It’s a sad day today. If you’ve been following the news of the gangrape case in Delhi, you would know that the girl (christened Nirbhaya, meaning ‘fearless’ by a national daily) who was horrifically gangraped by six men in the capital on 16th December 2012, died of multiple organ failure. I’m not sad because this case was a one of its kind incident; horrific acts such as this have been carried out on women in India since a long time. But this was the first time that there was such a widespread protest against it. Everyone at last seemed shaken up and anguished by this sickening state of India’s capital city and clamoured for justice.
Some time back, I was full of anger. But now, I’m just…lost. Lost for words and lost for action. I’m usually optimistic, but I feel it ebbing away. I can only hope that laws are made stricter and changes are made in the judicial system which deals with rape. But how do you change the people’s mindset? How long will it take?
Not long. If each family can teach its sons to respect women and believe that aggression against women is not a sign of manliness, then not long before atrocities against women are stopped. The whole glorified idea of men being more powerful than women and violence against women being accepted as a way of keeping females under control, has got to be weeded out from people’s minds.
It will take time, true. But it isn’t impossible. So, it’s hope which keeps us going…the hope of a future time when women will no longer have to think twice before going out of the house and will feel safe.
Some day…we will all be fearless.