Who is Responsible for the Delhi Gang Rape Case - A Complete (Psycho & General)Analysis

Who is Responsible for the Delhi Gang Rape Case – A Complete (Psycho & General)Analysis

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‘’Do you not believe that you are (each) an Eve? The sentence of God on this sex of yours lives on even in our times and so it is necessary that the guilt should live on, also. You are the one who opened the door to the Devil, you are the one who first plucked the fruit of the forbidden tree, you are the first who deserted the divine law; you are the one who persuaded him whom the Devil was not strong enough to attack. All too easily you destroyed the image of God, man.’’
(The Apparel of Women, Book 1, Chapter 1)

Don’t fret over the aforementioned lines against women (and please don’t tell me you were, instead, beginning to like the idea). It has been since time out of sight that women have been blamed for the offences, crimes, harassments and rapes against them. It has always been a triple-whammy for them. First, they are raped; second, they are blamed for being raped; and third, they are seen with disgust and ridiculed for their entire lives that follow. How so just is our society, isn’t it? And we thought we had come a long way through.

December, 2012 saw widespread protests, not only in Delhi but in many parts of India, against the mounting pace of crime against women and deteriorating state of security for them. They followed a horrid case of gang rape (leading to death) of a girl in Delhi and sought to address issues like the need to beef up security, enhancing punishments for rape and doling out capital punishment to the perpetrators of the aforesaid case. Both men and women partook with identical zest. But just when I was beginning to feel that maybe the people’s mindset was finally transforming and ameliorating, there was a flurry of comments by personnel incumbent on the top echelons; comments regarding how women should be blamed for the incidences.

General Mentality as the Cause

“I demand a ban on skirts as uniform in schools. The intention of this demand is to keep girl students away from men’s lustful gazes.”
(Banwari Lal Singhal, BJP MLA, Rajasthan)

The issue that we should pay heed to, now of all times, is that we haven’t at all evolved from the prior periods of inanity and doltishness. Today, when a girl is raped, there is a section of society that jeers, ‘Oh she would have been a slut; been prowling out with skimpy clothes.’ Remarks like ‘one cannot clap with a single hand’, ‘girls shouldn’t roam around at late’, ‘revealing clothes’, ‘girls shouldn’t cross boundaries’ have been so common that such clichés trigger a wave of loathe against the ones citing them. Since when have the victims become the perpetrators?

When people have to show that the principles of humanity and social values are deteriorating, they talk about ‘girls holding boys’ hands’, ‘girls frolicking around’, ‘girls wearing short dresses’, ‘girls working late night’ and girls this and girls that. Nobody talks about boys doing those stuffs. Are boys above girls by some divine pronouncement, that somehow the ‘principles’ of humanity don’t apply to them? Boys can reveal their Jockey and Van Heusen undergarments and girls cannot, boys can go to discotheques and girls should not. Boys can do whatever they feel like and girls – by no means.

If a girl is wearing revealing clothes and is raped, she asked for it. If she was not wearing revealing clothes, she must have been roaming late at night (which she shouldn’t have been). If she was raped during daytime, she must have been a nymphomaniac. What should the girls do – stay forever within the boundary walls of a fortress? That’s what such people tend to imply. If after taking all the precautionary measures, a girl is still raped inside her house, the fault would be that the girl existed on this planet, right? And would the community still add that one cannot clap with a single hand – so she asked for it?

The underlying essence that I want to fetch to the surface is that, such a mentality, that still happens to prevail up to a scale beyond reckoning, is itself responsible for the Delhi rape case. People who harbor such a mentality don’t have even an iota of the notion as to what note they deliberately/inadvertently are promulgating. These are the people because of whom the perpetrators of the Delhi gang rape case would have found it so very easy to uncover an excuse to commit rape on the girl in the bus. It would have been so unproblematic for them to get their minds around certain facts – ‘The girl is roaming out so late at night; she is a shame on our society’, ‘oh! The girl is with a boy; she must be a slut’, ‘such girls bring indignity to our culture; she must pay the price.’

And reiterating such excuses over and over again to allay their rationality, the perpetrators would have embarked upon the wicked act; the rape. So, here lies the problem. Such a mentality endows perpetrators of rapes with more than a hundred reasons to make their baleful actions seem acceptable to them. It is this very mentality that sponsors crime against women and leads people to blame the victim (the girl) for being the trigger cause.

