There is anger all around. Protest marches, empty rhetoric on the News, angry facebook updates, and more. The Delhi rape has angered the nation.
Rajya Sabha MP, Jaya Bachchan was seen making a teary-eyed, passionate speech in the Parliament.
The incident has infused a common sentiment into the masses – Anger.
With anger comes it’s close cousin – Revenge. Young voices are demanding capital punishment for rape. Some others want death by lynching. Few want torture of the most inhuman kind to be meted out to the criminal.
But, where is this anger leading us to? Is any substantial progress being made?
I must admit that after a point, these mass protests and candlelit vigils tend to seem a little futile. We have to admit these are but, knee-jerk reactions.
Our cities are not going to become safer overnight. The police is not going to become more vigilant. Perverts are not going to transform to saints.
What are our voices going to achieve?
The saddest part is that when the dust settles down, no real change takes place. No new laws are put in place.
The rot is so deeply entrenched in the system that sporadic protest marches can do nothing to stem it. The virus is so wide-spread and fast-mutating that it is now almost impossible to administer a cure-all drug into the system.
There is no one-point solution to this, I’m afraid. Maybe we’ll see no real change in our lifetime. But we can start sowing the seeds of change now, so that the generations after us reap rich dividends.
Small children are our future. The future of this great nation, that has now fallen from it’s stature.
Let children be taught to love each other, to be good, to be moral. Let little boys be taught to respect little girls, and older ones, as well.
Let them be told that the female form is divine. It is the originator of life on Earth. Let them be taught that without mothers, sisters, and girls, the world shall become a dull place to inhabit.
Let them be told tales of Florence Nightingale, Mother Teresa, Helen Keller, Rani Laxmibai, Mithali Raj – so that they know that a woman is as much capable as a man, and some more.
The idea is to stem the virus in the initial stages.
The first time a little boy says an unkind word to a girl, or uses physical force against her, he should be admonished and punished too. This lesson will remain with him for his life.
A little boy should be taught to pick up after himself, to clean his own mess, and not expect a girl to look after him.
These small things done now can bring great changes in the future. Anger doesn’t solve our problems. Anger makes us place the blame outside of us. With the advent of social media, it is now so much easier to vent one’s anger. I can write a blog and think that I’ve done my bit.
That would be hypocritical, though. We have to look inwards. We can take the first initiative by being a better son, a better husband, a better father – a better MAN. The onus is on us.