Women in India are no more safe. Few weeks back, I have received a link from one of my friends which detailed ‘Guhawati Molestation Case’. Some mob of 30 people on a busy street outside a pub in Guwahati molested a 20 year old girl. After reading this, I was shocked and couldn’t imagine how awful it must have been for that girl.
Such cases in India are no more an
uncommon thing, but it is getting worse day by day. I read in newspaper
few months back, Gurgaon administration passed an order that information
regarding women employees working after 8pm should be sent in advance
to the labour department. I feel that administration has totally lost
their control and trust over police while making such a statement. What
message is going to be conveyed to the rest of the world? Are they
pointing out that we are not safe in our own country? Of course, then it
won’t be wrong when foreigners visit India, they do not trust any
Indian for their safety. After travelling few of the major countries, I
have realised a big difference – I have felt more safe roaming alone in
abroad streets than Indian street.
Is there no safe place for girls in our
rising India or what our tourism officials call “Incredible India”? On
one side we are fighting against female foeticide, and on the other side
there are cases of molestation on streets.
I was shocked by chairperson of
National Commission for Women (NCW) Mamata Sharma’s statement on telling
women ‘How to dress’ despite of being a woman herself. I am sure she
was never taught the fact to -’ Respect every one without any
Here’s her statement on NDTV –
“Women’s fashion, lifestyle and
conduct should be in accordance with Indian culture…women should not
wear clothes which provoke others (to misbehave with them),” Madhya
Pradesh industries minister Kailash Vijayvargiya said in Indore on
Friday.”Women should dress in such a way that they invoke respect in
others. However, unfortunately women are dressing provocatively, which
is leading to deviation in society,” he said, referring to the incident.
After reading this, I could only doubt
their sanity level. Does she mean to say, that we are living among
animals and we should avoid falling prey to them by not following
fashion and living a life framed by other people. I think this can only
happen in India as in rest of the world, girls can chose their own
living-style rather then compromising to save themselves.
According to the latest statistics
released by the Delhi Police, a woman is raped every 18 hours or
molested every 14 hours in the capital of India. As a woman, when I
lived in Delhi alone for a period of time, I was really afraid to walk
on roads alone and just kept praying God to be with me always. In
today’s world, when women go out of their homes to live their dream and
earn money, safety is the key point. But why is it so difficult for
Indian Police Department to understand that. Why we don’t have strong
law and order. Why rapist are not hanged or shot dead? Why they get
bail-out? Why police don’t set an example by treating them harshly so
that from next time onwards people have fear to do such shameful act?
TOI quoted – Out of 213,585
reported cases of crimes against women in 2010 — as per data released by
the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) — sexual assault (molestation
and rape together) amounted to 62,800 cases, second only after cruelty
by husband and relatives (94,000 cases). In 2006, the total reported
cases of crimes against women were 164,765. Crime against women in India
is constantly rising.
We have no simple or straight solution for this, but yes we can decrease such activity by working together.
- Dear Indian government, please pass strong laws against such criminal activities rather then focussing on women’s fashion style.
- Dear Indian police deptt., please catch those criminals rather then finding excuses to defend the culprits.
- Dear Indian people, please support victim with love and concern.
- Dear girls, please learn few tricks to defend yourself to some extent e.g. Carry pepper spray in your bag.
- Dear girls, always let your family/friends know about your whereabouts.
- Dear girls, please walk/travel in company as much as possible.
- Dear girls, please save and dial 100 on sensing danger.
- Dear girls, please project strong image outside rather thendisplaying your weekness .
- Dear media, we would be more than
happy if u support the victim rather then patiently clicking pictures of
the victim on the site to show in your headlines.
It is our joint responsibilty as a
citizen of India to have strong law & order in place and help
decrease such activity from our society. Hope we can revive our faith
and trust back on Indian Law & Order. I wish everyone a safe and
great future ahead.