Behind the Rape in the Bus
Over at India Streets today – http://www.facebook.com/IndiaStreets – the distinguished Indian journalist and writer, Vidyadhar Date, posts an article entitled “Rosa Parks, The Power of Resistance and the Rape In The Bus In Delhi”. He makes a point which I believe is central to understanding a great part of both (a) the what and (b) the why of this tragic event in Delhi, when he writes:
The nationwide protests in India have focused mainly on the issue of rape. But these could as well extend to the arena of public transport because the girl’s rape and death are directly related to the inadequacy of public transport and the government’s abject failure to provide basic amenities to the masses.”
Who are the greatest victims of the over-crowded buses and trains? Surely the women.
No one can reasonably argue that, but yet in all the outrage and seething, this critical point for the future seems to have gotten lost. Based on the past evidence, it would seem that those responsible in government will do all they can to find ways to run away and even to bury this central issue.
All I can say it, I hope not.