When you read about the Etawah incident, or the Barabanki incident ,and you thought you had seen enough, then comes along the Lucknow incident by which time you are quite numb. Rape covers all age groups ranging from the unborn to the elderly.The only thing left perhaps is raping a dead woman, or maybe that’s been done too. There is a sense of equality when it comes to the age groups of the rapists. They range from juvenile delinquents,to young lads,old men and even very old men.
We are in the Rape age. Its time we acknowledge this as a fact. Just like eras gone by this is the rape era.Just about anything remotely resembling a woman can be raped any where anytime. The rapist is no longer your stereotypical big bad hoodlum, he could just be your friendly neighborhood kid, or your bus conductor, or the milkman, or just about anyone – and yes that includes you and me. That hurt didn’t it?
Just take a moment,and think of yourself as a woman and then think of the men you interact with on a daily basis.That man in the elevator breathing ever so close,that man in the bus brushing against you at every nook and corner,that movie hall jostle,that temple queue,yes molestations happen even in front of divinity,the constant stare at the bus stop,the longer handshake at the meeting,the caring touch of a close family member, and the list is endless.
Now think of you as an innocent man,and recall all the interactions you had with women. That woman you spoke to , thought you were stripping her naked in the mind, the time you stopped your car to let a woman cross the road,she thought you re going to kidnap her, that woman you wanted to help pickup the grocery bag, thought you are taking a chance, that woman you opened the door for, thought you stood a bit too close for comfort,that woman you smiled as a polite greeting,thought you were simply another lecher.
Where does all of this leave us as a society? Back to square one. Back to the jungle.Back back back. They say life is a cycle of evolution,and we are fast approaching the stage where we can only be compared to where we began – bacteria or parasites.And therefore by the same analogy what does the doctor do when there is a harmful bacteria ? He terminates it.
With so many things going wrong in our so-called civilised world, I fear,someday the whole system will crash. no fixing, no corrective measures, no punishment, nothing – just finish – end of it. What an age will that be for the kids we have today ?