“I Think You Need to Do Your Homework”
[TW – Rape, Deaths, Sexism]
There is a tendency to not air dirty laundry and that is a bad one. Especially in India, the idea that discussing the “bad” would put people off.
But the real problem is not discussing these things until they become a problem.
Malika Sherawat was in an interview about statements she made about women in India.
“Indian society is regressive for women.”
“With female feticide, infanticide happening on an almost daily basis; with gang rapes making the headlines of almost every newspaper; with honor killings…”
“I think it’s a very, very regressive state for women.”
“As a woman, I should lie about the state of women that’s in our country? So I didn’t lie. I said the truth.”
In the world where you have plenty of media and where news is available at the touch of a button, India and Indians cannot simply say that the foeticide, murder and rapes of women no longer exist.
Doing so has harmed women and indeed harmed people’s opinion of India. And the ultimate joke is that ignoring it doesn’t change the opinion the world has of India.
I don’t think I have read a single travel advisory on India that doesn’t warn women to take extra care, dress modestly and avoid sitting next to men and to travel as a group and stay in reputable hotels.
Why? Because people know. This was never a big secret, the only people it’s a big secret to are the Indians who haven’t realised what everyone else was talking about.
It’s regressive and depressing to watch the clip not because of Malika’s stance but because of the journalist who didn’t know the basic facts about India.
And yes it is true. Roughly one in 3 girls in Haryana either dies in the first year of life or is aborted solely because they are female. It’s Regressive and Depressing but you know what? Ignoring it means that nothing was being done by the people. Now it cannot be ignored.