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Sunday, February 17, 2008

On Rape

In a bestial act, seven men raped a 12-year-old girl child in Kanpur, India. This happened in front of her younger siblings; after the act she was battered to death. A crime well accomplished, but a question lingers. Why? It's a open-ended question, with so many possibilities after that 'why' and before that '?' but that was all I managed to come up with. Again: why? It's a helpless cry; you cry because the event warrants an outburst and the cry is helpless because policemen, who were supposed to maintain the law & order were involved in the gang-rape.

Rapes happen all over the world. But such events can almost certainly never happen in the first world countries. It's the animal inside a man that pits him against a hapless tender female body. In a country like U.S.A, I'm sure that for seven men to have cornered a young girl, all of them need to be certified pedophiles working out a well coordinated plan to commit such a crime. Whereas in countries like India and other poor ones, these are normal guys walking the streets. They might have a history of harassment (lightly dismissed as eve teasing) but the police wouldn't bother to pursue, punish or prune such rogues, because they know the taste of female flesh themselves. I know I run the risk of generalization by blaming the entire police force. Mind you, Indian police is one of the 10 most corrupt police forces in the world. Had there been a survey on how they treat women, they would have been in the top 5. Which is why, on popular public demand, India has women-only police stations - such a shame.

Bloodthirsty hounds in human form, the rapists wouldn't even have a fetish for young girls. They rape because they can. That's how dark it can get in such societies. When they see a door open with a young girl in the absence of strong muscles, they jump on her. We have long tolerated a culture of physically over-powering men reminiscent of hunter-gatherers fighting over a piece of skin. And this toleration arises from a multitude of factors with the top 3 being: the offenders have political clout; they belong to the mafia; even worse, they are the police. For an average Indian middle/lower class to fight any of the three mentioned goons is a high stake game. You should be ready to forgo your life to bring them to the book. Since most of victims are aware of the emotional expenses involved in pursuing the criminals, they just put up with the event and get on with their lives.

How are we to prevent such incidents? Women empowerment? Minimize the segregation between men & women in closed cultures? A clean police force? More stringent punishments?.... There are many more bridges that will close the gap. But the primary driving force will be education. I know that I sound very text-bookish when I say education. I refer to education that produces an expanding mind that understands women's role in the progress of a society, a culturally open mind that doesn't fit womenfolk into roles which their grandmothers performed, a loving mind that addresses the need for women's freedom to express. Such a mind cannot be shaped by school education (though it will help to some extent). For a faster & efficient growth, men need to understand that societies need to be built with both hands.

6 comments:

randramble said...

The education you recommend should also include sex education! Sex being kept hidden in India is the primary reason for men being 'thirsty'. Sex is just another thing in life. Keep it open and everything will settle down in time.

Prasad Venkataramana said...

Rand,
I agree that sex education will vastly bring down gender-based crimes. But there are many political/cultural guardian angels that prohibit such progress in the name of 'upholding our moral superiority', 'our pristine culture' or some such trash.

With a visionary at the helm, it may take at least a couple of generations for the ignorant to come to the light.

Follow your DREAMS... said...

I disagree education being a solution to these kind of problems.

The animals involved in this act are 'educated'. This particular crime is because of the widespread fear on police on lack of strict(should i say on time) punishment for the crime in India.

If it was in US they would have been punished with 7 years of term in jail by this time, In Dubai they would have lost their life or part of their body by this time.

But it is India and the law has it's own loopholes.. pathetic truth...

we could hope these things to change by responsibly voting and exposing this acts in public with due responsibility.

Prasad Venkataramana said...

Gopi,
Lack of adequate judicial/legislative processes is a secondary reason. I still maintain that an inclusive education resulting in over all growth is what is needed. After all, respecting women is something that can't be taught by the judiciary.

Follow your DREAMS... said...

Education is necessary to subside these crimes from the root, am not denying that.

Unless there are stricter laws to punish the crime, Criminals are ready to take the risk.

Srikanth Dakshinamoorthy said...

Man is a social animal. To control his animal insticts, he has to be bound by the fear of society [which enforces its laws].

In developed countries the laws are enforced. Singapore, US..

Education, enforcement may all help. But these are top-down approaches that need to be implemented properly.

What will have an immediate change is the inner transformation. The order, beauty and the serenity that transformation will bring to a society - think of the gandhian revolution and our grand fathers' lifestyles. For this to happen at such a mass level [given india's population], we need true & noble leaders.

A Gandhi, a jesus, a buddha or a mohammed.

Animals will still co-exist with such noble men. But nobility will have a positive effect on the big middle layer and pull them up.

In a perfect society that I dream of - covering owns body with a dress will be seen as an obscene gesture. When there is nothing but love around, there is nothing to hide.