On 16th December 2012, a girl was raped by 6 men in a moving bus in New Delhi and was
thrown on the roads of capital of India. The girl succumbed to her injuries after fighting for life bravely for 13 days. The brutalities she underwent because of the gang rape and her death thereafter caused a major stir and uproar in India.
A country where rapes that too gang rapes are ‘common’, I found it surprising idea that this case led to the rise of collective conscience among the Indians. From my own perception, I think we Indians were moved by the gruesome description of brutalities done to the girl on social networking websites or maybe the use of a public transport which is considered to be a safe bet when travelling alone. Had it been a high end SUV or just another gang rape report in the newspaper (reported with all that run-of-the-mill attitude), I seriously doubt this act could have had any impact on Indian society. Why I think so, is also
because even when the ‘weekend revolutionaries’ were doing their ‘weekend’ protests against the rapes and for women rights, many gang rapes and rapes were already getting reported across India without much notice, so I better not talk of unreported crime against women!
Just when the collective conscience of Indians was rising to respect women we saw a meteorically rising collective idiocy too. The latest reflection of this idiocy is demand for a ban on Honey Singh and his songs, reason- expletive lyrics which hurt women.
The songs being quoted have been in existence since 2006 and are used in Delhi’s party circle since long but no one not even the feminists saw the need to seek a ban and then this unfortunate incident of gang rape and suddenly nation has realized how harmful is Honey Singh after all! What is more interesting is that the same folks who find it to ‘cool’ to greet or curse each other by using expletives like ‘MC/BC /C***ya’ which are also really disrespectful towards women or say dance to the tune of Akon, Pitbull, Enrique and others are finding songs of Honey Singh offensive and anti-women. It seems that their point is that had these songs been in English and not the Yo Yo Punjabi/Hindi, it would have been OK, just as I said it would have been OK had the gang rape been done in an SUV and not on a bus (Gang Rapes in personal vehicles are common in Indian cities including Delhi!).
But India being India, all the protests are now not against atrocities like rape or police action, but against Yo Yo Honey Singh , about how banning/boycotting him will give grace to Indian women and save them from rapists. Let’s look at the issue from People’s Point of View (Strictly Unedited)