One such personality, who despite being incumbent on a respectable ministerial position lacks both rationality and sensibility, is Kailash Vijayvargiya. The Industries Minister (Madhya Pradesh) tells us that if a girl crosses the Lakshman Rekha (boundary line) then Ravan (criminal) is bound to abduct her. Thus if a girl is raped, it’s her fault that she crossed her boundaries. Such people don’t have the slightest of the wisdom that instead of shrinking the said boundary for girls, they should rather eradicate the perpetrators and give the girls the social space they equitably deserve.

Vibha Rao (Chairperson, Chhattisgarh State Women Commission) says women are equally responsible for sexual offences committed against them by wearing revealing clothes. She believes that we are going ignorant of Hindu epics and their values, and that we should stick to them. Somebody tell her that if she is so inclined towards following Hindu epics, she shouldn’t go near the windows and the doors (let alone working with a commission). And it looks like the likening of women to Eve has not faded yet; Eve has symbolized historically the women’s elementary and original character – deceitful, seductive, lacking intelligence, untrustworthy, disloyal, disobedient, and the cause of the original sin.

Religion as the Cause

“Oh, evil woman, full of treason;
Forever contrary to reason;
Bringing no man good in any season;
Our children’s children to the end of time,
Will feel the cruel whiplash of your crime”
(Medieval liturgical drama on the story of Adam and Eve)

Historically, religions have sought to spread this risibly ridiculous conviction, this notion that women are some sort of objects which ought to be kept in utterly downright control by men. Be it in Judaism or Christianity; be it in Islam or Hinduism; women have been associated sometimes with objects effecting and coaxing toward sin and other times with sin itself.

In Old Testament story of the Fall of Man from the Book of Genesis, the Judaism myth blames woman (Eve) for the ills and the sufferings of the mankind. Eve has been shown as a wayward lowly creature that plucked fruit from the forbidden tree and even deceived Adam, the image of god. It was then that the god blamed Eve, held her responsible for deceiving Adam (and hence the whole mankind), and cursed her by multiplying her labor, sorrow, and pain while bearing children. Traditionally, so, humans have continuously blamed women for everything, inclusive of the crime against them.

The message of the Genesis to the men is not to trust women, and to the women is not to trust themselves. And why to blame only Judaism for giving such lowly positions to women when almost every religion manifests the same patriarchal bias?

In Christianity, the early apostles and fathers of the likes of Paul of Tarsus and Tertullian had thought and advocated the credos that women were the gateway to the devil and likened them to ‘the temples built over sewers.’ Take Hinduism for instance – in the Rig Veda, Lord Indra said that the mind of women couldn’t be disciplined because they had very little intelligence. Vishnu Smriti advises women not to act by themselves in any manner, never to go near windows or doors, and to ascend the husband’s pyre after his death. In Bhagavad-Gita (chapter 9, verses 32, 33) Lord Krishna says, ‘even women, vaisyas, sudras, or any people of sinful birth go to the supreme abode if they take his shelter … then what to say about the righteous brahmanas, devotees and the saintly kings!’; doesn’t that somehow tend to imply that women (along with vaisyas and sudras) belong to some sort of lowly class?

Take Islam for another instance; Quran likens women as fields into which men could go whichever way they liked. The fourth chapter of Quran is called An-Nisa (women), where the 34th verse goes like this: ‘Men are the maintainers of women because Allah has made some of them to excel others and because they spend out of their property; the good women are therefore obedient, guarding the unseen as Allah has guarded; and those on whose part you fear desertion, admonish them, and leave them alone in the sleeping-places and beat them; then if they obey you, do not seek a way against them.’

Thus, there are numerous instances in these religions that consider women as filthy nothings. And people have been following such religions for thousands of years. It is, then, all but obvious that such nuances of patriarchal and misogynist traits would certainly be reflected in the society, not to mention why people so effortlessly take to blaming victim women themselves for the heinous acts of rape committed upon them. It, thus, becomes understandable why some specks of male dominance over females subsist in almost every man around the world. They have pursued religions as catechisms and dogmas so blindly that misogynist flecks are profoundly inculcated in their credos, without them even knowing.

If religion itself has been abortive toward acknowledging the virtue and dignity of women, the followers would also show hints in sync with it. It can, thus, also be prudent to hold religion responsible for the wicked episode of Delhi gang rape. The doctrine that males are somehow above females by some divine pronouncement (and if a woman is raped, she herself is responsible for that) stems from such patriarchal opinions that have been advocated by religions for thousands of years.

