My earlier post generated some heated responses and since then, the matter has got a lot of momentum. Indian ladies in Delhi plan to take out a march on June 25, 2011.
Delhi is the pits for safety of our women. When we lived there in the early eighties, my late wife tried to reach her studio by public bus to economise, on a couple of occasions and got disgusted with the behaviour of the males in them. She finally
agreed to my original suggestion that she take the car and driver whenever she wished. It is not a new phenomenon and it would appear that it has just got worse since then.
In the meanwhile, another aggressive writer of the Independent has thrown her hat into the ring with a different take than the feminists. Yasmin Ali Brown does not mince words either and she is worth a read.
I would reiterate that I have personally nothing for or against the marches. It is increasingly women who are talking about the problem for and against and that is the way it should be. In India, as Yasmin says, a woman can be in a burkha and still face problems from very brutal/frustrated men, some of them sadly enough who are paid to maintain law and order. Here is a news item that has shocked the nation.
Just to make this a bit even handed, here is another story with another angle to scantily dressed women. I leave it to my readers to decide which way to turn!
No, it is not easy being a woman.