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A 23-year old medical student in Delhi was recently raped repeatedly and beaten within an inch of her life on a moving bus. Crimes like these are terrifyingly common in India’s capital, and if I start posting here about every rape in Delhi (not even in India), I’d be posting several times every day.
It’s terrifying when something horrible happens repeatedly in your society, and you don’t know how to fix it. I’m not sure if capital punishment will stop future crimes. It will feel right, definitely, but I don’t know if its the immediate solution which we need.
Women hiding away is definitely not the answer. Guns are not the solution, god knows we’ve seen that. Surrounding women with guards or pepper spray isn’t it either. It’s exasperating that teaching respect to one half of the world for the other should be so difficult.
The good news is, Delhi seems to have woken up. The bad news is, I’m afraid without coming up with a concrete solution, these will be yet another set of protests which will fizzle out.
My question is, WHAT is the solution we can push? Is there ANY way for the mentality of rape to be corrected? If we’re asking for better laws, HOW can the laws be made better?
I know the biggest problem is the extent to which women are seen as property and objects of sexual gratification in India. I’m even up for stopping to talk to every eve teaser in town and explaining to him why he is being a horrible human being, asking him to attend sessions on the subject, anything, really.
India needs your inputs towards providing a concrete solution or suggestion to the Indian government as well as the populance towards stopping rape. I want to take this through, we as Indians need to take this through, and I need your ideas to formulate something.
We have the momentum to mobilise the masses and make something happen, and we CANNOT AFFORD for these to be yet another set of protests which eventually fade off the streets.
Not again, not this time.
Put in your suggestions here.