All Mumbaiites should feel very very concerned of the behaviour of drunken young men that molested the young girls outside J W Marriott on New Years eve. While there are individual incidents of rape etc reported all the time, what is frightening about this incident was the mob mentality that took over without a single thought or compassion for the hapless girls. Almost like hunting pack animals, the girls were attacked by a mob of 70/80 men that were ripping off their clothes. Which means that this has become a socially acceptable behaviour pattern. Why does this happen …… ?
Mumbai used to be known for the safety with which girls could go out alone at night on the streets. The psychology of mob attacks like this assumes a certain resentment, a certain anger, or a certain feeling of disgust towards the young girls attacked. As if they were not quite human, but mere sexual objects. In an unbridled surge towards consumerism are we losing our humanity ? Or was there some resentment associated with young people that can afford to party at 5 star hotels ? My guess ? I know a lot of people in the Media will hate me for this, but :
The Indian Media is demeaning towards women. They are constantly being presented as sex objects. I see it on TV – I see it in film – I see it on magazines and in papers everyday. I am no moralist. But I know how Media can alter young minds. And perhaps the young Indian male is just not mature enough to handle this ?
Indian women now are becoming an integral part of our economic system. They are becoming at par with us men on jobs and careers. They are an integral part of our economic growth. They deserve to be respected and looked at much more than just sexual objects.