Women in India have been suffering from all kinds of oppression for centuries. Finally they are angry and take to the streets. A brutal gang rape in Delhi has triggered demands for stricter laws and swifter prosecutions.
A 23-year-old medical student was raped and beaten by six men on a Delhi bus. The sexual assault spanned several hours and left the woman close to death. Men inserted a metal rod into her vagina with so much force that her intestines were brought along when it was pulled out. The rapists saw rope like objects while raping. The woman is now battling for her life in a hospital.
Tens of thousands of Indians poured onto the streets in protest against the violent gang rape of a woman in Delhi last week. They were water cannoned,baton-charged, tear gassed by the police. Instead of beating rapists, police beat rape-protesters. What a shame! Women get raped in India every 20 minutes. But the authority doesn’t want women to protest against rape. Not even for 20 minutes.
Men do not stop raping. Even after brutal gang rape in the country’s capital, a 3-year-old girl raped in play-school in Delhi. During national outcry over Delhi Gang Rape, a 13-yr-old girl was killed after an attempted rape and an 11-yr-old girl was raped in Tamil Nadu.. While people were protesting gang rape, a women was gang raped,stripped naked,brutally beaten up & then tied to a tree.
There is a war on women. Rape is just one of the weapons of war.
I joined the protest march in Delhi yesterday. I was moved by a large number of men in the protest march. Rape is a male thing. It’s a crime against humanity. Rape will not end until men decide to end rape. I strongly believe women’s safety is not a women’s issue, it’s a Human Rights issue. Every human should join the march.
Many Indians still believe that rapes occur only in rural areas and only illiterate poor people like bus drivers, fruit sellers, rickshaw pullers rape. They do not want to believe that ‘educated’ people like doctors, engineers, professors, scientists, philosophers rape too. Women closed their eyes and kept their mouths shut for a very long time. It’s time to expose famous film makers/producers/stars/authors/politicians/players etc. who sexually harass, assault, abuse, molest, rape women.
Many people say ‘mindset of men must be changed’. But the mindset does not fall from the sky. Men develop a fixed mindset while growing up in a patriarchal society that prefers sons to daughters, makes women live with in-laws and takes husband’s surnames,and gives men the right to control women’s body and mind, desires and wishes, rights and freedom. Patriarchal society teaches men and women since their early days that women are inferior to men, that women are just sex objects and sophisticated slaves.
Patriarchal mindset will remain as long as patriarchy remains.