantly fought the British army's vastly superior forces, are remembered to this day. Indira Gandhi, one of the best-known women of the 20th century, was Prime Minister of India, and daughter of former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. Her leadership qualities came to the fore during India-Pakistan war in 1971 that resulted in liberation of Bangladesh. India achieved decisive victory over Pakistan in the face of diplomatic opposition from both China and the United States and a lack of international support from almost every other nation except the Soviet Union and the Eastern Bloc countries. Indian victory over Pakistan led to a great surge in Indira Gandhi's popularity and she was compared to Goddess Durga by ordinary Indians.
On this Women's Day 2009, let all women look to Durga Maa as the mother of all roll models.