We seem to have a history of not making a serious effort to understand an issue. Not even something as obvious and as simple, as in this Uber cab driver’s case.
Here is what I think the focus should be on –
The police verification document, dated May 2014, certified Yadav’s clean record, despite a case of rape being registered against him in 2011. During investigation, police found that Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police, Southeast Delhi, L T Hrangchal, whose signature the form bears, was posted to Mizoram on February 18, 2013. – See more at: Driver permit: Police and Transport play ping-pong
The police claims the documents are forged – link This should be taken very seriously.
How do we control crime if police verification documents cannot be absolutely relied upon?
And here is what might distract from the real issue:
1. The rapist’s remorse.
So would it make any difference whether or not he rapist ‘shows remorse’? How is he expected to show remorse? By promising not to use forged documents or by offering to marry the rape survivor? Or by shedding tears like this rapist? What if he did act extremely remorseful – then what?
“We will try our best that this cab company is closed and it should be investigated that who brought this company here and how it started,” Chairperson Delhi women commission Barkha Singh said.
And I am disgusted with the govt’s it-happened-in-a-cab-so-let’s-ban-cabs attitude. Will we go about banning nightclubs, shopping malls, parks, buildings and streets next?
I say let’s take a multi-pronged approach instead that promises fewer rapes, less immoral behavior (consensual sex), reduced population. Let’s ban men instead.
Oh wait, that’s not going to work either for reasons I mentioned above.
Umm.. okay, then let’s work on finding a solution that actually works.
3. We really need to stop viewing (and trivialising) a sexual assault as ‘shameful’ and start seeing it as horrific, violation, violent, disgusting and traumatic.
Please note: Most of the other freedoms for women are meaningless if safety of women and children in public spaces continues to be viewed as optional.
… ban on jeans (reserved for men)
...ban on mobile phone use by Indian brides.(reserved for men)
And here is what would work.