REMINDER

By Tanya Krishnoth (Sub Editor, International Section)

 

 

Let us never forget the days that have just passed!

December 16, 2012 will be a date that will forever remain in the annals of history of India, not as an achievement but as mark of shame; a reminder of how utterly helpless we truly are. The entire nation stood witness to the apathy of Indian society. “We are not safe” was the thought on every woman’s mind. Though India is growing and developing fast, is the Indian society really developing? Given the status of women in India, I don’t think so.

We can’t simply blame the government of the day because we choose them, they reflect our mistakes, our failure to teach our sons how to respect women. Our culture has failed. What’s all the more painful is the apathy our leaders reflect in such times, for their sixty seconds of fame. Take the MLA of Rajasthan, who wrote a letter to Chief Secretary, demanding a ban on skirts in schools. Another example is Mr. Babulaal Gour who made the following statement: “Ladkiyan bhartiya paridhan pehne.” And what in the world did Mr. Abhijeet Mukherjee mean by ‘dented and painted’ women?

This is clearly not what one expects of the leaders of the world’s largest democracy.  I have one question for them: If I wear Indian attire will they guarantee my safety? Will they ensure that I won’t be raped or harassed?

December 29, 2012: The country lost not just its bravest daughter, who opened their eyes and united their voices; it also lost a bit of its pride. The rest of it was already lost when Raisina Hill became the scene of battle between the Delhi Police and a peaceful procession asking for justice. India witnessed how justice, truth and safety are just mere words in India. It’s high-time to react because the power of democracy comes from the people. Democracy is by the people and for the people. But just pointing out flaws in the system and our society won’t work if we are not ready to change it. Rome was not built in a day. We have to set our priorities straight. Teach our children and work together. It’s always better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.




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