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Is law and order to be blamed or men themselves?
ADITYA LENKA | Sunday, 8 January 2017 AT 01:44 PM IST
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New Year's day marks not just another turn in the calendar, it is also the beginning of a new chapter in life. All over the world people get together with loved ones to bid farewell to the year that was and welcome the next into their lives. This customary tradition of celebrating New Year's Eve, however, turned into a nightmare for the citizens of Bengaluru this year. The night’s merrymaking turned into a frenzy fuelled horror when thousands of men on MG Road and Brigade Road started mobbing, groping and trash talking the women out on the streets.

This incident caught the media’s attention immediately and soon people all over the country started voicing their objection to such lawless conduct. But even as people were furious and seeking justice, another similar incident surfaced where CCTV footage from a street camera showed two men riding up to a lone woman on the street, groping her and pinning her down before running away.

While most Indian men agree that there is something bizarrely wrong with how women in our society are objectified and are hence target to several brutal crimes by the opposite sex, everyone fails to interpret whether it is the lawlessness in the country that leads to these incidents or is it just the most obvious yet unsophisticated truth, that maybe years and years of patriarchal society has never taught us how to actually respect the opposite gender. Is the media including Bollywood responsible for this trend. Bringing an adult star from the United States into the main stream entertainment industry in India and promoting her widely on all platforms including the Internet would certainly have some side effects on Indian society. Are these the side-effects?

Mass molestation of this kind is uncommon in India but not unheard of. Though any incident of this gravity has never been witnessed in this era, four years ago in December 2012, a horrible crime took place in Delhi, an incident, the memories of which supposedly kept India and its citizens awake for several nights to come. This incident made our country aware of not only its judicial and administrative loopholes when it comes to dealing with the safety of women and children, but also shed a light on what is wrong with the general psychology of ‘Indian men’.

The average Indian man will tell you that the people (beasts) who partake in such disgusting crimes are mentally sick and do not behave in a normal fashion. These are anti-social elements in the society which are present everywhere, and the law and order in the state or country needs to keep a check on such miscreants.

We ‘Indian men’ cannot be ignorant of the fact that it is ‘us’ who is at fault here. Maybe you never raped anyone, but surely everyone has passed a lewd comment on a girl just passing by minding her business. Our behaviour towards the opposite sex is what has cultivated this fear of men in our society. Since 2012, the noblemen in India have been looking away, claiming that law and order alone is responsible for the current situation. Post-2012 we believed the country had matured and learned its lesson. But apparently, we were wrong.  Hopefully, what we couldn't learn from 2012 we should learn from 2016. Hopefully, the years to come see the change that Nirbhaya needed.

Who is at fault?
n Is the media including Bollywood responsible for this trend. Bringing an adult star from the United States into the main stream entertainment industry in India and promoting her widely on all platforms including the Internet would certainly have some side
effects on Indian society. Are these the side-effects?

 
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