We’re waiting for yet another incident, with eyes comfortably closed, and mind clearly diverted elsewhere. That is, precisely, our reaction to almost everything except cricket, religion and Bollywood.
If molestation of a sixteen-year-old by a gang of twenty men, in full public view can’t open our eyes, then, what will? Another few incidents of the kind, or bigger ones like rapes, have happened in the days that followed. Recently, the women of Ranchi have been warned against wearing ‘jeans’ or they would be attacked with acid.
I really don’t understand; what kind of a civilization are we? We boast of the richest culture in the world, we worship a million goddesses and what not. But, we throw acid on women, kill them in the womb itself, molest them, rape them, and murder them for dowry or for honor. What a culture, I must say!
A group of some criminals(a common man doesn’t have so much courage in India) had the guts to issue such a warning, and put posters all around a city. Doesn’t it demonstrate the effectiveness of our law and order system, and most importantly, the impotency of the policemen we have? And respect for women, what does that mean, right?
The most ridiculous of all things is that our courageous and brave policemen have labeled the warning issued to the women of Ranchi, as a mischief. What a way to get away from their duties! After all, how can those old, pot-bellied men match up to some mischievous young lads playing “Acid Attack” with women?
What about the women? Now, they are going to get free advice from all the near and dear ones to go traditional and dump their denims, at least for a while. After all, no one really knows if it was a warning or mischief. No one even cared to find out. All things considered, how does it matter, what a woman wears? She gets raped irrespective of what she wears.
We have been hearing of Acid Attacks since time immemorial. Sometimes, it is the aashiq aawara, roadside romeo, who can’t bear “No” for an answer, sometimes it is the rapist, after performing the tandav, the tantrum, and sometimes it is the brothers who believe their honor is more important than a love or a life.
In most of those cases, men get away by blaming the victim for not understanding love, for provocation, or for loving a man. All in all, she is blamed, every time she stands up for what she believes in.
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