Change in mindset needed to protect women

Yesterday, my wife showed me two well-made videos on mindset change that is needed to protect women in India. These videos made a great impression on me and so I am sharing these videos here.

In my recent visit to India, while hanging out with my well-educated mature Indian friends, I broached the topic of the recent case of rape by a Uber driver. I was curious to know their opinions. I was very surprised when the topic shifted to how women are dressing these days. I think there is a big cultural problem and two things need to happen.

In the short term the law needs to be made stronger and strictly enforced. In the long term, the mindset has to change. A man cannot think/assume that if a woman is dressed scantily (relative term), it means that she has given an open invitation to touch her or abuse her, physically or mentally.

I heard this argument too when I was in India, that a goat has to be careful otherwise a lion will attack her. There are folks who think the best protection for a woman is to locking her inside the home and making her live in fear. To make their point they use this idiotic goat-lion analogy.

If you have to compare then you have to compare animals of the same species. Compare a lion with a lioness and not a lion with a goat. The more your mind makes this goat-lion analogy meaningful, the more your mind gets set with gender inequality. Let’s drop these unequal analogies and focus on changing the mindset so there is true gender equality.

Thanks for reading and have a great day!

About Shakeel Akhtar

I am a husband and a father striving for a balanced life. It is my belief that a balanced life could result in a life of zero regrets. With this mindset, I am blogging on 7 areas of life that I call the 7 colors of the rainbow of life. We are given 168 hours every week to paint our rainbow with these 7 colors and if we are able to do that then there is a chance that we could find our "pot of gold"
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2 Responses to Change in mindset needed to protect women

  1. girish says:

    Great post. I completely agree.

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