Tuesday, April 21, 2009

The TISS terror

-By Swetha Amit
Grotesque is what one would describe this horrifying incident. No doubt the barbaric episode of a gang rape of the girl student has created immense disgust, distress and horror. To make matters worse, the accused were not mere road side miscreants but those belonging to the supposedly elite community of business families? And were students of prestige colleges to top it all.

It’s true that news about rape has always sent shudders amongst the viewers and readers. However this particular one seems to have a different connotation altogether leading to a lot of cerebration amongst many. College students are found lurking in fear and uncertainty as a question begins to form in their mind “whom do we trust?” While it may cease to argue that one cannot blame an entire community based on one incident, who could blame them entirely? Parents on the other hand would undoubtedly thicken their security blankets and their overprotective stance around their kith and kin. Friends would hereafter be looked upon with a suspicious glance and even after a few meetings of getting ‘familiar’,the aorta of doubt would fail to be let loose completely.

It’s a shame to see such gruesome behaviour over something based on trust and friendship. Who would have thought friends of friends would cause such psychological scars just on one meeting. It’s true that one isn’t to be trusted purely based on one meeting. And yet this seems to surpass all norms of humanity altogether, forget being acquainted altogether.

While the obvious remains who is to blame, what actually causes one to indulge in such disgraceful behaviour? Can one blame substance abuse wholly? The act happened after a few doses of drugs and alcohol according to the reports. Is it raging hormones working overtime during the young adulthood phase? Is it a misconception about a woman from abroad shores being ‘loose and immoral’? And that they are ‘casual’ about anything and everything? Is family background to blame? The affluence which instigates arrogance of being let loose with power, prestige and contacts? The sheer attitude and lack of fear of being able to ‘get away with anything’? Too much freedom? Or is it just a psychological makeup of an individual? In that case it warrants numerous psychiatry wards to be inaugurated to spare the society out of such dastardly escapades. Lastly can one point fingers at the law and government for being ‘soft’ on such criminals?

While the city of Mumbai expressed rage on the 26/11 stating enough is enough. This seems to be yet another episode to start those hue and cries towards the murky elements of the society. So who is to blame? Isn’t it a million dollar question? And it’s those same million dollars bailing those very criminals out of their deserving reprimands. Sad, but the bitter truth in our country.
Written for www.msn.co.in



Blogger Whirlwind said...

Comments on MSN:

Gopal S - Chennaiq on 4/21/2009 4:15:27 PM
Good and Bad are evenly spread in our society. It is very difficult to comprehend why people indulge in such crimes. All they need to do in college is build thier skills and get ready for a professional career. That is what college is meant for. It is not for indulging in Petty issues such as ragging and other juvenile crimes. These just go to show how bad the world is. We cannot trust our own children any more.

3:56 AM  
Blogger Whirlwind said...

KP - Chennai on 4/22/2009 7:49:21 AM
The value system is crumbling across the entire country.Children learn from elders.There is a moral degradation across in all spehers.These are just manifestations of the malaise afflicting the society.Things may get worse.Individual families can instill in their wards ethical values and advising them to give a wide berth to undesirable elements. Nicely written

8:45 PM  
Blogger Ayesha Parveen said...

A well-written, thought-provoking post. As KP has mentioned, children learn from adults. However, ultimately, it is a person's conscience which he has to listen to, or else, no amount of good teaching from the parents will help him be a good person.

Best wishes, Swetha.

1:07 AM  
Blogger Whirlwind said...

True Ayesha. I guess its the conscience which is the ultimate driving force.

3:17 AM  
Blogger Whirlwind said...

anna - chennai on 4/22/2009 4:01:01 PM
Promiscuity is taken for granted in "Hollywood Films" and therefore it is taken for granted that "American/White skinned" dames are game for sex. This misconception is brought about by American Cinema. And ofcourse promoted by the Internet as "The American Culture". When such girls come over to India Indian boys think that they have the liberty to treat these girls as whores...sab chalta hai...and thus the sequence of events as in TISS... Hope Obama's FAMILY sense of Value systems will have a corrective influence in the otherwise bad image of Americans all over the world.

6:30 AM  
Blogger Whirlwind said...

Avi - Pune on 4/23/2009 12:00:46 PM
Anna! Just because Hollywood films show sex, and creates misconceptions about West, do you think Hollywood should stop showing sex in the movies so that Indians would see Westerners as good charactered people? Even in USA, rapists are punished. Today even Bollywood shows sex. See the movies like Murder and many South Indian movies that are close to soft porn. If Americans start watching Indian movies and develop same thoughts about Indian women and girls to treat them like a Ho, would you like that?

12:08 AM  
Blogger Whirlwind said...

anna - chennai on 4/23/2009 5:03:21 PM
AVI ALL CROWS ARE BLACK SO ALL BLACK THINGS ARE CROWS....in NOT the right conclusion. But I am just pointing out to the root cause of this problem,not the vicarious problem and certainly not the conclusion that "Hollywood should STOP showing..." but the emphasis should move out to the more acceptable family value systems is what I want to state.

6:07 AM  
Blogger Whirlwind said...

Avi - Pune on 4/23/2009 6:16:11 PM
Why should Americans change their values for the convenience of Indians? Would Indians do that? Do you mean to say that if Americans don't change, Indians would continue rape American girls? And I have seen the crows that are not black.

6:07 AM  
Blogger Whirlwind said...

ajay a - New Delhi on 4/24/2009 11:36:27 PM
There are differing versions of the incident. It is still too early to arrive at any conclusion. Please don't indulge in sensationalism and trial by the media.

11:26 PM  

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