I’m going to try to keep this one short because I tend to ramble a lot but there was something that happened today that I just had to share, Today instead of studying I was watching the news and I saw something pretty f-ing shocking,
For those of you who don’t keep up with Indian news, there have been a few gruesome crimes happening India recently one of the worst of which was a was a gang rape that happened in one of the local buses. I won’t do into the details because they are really troubling (and I really mean troubling I literally flinched when I heard it)and though this was shocking news what happened next absolutely pissed me off and frightened me at the same time.
A religious leader(and in India we have more than our fair share of them) made a comment that basically stated that if she had been more religious(she was traveling with her boyfriend which is apparently impure) she would have known not to have gotten on the bus and that since the men were drunk and were incited by the girls apparent lack of virtue they can’t be held completely responsible.
When I saw this I pretty much just stared at the TV screen for a minute just dumbfounded, then I felt so enraged I could have thrown the remote through the TV( believe me if I wasn’t trying to keep this blog PG-13 there would be a lot more to say about him) and then I felt afraid. For the first time it hit me how in some parts maybe even in the majority of India we are still living in the dark ages. There was a huge media retaliation and a demand for an apology,but Whatever happens this incident has made me see what I had not seen. I had mistakenly thought that the upper middle class which is most often shown on TV were the majority of people. I willfully deceived myself into thinking that since there was some change in this publicized strata of society that things were getting better but the truth is that we haven’t even reached the level of societal progress that America had shown even thirty years back.It’s ironic that this blog is called looking and perceiving but I never saw this coming.
When an issue like women’s rights which is probably the most cut and dry issue to exist in the world is still being questioned by an influential few then what hope does this country have of progressing to issues like gay rights. and I’m sorry if you feel like I’m making this all about myself rather that poor girl whose corpse is being dragged through the mud but I just wanted to make you understand like I have now how much more that has to be done to make this country progress.
I fear that I will not live to see the day when we can even consider the possibility of marriage equality in current state India is in.
If you want to know more about this case or about the freak show’s comment I’ll post a link below but I’m warning you It’s depressing
when I hear people supporting the religious leader I marvel at what people can get away with as long as they say their comment was taken out of context.