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TORONTO: While the West is traumatized by gun-wielding perverts – young and old – going on a killing spree for no rhyme or reason, the East faces the monsters called rapists. In both the cases, savage men are the culprits.
With gun licenses easily available, the terror of gun culture is claiming more lives in the US than road accidents. Settling scores with just shots seems to be an easy solution, instead of waiting for lengthy court proceedings. And don’t forget that movies and television are also part of the problem in the West.
We were was a little shocked to read that school children in the US are to be given bullet-proof vests, with companies manufacturing these vests being in great demand now. There are also reports of armed policemen being posted at schools!
So amid all this madness, do we teach our children that having a gun is our way of protection? One wonders where our world is heading.
Someone even suggested that since life is not safe in the US as anyone can get shot at any time without a rhyme or reason, so better not head towards the US anymore in search of greener pastures.
After all, isn’t the same country where John F. Kennedy, John Lennon, Abraham Lincoln, to name a few famous men,were victims of gun- crazed loonies?
Well, on the other side of the globe in south Asia a very different kind of menace lurks. It’s the culture of rape. Girls, as young as three, are victims of sexual perverts. Victims are enticed with free rides, high-paying jobs, and promises of a bright future. Lecherous men are roaming around in the guise of Good Samaritans.
This abominable culture of rape is happening at all levels. No place is safe for women. Its happening in orphanages, hostels, shelters, or in our own homes where one is supposed to be safe.
Young innocent girls are enticed by the so-called relatives, maids are taken advantage of by their lustful employers, office women are exploited by their sex hungry bosses with a promise of raise or promotion. Even Bollywood newbies cry aloud about casting couch existing at all levels.
Sadly, most rapes are not reported due to shame, or for fear of being ostracized by society. Let me ask this of these beastly Indian men: Why do they resort to such inhuman behaviour? Will they accept if this thing happens to their mothers, wives, sisters or daughters? No, they won’t.
Then there is the rampant hypocrisy in Indian society. Though it takes credit for the original Kama sutra, erotic paintings at prominent temples and tourist destinations, sex is a taboo topic. So what is the result? Any repressive action always emerges out as an aggressive reaction. For instance, if a man is kept hungry for a long time and if he sees food, he would gorge it like a savage.
By the same logic, we would attribute the rape culture to the repressive sexual behaviour that Indian society promotes. Not surprisingly, there are beasts roaming around as pedophiles, rapists, perverts, rampant in our society in the guise of men.
One wonders if the curse of gun culture and rape culture can be controlled , let alone eliminated. The West and the East have their job cut out.