Sometimes it is really difficult to write a blog post.
It could be because there is nothing to write about, because I’m bored or because it is a difficult topic to write about, like the Assam case. This time it has been extremely difficult, but let’s get on with it:
Let’s start with the facts first; Sunday the 16th of December a 23 year old girl got raped in a bus in Delhi. Rape is maybe not even the right word here. I should maybe have said tortured instead. In addition to being raped she also got beaten and thrown out of the bus. According to Hindustan Times she is still in a critical state in a Delhi hospital. A 28 years old friend who was with her was also brutally beaten. It was a total of seven people who raped her. So far the police have arrested five people.
What has happened after the rape is incredible; if that’s the word I’m looking for. The victim has got massive support from everything from cricketers to Bollywood actress. See this tweet from Preity Zinta as an example. Cricket player Yuvraj Singh went even further and published a picture where he seems to be for capital punishment. The picture even includes a rope, indicating that people should be hanged! A number of protest marches have been conducted in Delhi. On Facebook people have been urged to sign a petition. And as of now (Saturday the 21st) nearly four hundred people have signed it!
What can be done to avoid things like this to happen? Well, if I had the full answer to this, I would maybe be a candidate for the Nobel peace prize. But unfortunately I don’t. As a friend of mine pointed out on Facebook, Mumbai is not much different when it comes to violence against women. At least I can think about two things that might help:
1) Education of the boys
This is probably the most important thing to do. Boys must learn how to behave and how not to behave. And this education must happen at home! It should be the responsibility to every mother and father to teach their children some basic rules about behavior.
This is a Norwegian organization that works against violence in our largest cities. Sorry, but they don’t have any home page that I could find in English, but there is a version in Urdu here if that works better than Norwegian.
The slogan or so of this foundation is quite simple; “We care about what happens in our society. We will contribute to make sure to create a safe environment by being around where it is needed”.
The idea behind the Natteravn (which means night ravens in English) is quite simple. It is a group of adults that walks around in the streets at those times when it is most likely to be some problems. They are quite visible in their yellow vests. If anything happens, they can try to speak to the people making problems. Eventually they contact the police and make sure they come quickly to the scene. With India being a country full of people doing volunteer stuff and NGO’s maybe that is something that could work also over there?
Talk to you soon!