INDIA'S DAUGHTER: CREATE A HINDUSTAN NOT A RAPISTAN



There is a huge controversy over the film or documentary called “India’s daughter” and the interview by one of the BBC reporter Leslee Udwin with Mukesh Singh who is one of the convicted victim who was the bus driver. This sensitive 2012 incident took place in Delhi while the Indian medical student who was violently gang raped on a moving bus in Delhi and died of horrific internal injuries because they raped her, thrown her out of the bus along with her boyfriend. They assaulted her viciously with an iron instrument. The incident occurred while along with her boyfriend after seeing the movie the Life of Pi at 8.30 pm when boarded an off duty bus to reach home.

The interview goes on, according to Singh: "A decent girl won't roam around at nine o'clock at night. A girl is far more responsible for rape than a boy," "Housework and housekeeping is for girls, not roaming at night doing wrong things, wearing wrong clothes. About 20% of girls are good." "When being raped, she shouldn't fight back. She should just be silent and allow the rape. "The death penalty will make things even more dangerous for girls. Now when they rape, they won't leave the girl like we did. They will kill her. Before, they would rape and say, 'Leave her, she won't tell anyone.' Now when they rape, especially the criminal types, they will just kill the girl. Death."1

Here the question comes to the listeners and readers. What are the values of an Indian women? There are 615 million of them in our country who hold allegiance to the democracy of India.  What is the value of an untouchable women in India (Every hour two untouchables are assaulted)? If a girl is outside the house at 8.30 pm that means she don’t have any value of human right?  What is the place of women in the Indian culture and Indian religions? India is the birth place of many religions.  How do an enlightened religious group respond to this kind of social evils? We call Buddhism as a religion of enlightenment. How do we exercise gender equality in the article 14 of Indian constitution? Until we address these tumors and cancers in the social system, there is no point in covering it with a Band-Aid. Human trafficking, child marriage, female infanticide, rape, gender discrimination, caste system, inequality on the basis of class are the outcome of the internal tumors visible in the Hindustan (A national patriotic name for India). Let Hindustan be a Hindustan not a Repistan.

It happens everywhere no matter whether you are a developed or a developing country, but most of the cases are unreported or not highlighted by the media. 98% of the rape cases in India are committed by relatives, neighbor, and friends. This also shows it is preventable. If you count relationship beyond human sexual drive, it will be the primary measurement to prevent this social evil from our society.

Hillary Clinton once said: women’s right are human right and human rights are women’s right. India can’t succeed when half of is populations are held back from their human right. There is no religious right when you violate the human right. The physical, psychological and emotional strength of each gender is different that does not mean their human rights are unequal. Let’s finish this unfinished task of the 21st century and post-modern age to bring equality and justice for women and girls.  Let’s make our women beautiful, intelligent, creative, loving, brave and worthy of their own admiration and affection.  

1. BBC Interview  

Dr. Binu Peniel

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