"I always believe that ultimately, if people are paying attention, then we get good government and good leadership. And when we get lazy, as a democracy and civically start taking shortcuts, then it results in bad government and politics" (Barack Obama)
The people of this nation have not paid enough attention. Sometimes I think am I living in a alternate reality because what’s happening around me in this country does not seem real to me somehow. It’s a really shameful day when I recall recent news of a father sexually assaulting a 7 year old girl and leaders of the country watering down the bill that is supposed to protect them.
I saw the entire debate that happened in the parliament, the face of the nation, and I was ashamed to think that we chose for these leaders to be there. The statements made were so outrageous that if I felt so angry over the statements made then I can certainly understand how the women of this country would have felt on hearing the debate. A bill that is supposed to protect the women of the country against sexual crimes suddenly became a movement to protect men from the bill. Everyone was shouting about how the bill can be misused if it is not watered down. What our illustrious leaders don't understand is that in their demand to prevent one misuse of the bill they are promoting several millions of crimes.
When the leaders of the country make statements like - "Who among us has not followed girls", "Women are meant to be subservient as their main purpose is to procreate and serve the role of wife and mothers”, “blaming girls for following western culture” etc. – the only thing that I can think of is, have the leaders of this nation gone bonkers, crazy, moronic, stupid… You know words are not enough to describe the rage and anger then I felt during the debate. We are at fault also because we thought that these leaders were good enough, intelligent enough and responsible enough to lead the nation. Look where we have bought the nation. And yes I said “we” and not “they” because they are just the representatives we have chosen for this nation.
I can curse the leaders of this country on and on but that will not help me or for that matter anybody else in any way. The problem here is us. General elections are nearing and most of us think that it’s a good opportunity to rest at home. A large part of the educated portion of this nation does not take part in the elections that actively (no offense to people who really take part in the process) and then we rant about how bad the government is. The way the leaders of this country turned a bill of protection to a mockery of a debate was ingenious and pathetic at the same time. Pathetic because it shows the retarded thinking of the politicians and ingenious because they made everybody agree to the watered down bill.
I think the women of this nation should work towards protecting themselves because the leaders of the nation do not give a damn about protecting them. They are only concerned that how the bill could be abused to frame “innocent men”. Laughingly enough they made some of the previously unbailable offenses one time bailable citing the fact that they are not serious enough crimes. The leaders effectively raped the anti-rape bill.
I would conclude this article by giving every citizen in this country some food for thought, and hope that leaders of this nation also come across this and think on what they have done:
“being responsible has nothing to do with being raped. Women don’t get raped because they were drinking or took drugs. Women do not get raped because they weren’t careful enough. Women get raped because someone raped them” (by - Jessica Valenti)
The ball is our court now and our chance to be the part of the SOLUTION. For almost 5 years we have been part of the PROBLEM. Lets pledge - No More.
Genie Signing off,