The above links are to articles in popular newspapers about a recent rape incident. There has been much public outrage about it. I understand that. It makes my blood boil too. What I dont understand is the blame game that is now being played out.
Parents are pointing fingers at tution classes that start early in the morning. They want them to change their timings, appoint security outside their classes. Parents now accompany their kids to these classes if they are too early in the morning or too late in the evening.
Fingers are being pointed at the police for not doing enough, for not being alert enough, for not being efficient enough. I will refrain from commenting on how much truth there is in this complaint.
There has been a call for a fast-track court trial for this case. A crime so heinous should be brought to trial and justice must be served without delay, they are saying. They also want a system that makes victims feel secure enough to speak up.
This case has also threatened the already weak communal ties. It seems we are talking about everything else but the accused.
How come no one is saying that what these boys did was WRONG? Why are we not pointing fingers at men, no matter their age or religion or caste, who are committing this act of violence every other day? Why are we not asking for a more accountable and disciplined behaviour from men? Why is no one questioning why a girl, no matter their age or religion or caste, must fear walking on the road in a free country?
Just because men are unable to behave in a responsible manner, why must I bear that burden? Why should a 17 year old or a 40 year old either? How long do we keep rolling our eyes at their violence with a “boys will be boys”? Are we, who do not ask men to shape up their act and instead point out to 1400 other factors of time, place, clothes the victim wore, also to blame for this act of violence?