I cannot help but notice the lascivious gaze of men following the opposite gender passing by them, the preposterous advancements being made and derogatory remarks being passed. Am I astonished? Certainly yes, but the astonishment is compounded by the fact that these and many more derisory extensions are being embodied as norms now a days.
India is a land of many languages, here people come from many vernaculars, origins and their unique rich culture. We ought to be pretty tolerant by now then, shouldn’t we? But the harsh reality is we still aren’t. There will be counter arguments that with the advent of the technology and globalization we are noticing the surge in the incidents that are being reported by women who are victim in those incidents or by the proponents of those victims. So, the question that needs to be asked is not whether the globalization or technology is the reason for the rise in incidents but whether these incidents are being dealt with the sincerity they should be.
Indians glued to the reactions and appreciations from alien countries for their rich culture, achievements, demography and diversity are involved in an advertent oversight of the other facts, the facts which derails India from becoming a wholesome nation. A simple google search for “Most unsafe countries for women” will lead you to pages declaring India among the top exploiters of women. When women are called better half of ourselves then how come this better half is always on the receiving end of the society?
The nuances to understand this lie in the very fabric of society we bring ourselves up in. Instead of revering and handing them the mantle of a deity, we must first give women their overdue societal rights. The old-fashioned notion of women being equipped only for household chores still clenches onto many of us. The feeling of insecurity stems up from the core of the society and set ablaze the trust. Trust, on which every relation of the society resides and flourish, is the key to convalescence. Simply admitting and believing in the competency of women establishes the building of the trust, which in turn leads to harmony and recuperation of mutual respect.
The reinvigoration of the nation will require both the hands of the society to work well in tandem.
I believe in competency of our nation exemplified by the unprecedented feats achieved by its inhabitants and therefore my humble personage bows before the grandeur of this nation and that is what precisely keeps the hope alive. This silhouette of a hope even in the darkest times smothers the fire of onus that befell us, the new generation, post the crisis at hand.
In the end I would like to say there is a debt and we as a society owe reparations to women for this ongoing war of greater divide not in terms of materialistic values but anthropological ones. With a little impetus and even small contributary efforts of our young generation, the women can achieve the equal societal status pan India which in turn will allow this, then ambivert nation of ours to show the torch to the rest of the world in the same direction. Remember: Divided We Fall