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Rape in Delhi : All Round Corruption and Lack of Values could be the Cause

N.S.Venkataraman for BeyondHeadlines

The disgusting incident of rape in Delhi is nothing new in today’s India, though the media has given wide publicity to this incident. Many such incidents have been taking place all over the country, more so amongst the women in the lower income group and many such incidents have not been reported.

Sometime back, a blind man’s wife, (who has vision) was escorting her child from the school at 4 pm in the evening in suburb of Chennai, when four rowdies pushed her into a corner and assaulted her. Her blind husband anxious that the wife has not returned, took the help of some friends and went in search of her. He found her lying in a corner in a field totally devastated with the child crying nearby. This matter was reported in some local papers and a FIR was registered. To cut the long story short, the culprits were identified but they have gone scot-free. Obviously, those with political clout or money power can get away with any crime in today’s India. The rapidly increasing widespread drinking habit is a major reason for such incidents taking place. Gandhijis advocacy of prohibition has fallen on dead ears. One wonders whether those in charge of administration who know these things have any conscience at all.

Due to the prevailing climate, number of rowdies in the country are increasing every day and police force are becoming increasingly inefficient and disinterested and the politicians in power, have no sense of responsibility. The media including print and visual media as well as journals and cinemas, are also responsible for such a situation, as they highlight such incidents viewing them as sensational news and business opportunity, while ignoring several good things that are happening.

The corrupt conditions and excessive greediness to make money at any cost are creating such conditions where the law breakers have no fear of law and they think they can buy anyone.

What is particularly sad is that the judiciary is also playing a role in promoting such a climate of violence, by not giving judgments in quick time and permitting the offenders to exploit the loopholes in law in the name of protecting the individual rights. Hundreds of cases can be shown where criminals and rapists have gone scot free.

Now women are the victims more in the rural areas and small towns.

It also causes concern that women too are contributing to such conditions by their mode of dress, tendency to go with strangers or the so called boy friends even in the dark hours and lack of parental control. In Chennai city last week, 7 college students were reported to have gone for a ride at 11 pm in the night in a car without the knowledge of the parents and they rushed back home by 4 in the morning to reach home before the parents would know. The speeding car met with an accident in which one girl died and the others injured.

It is necessary for women to be more careful and dress themselves with dignity and avoid “free life” in the name of modern lifestyle. Of course, the media would call the suggestion as moral policing and conduct another debate !

The disgusting incident of rape in Delhi is nothing new in today’s India, though the media has given wide publicity to this incident. Many such incidents have been taking place all over the country, more so amongst the women in the lower income group and many such incidents have not been reported.

Sometime back, a blind man’s wife, (who has vision) was escorting her child from the school at 4 pm in the evening in suburb of Chennai, when four rowdies pushed her into a corner and assaulted her. Her blind husband anxious that the wife has not returned, took the help of some friends and went in search of her. He found her lying in a corner in a field totally devastated with the child crying nearby. This matter was reported in some local papers and a FIR was registered. To cut the long story short, the culprits were identified but they have gone scot-free. Obviously, those with political clout or money power can get away with any crime in today’s India. The rapidly increasing widespread drinking habit is a major reason for such incidents taking place. Gandhijis advocacy of prohibition has fallen on dead ears. One wonders whether those in charge of administration who know these things have any conscience at all.

Due to the prevailing climate, number of rowdies in the country are increasing every day and police force are becoming increasingly inefficient and disinterested and the politicians in power, have no sense of responsibility. The media including print and visual media as well as journals and cinemas, are also responsible for such a situation, as they highlight such incidents viewing them as sensational news and business opportunity, while ignoring several good things that are happening.

The corrupt conditions and excessive greediness to make money at any cost are creating such conditions where the law breakers have no fear of law and they think they can buy anyone.

What is particularly sad is that the judiciary is also playing a role in promoting such a climate of violence, by not giving judgments in quick time and permitting the offenders to exploit the loopholes in law in the name of protecting the individual rights. Hundreds of cases can be shown where criminals and rapists have gone scot free.

Now women are the victims more in the rural areas and small towns.

It also causes concern that women too are contributing to such conditions by their mode of dress, tendency to go with strangers or the so called boy friends even in the dark hours and lack of parental control. In Chennai city last week, 7 college students were reported to have gone for a ride at 11 pm in the night in a car without the knowledge of the parents and they rushed back home by 4 in the morning to reach home before the parents would know. The speeding car met with an accident in which one girl died and the others injured.

It is necessary for women to be more careful and dress themselves with dignity and avoid “free life” in the name of modern lifestyle. Of course, the media would call the suggestion as moral policing and conduct another debate!

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