Its a question for the nation and most importantly every individual reading this. Have we come a long way? When we talk about security, safety and especially mindset of the people?
Even if we take it safely to say that we have come, on the other side of the coin, it’s a long way to go. It struck our minds and left us speechless after in an event which was conducted to honour women and their determination overwork, an Ex – DGP HT Sangliana from Karnataka allegedly made an offensive comment on stage referring to how women should be submissive in situations of rape to avoid killing when he said “If you are overpowered, you should surrender, and follow up the case later. That way we can be safe, save a life, prevent being killed”.
Adding to this, he also mentioned that how good Nirbhaya’s mother physique is, and how beautiful Nirbhaya must have been (was it even required or is it acceptable?).
According to Mumbai Mirror, Sangliana made a rather unwarranted comment about her, which left many affronted.
“I SEE NIRBHAYA’S MOTHER, SHE HAS SUCH A GOOD PHYSIQUE. I CAN JUST IMAGINE HOW BEAUTIFUL NIRBHAYA WOULD HAVE BEEN.”
You can’t just call it disgraceful, its worse than that, for every woman standing and sitting in 2018 that even after spreading awareness and breaking the chains for mindset, some of the dignitaries still hold onto that.
Anita Cheria who was present there to get an award for her achievements almost got frustrated to leave but stayed for Nirbhaya’s parents, mentioned in her speech “When top government officials, from the police, seemingly well-meaning, think it appropriate to comment, appreciating a woman’s good physique, we, as a society, have long way to go to change mindsets and bring any measurable lasting change in favour of women.”
Met Nirbhaya's mother today. She spoke how the society stigmatises rape victims rather than stigmatising the culprits. It's for citizens to play active role in checking crimes against women. Ex MP, retd IPS Sangliana was present I received "Nirbhaya Award" on the occasion. pic.twitter.com/ifjeaBpnf1
— D Roopa IPS (@D_Roopa_IPS) March 9, 2018
It is rather disappointing for a mother to realize that top- cops have such ideas and opinions after she personally has fought for the justice after her daughter got raped. Asha Devi ( Nirbhaya’s mother) had vent out her part of disappointment, despair, and frustration when she said We have law, police, government but justice is something that does not come easy. Nobody now is scared of the law, law is not a deterrent. We most times feel happy during these once a year celebrations, but that is only a token if it does not lead to change”.