Atrocities on Indian Women

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Earlier, I’d written about -“”Amanat- India’s daughter””- who was brutally raped on the night of 16 December 2012. Since then the number of rape cases and violent attacks against women in the country have increased. It seems that the protests and the candle-light march were vain initiatives because the situation remains the same. Plus, in every period women have been subjected to inferior treatment and sexual harassment.

Lately the daily news have been flooded with articles related to heinous crimes against -””females””- of possibly all age groups. Articles of such a kind are an invariable feature of the daily news in India which only reinforces the fact that -“”girls have to pay a price for being girls””-. There are numerous incidents of which I will be mentioning some. As a starter I’ll begin with the 5 year old girl who was raped just a couple of days back in Ghansaur by a 35 year old man. According to reports, foreign objects were inserted in her private parts and she was fighting for life in a hospital in Nagpur for two weeks but was unsuccessful. The kid died. She has left all of us behind and I am sure she is happy and safe up there with the gods.

Coming to the main course, a mother and a daughter were gang raped in Bihar in revenge because the mother did not tell those six rapists where her missing son was. Then, an Australian faced a life sentence for raping and killing an Indian student. According to Crown prosecutor Mark Tedeschi, ‘While other young men of his (accused Daniel Stani Reginald’s) age were going to college or learning a trade, Mr Reginald “made a deliberate decision to school himself on how to become a serial rapist and a murder.’

There is a bit for dessert as well. Other than rape there are yet other instances of violence against women. A woman in Punjab was beaten up by the police after she complained of sexual harassment and a few days ago a teacher was sent to jail for trying to have sexual contact with a minor.

The question that arises is, what are the causes for such painful and socially unacceptable incidents? The biggest reason is -“”respect””-. Neha Sharma, who is busy promoting her upcoming film Yamla Pagla Deewana 2 is upset about the increasing crime against women in the country. Citing the example of the 5 year old, Neha claimed that men should be trained to respect women. She feels that education is important and everything begins at home. -“”Parents should openly talk to children about sex as we come from an orthodox society, said Neha. It’s not just the way to stop crime, but it will help people defend crime. Men should be taught to respect women. India would be a better place if men start respecting women and I am hoping it will soon change. We need to talk about our issues with the children and educate them,””- concluded Neha. In my view talking with children will make them more aware and they will understand what is right and what is wrong for them.

Another major reason is lack of homes or infrastructure. If there were more homes then so many daughters of India would be much safer than they actually are. Girls are not safe in public places. The government must launch a project where more and more houses are built which shall be accommodated by women. There are societal factors as well, such as: laws and social values or norms which should be much more stringent; the physical and social environment; the rape culture; the sex industry and rape; global trends and economic factors.

Out of all these causes I will be discussing two in detail. The first cause I take up is sex industry and rape. The relation between the sex industry (pornography, prostitution, etc.) and rape has been argued upon at various forums. A few theorists charge that the acceptance of these sexual practices increases sexual violence against women. The second cause that I am taking up is global trends and economic factors. Under this, many of the factors operating at a national level have an international dimension as well. Global trends, for instance towards free trade, have been accompanied by an increment in the movement of women and girls for labour, including for sex work. These causes apply to India as well as foreign countries. The last cause that I would mention is -“music”-. Just a few months back Indian rapper Honey Singh was penalised for the songs he sang because the Supreme Court felt that his songs instigated sexual violence.

As far as the animal like behaviour of police inspectors is concerned the only thing they must realise is that they are suppose to protect the citizens and not beat them. And that they should do their work with utmost sincerity.

Finally, we come to the last level, i.e. solutions. Just like the causes they are innumerable as well but I shall be mentioning a few of them. Mihira Sood, an advocate, says that rape exists due to a patriarchal society and can only be reduced with a systematic social change and legal reforms. Tripid Pais, also an advocate has a similar take on this. Kiran Bedi, former IPS officer, encourages gender sensitisation.

I believe that the best solution to this problem is -“”women””- themselves. They must fight back courageously. Moreover, they must carry a knife or red chilli powder for self defence as in when needed.
Wake up India! Fight against these crimes!

