Gang Rape Comments Protests Missing The Point
There is a spate comments on the new Delhi igang rape, which cost the life of a girl, Jyoti SIngh Pandey.
Protests were organised to punish the guilty immediately without dragging for years.
So far very good.
Then some body like President Pronab Mukherjee’s son,Mohn Bhagat of RSS , Asaram.. and a host of others
The protagonists for immediate Justice clamour later reached the heights of calling every man as rapist waiting to rape any one in sight deteriorated into question of feminine Freedom to dress and move about any time of the day..
“It would have been comforting if vile foolishness in India had been the domain of the few. But Asaram Bapu is not alone when he says one hand cannot clap by itself. Or that taking diksha, reciting a mantra and pleading with her rapists as brothers might have saved the young girl that fateful night.
The clergy of the Jamaat-e-Islami-Hind are not alone when they advocate co-educational institutes to be shut down, pre-marital sex to be outlawed and girls to dress in sober and dignified clothes as ways to prevent rape.
Mohan Bhagwat is not alone when he asserts more rapes happen in ‘India’ than ‘Bharat’ — the first a synecdoche for promiscuous modernity; the latter for a more pious and traditional order where women live within boundaries prescribed by men. Abhijit Mukherjee is not alone when he mocks women protesters as “dented, painted” girls. Nor are Abu Azmi, Kailash Vijayvargiya or the Chhattisgarh home minister who says minors in the state are being raped because their stars are not favourable….
The media reacted violently to these comments.
Over the past few days, the national media has rebuffed these men with an acetylene rage. Apologise, they have shouted. Retract your thoughts. Or at least be shamed into withdrawing the impunity with which you say such things in public.
But this rage has triggered its own counter-currents. Madhu Kishwar, feminist and editor of Manushi, for instance, is scathing about the media’s tone. “What kind of imperialist vocabulary is this? If you treat everyone who does not agree with you as aliens and fools, if you refuse to accept them as your own people, what gives you the right to dictate to them? What makes you think they will even entertain your criticism?” she asks.”
..Ad guru Santosh Desai chimes in to warn of a backlash: “Media in India is more loud than representative,” he says. “If the framing of this debate gets too vociferous and extreme, it can galvanise the opposition in disturbing ways. Our society has always had a way of evolving organically, using a combination of strategies to create space for new ideas. As long as that change is gradual, the anxiety it produces is also gradual. If one gets too absolutist, the whole thing can boomerang.”..
Chetan Bhagat offers a variation on the theme in his Times of India column, where he first divides the populace into four classes: One, the political elite; Two, the business elite; Threes, the rising lower and middle classes “with a certain amount of affluence and education”; and Four, “people with limited education, abysmal standards of living and little hope for a better future.” The Threes may be the heroes of Bhagat’s stories — and their hero in turn — but here he takes them to task for “imposing their new-found modern values” on the less-progressive masses “For example, Fours may see women-men relationships in a regressive way. The Threes, exposed to the latest Western beliefs, will mock them.” The column offers instead a more peace-loving recipe for change:”
What exactly are the issues?
A Girl was raped in the Capital of India.
Accused have been charge sheeted.
The case is being heard.
People have expressed their anger against this despicable act.
Now what we need to do is…….
To make sure that rape law is made more stringent and be made Non bailable(at the same time it is to be ensured that it is not misused as in Anti Dowry laws).
The perpetrators should not be executed but to live with the mark of a rapist after serving Life term.
They should be ostracized by the Society.
Women should ensure that they are safe by wearing non provocative dress in public and be careful about moving in their own interest.
This is not an issue of Male vs Female, it is a question of Life.
You can not control other human beings at all times, human nature is unpredictable.
You meet with accidents on the roads.
You have Zebra Crossing.
Nothing demeaning about it
Media must remember it is more than TRP at stake.
You have a moral responsibility as well.