Recently the horrific gangrape in New Delhi has led to great outrage all across India. The social networks are abuzz with indignation. Both houses of Parliament also saw great debates and concern.
But there are certain underlying attitudes and concerns which have to be tackled first...
Politicians: Former President Pratibha Patil granted pardons to rapists. For what joy, nobody knows till this day. West Bengal Chief Minister dismisses rapes in West Bengal as a conspiracy. Her partyman Derek O Brien expresses outrage only when there’s a rape in Delhi, which is outside his home state.
Haryana Congressman Dharambir Goyat says that 90% rapes are consensual. Former Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala says that girls should be married off at the age of 16 to prevent such things.
Was there any outrage in the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha against all these people? Have any of these politicians been asked tough questions, suspended or dismissed from the party or by the electorate?
The simple reason is that the politicians rule this country and what they say and do is the cue for the rest of India to follow. Till they change,
it’s difficult to see the rest of the officials all across India changing.
Delhi is called the rape capital of India. But a woman Chief Minister has been heading Delhi for a whopping 14 years. Incidentally, she had replaced another woman in 1998. All she can do is brush off her hands saying it is a Central issue. The most powerful person in India is also a woman and she also lives in Delhi.
Image: Women participate in a protest condemning the gang rape of a 23-year-old student on a city bus late Sunday in New Delhi, Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012. (AP)