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Saurabh Kumar Jha, MBA 2016-18, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur.
What happened in Bengaluru on this New Year’s Eve celebration is not something new. A similar incident had happened in Mumbai in 2008 which had ignited a huge backlash from the media and public. But how much have we learnt from these incidents is something we need to ask ourselves. It is common these days to come across news of women being groped or molested in public or being raped in a moving van in daylight. As if these incidents themselves are not enough to make us feel ashamed of ourselves the comments made by those in power forces us to ponder if we are truly living in a civilized society.
The worst part is people making such comments do not come from one single political party but almost each one of them have members who hold similar views and it gives an impression that they are trying to justify these incidents by questioning what is acceptable when it comes to what a woman should or should not wear and when and where she is allowed to go. It only adds fuel to those sick minds who have somehow been born and brought up in a culture which makes them feel they are superior to women and that they have every right to do whatever they feel is justified when it comes to ensure that their version of Indian culture remains preserved. As long as we have these people who can voice such opinions openly in media these incidents will continue to happen.
Truth is that it is not what someone is wearing or what time she is going out of her house or who she is going out with is the cause of these incidents but it is the audacity of the perpetrators of these heinous crimes who think they can do something and get away with it because someone is power shares similar views as them. One of the accused in Nirbhaya incident had said in an interview that they were teaching her a lesson because she was roaming around at night. Perhaps, someone needs to teach them that the Indian culture has always been one where the women have been given utmost respect and they have every right to live in a manner they decide to choose. And it is only when those with large audience act responsibly and openly condemn these incidents and not try and justify it and back it with laws which would ensure people are unable to get away with such crimes that we can expect these incidents to stop.