An 8 year old child was raped in a temple. A 16 year old cancer patient was raped twice on the same day. A minor girl was raped by a temple priest and a legislator. A 2 year old infant was raped by two doctors. Such cases are literally countless.
All this, and we call the practices of India the most honourable, the most decent. Women aren't allowed to go out, apparently for their safety. But what about the fact that in 95% cases, the offender is known to the victim?
Men in India are respectable and have high morales, they can't do any wrong. But what about the fact that 92 women are raped EVERYDAY? Someone is probably being raped even as I type and you read this.
We are the largest democracy, but what about the fact that the family of an 8 year old child, who was raped, drugged, tortured and murdered, is ill-treated just because they want justice?
Women are not allowed to go out, to work, to wear what they want, apparently for their SAFETY, but what about the fact that housewives and women in burqas and little girls in frocks are raped too?
We discourage love marriages because it's the parents who can find the perfect match. A gentleman who will treat you the best, respect you and all the nuptial vows. Why, then, do marital rapes happen?
About 4 women are raped every hour, but what's worse is that political leaders are involved in it, and justice has to be ASKED for. Unless a case becomes popular, unless there are candle marches, it's possible for the devils to walk away as the soul of the victim dies everyday. WHY do we have to FIGHT for justice? And what's even worse is that at times, we blame our women for what happens to them. We say their clothes were provocative, they were flirting, they were drunk, and so on.
Can it not be said that it's all in the mindset of the offender, and not in the clothing, age, appearance or anything of the victim? Can it not be said that it's the thinking that needs to be changed? And can it not be said that the change starts at home? From the beginning, boys are taught to be dominating and strong. They can't be defeated a girl and they can't cry, while girls are taught to be meek and fragile.
Can girls not taught to be warriors, and can boys not be taught to respect women from the beginning? Can they not be discouraged everytime they mock, tease, or disrespect women? Yes, they can. And I think that's where the change begins. Let us all do our bit, so that no other woman has to ever suffer what so many of our sisters suffered.