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Second Nirbhaya: Not About Stringent Laws, But Mindset

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Kolkata: The fallacy of life is that we don’t do what we preach. We may be pretending to be bestowed with benevolence, but that is only mere rhetoric.

The recent brutal rape and murder of a woman in Mumbai takes us back to the deplorable Nirbhaya episode. Both the women succumbed to death in a similar fashion – raped and then a rod inserted into their private parts which turned fatal.

Now, what are we left with? We have the social media to vent our ire on – empathetic statements and posts to display our concern and angst, and subsequently life moves on. What a pity!

When our revered political bosses swear by women empowerment, do they ascertain the level of insecurity that women in our society reel under? Make no mistakes, it’s about political mileage.

The crux of the matter is that we men still look at women with voyeurism. We may be talking big on providing them with the basic amenities to express themselves, but what we are found wanting on is the safety front. But do not pass the buck to our establishment – it’s all about our mentality.

Just look up the social media and a plethora of handles on skimpily dressed ‘hot and sexy’ women would make you scampering for reasons and logic. Didn’t we say women are treated as commodities?

The inferior gender is what women are bracketed under – a glaring example of this fact laid bare is the film industry where top actresses are still coerced into playing second fiddle to their male counterparts. Some complain of abject partisanship on the part of the who’s who of the fraternity much to their chagrin. Strugglers are victims of casting couch and their dreams diminish at the drop of a hat when they are duped.

It’s easy to gloat about the liberty women enjoy in a democracy. But lambasting hardliners like Taliban for their condescending attitude towards the fairer sex smacks of hypocrisy. When we smirk at condemnable behavioural patterns, do we actually introspect?

Cutting across regional and demographic divisions, women in India still have to dance to the whims and fancies of their superior males. If they are too articulate, they ruffle feathers of family members ensconced in obsolete and redundant thought processes. And the disquiet persists.

Coming back to the atrocities inflicted on women, even the harshest of laws cannot restrain rogue elements from satiating their carnal desires. It’s all about mindset, unless there is a perceptible revamp of it, more Nirbhayas would have to be at the mercy of lascivious men. Shame, shame!

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