“My father has called me 15 times since yesterday,” a colleague told me today as New Delhi recovers from the shock of a woman being assaulted, gang-raped and thrown off a bus on Sunday night.
There were more comments from women on my Facebook feed: “It is a scary thought to go out for dinner at 9:15 pm”; “Men on Delhi streets can literally rape you with words … met one giggling a** just now. Felt like picking a stone and hitting it right where it all starts from …”
These comments made me think. Never had we discussed a rape case so vehemently in office; never before has a rape case moved me personally. Why? Perhaps, we are immune to such headlines in newspapers and used to the way things are.
I will be honest — there have been times when I felt that girls in New Delhi exaggerate the issue of safety. But this incident changed my opinion in just 24 hours.
In her blog, my colleague Anuja Jaiman wonders what mothers are teaching their sons nowadays. I do agree upbringing is one of the problems, but another is poor law enforcement in India.