Unchanged reality of a changing world

The banned BBC documentary film based on the Nirbhaya rape case

After watching the documentary  I realised that we have failed. We all failed! Each one of us! We thought it would be enough to sentence the culprits and eventually their deaths would send a message to other potential menaces and teach them a lesson. Well, maybe….to an extent it will, hopefully. But isn’t this a sad day? Knowing that even the fear of their deaths didn’t alter the outlook of these men. I’ve started to believe that nothing can change the mentalities of these victims of social sickness, not such ghastly cases, documentary films, strict counselling, nothing!  And am I the one to blame for that? The convalescents remain victims of their sickness even after all the efforts ; Why? Is it because of the absence of education? Well, it certainly does not seem to be the case in here given that a few educated people (in the documentary, e.g.) spoke about how it’s typical to objectify women and how misogyny is a routine we are living with and have no intention to get rid of it. What else could we blame? Their upbringing? Their society? We all form their society and yes, we are the ones to be blamed. They have risen from our nation and even after all the penalties & punishments thrown their way, there does not seem to be any form of impact in their flawed mindsets. So how will there be betterment? Either we figure out a way and make them(and all the other carriers of similar outlook) think in the right direction, or hang them all. Unfortunately, they’re so many in number that we choose to settle and live with the tumour. Even if it is adversely affecting the nation, us, our homes, our children, our culture, we choose to live with it. It’s nothing less than a sham. This country will probably stay this way, because of us; let’s take the responsibility. And how do we help our society? Do we need such documentaries to make our sick fellows realise their sickness?  Well, they would only agree with the one’s we rebel against. We need a revolution, a revolution of thoughts, that of vision, for each one of us. Candlelight vigils and documentary films unfortunately, do not make a revolution. These episodes will lead to nothing, but a few living patterns disturbed for a little while; whenever something like this happens and then again, back to normal. We have developed a habit. These departed souls, sing their sad stories, they were murdered, they were raped, their bodies, their souls and the cacophonic sound waves, vibrate in our society for a little while, a little longer maybe leaving us all the same,at the end of the day. Just as we were, in the chasm of this patriarchal society where a woman is just a flower, meant to look pretty, for decorations preferably in the temples or the kitchens.

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6 thoughts on “Unchanged reality of a changing world

  1. It is very nicely written and the way you have put your thoughts is also appreciable! one thing which i would like to suggest is that the decision to hang them is also not right ! they are part of our society ! there are people in tihar jail who have raped around 200 women in counting and even more but they simply cant remember it ! the revolution you are talking about should start from there, from where these kind of people come up ! there backgrounds ! if hang till death is the punishment for all the mistakes; we will end up nowhere ! we need to think socially ! about their upbringing. on the contradictory as we know justice delayed is justice denied, revolution should also start in our constitution ! in our government! in our judiciary !
    Sanya

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  2. Well astonishing it might seem, but many people tried to do the same.
    We, our society needs something better, that leaves a lasting impact on these people, people who aren’t afraid of repeating their mistakes.
    We still have to find a way,and there’s a lot to be done yet.
    Anyway, good job Devika!

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  3. Your writing shows that you are deeply concerned for the Indian society. Something has to be done. This initiative of yours has forced me to think. Thank you Devika.
    The first step is to be taken by us women. There are many of us who still accept the role of a typical woman and continue to believe in the same. This has to change.

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    • I’m Glad there are people who are able to understand what I’m going through. I’m deeply bothered by this and my sole motive is to bother the others. I sound mean, so be it. Anyway, Thankyou Rhea

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