It's nothing to do with pointing fingers or my pride. I stated the global reality. Perhaps you should go to FBI website and check the stats or go to UN website and check on rapes committed in countries in terms of per-capita. Indian stats are not high (1.6 per 100,000) when compared to volume of cases in many developed nations. But still over 26,000 (2011) number here is completely unacceptable. Do you want me to quote the US numbers? (it's more than three times).
As an objective observer and active participant I *fund* to my capacity per year. Example, old parents NGOs (thrown out by their children) or children (less than 10 years) who are born with Heart defects (pending operations thousands per state) or campaign against Alcohol (this is company's #1 CSR goal) or child education or farmers who are committing suicides because they are broke/bankrupt and/or they can't afford to buy few sacks of seeds! It's one of the reasons why returned to India. There are many problems here in India, of course in many developed countries too. My new initiative for this year is helping a few parents to know what happened to their missing children. Did you know many thousands of girls per year in my state are vanishing? What's happening to them? No one really bothers or cares. Police can't do everything or be there for everyone any given point of time/place. This is IMPOSSIBLE. What could be done?
I get that. But they don't take any serious action on multiple levels. Mere changing rape laws won't do the job. I mentioned so many reasons in my post, there are many more such as economic disparity, psychological problems etc. There is NO silver bullet this case.
Trust me there are much bigger problems in India compared to this as I mentioned in my post. Example, during the last 20 days or so, almost 100 people dead in India due to harsh winter. What about them? How many years more they should die like pests?
These politicians won't do anything. They are busy protecting their skins/bastions/power/states. Most people are becoming self-centered and selfish or they just can't do anything (out of reach, money etc). They should be working on multiple-parameters in terms of short and long run.
IMO people should take initiatives (since Govts can't do much) at least to limit this problem or negating risk. They should get educated on rights/laws (possible for Urban), take precautions, take nothing for granted or be crazy taking risks, go to self-defense classes etc. Lawyers and NGOs should come forward to help the people. How many are there and how many could really afford to tackle this situation given the magnitude of the risk involved? I see very few doing such things on the ground.
Also, it's very important to realize that crimes can't be stopped as some demand like - these must be stopped. It's impossible be it murder, corruption, greed, rape etc because these are encoded deep in the human DNA. Many don't understand this angle. One could only work on the bad stats and strive to bring them to the lowest possible numbers closer to NULL. That's the right frame of thinking instead of harping on emotional or political crap played out on TV channels.
Superb post, and I certainly
"harp on" how the poor are mistreated around the world, including in the US. Anyhow, neither tennisbum nor I would disagree with you that rape is a big problem in the US (and elsewhere).
This thread got derailed with a knee-jerk defensive reaction by Start da Game, with Ashi surprisingly seeming to second that reaction. I say surprising as Ashi has often shown herself 2B superbly intelligent, and could have
written an eloquent balanced
analysis, as you did here. Instead she defended SDG's insularity (with weak
stuff like non-Indians seeing her ppl as a bunch of snake-charmers, etc) which I've never
seen happen on this board.
I still think ppl like Ashi (or you
) would make good members of the Lok Sabha, especially if (her) panning the idea ITT means she'd go there not giving a FF if she was re-elected or not. (Yes, the US Congress could use ppl who would rather lose than whore out, too). Anyhow, here's a Reuters article
from yesterday that sheds some interesting light on things.
BTW (as Ashi used that irrelevant "but you PM'd me about this thread" dodge) I wish to note what I essentially said: that IF I raised the matter of sex-selection abortion, I expected "pro-choice absolutists" to jump on me.
Now its out there as A factor in India's "rape epidemic", including in major world media, so the PC types who act like any
infringement on their sacrosanct word "choice" is verbotten can deal with the simple math: if any
country skews the gender balance by misusing technologies like amniocentesis to facilitate backwards traditions like "only sons can provide for us", more young men will be rapists than would be otherwise.