Outrageous. Let’s demonstrate. Let’s destroy some public property. Let’s hang some people. Let’s ask for some heads.
We can’t be okay with this.
It is very normal for everyone to feel this way after the gruesome gang rape of an innocent girl in Delhi. The question is: Will all this help?
Just 3 days back I was comparing safety in India vs US (Delhi versus Newtown). And here we are, a sad reminder to the world and what’s changing around us.
My humble opinion is that it’s not about guns & not about police/security, it is not about lust & not about man’s propensity for sex, it is about mental health of people. And the question still remains, what are we doing to improve the mental health of people?
I have been thinking a lot about this over the last couple of days, and in my opinion, what is required is an ongoing, sustained education / information exchange between the women, the public, the policy makers, the implementers, the on-ground people, the society overall & last but not the least (the attackers) to determine how to keep the menaces away from our streets.
To that effect, we as OMLogic, have started a new initiative called Delhi for Women Safety. It is not a community to bash the government, the police and/or ask for capital punishment. We will help devise workable solutions to ensure a safer Delhi.
Some quick ones that come to my mind are:
What should be done to provide added security for women in the night? Police patrol, citizen involvement, more lighted streets.
How should you educate women about being safe? Pepper spray, police protection, how to walk, how to be safe, etc etc.
How to improve the mental health of people? Education, better employment, sex-education camps.
Should prostitution be legalized in this country? What are the ramifications? Would it help?
But, we can’t do it alone. This problem can only be removed by all of us working together. So, COME AND JOIN HANDS.