(A BBC Documentary)
According to Doucleff (2013), India has lately become infamous for its epidemic sexual violence and discrimination against women. Sexual harassment there is so rampant that it even has a nickname: Eve-teasing.
This documentary is focused on the feels of being a woman in India. The first scenes were about the worldwide-known incident that happened in Delhi last December 2012: a gang rape while in a moving bus. The victim was tortured and raped plenty of times by six (6) men, and then died after two days of serious operations.
Imagine a country where the most powerful political figure, two billionaires, three of the most dominant regional politicians, several prominent CEOs, and half of local government representatives are women. Now imagine that, in that same country, one-third of adult women are illiterate, spousal rape is not illegal, and sex-selective abortion and female infanticide are still widely practiced. (Jaishankar, 2013)
As a woman, I am affected in these phenomena; I cannot see the reason behind every abuse and discriminations on the women in their country for they should be well-treated and respected as they are the ones who have been taking care for their spouses and children.
Hearing the news last December about the gang rape case, was very traumatic for me and my mom. We would never want to go to India that late –ever. What the rapists have done to the victim was very sick and unbelievable. I bet the rapists might have been taking illegal drugs.
Who would have thought that watching the movie “Life of Pi” would literally cost a life? The victim and her friend was just about to go home that time after their movie-date, ’til they rode the wrong bus and faced that incident occurred.
But rape isn’t the only discrimination that a woman can encounter in India. A Thomas Reuters Foundation (2011) survey says that India is the fourth most dangerous place in the world for women to live in. Acid attacks are also dominant in this region, also the so-called sex-selective abortion, trafficking, and sexual harassment.
The discrimination starts even in their mothers’ womb. According to Doucleff, Indian mothers were slightly more likely to seek out better prenatal care when carrying a boy than when carrying a girl, economists report in the Journal of Human Resources. This means that they could decide more likely to kill their child if it results to be a girl.
I pity my ‘co-Eve’s there in India. I believe that the curse as a woman in India would eventually subside in the near future. They should realize that the things that they have been continually doing are the causes why tourists are now cautious on visiting India.
“India’s image is spoiled when incidents like this happen,” Mr. Dixit, 38, said ruefully while hustling for customers on a recent evening. “It’s unfortunate, and it isn’t good for business.” (Bagri, 2013)
This documentary have awakened lots of people that are ignorant about this matter. India government should do something about this.
1) Bagri, N. T. (2013). India Scrambles to Reassure Tourists Shaken by Recent Attacks on Women. Retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/11/world/asia/rape-cases-are-making-tourists-wary-of-visiting-india.html
2) Doucleff, M. (2013). In India, Discrimination Against Women Can Start In The Womb. Retrieved from http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/03/28/175594992/in-india-discrimination-against-women-can-start-in-the-womb
3) Jaishankar, D. (2013). The Huge Cost of India’s Discrimination Against Women. Retrieved from http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2013/03/the-huge-cost-of-indias-discrimination-against-women/274115/
4) Reuters, T. (2011). The world’s most dangerous countries for women 2011. Retrieved from http://www.trust.org/spotlight/The-worlds-most-dangerous-countries-for-women-2011/