It was not just molestation but a 'gang rape'. The criminality unleashed on a teenaged girl had sent shockwaves throughout the country. Is this the India where we feel that women are secure and safe on the streets? Everyday newspaper headlines scream about women being harassed and victimized at home and outside, in offices and at work places. Indians are one of the most religious people on the Earth, and since they boast of the'greatest civilisation' and ancient heritage, their responsibility to protect women is greater than their counterparts in the West.
Nowhere in the world it is as easy to molest and sexually harass a woman as it is in India. Otherwise the girl would not have been dishonoured infront of hundreds of people. The criminals walked away scot-free and there was none to speak until the Home Minister and the Women Organisations become loud in their concern about the gravity of the issue. Many even raised the questions of ethics behind a girl visiting a bar,or a photographer doing his duty instead of saving the victim.
Today it happened in Guawahati, tomorrow it will happen in Barasat or Park Street, and the day after tomorrow in Noida. This will make sure that everyone around you believes that woman on a street is a prostitute and she can be made a victim of molestation. Once that is established, one can go ahead and molest and harass her in full public view. There is nobody to come forward to protect such a woman. The role of the police is the most despicable and they remain silent spectators unless the order comes from very high to probe into the incident. The photos and video of Guwahati molestation show that some of the bystander men also joined in the molestation exercise. The photographer journalist who also took part in the molestation pulled out his camera to record the whole exercise for later amusement and aired the video on a local channel.
Girls or women even if they are inside a home, apartment, hostel, or hotel are harassed. The local police will give a criminal nearly 30 to 45 minutes to molest, strip and harass the woman. We applaud the beasts who insult the women in a country where we worship Kali, Durga, Saraswati, and Laxmi. We worship goddesses and strip women on the streets at the slightest provocation. We worship goddesses and beat our wives at home. We worship goddesses and take recourse to honour killings of girls at home.
In India all these things are happening and all these beastly emotions are let loose. The beasts are to be hanged as this may be a lesson for all such creatures. Molestation is the act of subjecting someone to unwanted or improper sexual advances or activity and so it is a heinous crime that shows the mentality of the men living in the society. Stricter laws should be made so that women feel safer.
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