Just yesterday, I learnt that one of the journalists from BBC had interviewed one of the accused of the December 16’s ‘heinous’ crime and that particular documentary was scheduled to be aired on International Women’s Day. Well, what followed was expected. The government going all guns blazing, the blame game has begun. The home minister said he would be unhappy if the video was aired, the DG of Tihar jail has sent a notice to BBC networks to not show the video.
A simple question that comes to my mind (and almost everyone) – Why stop the video from being aired ? The journalist had all the required permissions to shoot the video and interview the accused. No one stopped them then. The officials had asked her to show the video before being aired, which she did. And no body asked her at that point of time too ! Why now !?
Just because it shows the ground reality of India ? The mentality that the people have ? Well, if that’s the case – which surely is – that’s the bitter truth, and have the guts to face it ! India is patriarchal society, where every man (most of them) believe that a woman’s place is in the house or in the bed. One of the lawyer in the video tells “Women are like flower – gentle, fresh; and men are like thorns – powerful, strong. If we keep a flower in a gutter, it is spoiled and the same flower if kept in a temple, it is worshiped” – this clearly depicts the mentality Indians have. And another lawyer goes on to say Indian women don’t belong to our culture !
This video has definitely stirred up some air in India and across the globe. Every person in the video had a different point of view. The accused himself asked “People have done worse act of rape than what we have done, then why punish us and not them ?” – which I feel is right too. One of the jail inmate said he is sentenced for 12 rapes out of the 200 rapes which he remembers he has done !! On the other hand, another lawyer says “More than 250 sitting Member of Parliaments have a case of robbery, murder and rape. Why aren’t they tried under the fast track court ? If you want to show that you(government) do justice to everyone, start from your own neck..”
It’s highly unfortunate the disgraceful for a beautiful country like ours to be termed as “unsafe” for women. A tag, which will affect everyone. The only way to stop this would be to respect women. Women are the leaders of today, they are taking India to great heights and the only thing we men should do would be to stay by their side and see the success and progress…