Is India progressing at all? A deeper look into the country shows much progress made in corruption, atrocities against women, thefts, frauds and hooliganism. We citizens have long lost hope for any possibility of a reform. We have given up on political leaders. Democracy is a word in the dictionary. The common man does not know what freedom is. Stepping out after sunset is a scary thing in most of the cities in India. Yet, we say we are a developing economy, we promise a bright future for the kids and what not. In reality, it is quite the opposite.
Maybe we are accustomed to the crime and corruption. It is like a daily routine. Giving a bribe is as common as buying vegetables. The same goes with atrocities against women. We read about it every day. In a day, there are about a 100 incidents or cases of molestation, abuse or torture against women. Sometimes it happens in our own neighborhood or homes. Yet, we turn a blind eye. In fact, we do not raise a voice because it is a waste of time. We live in hope that someday, a lord will rise; a power will come, and will overthrow the bad. Well, it will not happen until we make a commitment and bring in a change.
The recent case of torture of a mentally challenged woman in Hoogly, Kolkata is another revelation. For god’s sake, have some mercy on the mentally and physically challenged! Are we so inhuman that we forget that we live in a society? There seem to be no rule or norm for men. The rehabilitation home in Hoogly seems to be easily accessible after sunset. The same is the case with several other rehabs in the country. Not only rehabs, but probably the women’s hostels and educational institutions also have same accessibility. Is this why we have a government and police? Even in the media, this kind of news remains popular for a day or two. Later, it becomes an old news and ancient history. We forget all about it and discuss another new topic- probably a celebrity wedding or divorce.
Today, with social media awareness, let us pledge to be aware of the crimes; let us try to make an effort to put an end to atrocities. We can begin by doing so at our homes and neighborhood. We can teach our kids to respect the opposite gender. Any reform is successful when it begins in our heart. Are we so inhuman and stonehearted to allow the repeated abusive attacks on women? It is time to wake up and say no to torture against women. After all, every woman is someone’s mother, sister, daughter or wife and she deserves respect not torture.