I slept at 5 AM the night before but still got up at 8 to join the Protest against Delhi Gang-rape Case going on at RAJ PATH (Rashtrapati Bhavan to India Gate). I was there yesterday as well.
But today, my steps were heavy. I was ruminating restlessly while sitting in the metro. I reached Rajiv Chowk but I was still in a DILEMMA. Because...
I didn't belong there. I didn't subscribe to their demands (rather, rants). I don't think CASTRATION or execution is gonna have any impact on the number or heinousness of rapes.
The kind of recklessness and AGGRESSION men were showing there and the utter disregard of presence of girls while abusing Police, was more of an indicator of "what they are essentially made of".
If one idiot throws a water bottle on the cops, the entire mob just starts throwing bottles and rubbish and stones across the barricades. why? and this is just the tip of the iceberg of the mobbocricy over there.
While I respect the sentiment of the people but their ways of protesting and the solution that they are demanding (coyly amplified by the electronic media, without giving an iota of space to a contrarian view in the majority of their coverage) is not hitting the Bull's eye.
I think there are three major weapons to combat this rot (and crime in general) - two in the hands of the govt -
viz. POLICE Reforms (which will ensure honest investigation) and JUDICIAL Reforms (for speedy trial n conviction). Why not demand these two gems rather than two 'balls'?
And the third weapon, the 'Brhahmastra', is in our own hands; it's called HYPOCRISY Reforms. Till the time we keep worshiping goddess Laxmi, Saraswati, Durga etc to bless us with a son, till the time we ask our girls to behave like a 'girl', all the other reforms will only have a tokenish impact.
Coming back to the dilemma...I chose not to go.
good decision or weakness to stand for a cause ? I don't know.