Rub­bing salt

Southasia - - EDITOR'S MAIL -

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

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