Yes you’ve put up a black profile pic on a social networking website, you’ve voiced your opinion about the disgraceful incident too, you might have even participated in a protest march. An ignominious act was committed, it infuriated you and you let out all your bitterness via these means. We are angry, we are roused but once its all done and dusted, at the end of it all, even if those culpable beasts are handed out the deserved retribution for their savage crime, would we end up taking even a baby step forward towards ensuring that such atrocities cease in this country?
The status updates will soon be forgotten and the protestors will soon get back to their daily lives, and all the media of course, will move on as soon as the Indian cricket team takes on their Pakistani counterparts. But not before long, another unfortunate woman in this country, will soon be subjected to the same ill fate.
We can condemn the government and the police all we want but the barefaced truth is, overnight, we cannot make this country of over 60 million of the fairer sex into a safe abode for women. What we can do is start laying the bedrock for a society where women can roam around freely without the fear of being ravished. What we can do is we can start showing women the due reverence and veneration that they have been perennially denied in this utterly chauvinistic nation. Its not that the whole masculine race shows downright disdain towards all women, it’s the trivial dispositions towards them that we need to alter. We do not disrespect our mothers, we love our sisters but when we see that girl in the neighborhood who is overtly affable towards boys, the classmate who lives with her boyfriend or that female colleague who smokes or boozes at will, why do we feel the instant need to pass a judgement on their promiscuity?
A woman has the right to put on whatever attire pleases her, why can’t we refrain from sharing lewd discussions about the lady’s assets as soon as she decides to sport bold apparel ? I know most of us don’t intend for any women to overhear such a conversation but these flimsy little comments are nothing but paragons of where we go wrong in changing our mentality and looking upon women with an equal eye. And it is this mentality that eventually ramifies in the brains of some morally loose men and result in despicable outbursts like rape and eve teasing crimes.
What happened was pitiful, but lets hold onto the faint glimmer of hope that’s trying to fight its way through all this darkness. Lets initiate a change, let us take an infant step towards creating a civilization that is no less than utopic for the sex that holds such high a stature that even nature chose them to be the harbingers of all life forms in this world.
About Author: Bhaskar Bhawmik is an NOC engineer in Linkedin and is currently living in Banglore. Bhaskar has a very practical approach to life and likes to express his emotions freely on the social issues. He likes to read all sorts of literature and is very fond writing too. He also has a good understanding of socil media and web technology