Now, this is no planned post – so it may just end up coming across as angry rambling directed at the world in general, but I was watching the news earlier and felt I just had to write something on one particular story that came up. Just a pre-warning, as you can probably tell from the title, this is a rather sensitive issue, so if you are of a sensitive disposition, do prepare yourself.
The story I’m talking about is this one – A 16 year old girl was gang raped and burnt alive by a group of men in Calcutta. This in itself makes me sick and I cannot for the life of me understand why anyone would think of this as an acceptable thing to do. What shocks me even more, however, is that the Indian police force seem to be doing nothing about it, when the incident comes exactly a year after the infamous Delhi gang rape case.
Candles lit in memory of the Calcutta rape victim
If we as a world allow this sort of behaviour to carry on, I fear for the world in which I might have to raise a daughter. Speaking from a woman’s perspective, girls should be raised with the attitude that they are a man’s equal – under no circumstances should they be too scared to even step outside their own house. Unfortunately, especially in places like India, and even increasingly in the Western world, this is just not happening. Quite simply, attitudes need to change or we are headed for a slippery downhill slope.
Whether you become more informed through researching the many different NGOs’ Stop Rape Now initiatives or whether you change someone’s opinion by simply sharing this blog post on a social network, I hope these stories will make you want to help me in changing opinions across the globe. As Mahatma Gandhi said, ‘be the change you wish to see in the world’ and ‘a man is but the product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes.’ If we keep encouraging the male population to think like rapists, eventually we can only expect them to become rapists. Let’s show support for our fellow women who are subjected to ruthless violence on a daily basis, protest at just how wrongly society views this issue and be the change we wish to see in the world.
Until next time,