I was never a fan of the city of Delhi...I never got a chance to read any good news about that city...I was actually scared shit when I visited and I must say that is the only Indian city where I was so security conscious and always had to look behind me to know what is happening.
The only reason for my fear of the city was the countless rape incidences I kept reading about and watching on the television. It is the same city where I read about kids been raped, old women close to their grave were also not alone...anything with a vagina is raped in that city. Rape is no longer news in Delhi.
When I heard about the December 16th 2012, brutal gang-rape and assault of the physiotherapy student who name has not been disclosed, I really did not pay much attention to it because I felt it was a normal dose of life in that city. I guess the brutality and public nature of this assault was too much for the Indian society to just overlook as a normal dose of life. For once the people are fed up and want the government to change its lackadaisical attitude towards the rape of their women. What caught my eye was the video of the protest I saw on CNN and then I thought maybe this is not a usual rape story. My heart bled when I read about the rape, the inhuman act of destroying her internal organs. I also recently read the recount of her male friend who was also attacked with her on the bus. I was angry at how the people just looked on and did not even lift a finger to help the victims. I was devastated when she finally succumbed to the horrific injuries she suffered in Singapore after days of fighting to live.
When everyone talks about how Indians are the next big deal, I shake my head. Because no matter the ground-breaking technology, the medical tourism, a large percentage of the Indian population still live in a century I cannot even describe. There are a lot of “konjified” boys as old as 30years who have no idea about sex roaming around the country. I once argued that the society needs to give the youth sex education and someone said that there are still rape capes in nations where sex education is taught, which I believe is not a yardstick for the lack of gender sensitive education these people lack. I hear the government of Puducherry (a union state in India) believes covering up women in overcoat would protect them from the very many sexual predators in the society. There are also talks of segregation by providing special buses for the girl students. Rape victims most times commit suicide or are forced to marry their violator. Another gang rape victim in the same city who committed suicide was advised by the police to either marry one of her violator or simply drop the case.
The Indian society is misogynist and very much like the many Arab nations in the treatment of their women only that Arab nations hide behind religion to justify their actions. I found in India the single act of casting a second glance at a guy who maybe whistles at you means you are interested in him. The government is forever trivializing the issue of rape and make the women accountable for the crimes of the animals in the society. I really don’t get why at this age, India is thinking about segregating and restricting its women in the name of their own safety instead of ensuring stringent penalty for perpetrators of this horrible crime.
India is a nation of great potential but until it treats its women right, until the women are safe and can fearlessly share the public space with the men without any repercussion then can this incredible nation truly be great.