Oh! Look at you. Who are you? A body with such luscious curves and soft skin. Oh! Do you know your sole purpose of existence? It’s to entice us, to entertain us, to make us feel more manly. These must have been the thoughts running through the mind of each and every goon that night, that scary, evil, shameless, and unforgettable night. As if the act wasn’t enough to rage us, some officials added their ‘mandatory’ cherry on the top of the envenomed cake. It’s been almost a week since we have entered in 2017, and many of us are happy with our start, while many are not; but these not-so-happy ones will get fine too, soon. But you might not know that there are many who are trying forget a nightmare that they lived through the passage of 2016, a nightmare that will live with them for a long time, and leave a scar forever, just like a clingy crab’s sting; they are the ones who are wishing that that New Year’s eve had never happened, who will never be able to erase the trauma of being violated in the mass of thousands.
It’s been a while since I have shifted to Bengaluru (also Bangalore), due to work of course. Before shifting I had talked to few of my seniors regarding how the place is. All of them were like – It’s really a good place and stuff. But above all that one of my seniors said ‘It’s safe for girls’. What a relief. Isn’t it? But this NY’s eve proved that statement wrong (though this isn’t the only incident to prove ‘Girls are safe here’ statement wrong, but yeah, it definitely was something out of the blue). So what exactly happened? Let me give you a brief of it.
For my non-Indian readers : Bengaluru, in the southern part of India, is known as the Silicon-valley of India for being India’s major contributor in the field of IT.
Normally, the New Year celebrations are ordained to be wrapped up by mid-night, but this time, the deadline was extended till 2:00 am. This extension was made for people to enjoy, and cheerfully bid adieu to 2016 and gleefully welcome 2017. MG road and Brigade road of Bengaluru are comparatively more bustling places and are thus considered good-to-party areas. So most of the crowd, in thousands, gathered in these areas to dance, party, and enjoy themselves. But did they enjoy? Some did. Yeah they did enjoy in a totally disastrous, unacceptable, and disgusting manner.
Thousands of men in large groups, in their pride of being a man, took to these areas only to molest ladies. So what did molesting include – groping, lewd remarks, and even robbing them off their wallets and other belongings. According to News reports, some women had to remove their stilettos to run and save themselves from becoming the prey to these cruel vultures. It hits me horrendously to even think of the scene; I can’t imagine the distress and misery of these ladies. In fact, many drunkards didn’t even spare police women, who were present there for their duty. And all this happened in the presence of 1,500 policemen. Yes, this is not some imaginary figure, officials have confirmed that they had deployed 1,500 policemen to ensure safety of everyone, especially women and the picture is as vivid as possible, they failed miserably.
And over all this an official, a political party’s prominent esteemed leader preferred to blame women, yet again, to shrug off the dreck spread by those goons. What he said? Here it goes,
“If my sister or daughter goes out with another man to celebrate the New Year and her father or husband is not with them, do you think she will be safe? I don’t think so.”
“In modern times, nudity is considered fashionable. It’s a huge blot on Indian culture.”
He also compared women to sugar and petrol, and men to ants, and very intellectually, or shall I say literaturelly said that where there will be sugar, there will be ants and that petrol will always attract fire.
To his first statement, I would like to respond with – There were numerous women who were escorted by their partners/ relatives, yet they were not spared from being groped and molested. Any comments Mr. it’s-always-the-woman’s-fault Leader?
(Source of the statements: Here)
It wasn’t the first time that for politicians, the blame game took precedence over the main problem. Almost every time when such incidents take place, many people (including some women, which for me is the worst part) start blaming the victimized women for not dressing up ethically, for not talking morally, for not walking decently, maybe for not breathing legitimately too. I mean whom are you trying to fool? Yourself?
It’s not what we wear or speak, it’s statements like these that motivate such rascals to get onto women and treat them
likeworse than objects.
We Indians know how to seek inspiration, perhaps what we need to learn is from where to draw inspiration as Bengaluru’s incident of Mass Molestation seems to have been inspired from Germany‘s incident. It takes us back to Germany’s 2015 New Year’s Eve celebration where there were reports of mass sexual assaults, at least 24 rapes, and numerous thefts in Germany, mainly in Cologne city centre. There were similar incidents at the public celebrations in Hamburg, Frankfurt, Dortmund, Düsseldorf, Stuttgart and Bielefeld.
For all of Germany, police report that 1,200 women were sexually assaulted and estimate that at least 2,000 men were involved, acting in groups.
(Source of Germany’s Mass assault’s data : Here)
It’s not about how women are dressed, what culture a nation is embroidered with, it’s about the mindset of men and women, and unless such foul-minded people change their ideology and perspective of viewing women in this world, no matter where we go, no place can ever be considered safe for us, for women.
Proud of living in my own Germany? Certainly NOT.
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