Finally, the much speculated date, 21st December 2012 is here. As I speak of this day, I can only imagine Mayans staring back at us with a mocking grin that they were correct after all. Humanity has indeed been evaded from the face of the Earth. The recent act of barbarism in Delhi is an unfortunate yet shameless evidence of this. Surely the issue is disturbing but more so I find myself in a state of anger. As I write this piece, I feel as if I am walking alone on an isolated road at night, scared as to what beastly situation I might run into.
Shocking and evil as it is, I am amazed that this incident caught such a raging fire in the media and society. Log in to a Facebook page and that is all you can see. Enraged and agitated comments all over, even the news channels have been actively updating the status. But it puzzles me, why now? Why this case? Surely this is not the first or the last gang-rape case in Delhi or in the country. Please note that I am not belittling the gravity of this case, but I only wonder if the media would have been generous enough to oblige this case with uninterrupted attention had Pentagon been bombed on the same day (God forbid!) or that a Chief Minister was shot dead? Would the victim’s scream be this loud then or muffled in a page 12 of a newspaper, like the several reported and unreported rape cases that take place in the country every day, unfortunately even as I write about it right now.
A simple question. How do you think can we prevent these morbid incidents in our society? Unlike the popular belief, a Rang De Basanti inspired candle march might not be the solution for all this. While it did help expedite few cases in the past, but could it really bring an end to this inhumanity? From a gory Jessica Lal murder case, we now have come to discuss a demonic Delhi gang-rape case. I hear you regarding castration and death penalty as punishments for such barbarism, but I doubt if it will make much of a difference. And well, for a country who pondered over almost a year to find an appropriate punishment for Kasab, Hail Mary till it reaches a decision for this one!
Oh! I now see you debating over different ways of penalising the rascals (believe me, I searched an entire dictionary to find officially decent words to describe those men, but all seemed too subtle). But castration or death penalty (however much they deserve it) only signifies that we are unable to provide our women a safe society. Rape is not a crime, it’s a grave disease with the initial symptoms of lechery, eve teasing, molestation and subjugating women as objects of sexual desire and lust. Why are we so shocked at the abysmal act of the rapists? Aren’t we the ones who have kindled the fire in the first place? This is the same society who croons to Honey Singh’s songs where he openly glorifies the act of forced sex. Are we not the ones to whistle when a Rowdy Rathore pinches a girls’ waist, a Chulbul Pandey takes pride after making an obscene remark to a girl or an idiot amongst the 3 Idiots laugh out loud at rape jokes? We are the creators and the products of the administration that arbitrates rape cases as a result of wearing short skirts and consuming chowmein!
Severe offenses like eve teasing and lechery have become so frequent in the society that it is now treated as normal and something left better as ignored. The severity of the situation that there might not be a girl in the country who has not been teased before has almost fizzled out to be ordinary. Incidentally, after being teased by one such man, I was ‘consoled’ that “a man after 3 pegs becomes a MAN”. Since men clearly fail to understand, every woman must, that drunk or sober, in a relationship or even a marriage, a teacher or a prostitute, if a man thinks he can get away with forced sex, he is gravely mistaken.
We must realise that it’s high time we change our ideologies. Sons must now be taught to behave and respect women, than daughters being instructed to dress properly. The judiciary and the law and order system need to become more stringent and reinforce our faith in them. Rapes don’t happen in some abstract world, they are a part of our society, our neighbourhood, our family that preaches that while women can’t wear short dresses, can’t go out in the night, can’t make male friends, men can rape however, wherever, whenever!
It’s time to call for a change. Take your first step against rape and sign this petition because YOU have the power to make a difference!
Disclaimer: The opinions shared here are the author’s own. MakeMyTrip condemns this heinous crime against dignity and freedom.
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