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Bengaluru molestation cases, dress code & social fault line
Two separate incidents of sexual assault in Bengaluru created furore among all sane people. In the first incident, on New Year's Eve some girls were allegedly sexually assaulted by a crowd with sick mentality. In the second incident, a CCTV footage showed a girl being molested and hit by two bike-born assailants.
No doubt, the two incidents are very shameful acts by some people who claim to be part of the civil society. People having no respect for women are not civilised rather they have a sick mind-set.

After the first incident there were various comments from a range of people having their own theories. The Karnataka Home minister downplayed the incident while holding the western culture adopted by boys and girls responsible for it. The Samajwadi Party MLA Abu Azmi held short dresses and the habit of roaming alone (without with husband/brother/father) especially during odd hours responsible. 

Many people said that although the act of molestation is condemnable but then dress code must also be looked after. Some said that the trend of always blaming male community is nothing but female chauvinism. The Congress leader B.K. Hariprasad made the most unique comment saying that Hindutva frenzy groups were behind Bengaluru molestation.

Not going through above all, let's know one thing that any type of molestation/sexual assault and rape is nothing but cowardly act. It exposes the sick mentality of the offender who doesn't know how to respect the fairer sex. Such people are purely uncivilised and should be punished in harshest possible ways.

We should also note that such sexual assault cases have no relation with dress code. Women are being raped in every society/civilisation (western or otherwise) not taking care of which type of dress they were wearing. There are incidents where women with burqa/saree too were assaulted. In rural belts also, where dress code is very strict, women are raped. There are some incidents in which even mentally ill women were raped. Thus it's no way related to the dress code.

We must find out why some people become insane/uncivilised. If you go through cases of such offenders, there would definitely be a family or social background. If parents don't teach how to respect woman, the boy can never learn. Apart from criminality, such acts also display social flaw and should be considered as social fault line. In a society if you will teach young boys that women are hapless then they could become sexual offenders.

Nowadays dowry related deaths have come down significantly only because of the social awareness along with stringent punishment provision. Similar level of awareness, punishments are also required to deal with molestation/sexual assaults/rape case.

Now let me come to dress code. Yes, too much restriction on how a woman should dress herself is wrong, discriminatory and displays male chauvinism. But then from the social point of view there dress code should be applicable to both male and female.

Decency is always a hallmark of good society. You can't wear a dress exposing your body parts and then you seek decency from the opposite sex. You are free to roam naked inside your room. But publicly, everyone is expected to be decent.

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