- Posted August 25, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Speaking up about sexual violence
The truth about India’s reputation as a country dangerous for women
Rape, Harassment and Sexual Assault have become words we are well too familiar with here in India. Every Indian woman can relate to the eyes that stare and dice through the soul in perversion as aptly put by an America exchange student in the recent CNN published article about her Indian experience followed by a diagnosis of PTSD that went viral over the internet propagating even more heated discussion on the issue.
Condemning the heinousness of rape have become house hold conversations in India yet this “heinous crime” never ceases to exist. In fact the trends are ever growing. Often the solution so suggested by the public outcry would involve imposing stricter laws by the state to perpetuators of rape such as the death penalty, genital castration, stoning to death and so on. These are slammed all over the internet and on social media. The reasons for rape would always range from provocation by the concerned female, general perversion of Indian men, the ever growing inequality between the value systems of the urban middle/upper class and the working class with a more conservative rural background - the list is endless. These intellectual discussions always seem to end with a blame game towards the Indian government not being able to do enough for the protection of women in India ie. not being able to impose stringent laws to condemn rape. Often there are comparisons with the middle –eastern states like Saudi Arabia where perpetrators are dealt with “well deserved” punishments like stoning to death in public. This seems to be a well thought solution in a chaotic country like India.
I disagree; the middle-east has its own sets of problems that come with gender inequality and female subjugation. The solution cannot involve derogation from what is acceptable in a democratic civil society – one we pride ourselves of in India as the largest working democracy in the world.
No one ever seems to hint a more gruesome underlying reality that RAPE is an indicator of. India is in an unfortunate state of lawlessness and chaos. Rape or Harassment that we women face in India in everyday life is manifestation of a deeper social problem that has plagued our generations for a very long time. This problem is one that is strongly rooted in preferential treatment towards men and differential treatment towards women. Such manifestations will be apparent in any chaotic civil society anywhere else in the world in one way or the other when the rule of law fails, let alone in a country of 1.3 billion and it is this problem of “lawlessness” is what we have to address here in India.