Patriarchy and Patriarchal Philosophies as the Cause

“A woman’s virtue, if you wish to know about that, may also be easily described: her duty is to order her house, and keep what is indoors, and obey her husband.”
(A prominent Greek general, Meno)

The works of Aristotle have been found depicting women as rationally, emotionally, ethically, and physically inferior to men. He preached to see women as the property of men and asserted that women existed in the society merely to reproduce and cater to the ‘superior’ men in the household. His followers took from him and spread the notion that one ought to see the male domination of women as righteously natural. Aristotle’s era, hence, also saw the phenomenal spreading of the belief that any imperfection in the society subsists because of the existence of women, as men were deemed as the epitome of perfection and women were deemed as ‘deformed and incomplete’ men.

Patriarchy, the political and moral control of a family or a society by males and the male authority over females, has been followed for hundreds of years. This entailed female subordination and subjugation in almost every society and sometimes even led to patrilinealism, a system where the property was inherited only by the male lineage and the females were deemed as a burden.

In almost every society, a husband was allowed to divorce his wife while the converse was not permissible. Wives were, more often than not, deemed as their husband’s servant and were supposed to call them as their masters and lords; though she would inherit neither from her husband nor from her father. Dowry was paid prominently by the ‘bride’ side, leading to the families ruing the event of (and fretting over) a female birth in their households. This has often led (and still does) to female infanticide and in many cases where the family was able to use medical advancements to identify the fetus’ gender, to female feticide. Males however have been free from being inflicted upon such wicked atrocities.

The practice of Ankora was practiced in many civilizations (under different names) under which, if a man died leaving his wife, she could be use sexually and labouredly by the locality. In Hinduism, as also dictated by the Vishnu Smriti, women were advised to ascend their husbands’ pyres to ward-off the prospects of their getting sexually involved with other men and to keep them away from men’s lustful eyes. Women were not allowed to work or to get social. They were confined to the social and the geographical spaces of their husbands’ and their paternal houses. Men could have multiple wives but women could not have multiple husbands; men could use females as antes in gambling; male peasants used to sell their wives to settle their debt obligations.

Women, hence, have long been used and seen as ‘sex objects’ rather than ‘humans’. And regrettably, while most of the aforementioned practices no longer subsist, the underlying notion still does – that women are mere ‘sex objects’. It is this driving factor, with its roots in the Omni-prevalent patriarchal bias, which could be held responsible for the perpetrators assaulting the girl in a moving bus in Delhi. And, also blameworthy can be the sense of jealousy that very well might have engulfed them and drove them toward the dreadful act; the resentment that she was with a ‘boy’; the resentment that, if not always, many a times is both the product and the cause of the underlying misogyny and gynophobia.

Misogyny as the Cause

“Women are less than shallow; are you going to women? Do not forget the whip!”
(Friedrich Nietzsche)

The social order of these days could very possibly be the one with the highest ever graph of the misogynist traits. Traditionally, women have been known for taking to and looking after the household chores. As Warren Farrel argues, men have historically been looked at as those who raise money, while women have conventionally been regarded as those who raise families. But the last century, and especially the past few decades have seen a paradigm shift in the roles and responsibilities that women take upon them; needless to say, women have now been participating in almost all those spheres of not only work-professions, but also social contacts, which previously used to see participations solely by men.

Women are there as chief executives, human resource managers in large and small corporate houses, sales executives, air hostesses, receptionists, lawyers, doctors, engineers, journalists, police officers, reporters, and almost every profession one could possibly think of. From government jobs to private ones, from being incumbent upon top echelons to working on clerical grades, women can be found everywhere.

Also noteworthy is the fact that there are a multitude of jobs (receptionists, air hostesses, company secretaries, relationship managers) which prefer girls to boys thanks to the factoring in of their beauty and the consideration that their attractiveness would fetch more customers.

While the role transformation of women has been commendable, something latent has been transpiring too, within the minds of many of the men, if not all. Unemployment rate has always been a matter of thorough concern in any society. The anxiety regarding the insecurity of one’s job (or the prospect to enter one) is at such a scale that one can see instances where a boy is wary of even letting his batch-mates know about a job vacancy he has discovered. It is all but obvious, then, that a particular gender in a society (that is, the males) are many a times disappointed that while they traditionally have competed with other males in the struggle for employment, their struggle has gotten harsher; they now need to vie with the females as well (who many a times find it easier to quickly ensure an employment).

This in turn has led to some men (and maybe especially those who come from geographical/social localities where they have not known working women) growing jealous of the women and resenting their education and their profession. A form of hatred toward women tends to ensue in such males and takes the form of misogyny. Misogynist males resent females getting educated, getting jobs, earning more than them, etc.

