Knowing the blundering ways of the NCW, this is nothing new as we must not forget that Sharma herself sided with boys using the word 'sexy' but the issue remains is it the dress that matters? So women who wear a sari, salwar kameez and burkha does not get eve teased or raped? Sudipta Sengupta points to an important fact, “Draupadi was wearing a saree, isn't it and we know what followed? Dowry, Female Infanticide, Caste System based killings and harrasment - all these also did not come from the west. These are a set of problems that stay within every society and needs to be taken care of by the authorities with a proper mix of law and education. India is at a juncture where it is troubled by a lot of issues - including growing population, slowing economy, a lack of strong yet stable govt., hence focus on law and order and education have not been of primary concern.” Coming from a digital background he also pointed to a cruical fact, “These days we get to see these incidences more but that doesnt necessarily mean the incidences are occuring more today - its just that our reach has increased, our visibility has increased and technology has improved a lot to facilitate the transmission of such incidence from a remote place to the whole world.”
Eminent journalist, Barkha Dutt tweeted right after the Guwahati incident, and we must all think about what she said, “Don't let the Mob Win. Dont tell your daughter she can't go out alone at night. Don't restrict the clothes she wears. Teach your sons better.” Although after the Guwahati case most of the women would say, 'punish the culprit,' but they would have this nagging thought, 'why did she venture out so late at night.' Most of us are conditioned and feels that we are losing our culture by emulating the west. However, there are some who feels that we are emulating the west but that we are not taking the good things they have to offer as was said by Wahid Bhukari, “Yes, India (in fact sub-continent) as a nation is suffering from the inferiority complex and so copying the west blindly. Though it would have good to copy the better thing but it seems only wrong things are coming this way. Guwahati incident isn't a direct fallout of copying the west but yes, overall moral values are taking a deep plunge.”
This is an ongoing debate but one thing is sure that India is not safe for women. Anyone can face any problem in the house or outside. It is high time that everyone changes their thinking - be progressive if possible, especially women as they need to de condition and think for their good.
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