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December 26, 2005

I meant to post a long time ago but couldn’t coz of exams.

The rape and murder of a call centre employee, a 24-year-old woman, by a person pretending to be the late night driver of her company transport has sent a chill down the spine of the BPO industry in Bangalore.

The Indian Express

The rape and brutal murder of a newly-wed woman by a cab driver attached to a call centre has sent shockwaves across the BPO industry, raising grave fears about the safety of its two lakh employees.
The victim has been identified as Prathibha Srikanth Murthy (24), employed by Hewlett Packard (HP) Global Delivery Application Services in Electronic City. She was married to Pavan, working for another BPO called Ocwin Finance in Koramangala.

The Times Of India

I’m sure all of you are aware of this horrific incident. First it was Kushboo, then the ridiculous “moral policing” in colleges and now this. This is the kind of repugnance that our society has been reduced to. What makes it all the more worse is that inconsiderate and insensitive people think it’s their birthright to give judgemental and retrograde opinions on the matter.

Apparently our generation is supposed to be the future of the Indian Democracy. It repulsed me to hear some of my peers throw careless remarks at such a serious issue.

Imagine my disgust when i open my mailbox and find an e-mail which forwards pictures of the poor girl, claiming that it was because she was “provocatively” dressed that the driver decided to rape her. And provocative would be jeans and a short tee. For crying out loud!!

If this so-called educated society can be so narrow-minded so as to even suggest something so stupid, then there really is no hope for us to evolve into better individuals.

This is the 21st century for the love of god! If you cannot handle girls dressing in western outfits, I don’t think you even belong here! Dressing in salwars and saris(which incidentally was voted the “sexiest” outfit in a survey conducted among Indian men) doesn’t indicate culture and values any more than dressing in micros indicates promiscuity. You either accept and adapt yourselves to the changing culture and globalisation or, frankly, jump off a cliff!

For all you people (men and women) who are of the aforementioned opinion, please broaden your minds! And get your facts right. The whole rape and murder was planned. It wasn’t as if the driver saw her clothes and “spontaneously” decided to rape her. So, any moron can understand that her clothes had nothing to do with it.

I’m quoting a friend here.

“Whats the solution? If she was wearing a full armed t shirt none of this would have happened? or would it be better if she was wearing a pardah? hey mayybe she just shouldn’t be allowed to step out of the house. wait a minute. that sounds familiar. oh yeah, thats the taliban system im talkin about!”

We don’t need to take over from the Taliban and start imposing those ridiculous notions here!

You say western outfits are provocative but why then do girls dressed in salwar kameez get jeers and cat-calls hurled at them when they walk the streets?? Or why is it that over 60% of all the rapes and sexual abuses in India in the slums and regions of lower-economic status??

It is our society and our mentality that has to change – not the clothes or the culture!

7 Comments leave one →
  1. Kini permalink
    December 27, 2005 1:37 AM

    Rambled through your blog. Was thoroughly entertained. In the words of the purple mob…

    *said in a suitably slurred and cigar biiten accent*

    “You got spunk kid, I’ll give ya that!”

  2. Soumya permalink
    December 27, 2005 1:33 PM

    hey i get quoted and all!!!

  3. aninoymous permalink
    December 27, 2005 4:08 PM

    ok ok i am getting a lot of this case. gets me very sad anyway.

    btw i am changing back to aninonymous
    reason? look at your tag board
    not all people reading the blog are above the stage when the race of homo erectus split from the monkey brigade

  4. December 27, 2005 4:24 PM

    thankie!!! πŸ˜€ me love compliments!! hehehe!!!

    of course!!! ur worth it!! πŸ˜€

    hehehe!!! understand man…chillax anywayz!! πŸ˜€

  5. Gounder Brownie permalink
    January 8, 2006 1:52 PM

    Let’s castrate men who wear shorts. Maybe people will start using their brains finally.

  6. January 10, 2006 7:04 AM

    roger tat!! πŸ˜‰

  7. Raj permalink
    November 29, 2006 3:00 PM

    All Hail!!!

    Wonder if anyone ever wonders about the plight of women in the Northern States?

    My friendwent from Bangalore to Lucknow for one week for a Bank Orientation programme! She said she had to to sada-fy herself down to a level she looked like a street hag. She had a security guard who escorted her from the Guest House to the Bank (400 m)!! She STILL had a bunch of sadak-chaaps (and some college/University Grads) tailing her and the general eve-teasing-ballyhalloo!!

    I think the problem is more of callousness of the Law and youth indiscipline!!!

    Best suggestion : Bring out corporal punishments, community work and instant detention of eve teasing youth across the nation…once it gets into their heads that they’re NOT safe from making women unsafe and vile…one of the biggest loser and pathetic symbols of our country will be squashed – the Female-Sighting-Slurping-Panting-Male syndrome!!

    Once you put respect for women and law right into the lowliest eve-teaser : You can bet that a man thinking about taking eve-teasing to the next level (rape, molestation, whatever you may call it)..would become rare!!

    Bounty Hunt these rare ones then and make em extinct!!

    ok the last one was a bit far fetched!! but the bottom line is ..we need to start at the grass roots!!

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