.... if this is how we treat our women and kids, our society is already doomed to destruct & die. We don't need meteorite showers from outside.
I was in Goa, last week when I heard about the Delhi rape case. According to some statistics at least 30 women get raped in India everyday. We read about it, shake our heads in disgust & move on. Everyday. A Spanish women got raped in Mumbai recently. Appropriate noises were made by those in power. And we move on.
The recent case stands out for absolute brutality meted out to the girl. It is a terrible event, and it doesn't even begin to make sense to me. I wish it had never happened.
I don't understand how it didn't occur to even one out of those six men that what they were doing was wrong, that the girl also was a human being, just like them. Wasn't even one of them, "man" enough to stop the rest?
In today's HT I read about a 3 year old girl child who was raped at her play-school. Three year old? Come on now, did she ask for it too? Was she dressed inappropriately?
What is happening to our society? How is it that men don't even think twice before ganging up just to commit crimes against women? And how is it that it doesn't seem wrong to any of these men? Our men have forgotten how to behave in a civil fashion. Travel across any roads in India and be prepared to be stared at constantly, at the least. And while they will do this & worse, other "men" will just stand around as mute spectators. There is no fear of the law when it comes to crime against women.
I don't have any expectations from either the law & order system, the politicians & police. Because it doesn't affect their lives, they won't bother. The rate of conviction is almost zero for crimes against women. Until things get better, our safety & security is in our own hands.
I wish I had some fool proof solution to help all of you stay safe & secure. Do whatever it takes to make you feel safe. It could be as simple as carrying a pepper spray / pair of scissors to learning some self defense techniques. Keep your wits about you, don't accept rides from strangers. If you are at a club or party, if the drink leaves your hand, just chuck the rest & get a fresh one. Ensure that your drink is prepared right in front of you. Basically just be vigilant. And stay safe. God Bless!