India’s most common violence, in print, is ‘rape’. Every day you pick your newspaper, and you find, at least, one rape case to read. And, India’s another (again) most common violence, not in print, is ‘domestic violence’. It happens in regular India but you hardly find a case to read for. In both cases, often a victim is a female. Someone who brings life to the world, but someone who has always been considered secondary to this world!
Often, in case of any violence, a victim experiences the fear of a perpetrator when s/he bears any crime. But, in these cases, even when she isn’t the victim she knows how it feels. She experiences, & knows what pain the other woman would have been going through at the other end.
When I was a child, even then whenever I would come across a rape scene in any feature film it made me feel uneasy. As I grew up, there had been a thought that this fear lasts till I am young, but………..now, I fear till I die. After the 16th December Delhi gang-rape case, a 70 year old lady became a victim of shame. She would never have thought of this nightmare to happen at this age by two unknown guys. But, unfortunately some females bear domestic nightmares since their childhood and that too by some known people around them.
What makes these cases more happening is the undue advantage to get away with these crimes. A rapist rapes & gets away. A molester, an assaulter, or a wife beater hits the women & it hardly comes to the proof that it was committed by him, or worse, if it really happened. To prevent this wild nonsense, ‘we’ need the support of this ‘same gender’ that could help us get a respectful life- a sense of achievement to do what pleases us. After an unfortunate day of the 16th December, some good spirits came to protest violence against women, but the evil spirits overcame them. I don’t expect an overnight transformation of this male- dominant society into a pro-women one. Devil will always be there because without them good spirits can’t exist. But, we could, at least, overcome them.
With continual protests after rape incidents, we might have been expecting a rise of mental attitude. But with this picture, we could hardly expect that. Could you see the smiling faces of these so called protesters (circled one) against the brutal rape incident of a school girl at Mangolpuri in New Delhi? To make some serious changes in society you needn’t be a serious person, but there must be some seriousness. Here, they are just enjoying the stone-pelting activity. How could I say that I feel safe in night?
Indiblogger has organized a meeting in association with Indichange & Breakthrough for tomorrow. The meeting was scheduled to wind up at 10:00pm. But, most of the females (including me) - who are likely to be there to discuss the topic ‘violence against women’- requested them to make some alterations to the timings. I want to roam freely just as men do. I don’t want someone to be there with me to provide a protection as a Bodyguard, or my parents ask me to take extra precautions.
I protest every mischievous behavior, but even then some moments give me doubts! A salute to the women’s spirit is enlightening but some horrendous crimes make it disheartening. This world runs with inter-dependence. Without you we mean nothing, & without us you couldn’t even dream of being something.
Pledge to protest!
Happy International Women’s Day! :)