“Creating the future we want’’

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We all desire to live in a world which we foresee or we want. A world so appealing and profound, as if, it were a “dream” that we were living. For a world that good , we have to plan today, we have to think and be clear about the future we want. For tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today. I feel writing down my thoughts about the world I want to live in, is the best possible way to reach out as otherwise your voice remains unheard or is heard only by a few, unless you are a well-recognized figure. As far as my comprehension of the people across the globe is concerned, for everything they are on the wrong side of things. The reasons are very obvious. They are fickle minded, fearful and have a self obsessed mind-set (‘I, me, myself ‘). Plus, they also lack self-control and have a poor judgmental power of what is right and what is not. It’s painful to see the mentality of the people around who can go to any extent to fulfill their desires. We need to make a contrast between today and our vision of tomorrow. We need to acknowledge the mistakes of our previous actions in order to avoid them in future. We need to blame ourselves for once. For once, let’s point the finger on ourselves. Just for once stop putting the blame on others. In my article, I will bring two contrasting worlds across you: the one we currently inhabit and the other is “my dream world”.

The present scenario assures me of the fact that the fulfillment of my dream is almost next to impossible. So “bad“ is the situation. In this world, people are filling their pockets with dollars; a child suffers due to physical and mental harassment. There are too many struggles regarding various issues, such as safety of women and racial discrimination. In this world, families are unhappy and people are helpless. Human suffering is prevalent here and greed is endless. Illiteracy, unemployment, and deaths due to poverty are very normal in this world. This is a world where there is a bombing of a huge tower with incalculable human loss & grief just for the sake of some obnoxious beliefs. This is a world where one religion doesn’t respect another, where love does not get love. This is a world of sufferings and unfulfilled desires. Very few men are sensitive, or concerned. Most of them are insensitive or selfish. Below are a few examples, of the wrong deeds of man that worsened the global conditions. According to the Huffington Post, A parent tried to bury their child who was admitted in a hospital and was fighting for life. It is difficult to believe that parent can do this to his/her child. Then I told myself, of course they have been doing it definitely and they “can” definitely do it again in future.  The huff post published another article addressing the issue of racial abuse. Even though racial abuse has been a much discussed topic, the conditions do not seem to not improve. Shockingly, reports suggest that a man’s shop was burnt just because he was a black. Then, a UNESCO survey shows, about 22,000 children die due to poverty quietly in a village much away from the conscience of the world and nearly a billion are unable to read or write. To add, almost everyday a woman gets raped or sexually abused in India. Less has to be said about how much we have harmed earth. It might be for industrial or non – industrial purposes. To fill are pockets with dollars. Frustration and struggles persist due to these issues.

The Good (people or deeds) is the food of the world that gives it the energy to survive and fight the diseases, (The ‘Bad’).

The world I foresee is splendid. I wish my thoughts were a reality. I would have been over the moon. In my dream world there is love, compassion, concern, honesty and a live and let live attitude which are the keys to a better future.

Starting with love, which brings about a breeze of fresh air in anyone’s’ life. Each one must love the one who needs it. In my dream world everybody is loved: the physically disabled, the abused, the aged and anyone for that matter. In my world, compassion exists where each one ‘cares’, not only about themselves and there families but about things around them. Countries are not separated by boundaries in my world. In my world, one persons’ pain is shared by many and suffering seems less due to such compassion. Or, I would say in my world people ‘care’ to ‘care‘. Such compassion fades ignorance. Everyone feels ‘cared’ irrespective of their looks, status or job. People take small steps for keeping a check on their carbon footprints by closing taps or switching of lights and fans when not in use. Or perhaps, working on their civic sense. Or, it can be, something as mundane as, working honestly in your office, or voting wisely. Walking on the good path is difficult but in my dream world if not 100% people but 90% do walk on it. They realize the fact that they will suffer and that they will have to face a jeering throng but it is better to live on hope of a happy tomorrow than a life of despair as “Marion Zimmer Bradley” has rightly said. It is not an easy task! But the road that is built by hope is more pleasant to the traveler than the road built by despair, even though they both lead to the same destination. In addition, in my world people think rationally and patiently about every problem. Violence is no solution. In my world women and children are not abused but respected and protected. Women are the ‘creators’. If we don’t have them, the ‘doomsday’ won’t be far. Respect them instead of hurting them, and they should respect themselves too. (‘If you don’t respect yourself, others will not respect you’). As I mentioned before there will be sane and rational people around. The perfect example will be: a certain politician of India (and there would be many) who spent a whooping 86 crores (tax payer’s money) for the renovation of her house whereas India has half the population living in extreme poverty. Learn to give; learn to share with the needy if you have plenty. I admire the rich business tycoons who donate their riches for common good, in the USA. In my world every country will adopt this policy. Universal peace would persist all across the globe. My world will be violence free. In my world people will live and let live.
Finally, my world is beautiful in which people believe that unity is strength, where people deal with problems as a one big global family as I have mentioned previously in my article. Do the right and condemn the wrong. What kind of a world do you want?