April 04, 2017 @ 01:15 PM

Cowardice of gentlemen too is a factor for crime against women

 Published : Thursday, 15 Jauary, 2015 11:39 AM
 
IIMs and few B schools have replaced GD with WAT. Written Ability Test has become a tool to test MBA aspirant on assessing overall communication skills and personality, so it is also equally important and crucial component of MBA admission process. 
 
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“Cowardice of gentlemen too is a factor for crime against women”
 
The recent spurt in crime against women has exposed the garb of decency that the society likes to cover itself with and reflects the collective failure of the society. On one hand, the society celebrates the lives of inspirational figures such as Sarojini Naidu, Mother Teresa, KalpanaChawla and bow down in reverence to goddesses, on the other, it allows its men to inflict pain on its women, as the rise in crime against women reveal. 
 
The words of the Irish poet W.B Yeats, "the best lack conviction and the worst are full of passionate intensity",aptly describe the world that we live in today. The best amongst us lack the courage and conviction to stand up for what is right, as a result of which the bad elements in the society get a free hand to commit heinous crimes. The given topic articulates this disturbing phenomenon.
 
The woman of 21st century is a confident, bold and assertive woman, one who is entering public spaces, challenging men in all fields and is willing to live on her own terms.  She is perceived as a threat to patriarchy. In the absence of support from men around her, she finds herself in a vulnerable position. 
 
The cowardice of civilized men of character and impeccable conduct, men who are likely to be referred to as 'Gentlemen', is a big factor in creating this vulnerability. For instance, dowry, honour killings and domestic violence are evils where men, who might be called 'gentlemen' otherwise, perpetuate crime against their own wives and sisters by submitting to the demands of rituals and conventions.  Their silence is an act of cowardice. If men, who are reasonable, educated, intelligent and well-mannered don't raise their voice and support women, who will?
 
To be called moral, it is no longer enough to know what is right but act for what is right. This is where the 'gentleman' has failed. His inaction makes him a passive perpetuator of the crime. The Nirbhaya Case, for instance, wrenched the hearts of the people of the nation enough to force them out on the streets to demand justice. But this happened because it was widely reported by media. However, several such incidents against women occur daily and go unreported. Are there no gentlemen left in the society, who have the courage to report such incidents? Are there no gentlemen left in the society, who can be the harbingers of change?  
 
Having said this, to put the blame entirely on men is a folly one should not make. The tardy and hostile Indian system can dissuade even the best of men from doing what they think is right and helping someone. To add to this, family and societal concerns ensure that men think only of themselves and not of others. 
 
Lack of education and gender sensitization are also fundamental challenges that need to be overcome. Tackling all these issues will eliminate fear from the minds of people and go a long way in making the women safe.
 
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