Yesterday 4 people were sentenced to death for a rape that was committed in a bus in Delhi. Like a typical Agatha Christie novel people outside could never have known what happened.
The chances are in a crowd people behave with far greater bravery (?) than they ever would. Looking at the profile of the 5 people in the bus, it is doubtful whether these guys would have even spoken to her. However when they were drunk (perhaps), and fueled by the behavior of one or two of them, the others joined in. I refuse to call them animals -because no animal behaves in such a brutal fashion. Animals kill ONLY to eat. Never to blind, rape, maim, in revenge, ………NEVER.
Having said all this, does a death sentence help the society? I would think no. It looks more like revenge – you raped a woman brutally and if we hang you we will get the people’s votes. It helped that the accused were low end people without any financial or political backing, so hanging them was very useful for the powers that be.
The SOLUTION lies in going to each and every house and making sure that the WOMEN get treated better. First, to begin with, the women should treat other women with respect. Then the son will treat his sister better. The man should be forced to treat his MOTHER with respect. Then his sister-in-law, his own sister, his father’s sister…..only when all this is established will he treat his wife and then his daughter’s with respect.
More and more women should be recruited in the police – maybe in accounting, HR, software, administration, etc. – the sheer power of the uniform will keep the men at bay. More and more movies showing women in charge should be made and shown all over the place. Books, newspapers, plays, skits, all forms of communication should be used to spread the message.
Eve teasing, touching, making indecent remarks should be publicly punished. Boys should be asked to bring their mothers to the police station, and their mothers should be asked to sign a good behavior bond. Policewomen should be available in every place if a woman wants to lodge a complaint….
Doing all of the above is difficult, may be very difficult.
So we hang 4 guys and then pray and hope that there will be no more rapes in India.
Sadly, exactly when the learned judge was writing or dictating this judgement there must have been about 100 rapes around the country.
Imagine when a group of 5 men are drinking in a bar, and a nice looking woman enters the bar. What happens is rape. Subtly, that is all.
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