India is in an outrage, and rightly so over the gang rape of a 23-year-old female Para-medical student on a bus in New Delhi. The case, though not a rare one, was horrifying enough to not only get every one’s attention, but got them to come out and protest against it as well.
In the video above, Indian actress turned politician Jaya Bachchan is seen trying to get the Rajia Sabha (Indian Parliament) to take notice of the case and having a hard time doing it. The Parliament and the speaker, it seems have more tasks at hand that need their time. An agitated and angry Jaya Bachchan broke down trying to get the speaker’s and everyone else’s attention on the issue and threatened to protest outside the house.
“So far, I thought we are living in a country where women are considered idols and worshiped. We worship Durga, saying she is the goddess of power. All these ideals have been spoiled because every day, in cities of India, specially Delhi, such incidents occur,” she said.
“I’m ashamed. I personally feel very, very ashamed that I am sitting in this house and not being able to do anything and I am equally disturbed by the answers that keep coming to this house which are totally incorrect,” she later added.
She urged the government to amend Section 307 of the Indian Penal Code and make rape a crime at par with attempt to murder.
Four people, including the bus driver, have been arrested. Police say they are looking for two more accomplices. The woman has undergone two rounds of surgery since the incident and remains on life support.
The mistreatment and abuse of women thought to be more prominent in the developing world, is unfortunately rampant the world over. But in countries of the subcontinent, the misdeed gets a step ahead and more complicated because of the patriarchal social mindset, a general disdain for law, a largely insensitive police force and a general indifference among the people.
More than anything else, there is a mindset that blames the victim for being just that – a victim. In harsher words, it is generally believed they ask for it. How? The mind boggles… Some of the responses in case of women are along the lines of them dressing provocatively, by being too bold, too open, to free – thereby tempting to men and hence deserving of the act.
Incidents such as the recent Delhi rape case are not rare unfortunately but this time, the brutality was so severe that it has become impossible for the people to stay quiet about it.
May be, just maybe, hoping against hope, this unfortunate incident will create enough noise to make a difference so that people at least think and treat of such an act as a crime and put in laws and regulations just and strict enough to make a difference. May be one day women will feel safe and not scared, ashamed or responsible for the bad done to them!