Another facet igniting such resentment for females, in the minds of males, is the fact that females tend to be more effective and well at ease to quickly arrange for a sexual intercourse. Males, and especially those who are sexually deprived, thus, fret over the fact that while a man can face numerous rejections by the girls he approaches for a relationship or sex, a girl on the other hand primarily faces no such complexities and can easily persuade a male for such sexual activities. Often this envy can lead to the inception of the misogynist traits in a male, and if the male in case is decidedly immoral or insane and inane minded, he can resort to vent out his frustration by sexually assaulting a girl.

It can, therefore, be judiciously asserted that such a form of misogyny could be a driving factor behind those perpetrators of rape to sexually assault the girl in Delhi. They could have been ruing the fact that they were not employed at very respectable jobs and thus spited a female that looked substantially educated; or they could have been sexually deprived or simply resentful to see the girl with a boy and made an atrocious assault. People like these are the devils who are too much affected by the notion of sadistic pleasure. And a specific type of porn industry, today, is doing an unbridled job of nurturing such notions within them.

Gonzo Pornographies as the Cause

“If pornography is increasingly cruel and degrading, why is it increasingly commonplace instead of more marginalized? In a society that purports to be civilized, wouldn’t we expect most people to reject sexual material that becomes ever more dismissive of the humanity of women? How do we explain … increasingly more intense ways to humiliate women sexually and the rising popularity of the films that present those activities?”
(Robert Jensen, a writer on the pornographic issues)

Almost everyone indulges in watching porn movies today. The advent of personal computers and video supported mobile phones has added to the already booming swell of the industry. Easy and cheaper access to the internet has been a further boost. The porn movies, I can daresay, are not only educative (in that they serve to teach people those aspects of life and natural processes that their parents or course curriculum cannot or does not instruct about) but also a source of obtaining base pleasure without having to have a partner.

In the recent past, however, a particular type of porn movies has gained a peculiar popularity among our social order of men; the gonzo porn. These are the porn movies that feature a woman having sex with more than one man involved (and if possible, as many as possible), women are vehemently called as sluts, bitches, whores, nasty cunts, and by many other defamatory swear words. While having sex, the men beat up the women until they are red with patches, and take recourse to take their penis from the women’s buttocks to their mouths and stick them in there. Men are also shown ejaculating their semen into the mouths of women.

Robert Jensen argues that the reason behind the popularity of such materials is that women in the world, outside of the pornography, don’t indulge in such activities until forced; men know that and thus find it arousing to watch such stuffs under that knowledge.

Porn movies are actually liked by people according to their underlying fantasies and their contents, thus, can often act as a mirror of the watchers’ mentality. Thus, if a man is particularly interested in Gonzo Pornography, he might have inner desires for sadistic activities, violent intercourse, forced intercourse or even gang rape. And the converse is also true; that the boom of such movies has led to an increase in the number of such people; that the Gonzo Porns have contributed toward inciting embryonic desires among a vast majority, desire to have sex by coercion or indulge in gang rape.

Jerome Tanner, a porn film maker has said, One of the things about today’s porn and the extreme market, the gonzo market, is so many fans want to see much more extreme stuff that I’m always trying to figure out ways to do something different. But it seems that everybody wants to see a girl doing a double penetration or a gang bang. … It’s definitely brought porn somewhere, but I don’t know where it is headed from there.”

Men see women in such Gonzo Porns as mere sex objects and entities to be ridiculed. Some people tend to argue that if the women porn actresses do participate in such sexual activities, why doesn’t one factor in the possibility that women could possibly actually like indulging in such a manner. They, however, turn a blind eye to the realization that normally no ordinary woman would like to be beaten up (unless she is a masochist) or indulge in a gang-sex. But the watchers tend to generalize such materials to horrid scales and swiftly reach conclusions like ‘all women are bitches’, ‘girls are sluts’, ‘highly immoral’.

Besides, Robert Jensen says that while researching the porn industry, he has met women porn actresses who primarily agree to indulge in such activities because they are coaxed into them by offering huge sums of money. Often, there also are instances where the porn actresses join the porn industry in the first place due to financially weak backgrounds and under other such pressures. There is also a vast majority of those actresses who are extremely unhappy in the industry but evade from admitting so, and rather try to validate their profession, to avoid thinking of themselves as victims and to stave off a resulting disgrace.

