What is in a name?
First Shashi Tharoor creates a furore, a meaningless symbolism in asking the rape victim to be named and the rape law to be named after her.. Why? Call it Nirbhaya’s law..Would it matter? Is it not more important whether the law is fool proof and swift, rather than whether it is named after Jyoti Pandey (her true name, as her dad has declared to the world here (http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/india-gang-rape-victims-father-1521289) .In the same declaration, her father also states that the boy who survived the terror was only her friend, not her boyfriend .. “There was no question of her marrying because we belong to different castes ( a rant on that later , I digress)
Then, Mohan Bhagwat of RSS says “Such crimes (rapes) hardly take place in ‘Bharat’, but they occur frequently in ‘India’.. Really? I knew that Bombay was to be referred to as Mumbai only but did not know calling my country India itself has a negative connotation . He goes on to further clarify his raging foot-in the mouth disease ,”Women are to be housewives, where as husbands will be bread winners.. and …he can disown her!!!!” (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Marriage-is-like-contract-between-husband-wife-Mohan-Bhagwat/articleshow/17911402.cms) . This in the times of Chanda Kocher MD , Icici bank, , Shika Sharma CEO, Axis Bank; Vinita Bali, MD, Britannia Industries; Shobhana Bhartia ..all top-listed by Forbes for their strong influence on India Inc.
Next in the line of illustrious politicians, our MNS chief Raj Thackeray took one look at their last names and blamed the “Bihari” migrants for the recent gang-rape of a girl in New Delhi.
So much for Bekhauf Azaadi , each one of these thoughts expose how little these so-called leaders are connected to the public, how deep-rooted and true the gender inequality we women face is..Even knowing the furious rage of the youth , our leaders and unable to even realise how “dented and painted” their comments are .
Oh and btw, it is not just men, Vibha Rao, the chairperson of Chhattisgarh State Women Commission, is emphatic that women are “equally responsible” for the sexual offences committed against them.(http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/women-equally-responsible-for-crimes-against-them/article4273827.ece)
Once again I quote from the movie American President “”We have serious problems to solve, and we need serious people to solve them. And whatever your particular problem is, I promise you, our politician is not the least bit interested in solving it. He is interested in two things and two things only: making you afraid of it and telling you who’s to blame for it..
We don’t just need a change in the law , we need a whole new set of law makers.