So apparently, at least 3 girls ragged a junior in their Durgapur Engineering College, assaulted her, removed her clothes and made a MMS or a video that was then sent to all and sundry through mobile phones and the victimized junior student then tried to commit suicide… Aghast! Alas! Really?
Existing research highlights the conflict brewing in women and young girls identity..choosing between relationships and ambitions and the conflicting values being taught at school and home…you need a great guy and a great job and must have a great body…and body is no longer sacrosanct…especially a woman’s body! t.v. and radio, and everything else continues to blast shiela ki jawani…the trend started by Govinda and Karisma of how “sexy…sexy” she was to “baby baby mujhae log bolen” is now socially soooo acceptable. I bet in their freshers party, the song, these engineering grads shook a mean hip as they danced to Munni badnaam hui and Sheila ki jawaani..
ooh don’t go all puritanical some of you might think…actually it is called rationality. When you promote versions of “Hips don’t lie” and “Shiela ki jawaani”…with no caveats about when or whether it might be appropriate …we end up promoting ambition without distinguishing between the right and wrong path…as it is being a Neera Radia is not different from being a Barkha Dutt anymore…ambition craze is amking us crazy in the global land of the outsourced wealth…maybe the vicious senior girls were proving how “powerful” they are or maybe how ” cosmopolitan”…or some such ideal…so that they lost their sense of womanhood and what it means to degrade a fellow woman and her body and especially in a society that is somehow managing to pull the international CEOs at the same time as arranged marriages and dowry deaths…for its women! So girls who in western scenarios are linked with practice of aggression through psychological manipulation unlike the men’s physical one…might well find their way into a heady mix of both..and in the absence of any kind of guidance, will emerge as another group of potential threat not support for the women oppressed!
Lots of Munnis are right now debating appropriate aspirations…and if the guidance they have is take your clothes off and shake a hip in front of 100 men before calling a Tata /Birla for some favors then I guess we can expect a lot more badnaami ….as Sheilas of our world are willing to sell their and others jawanis