Semu Bhatt’s article ‘Hall of Shame’ was an eye-opener. While India is making great strides in many fields, it has also gained the notoriety for being a country where 93 women are raped every day. While a number of factors contribute to this horrendous situation, it is mainly the apathy of the country’s politicians towards the serious problem that is to blame the most. It is indeed a shame that instead of taking steps to bring down the rate of sex crimes against women, some politicians issue highly irresponsible statements, making fun of a grave situation.
What they don’t realize is that their acts have a trickle-down effect on the masses. Recently, a photographer with hardly mentionable credentials shot to fame for a photo shoot that was allegedly inspired by the unfortunate Delhi bus gang rape incident. Whatever he may say in his defense, such reckless attempts at making light of a serious issue are a result of the collective indifference of society, especially its opinion leaders. If the politicians can’t offer a word of sympathy to the victims, they should at least refrain from rubbing salt in their wounds.
Nimrita Bajpayee Mumbai, India