Sex, per se, is not the problem; it is rather a biological need. The patriarchal conception of sex, however, is a grim and a ghastly problem. The manner in which sex is shown in Gonzo Porns is becoming exponentially degraded and brutal. And ironically, such porns are finding ever more admirers; our society is headed toward being one where almost every man has a hidden desire to ‘gang-bang’ a girl, beat the girls up and force them into sex, etc. People, despite discovering such traits in themselves, seek to look away and compel themselves to think otherwise.

While such porn movies are reflections of the societal mainstream values and fantasies of sex, they also are leading to inception and augmentation of such desires among men. Mirrors, many a times, are far more dangerous than one accepts to acknowledge; and Gonzo Porns are such mirrors. They demonstrate to us how men (certainly not all of them, but an ever increasing majority) see or want to see women. Whereas many of the men would be able to have their wicked desires pent up, many would not. And these could be the ones who engage in rapes or gang rapes. It would, hence, be acceptable to acknowledge that the Gonzo Porns could also be held responsible for the Delhi bus gang rape case. The perpetrators would have been so obsessed with such pornographic materials that they indulged in gang assault and sadistic activities to an extent that led to the death of the girl. And out on the streets were the protestors who openly cited about the deteriorating law and order situation in our country. They were, indeed, the least mistaken.

Failure of Law and Order as the Cause

“Ever since Congress government under the leadership of Sheila Dikshit came to power, the law and order and quality of life in Delhi has deteriorated,”
(BJP Delhi chief Vijender Gupta)

The criminals, today, have grown so fearless that they even do not refrain from killing policemen, needless to say the women could be their soft targets. Figures released in January 2011 by the Delhi Police reveal that a woman is raped every 18 hours or molested every 14 hours in the Capital. Shockingly, the majority of the attackers are below 25 years (source: http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/a-woman-is-raped-every-18-hrs-in-delhi/1/125779.html). In the year 2009 in Delhi alone, there were 459 cases of reported rapes and 489 in 2010. Factor in those cases that go unreported (or are deliberately not registered by the police) and you get the picture. The cases of molestation had gone up from 528 in 2009 to 585 in 2010 and needless to say that a tremendous majority of the molestation cases are either not reported or not properly acknowledged.

The crime-against-women graph in country (and Delhi) has thus been on a steady increase. The law and order of our country has failed glumly to both, take cognizance of the issues and to make attempts to address them. All the three wings have been defunct – be it the legislative, the executive or the judiciary. Sections 375, 376, 354 and 509 of the IPC (Indian Penal Code) deal with the rape offences and provisions are there in them in as broad a manner as possible to avoid instances of the cases of rapes (or other sexual assaults and harassments) going uncovered. The number of year terms a rapist faces, however, has been a matter of raging debate in the recent past.

As contended by many (and righteously so according to me) the assortment of punishment that ranges from one to ten years is itself not enough to act as a deterrent. To make things worse, on an average, in India most convicts get away with three to four years of punishment (supplemented by a very small fine). Those who can afford to pay huge amounts or are influential and resourceful may get exculpated even before that. The legislative bodies need to realize and acknowledge the fact that such conditions can provide for making the grounds conducive for acts like rapes to flourish. Those who are highly resourceful wouldn’t even think about the repercussions of indulgence in rapes. Those who have nothing to lose (vagabonds for instance, with no offence intended) could very well might consider committing rape in an anticipation that the sentence term is immaterial and unsubstantial, augmented by the notion that the life in prison could at-least be better than the one they currently are leading. The element of deterrence thus has lost its threat.

Then, there is the defunct executive. The police personnel marred with corruption and apathy are no better than ordinary people in that they either don’t take to acting against such instances or cannot do so because they are disillusioned toward their duties or burdened under the bribes of the criminals/perpetrators. The situation has grown so bleak that people think more than twice before going to a police station to file the FIR (First Information Report) against any sort of sexual harassment. The police station turns out to be a mocking ground for the victims and their beliefs that no tangible action would be taken is, more often than not, met with validation and corroboration.

The Delhi Metro, which cites concrete security inside the metro trains (boasting about its series of cameras), would be astounded by the revelation that Delhi’s women live in horror and warranted paranoia that makes the thought of taking a metro train after dark as unthinkable. Needless to say that often the male co-travelers have indulged in sexual groping and verbal harassment in the metro trains and the incidences have either gone unnoticed or unattended to. The bus in which the 23 year old student was raped had tinted glasses and it was still passing without traffic police’s objections; they ought to have taken cognizance of the matter, but they had not. Or it would be more precise to say that they actually had taken cognizance of the matter but were affected by the apathy. If this is the situation in the national capital, it would definitely be a grimmer picture elsewhere in the country.

