Another day, another rape in the Indian capital. This time a five year old girl. Rapes are daily phenomena in India. Even after the great outrage over the gang rape few months back. It goes on. Why?
The number one reason of rapes is the male supremacist attitude of the society. Right from the birth we teach our sons and daughters one single thing – girls are weak, boys are stronger. Girls should be protected and boys should be the ones to protect them. This differentiation starts from the very young age itself. Girls get delicate dolls to play with. Boys get supposedly macho and manly toys like guns and cars and action figures. It is as if we train the boys to be fighters and girls to be mothers and care takers and home makers.
Look at you, look in your home, look around you. You will see silent discrimination against women. They do not have as much freedom as boys do. Come home by this time, don’t go out alone, don’t make friends with boys, don’t do this, don’t do that! All restrictions on girls. Yes there are restrictions on boys as well but not as much as on girls. Why? Oh for their own safety! The world is a bad place you know, so girls should take extra care!
Because we teach our boys that they are superiors to girls!
That’s the only reason why some men rape. They look at women as lowly creatures. Someone who should obey every single command of a man! Cook for the man, feed him, wash his clothes, take care of him, have sex with him. Do whatever the man asks! Why? Because he is the man damn it!
Men and their world!
It’s a men’s world. Women should carry their father’s name and later the husband’s. Move in to husband’s house after marriage. Property – owned by men. Jobs – owned by men. Money – owned by men. Men. Men. Men! It’s their world and women are only here for their consumption!
Every single institution made by men is fundamentally against women. Religion – in every flavour – is the oldest and most potent weapon of suppression. And it goes on year after year, decade after decade, century after century in the name of culture and tradition!
And then to compensate we allocate women a few festivals. Some god spots, some reserved seats in buses and trains.
This is a fucked up situation.
Unless and until we teach our boys to treat the other sex as equal, rapes will not stop. Unless we ourselves don’t treat our sons and daughters equally, rapes will not stop. Unless we don’t recognize women as humans, rapes will not stop.