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Mumbai incident and the sound of its echo

New Delhi, Fri, 04 Jan 2008 Binita Tiwari

Jan 04:  The molestation of two women in Mumbai by hysterical mob on New Years Eve left the whole nation bewildered. But what puzzled more was self-defensive mood adopted by Mumbai police, which shrugged off from their responsibility by saying that they did not received any complaint by the victim thus far.

It is reported that police has claimed lead in the case and also arrested 14 people out of the group of 70-80 men who were part of that mob which led to disgraceful assault on the women. There is nothing done from the Mumbai police side, as they could be able to do so only with the help of photographs taken by journalist of a leading daily.

Few days back when National Crime Record Bureau gave the crime graph of India in which Delhi , Mumbai and Bangalore accounted for more than one third of all crimes reported in Indian cities.

Many cities have gone notorious and unsafe for women. The whopping number released by the Crime Bureau cuts a sorry figure on the safety and security of women in these cities. India reported 32,481 murders, 19,348 rapes, 7,618 dowry deaths and 36,617 molestation cases in 2006.

Another incident on the same day in the port city Kochi where a Swedish girl was molested by the New Year bashers has not only inflicted damage to the tourist who came here for the New Year celebration but also wreaked a hammering question on the behaviour of people increasingly leading to such a shame.

The world hauled at women for every such incident, all the fingers points at her even at such low point of their life but things did not get a stoppage here, since wrong people at right position turn the things murkier as Mumbai's Police Commissioner D N Jadhav went on accusing media for inflating the incident disproportionately, and remarked, “Keep your wives at home if you want them safe,� he said.

“These kinds of small things can happen anywhere.�

Is this the solution to such a surmounting damage? Is it not like punishing the diseased for the disease?

Time has been witness that for every such incident a woman's sense of dressing and her gait has been put under scanner, instead of accusing the molesters or rapist people accuse the victim as a woman of easy virtues.

The women‘s modesty of the Mumbai case was also outraged through wide circulation of objectionable photographs in some websites and channels without hiding the women identity, which makes no difference between the molester and the websites or the channels.

Police say that it's the victim's reluctance to file complaint and jeopardise the situation on their own. But what about those victims who approached police for such complaints, only to find that all have gone to a deaf ear.

Police is also responsible for such situations and they cannot defy it so easily. If Mumbai police is credited with the success of nabbing the molesters there are also reports that many victims has gone to a chain of molestation and rape after going to a police station.

The problem is that such people do not belong to a special category but they come from all walks of life. The problem is the safety and security can not be achieved by remaining in the confines of our houses, the problem is that the hands of such criminals are so long that it can reach any where.

The problem lies in the attitude and social skills of people. The problem is, whenever a victim comes forward she is made silent forever by blaming her, the problem that the problem is theirs not ours.


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