India might be the tenth largest economy in the world with 8.5% GDP growth rate and total literacy at 74% in 2011 but if an average Indian girl takes a walk to the nearest supermarket, she’s sure to come across more than one guy who wouldn’t know how to behave himself. Not counting the many other persisting in our social system, the Indian society is especially intolerant -more like retarded — when it comes to the treatment of girls and women.
The problem here lies with the mindset of people. Men can urinate right in the middle of a vegetable market and no one bothers. But girls who dress up in a charming manner are a misfit and inconsistent with the tradition. It’s not an issue if guys return home just in time for Late Night HBO, but if a girl comes back after dark, the neighbours will talk about it the next morning. Girls who like to feel good about themselves and having a good time aren’t devoid of character, dignity and moral values. They just have the good judgment to believe that having a penis is not the only requisite for enjoying a few rounds of vodka shots on a Saturday night or lighting up a cigarette in public.
In the words of Mark Twain — “India is the cradle of human race, the birthplace of human speech, the mother of history, grandmother of legend, and great grandmother of tradition. Our most valuable and most instructive materials in the history of man are treasured up in India only” They say Atithi Devo Bhava is a prime example of richness of Indian culture. I say shut up!
We don’t know how to treat our daughters, mothers and wives, then what’s with this bullshit about treating guests as Gods? From sexual harassment, dowry, child marriage, female infanticide and sex selective abortions to domestic violence and trafficking, India leads the world in crime against women. The total number of reports registered for crime against women in 2009 was 203,804 and the Indian capital accounts for a majority of these. The National Crime Records Bureau report in 1998 showed that the growth rate of crimes against women would exceed the population rate by 2010.
Now, I must be coming down a little too harsh upon our ‘noble’ nation. If it’s any compensation, I agree that India has contributed a lot to the world — in the field of mathematics and The Ayurveda, not to forget that 36% of NASA scientists are Indians. But with that big a population 1.2 billion, we better have a few credits to ourselves. What are we going to do otherwise? Hound and torture the females?
If you’re a guy or a chauvinist or both who has been offended by anything written here that you find grossly inappropriate or disrespectful then, too bad for you, I’m not sorry. Because honestly, if you have a problem with what’s been said here regardless of the fact that a woman is raped every 18 hours in Delhi then you should jump off the nearest cliff.
How long it would be before Indians accept the fact that an educated and employed young lady shouldn’t have to limit herself down to societal prejudices? She shouldn’t have to compromise on her best outfit just because some creep can’t stop leering and lusting behind her back. If a woman can earn and accomplish enough to be independent, sophisticated, and self-indulgent, the she will be.