Last week we celebrated the festival of Navratri. It’s a festival where we all worship and invoke the Shakti, Goddess Durga, the universal mother. This worship of the supreme power as Mother and considering her to be the embodiment of “Shakti”, the manifestation of divine energy is something unique. If we go through our Puranas, we find that women in Hinduism have been considered to be manifestation of this divine mother and given a very dignified position.
When I retrospect the position of women in India today, I find great imbalance. On one hand we have seen women as our head of state, both as PM and President. Both houses in parliament have seen women speakers. Entertainment industry today has many women at the top running the show, so do the business establishment. Science and technology, space research, pilots, police, every field you can find women have made a mark. Girls seem to be doing better than boys in every school certificate examination. Today in India, women have conquered every field and are at equal level as men of India.
But there’s also another side that women in our country face. It’s where a girl child is killed even before birth. And if she is born, she has to face abuses and ridicules. She is not treated equally as boys. Many families would consider them liability. And today this medieval mindset of many has taken our society to its lowest level. Leave aside women, today we have failed to protect even baby girls in our country!!!
Stringent laws can punish a criminal but it cannot prevent the crime. While punishment is an absolute necessity, it is not enough to prevent this crime. The problem in India is the mindset of people. Assault though has been termed a criminal act, yet most men in India and sorry to say, but even some women think it is the right of the man to degrade women, oppress her in the name of protecting her, apprehend her rights, assault her, because it is a man’s world. This mindset needs to change. Coming down through generations, with no constructive steps taken to change this thought process, today this “Demented” mindset is eroding all ethics and morals of our society.
Apart from strengthening the law and punishing criminals it is the duty of the democratically elected government of India to address the social issue which it has ignored since the inception of this country. It is the failure of government and the people of India. Go through the statements of khaaps, or by politicians after the Nirbhaya issue, or even loads of comments being posted on social networks, you’ll realize lot of our people have a medieval mindset. Instead of finding solution to this cancer spreading in our society, a part of it also tries its best to hush up the matter. If we want sexual assaults on children and women to stop we have to address the core issue – “The Mindset of Indians”.
If we are interested at all in changing circumstances, if we really want to stop assaults on women then please let them be free, give them their rights, let us not impose our will on them in the name of protecting them. If you really want to protect women please change your own mindset and bring changes in education system. Few rapists can be hanged but more such cases will crop up unless the real issue is addressed. And it’s there in front of us already, even after four months of Nirbhaya incident, nothing changed.
Now the question is do you have the will and the guts to do it instead of just blaming politicians and police. The society has to look within and urgently take corrective steps. Already things have reached a point where law in India looks more like “Law out-of-order”. As I said in my New Year wish, Lets be the instrument of change!!!