The blame game is going on in the Guwahati molestation case, and many culprits are still at large. It is only the 16-year-old victim who paid a heavy price for raising her voice against a rude remark from a guest at a friend's birthday party. The way India's National Commission for Women (NCW) is conducting investigation in the case has really shamed the world's largest democracy where women rights should be taken for granted.
“She has proved an old saying ‘women are against women’. What will be the answer of Mamta Sharma in case of rape and molestation incidents of 70 to 80-year-old women? Are they wearing shorts, miniskirts, etc., like youngsters?” asked Rashmi Jaipuri, a dress designer from Kolkatta.
Urmila Jaishankar, the Chennai based CEO of Kampoter Solutions, India, says, “It is an insult to womanhood. If she is teaching women to dress properly, she should also comment on the male attitude towards women which is more responsible in these cases.”
When a reporter asked the Chairperson, should there be a dress code for women to ensure their safety? She replied that it is not right to give blanket direction after 64 years of freedom and set a dress code. But be careful about how you dress. She agreed that the biggest challenge before the NCW is changing the social mindset of discrimination against women.
It would be right to say that the rise in rape, and molestation etc., and crime against women have developed into a societal issue. Violence against women is a routine affair in India. Recurring incidents barely create a ripple beyond the initial hue and cry. Many people in our largely patriarchal society are completely insensible to such happenings. This indifference and callousness only worsen the situation and paves the way for more crimes.
“Actual problem is that whenever media highlights these cases, the victim always get blamed for dress. I am sure this remark is against the victim as she was in shorts and tee at the time of molestation. In India
shorts and tee still consider western dress. However, in my view, it’s okay for teens to wear it,” said Tanamia Khol, a student from Kendriya Vidhaylaya, Jodhpur.
The NCW Chairperson should equally give a lesson to males for their attitude and teach them how to behave with women before asking women to properly dress. She should emphasize on awareness. When there are hoardings and ambassadors to stop tabacoo, smoking etc., there should be also hoarding to stop rape, molestation and crime against women. At least, it will teach some moral values to a male-dominated society.