Friday, 21 December 2012
To sin by silence when we must protest makes cowards of men.
Is the world ending today?
Metaphorically it's nearing the end.
Because a girl doesn't feel safe of venturing out anymore. Because getting on a wrong bus can have as dangerous results as getting raped. Because the world doesn't stop to help you reach a hospital. Because you are treated like a rag doll by not just the ones who raped you but also by others who blame you for the rape. Because the police still hasn't caught the absconding cowards. And to top it all, this happened in the streets of the capital of India. I have no remorse in saying that humanity has ended.
And I say I have no remorse because we get enough of it from our politicians, police, carriers of justice and the countless other people in society who simply express remorse on every incident of assault carried not on any man or woman in this country. We are done with your sympathies.
Oh! And sympathies? Let's not get into it.
Our police and politicians issue warnings to women.
Don't go out at night!
Don't travel alone!
Don't wear clothes which may even be slightly inappropriate!
Somehow it is always construed to be the woman's fault.
Instead of blaming us for it all, do you people mind taking any steps to improve the society we are living in, to implement our laws effectively so that not even one of these social menaces dare harm us.
And I'm not saying only the men of our society have lost all shame and empathy.
Just today, while our teacher was announcing a candlelight march as a mark of silent protest during our tuition hours, I overheard this conversation :
Girl 1 - What is he talking about?
Girl 2 - A march for the Delhi rape victim.
Girl 1 - Was she a CA student?
Girl 2 - No.
Girl 1 - Then why is he bothering us?
I have no words to express what I felt then.
It is time we did something about it. Yes, we. We, as humans, and not as the public, politicians, police, army men, but we as humans need to revive the humanity we seem to have lost.
It is never the wrong time to do the right thing.
But literally, will the world end or not? More than that should it or shouldn't it?