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Wednesday, December 08, 2004

erosion of values

I normally dispose off my old newspapers once in six months.
As I was arranging the old issues for the next sale, I chanced to come across various tiny incidents reported from different parts of the country pertaining to the erosion of our basic values. We remain mute spectators to growing atrocities on women. The culprits can be easily identified and booked but the clout they carry based on the patronage extended to them from the seats of power makes any action against them practically impossible. We can only read about them and sympathize with the victims ….
2/8/2004 – Some lumpen elements misbehaved with NCC girl cadets … thanks to some brave boy cadets, the villains fled … they were returning from a training session when the ruffians entered the train compartment and started annoying the girls …
6/8/2004 – in two hamlets of Dharwar district, the men have to arrange for a dowry if they want a bride … more the offer, the better will be the life partner they will get … wedding bells had almost remained for the last three years because of successive years of draught …
24/8/2004 – Bar girls have to support large families while others have to finance their studies … these are revelations during a protest of bar girls in the Azad Maidan … some of them are housewives and do it out of economic compulsion … bar owners reportedly allow the bar girls to take home whatever tips they earn ….
25/8/2004 – a man was hacked to death by his wife … the man was an auto driver and the murder was over spending too much money on himself …
27/8/2004 – Delhi is fast turning into the sleaze capital of India … call girls and pimps are making their presence felt everywhere … the profile of the accused seems to have undergone a sea change … more and more middle and upper middle class women are becoming involved …
2/9/2004 – in a shocking incident, a rape victim has accused a woman sub-inspector of forcing her to drop the rape case against three persons in lieu of Rs 5 lakh in cash … a fashion designer by profession, the victim was gang raped by the men at a farm house …
3/9/2004 – College girls were punished by their college for wearing mehndi and coming to college … they were asked to run a lap around the college compound and write ‘I will not wear mehndi to school again’ fifty times …
10/9/2004 – Out of 900 life term convicts in the Central prison of Coimbatore, as many as 500 have committed uxoricide – unbelievable but true …. Ninety percent of these wife killers are in their late sixties … most of them got married first, second or third time after crossing 55 … most of the wives axed down were in the 18 to 22 age group … they were intolerant husbands who wouldn’t allow their wives to talk to neighborhood youngsters lest they should elope …
17/9/2004 – a national level boxer has been forced to dump her gloves and take up selling country liquor … daily she manages to sell handia worth Rs 60 to 80 which leaves her a profit of around Rs 30.00 … somehow, she survives …
21/9/2004 –An alleged case of eve-teasing claimed the life of a 25 year old woman … she fell from her scooter when she tried to escape as she was being chased by four youths in a car …
14/10/2004 – A Class-I Gazetted Officer married an eligible US based bachelor and woke up with a nightmare … her husband snatched away her money and assaulted her … instances of domestic violence against women married to NRIs are on the rise… it doesn’t matter whether the women are from progressive families or from lower middle class ones, domestic violence is all pervasive … in Delhi, the figure for physically abused married women above 15 stood at 14.1% second only to J&K.
11/11/2004 – a 22 year old social activist was molested and thrown from a running train … her attempts to register a Police complaint were humiliating … this was the second case within ten days … earlier a teenager traveling with her siblings was molested and similarly thrown out by a group of young wrestlers …


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