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Monday, January 7, 2013

Get to the point please....


Everyday someone or the other is busy putting their foot in their mouth and the entire Online world is busy shunning them.

There was  Abhijeet Mukherjee call women 'dainted painted", Followed by some song/lyrics by Honey Singh is. And yesterday it was all about Asaram Bapu and his talk about how women should call men, specifically rapists Bhaiya and that will cure the world. I don't have a clue who any of them are and they seem to be hogging the limelight in media for all the wrong reasons, but what is the real issue here? Why are we not talking about it or doing something about it?  How can i forget the tongue wagging on India vs Bharat vs Hindustan a few days ago.. 


The only thing all these guys have in common is Politics and that is one arena i steer clear off. I follow enough to know my rights and Vote, that is it! But ever since the Delhi Gangrape instance, media- print, television, online and just about every other kind have been plastering the words all over and sharing their opinions and what they think is the solution to the issue. It makes me sad that media is having a blast out of this sad state of affairs. There are girls and am sure even boys who are going through trauma and struggling to wake up every morning, but the media is busy raving and ranting, raking in the moolah.... 

Can we get to the point please? Can we stop harping on and on about how the poor girl was raped, or how long it took for the cops to take them to the hospital or about how brutal she was treated by the rapists? Can we also stop and take a look around us and within us, just stop everything we are doing for a minute and do this? I get the feeling that like every other issue, this too will die a happy death and people will get on to talking about the next HOT thing.. I fear this will happen, Soon.... 

Let me share with you an instance a friend told me-- Couple of months ago, one night when  she was getting back home after a dinner with friends, a car stalked her. Well, she was in an auto and just as they crossed Taj Coromandel, she looked up and out to see a Red SUV next to the auto. The Guy driving it was staring right at her. She apparently looked and the next instant looked away, made a call, and so on. But a few yards down, near Sanjeevanam she noticed the same SUV parked on the side, but a minute later engine revved up and he followed suit. [It could be that her mind was playing games or she was just being paranoid, but nonetheless, read on]... 

The auto turned and headed down the road, and stopped at the signal. The SUV pulled up on her left  side and out of the corner of my eye she could see the guy was staring at her. She said she then gave the auto driver directions and they had to go 2 more signals before making a turn. At the next signal, she noticed  the SUV turn left and heaved a sigh of relief. But the stupid auto driver forgot that he had to go straight and turned left. Wham, the Red SUV stood there parked on the left. She said she was freaking out inside and dint know what to do.... 

She gave the guy directions to get out of the road, took him on a bit of a roundabout, but the SUV continued following them. She dint have friends in this area, nor were her parents home, and I wasnt in town either, so she had no choice but to head home. All she did was pray the SUV was just coincidentally going to the same area,even though her mind was telling her otherwise. They got off the bridge, made a few turns and entered her street. She said could see the headlights of the SUV through the auto rear view mirror. She took out the money, counted it out  and even before the auto drew to a full halt, was jumping out, entered the gate and got to the main door. She was shaking all over when she called me. She said she had spotted the SUV go straight past her gate, do a U turn, pause near the gate for a minute or so before driving away....  

[PS: She hasnt shared this with her family for fear they might warn her of going out alone and constantly going on about this incident..]

Even though luckily nothing happened, it is still scary to think of "what if"... Couple of us decided then that we need to either learn some self defense or pick up pepper sprays and other such items to protect ourselves.

Agreed, rapes and murders have been going on in our country and elsewhere for decades now. But this one instance has jolted the country.. It took this brave girl and her friend to get people to sit up and notice. I fear that with the media playing games people might lose focus and it might once again be hidden under the thick carpets.  I want girls to start taking action into their hands and stop MEN from misbehaving- it could be their family, colleagues, friends, or strangers. 

 And I also want every one of us to start RESPECTING each other and to STOP acting like morons. To think that a 17yr old showed such brutality towards a 23yr old girl, it makes me wanna go beat them up and every other lech around... 

Teach your kids to be aware, teach them to respect others and not to misbehave! 
Teach them to stop others if they cross the line, teach them what is the right touch and what is not.... 

Can we not lose focus please... will the media please GET to the point and stay there please!!

5 comments:

Romance Book Paradise said...

My friend who lives in India was troubled by an auto driver when she was going to Church one Sunday evening. She doesn't go alone any more. But she didn't tell her family either in case they stopped her from going out.

An interesting read. Thanks for sharing.

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