Sunday, January 13, 2013

Delhi Gang Rape: Suggestions poured In



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Delhi Gang rape brought out many facets of our society. The statistics according to which there is rape incidence in every 22 minutes, are more disappointing than shocking for a working women like me who travels ‘alone’ from one city to another and yes ‘late in night’ too. What can we do to ensure our safety, what should be done to improve the safety quotient of our society, why in a country where were women were and still are worshipped, have been tortured in the worst way possible, are a few questions which have been hovering in my mind.
 Recent Delhi Gang rape has brought out some of the similar as well as new issues which have been affecting us since decades now.  Everyone came with solutions, some atrocious, some acceptable but what exasperates is that every solution is for the “women in distress”. Why not find a solution where women need not be in “distress”? Debates and discussions on the status of women in India, male mindset and the societal stereotypes poured in. So here lets have a look at the reactions it attracted from people all across and how it showcase their own mentality which in return is a result of societal moulding, upbringing and education.
 No matter how many charges and accusations came across, the women of our country accompanied by a few men did show their outrage. There have been some positive steps taken to ensure the safety of women, the usability of which is however still doubtful. The appointment of female police officers as well as availability of pink autos in Delhi came as a refreshing break from the general indifference from the authorities, if not accusations (remember the opinions from public figures of our society as well as kith and kin of those biggies on the issue of safety of women). Unfortunately some of these steps are attracting my cynical side more than assuring me of safety. The recent app on android is one of the examples of how the issue has been exploited for economic gains. I may be wrong here but the timing of nirbhaya and its usability definitely makes me wonder of its intentions.
 Lets have a look at how has the issue been received by other strata of the society. Unfortunately many of the so called guardians of our society are taking shelter under the pretence of concern and making that a justification for their all heinous decisions. Suggestions  like begging rapist for mercy as well as blaming one community for the rape incidences, are not just disappointing but appalling. Music videos to spiritual leaders all came under the keen observation of many.
 However, there has been enough condemnation of statements like these. Thankfully, media seems to have acted as an efficient communicator of the views and observer if not entirely as a catalyst. Protestors got enough exposure and opportunity to share their opinions. The marches by hurt yet courageous women and men who still carry the hope of having a safe society and the determination to make it one were covered extensively. Irrespective of whether the TRP or the sense of social responsibility motivated the coverage, it did help in keeping the cause alive.  There is also news about a filmmaker planning to make a movie out of the Delhi Gang Rape. Whatever is the motive behind, a level-headed portrayal of a sensitive topic, bringing up the relevant questions if not a solution is a good way to make society aware as well as ponder over issues which have been taken for granted.
 Online world also triggered endless numbers of discussions from everywhere. Extensive blogging by many bloggers, creation of events and discussion forums of social media sites like Facebook and Google + showed how the young generation does have a say and knows how to make their voice heard when the things go beyond control. Now it’s a different matter whether their voice was heard by the authorities in charge. The issue did provoke reactions from everywhere, ranging from elite class to working class, from the academicians to the politicians. Keeping the disappointment apart, it did bring a positive change. The discussions revolving around not just the gang rape but on the general set of our patriarchal society did give a much needed start.
 

3 comments:

  1. one solution and only one solution- we teach our children to teach other human beings with respect.
    we teach our children to be a human being if not a gentleman!

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  2. @fatte: hmm..exactly..that might work..one needs to be human..

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