Editors note: This is a reader comment we got on the article, “Why Mumbai photojournalist gangrape violates all women” published earlier today. Malav has written a thought provoking piece about how it is our apathy to frequent incidents like rape and murder that have resulted in the situation getting so out of hand. As is Firstpost policy, we have lightly edited for grammar and spelling, but the comment has been left as is.
by Malav Parekh
I am a selfish kinda guy. Someone got raped, murdered? Not my business. I am safe, family is safe, wife is safe, friends are safe. That works just fine with me. Delhi is rape capital, I avoid Delhi. Shakti Mill is dangerous, just stay out of it. Bedroom is messy, sleep on the couch. Don’t know how to cook, order. It’s really worked for me till now. No hassles. I really did know how to mind my own business. So last night I heard about the rape of a photojournalist, I was moderately pained. But more or less didn’t care. Not my business!
But it’s strange how even one night of deep slumber can change things.
Today morning, I saw fear on my wife’s face as see fixed breakfast for me (I made lunch). Pure horror. I don’t need to elaborate why. She read the papers.
While leaving for work, she asked me to get the door locks checked. Now my first reaction was that ‘Babe! you’re just getting paranoid.’
Once she was out of the door, out there, out of my sight, alone in the city, I realised she wasn’t being paranoid. The things I have avoided all my life, have come knocking at my doorstep. Thumping really.
While I did nothing, these scum got bolder and bolder.They are not innocent people who need rehabilitation. They are scums, monsters, malignant individuals, spreading like cancer.
If I don’t do something today, it might be too late tomorrow. Heck! it might be too late already. But like all things I have done in my life, it’s time for a last minute salvage. I don’t know how I am going to deal with this cancer. We don’t have a cure, and I am done waiting for a divine intervention.
But something has to be done. And I am in. If that means forming a group and publicly beheading all those seen harassing a woman in public. I am in. If it means going full Bear Jew on them, I am in. If it means, offering chemotherapy to them for their condition, I am in. I refuse to suffer another case of degrading women in my country.