Men are weird. Our basic thought process is mildly demented. We have a need, we proceed to satisfy it in the easiest, quickest, most often dirtiest manner. This is how we are wired. The Indian man conforms to this definition. With years of consistent indoctrination, the Indian man has misogyny embedded into his being. Boys learn it from seeing how their mothers and sisters are treated. Teenagers imbibe it from the most potent indoctrination mechanism – cinema. An entire generation has grown up on decades of cinema portraying women as being weak and subservient to men. The degree of entrenchment of this regressive idea varies based on many factors, like demography, education, social circle, familial values etc.
Stronger punishments are deterrents. But there is a problem with laws in a civilized society. They first and foremost, need to satisfy the human conscience. They need be within the boundaries of human morality and civility. Consequently they will never satisfy every one. And they will not deter every one. A majority of Indian men, and almost all the sex offenders, possess a conscience that is not layered and complicated. They are impressionable. Indoctrination is the solution since it is also the root cause. There is a lot of data available, with agencies such as the National Crime Records Bureau, to identify patterns and demographics with regards to criminal behavior, especially those against women. This data needs to be analyzed. It will throw out patterns in the population or regions where the crimes are disturbingly regular and high in number. This section needs to be targeted. A systematic and persistent indoctrination process has to begin which brands within the psyche of these men, the idea that women deserve to be treated as equals. That it is absolutely unacceptable to even humiliate them in speech, let alone actions.
Gender sensitization, the proposed long term solution, is tedious and requires sustained effort both from the subject and the proponents. To change the thought process of a group of men with a damaged value system with a sensitive approach is not going to bear fruit, as has been proved time and again. Indoctrination and behavior manipulation, albeit being considered unethical, have shown to produce results. We must not wait longer for adopting desperate measures to fix a problem that is so critical. It has reached a stage where our mothers, our sisters, our wives, our daughters have begun to accept indecency from men as a way of life. This state of affairs is absolutely unacceptable, for a human being. The venom needs to be sucked out of the Indian man. And if its indoctrination by a patriarchal society that has caused this, a re-indoctrination by an informed and wise society is the way out.
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