THE RAPE REPUBLIC – THE AFTERMATH!
-By Prathap
“I haven’t reached home yet ma, I will give you a call as soon as I do,” she hangs up on her mom abruptly. It was perhaps the fourth time she is receiving a call from her concerned – paranoid, to put it right – mother. My friend and I were out for lunch on a weekend and she is frustrated by her parents’ overprotective behavior lately. She is an independent, working woman in her twenties who lives all by herself in Bangalore whereas her parents live in the north Indian city – thousands of miles away.

This incident only epitomizes the state of mind of parents with girl children across India after the Delhi rape incident. Her mother’s concerns are not unfounded. Nothing, much less the presence of a reliable male friend with their girl, can convince the parents of girls like my friend’s that she is safe - even in a relatively crime free city like Bangalore. Undeterred by my friend’s hostility, her mother called few more times – under the false pretext of enquiring something banal or other.

Many single girls, who are away from home and parents, in a different city for studies or work are faced with this conundrum. What this national shame has made many women alert to is the fact that this could happen anywhere in India. Are women really safe as they think they are? Is there underlying basis to their parents’ trepidation?
  Delhi protest


Forget the economic revolution and urbanization of our cities, the country can never shake itself off its bigotry, public misogyny and sexist behavior. While it’s heartening to witness the collective consciousness of youngsters to ensure justice to the now-deceased rape victim, there are no progressive signs to ensure that our lawmakers are working to make laws more stringent to protect our women from heinous crimes or to sensitize policemen to empathize with the victims of such crimes.

Worst, there are only thoughtless remarks from politicians, fanatic right-winged religious leaders and self-styled god men. That just proves the attitude of politicians towards gender sensitive issues. They are not to blame; we are a country of repressive, male-chauvanistic prudes that has one of the most alarming rates of female feticide in the world that in turn has led to a skewed ratio of male to female population.

On the topic, Time quoted Mara Hvistendahl, the award winning author of the book ‘Unnatural Selection: Choosing Boys Over Girls, and the Consequences of a World Full of Men’ as saying that “it is clear from historical cases and from studies looking at testosterone levels that a large proportion of unmarried men in the population is not a good thing.”

India has also gained the dubious reputation of being the worst country to be a woman in a recently conducted TrustLaw poll. The poll concluded that “infanticide, child marriage and slavery make India the worst for women.”

As rape incidents dominate newspaper headlines and other forms of media, rape has sparked a discussion among the country’s public. It might not lead to anywhere but the mere fact that it has managed to find mainstream attention is worth something. If nothing, such incidents will be treated with seriousness by the policemen in the future – at least for fear of being exposed at a later stage just like it happened in the Delhi rape case.

As for my friend, my guess is that she will continue to get anxious calls every day from her parents at least until for another few months. After which, the case and the subsequent outrage will eventually stop dominating news headlines and we will move on – until something horrific shakes us up.

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