The executive body, i.e. the law enforcing department of police, at a time when the scenario demands pro-activeness, is not active at all. And worse still, apart from the legislative and the executive, the judiciary too hangs about defunct; the cases remain pending for years. While the government does not get weary over citing excuses like ’numerous cases to attend to’ and ‘proper procedure must be followed’, heavy signs of encouragement have, thus, been sent down around the criminal minds that no matter what they do, how heinously they commit rapes, the legal apathy and amputated system of the country would help them to get off scot free.

A three member committee headed by the former chief justice of India, J. S. Verma, has submitted its report on numerous changes on the legislative front of the problem. Some fast track courts to tackle the rape cases specifically have also been set up. But the question is, whether and how speedily such recommendations would be implemented; and how long would the fast track courts subsist. These two fronts aside, it is the executive body that can do the best to pro-actively identify and prevent such cases of rape. Why isn’t any action being taken on that front? If the police officers are not active and disenchanted, the legislative and the judiciary would be worthless; because the cases of rapes fail to get reported in the first place, forget about legal proceedings under the aegis of the Indian Penal Code.

It, therefore, would be utterly and downrightly justified to hold the law (all the three wings – the legislative, the executive and the judiciary) as mainly responsible for the wicked gang rape case in a moving bus in Delhi. But no, don’t blame the law if you are not a responsible citizen yourself, for a country’s state of police only reflects the inertia of the general mass, the general society.

You and I as the Cause

It is not the function of our Government to keep the citizen from falling into error; it is the function of the citizen to keep the Government from falling into error.
(Robert H. Jackson)

How often does it happen that a person, upon watching a group of boys verbally or physically harassing a girl, walks up to it and extricates the girl from being mentally or/and physically tortured? Even if the by-passers and onlookers are larger in number than the perpetrators, it rarely does happen, forget about a sole person taking to it. And not to blame only the boys, the women subjects/victims themselves, more often than not, abstain from retaliating; and those who do are mocked and discouraged by their female/male friends or family members. Such instances going unnoticed have in turn encouraged such exploitations and incidences exponentially.

The situation has befallen into being so dreary, that the perpetrators have begun to deem it natural on the part of the boys to at-least verbally abuse a girl, for they believe it hardly matters to her or she would barely react or she would hardly find support if she ever does react. The universities campuses, where one would generally expect the situations to be better than those outside, are blemished by countless instances of such activities thanks to no one objecting. People tend to assimilate it as the part of the college culture and willingly or unwillingly turn a blind eye to these acts. In Banaras Hindu University (BHU) alone, the figures are alarming. In a recent survey conducted by our team in the girl hostels, 83 out of the 138 (over 60%) girl students responded that they had at-least once been verbally harassed. 16 out of the 138 (11.6%) girls said they had at-least once been physically harassed. And barely 2% of the girls who had been physically harassed had ever reported such incidences. Here, hence, lies a serious problem.

The more we incorporate apathy in our attitude and reaction, the more rampant would the graph statistics become. Furthermore, we also need to emerge from the mindset that pre-marital chastity and virginity matter very much to the girls. It is this widespread psychology that guides some insane minded men to assume that if a woman is roaming around with her boyfriend late at night and is supposedly having sex before marriage, she would be a slut and it would not matter to her if they too engage in sexual intercourse with her. It could be this psychology that led the perpetrators to form a perspective about the girl in the bus and attempt an assault upon her in Delhi.

So you and I are also responsible for inequitably judging the worldly affairs and giving the world a direction it currently is steadfast upon. You and I, the citizens of our country, are responsible for the gang rape of the girl in Delhi.

And unless you and I change, nothing else can assimilate even an iota of the change we wish. As M. K. Gandhi has rightly put it – “Be the change you want to see in the world”. The line is extremely relevant, more so now than it ever was. Crime against any girl is a crime against humanity and a crime against us. If we cannot afford to react, nobody can. If we turn a blind eye to the rampant practices assuming someone else would do what is right, everyone else would turn a deaf ear too.

And don’t cite religion, don’t cite social values, don’t cite any inequitable reason at all to curtail the rights of women in the name of giving them security. And acknowledge this fact that we are all responsible for the horrid case of gang rape in Delhi. And if we don’t take corrective measures while we still can, it would perhaps be too late and we would all be amputated dregs.

- S.S Niks (Sachin Srivastava) is the co-founder, editor and moderator at Rational Avenue. S.S Niks

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