My blood boils each time society tries to enforce the notion that men are better than women, and we women are forced to be punished for problems caused by men! The recent Gurgaon incident, where a girl working at a pub was gang-raped on her way home late at night, 'inspired' the government to come up with a 'solution' to protect women: Women should not be allowed to work after 8 pm!! Which means all the BPO workers, shop assistants etc are all to head home before the clock strikes that witching hour when men turn into beasts?
Eh? I don't get the logic here! Why should women be punished for something that is not their fault? Companies employing women past the witching hour have to comply by a number of new rules... how many companies will go to that extra trouble to keep their female workforce? I am sure they would rather hire men and be done with the hassle! So, women, who are probably working late nights to eke out a livelihood or better their career, have to forgo their dreams and ambitions, and stay home to avoid becoming 'prey'.
Why can't we just bring up our boys to be respectful people, who treat every person as a fellow human being? Attitudinal change should begin at home. Grassroots change is what is needed; of course, it won't be easy. Which is probably why the government prefers easier options like the ban on women working late. So what of all those women who are abducted, raped, harassed in broad daylight? How long will bans work? In the 21st century, are we going to regress into a society which keeps its women behind closed doors with absolutely no rights? Wake up, India!