Crime is a crime. One rape incident has got in huge uproar among the public. It is on one part good that people are taking to streets and raise voice and not be a meek spectator. The rapists are caught and now in jail awaiting trial. The juvenile who was also part of the crime can ease down a bit since his trial would be in a different court though his crime can also not be taken in light vein. I wouldn’t comment on this because we all need to wait till the judgement is delivered.
Just a single judgment on this case is not going to deter men around India nor in any other part of the world from committing the crime of rape. If we look just in India, the reasons are plenty and the whole system needs a change.
We did have programs like “Satyamave Jayate” what has changed from then on, since the time Aamir Khan took the issue to public through visual media. We all watched it as yet another program. Years ago there was a song which was used by guys for eve-teasing.
How many movies in the past had rape scenes? A simple search in Google would give the results of mainstream movies which had rape scenes. These have a negative impact on the society. Did the women commission ever question such movies, if so whats the ratio? The censor board used to remove certain scenes but never the way the villian in the movie used to hold the female lead actor.
In recent times in addition we have what is called as “item numbers”. How many female actors have stood up and said we will not do it? To get the mass and make more money the producers and directors want such a lady cast in their movies. And this is “item numbers” are not just today. The name is of today’s origin. We did have Silk Smitha, Disco Shanthi, Helen and many others.
We have had movies in the Hollywood with sexual content again we are talking about a matured audience over there. The impact is minimal unlike in here. We in India are still not a matured audience nor matured enough to just look at a girl and leave her alone.
We have such reports in the media, like in today’s paper. The person say’s women of today are also equally responsible for their actions due to the way they dress up. And conveniently blames it on Western influence. If it is so true then what about minor girls who have got raped? A simple search for recent news results in a report published 2hours ago where a man was arrested for raping a minor in Srinagar and few minutes ago where a minor girl was raped in Punjab. The news goes on & on. Last two days there were media reports on minor girls raped in Karnataka and one incident in Pondicherry.
Also, from time known women were dressed up so as not to show any cleavage. Today on one hand many say display of cleavage is provocative while on the other men roam around beaches in underpants and topless or they use public walls and compound walls as toilets or lying on the road after drinking not knowing where their pants are. What happens to these men, nothing. Which is where the part of matured public comes in. If men walk around it is not provocative but it is if a women does. It would take generations to change this mindset.
This is one of the biggest problems still which is not solved in the society. A girl child born in the family is either killed or left in the garbage or left in the hospitals. This is not only with poor families even some well-to-do families. The lady who gave birth to the child either has no say or is also partner in crime.
This reduces the male-female ratio in the society and it affects later. The one who sows also fosters crime in a way.
Women trafficking is not only for commercial sexual exploitation but there are cases where this happens for guys in certain parts of the country to get married. There is a crime patrol series on one of the TV channels and even though this particular case was brought out, things don’t change. Is there a end to this.
Nobody is guilty till proved in court of law. How many of us Indians go to our towns or cities to cast vote during elections? How many use alternative method of postal service? How many women come out to cast their vote? If we have to keep any candidate with an investigation pending unless people unite and come out to cast vote and keep them away from entering Assembly or Parliament we cannot comment on this.
We not only run away from exercising our basic right of casting vote, we also run away when we see a victim on the road.
They are the victims and they cannot be blamed. Maybe they could control things. Hinduism regards women as God if the culture is lost who is to be blamed, the man or the woman in the upbringing of their children?
The entire system needs a change. There are many things in the society apart from rape and this needs to be cleaned. This is a circle and the entire chain needs to be broken. There should be awareness at or from the grassroots level.
Can people holding candles go down and make a change?
Can media make a change?
Can movies make a change?
Can I make a change?