Gender neutral discourse
Why make society a battlefield of genders?
AJAZ UL HAQUE
The shock and awe caused by the recent acid attack is not without reason. Civil societies, NGOs and other socially active groups are raising their voice against this abnormal increase in violence against women. Rightly so. The horrific incidents like Delhi gang-rape and Parraypora incident of acid throwing have made us revisit ourselves and make some rectifications wherever needed. Such situations demand calm not hysteria. No blanket remarks about a `degenerate' society, a `morally corrupt' lot, a `sexually frustrated' people. Sure the times have changed, (and in many respects for worse) but there is always a grey between black and white. All is not that bad that we deserve extinction. Life still has a hope. We don't have to throw the baby with the bathwater.
There are extreme responses to this extreme situation and that extremism of thoughts is to be controlled to the maximum. There is no doubt that women form, because of their biological make, the most vulnerable section of our society. It's because of their being sexually assaulted or exploited that they deserve extra protection and care. Their fragility as a weaker sex is a dimension we must not overlook while assessing the trouble we all feel caught in. While doing so, all we need to do is to control our emotions. Making rape or violence exclusively a gender issue will be taking a parochial view of a scenario which is far wider than it appears to be. Women rights are essentially human rights. Any assault on the dignity of women will wound humanity on the whole. While we condemn rapists or other perpetrators of violence against women, let's make sure we don't pit men and women against each other. Crimes do happen and crimes will continue to happen. We can't dream of a crime-free society, but we can contribute towards making an atmosphere where crime is a rarity. On that count any crime against women is to be fought collectively. But if the whole society is turned a battle field of genders where men and women (rather than complimenting) get involved in outplaying each other, we will be giving birth to a menace far more dangerous than the one we are already in. Hanging a rapist must not be the demand of a woman to punish a man, but the demand of a victim to punish a criminal. A plane gender neutrality will make the issue look more universal than marginal.
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