India is growing in rage! India is growing in rage against men who victimize women. The women tend to be victimized within their own families, neighbourhoods, schools, workplaces and villages and anywhere in the country. There is a growing awareness that women are unsafe. The predator is pointed out to be the man. Through the ages, culture has dictated the man as a guide, provider and above all a protector. So how did men become predators?
Life of earth has a long history of sexual abuse. Today, women find themselves unsafe in public transportation and even in the streets. Men have begun to attack strategically and many a times in groups. The Delhi gang rape case has struck a great amount of awareness in our nation. But what steps has the government taken? The government has amended laws to punish the culprits severely. But then, the hands of the law have fallen short in punishing violators and rapists who commit the same offences within the stipulated age of a juvenile. The situation is being debated by lawmakers and intellectuals. In the meanwhile, women continue to suffer.
This situation has called for the need of super surveillance. It is the need of the hour that all areas of the workplace are put under camera. But will such an effort be enough? Is it enough to install surveillance cameras throughout the workplace, the streets, every place in the city and our living environment? And how do we ensure against technical snags and system over-rides? Everything is on computers and nowadays hacking is being openly taught under the banner of “Ethical Hacking”. And how do all organizations ensure that everyone working and learning hacking is ethical in nature? Is this how life should be? Where are the trust and the feeling of assurance and security?
Culturally, most Indian parents prefer a son, whatever maybe their reason. Hopefully this trend will die out as we currently see many couples joyfully celebrating the birth of daughters. Nevertheless, parents experience great joy in the birth of a male child and every new born is innocent and tender. Personally, I have never seen hatred in the eyes of a child. And every child is a gift of God. So where exactly does all this hatred and violence come from within a boy who grows to manhood? Where have these molesters and rapists learnt their hatred and disgust? It is doubtful that a mother and sister would ever impart such filthy education even among the poorest and uneducated. Nevertheless one must understand that such knowledge is obtained during the adolescent years.
During the adolescent years, boys undergo physical as well as hormonal changes. These hormonal changes affect many areas of the brain controlling sexual orientation and sexual behavior. During these years it is of paramount importance to orient the child towards the correctness of moral behavior and sexual experience. The adolescent age is the “formation period” of every boy and of how he perceives and understands women. These years would form the foundation for his orientation, desire, interaction and behavior towards the female gender as a whole. It is important that parents, teachers and all adults interacting with children orient the child to a healthy perception, understanding and desire of the sexual experience.
If such orientation and education is not imparted at the right and proper time and in proper doses, boys will begin to search on their own for the answers and the need to understand their perception of the sexual arousal that they experience in secret. In India as a whole, Pornography is easily accessible. Today, we know that the internet is being misused for pornography right from the Smart Phones, Tabs to the Laptops and Desktops. Pornography is being viewed by school students on Smart Phones and e-Tablets. Even businessmen, employees, bureaucrats and politicians view pornography on the office computer, in the Legislative Assemblies and even in Parliament. Continuous viewing of pornography over the internet and digital media will create a desire to experience the same in reality.
Now the government is distributing free electronic tablets and laptops among students. Has the government configured the electronic devices so that they cannot be misused to view pornography? It would be better if the Government Banned/ Blocked and Censored internet and digital Pornography in India. Enforcement is important and a must.