Satire in the Age of Letters and Technology- more than just a pinch of it.
Dear Gurgaon Police Department,
First of all I sincerely hope that all is well with with you and all those internet jokes (I know you see those Facebook status updates, memes or slogans as jokes and not as a form of people’s expression) circulating by the dozens aren’t affecting your sharp brains much. Now that I am writing to you let me quickly grab this opportunity to thank you for finally being able to identify and inform the society about a rapist’s time schedule. You sirs, by earlier lecturing us about wearing ‘decent’ clothes, have done a great favour by telling us the time when the beast hidden inside a man is expected to take over his rational self. Now that this secret is out these beasts can legitimately claim control over the roads. Something like “8 baj gaye hain isliye haan ab toh yeh mere baap ki hi road hai”, right? However this can backfire too, as now that the girls are aware of the timings of these beasts they shall stay indoors after 8 p.m. so there is a high possibility of the girls being targeted precisely before 8 p.m. A practical solution for the women would be to stop coming out of the house altogether OR for a change the police could stop trying to directly or indirectly imply upon the women what they ought and what they ought not to do and actually spend some time strategising over how to make this city safer for girls. I however have full faith in you and I am sure that the rules for the female members in your house are same too. No, please don’t raise those eyebrows at what I am saying. I don’t mean to get personal in an offensive manner, rather I am just broadening the picture and showing every female how you policemen ensure that no woman of your family steps out after 8 p.m. It’s extremely thoughtful and righteous of you to set such great examples so that the other chicks (oh! pardon me) can follow the lead.
I respect you for the callousness you displayed while dealing with this matter. Instead of handling the issue properly, the victim was subjected to character assassination. Her statements were called ‘inconsistent’ by Mr. K.K. Sindhu, Gurgaon’s Commissioner of Police
(News Source : http://india.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/13/gurgaon-rape-peculiar-case-police-say-question-victims-statement/)
By laying a curfew on women, not only is the police stepping out of it’s area of jurisdiction and encroaching upon a woman’s freedom but also trying to curb their professional development. It’s not a hidden fact that Gurgaon is a actually a major hub for multinational companies and software giants. What about the women employed here? Should she drop her job because of the constant fear of rape that she lives under? What difference does it make whether she works in a pub or a banking firm- the fact that she is empowered and independent, isn’t that enough?Maybe talking straight isn’t the best idea always, probably you’ll understand it better if we start talking dirty. So here’s the deal, the state pays you with our money, so technically you are our servants. Since it is we who pay you we get to decide the kind of services we want you to render so stop preaching and start protecting because the latter shall reduce once you make the city safe enough for women.
Do you have any idea what repercussions your actions or the lack of it could have? Trust me you don’t! The day isn’t far when women will feel that they have had enough and in a bid to prove this women may actually end up abducting a rapist and punishing him in an unimaginable manner – like poking needles into his privates, sticking his privates with a feviquick to his stomach, pouring some hot oil on that organ down there so that the next time some male even thinks of indulging in an act as heinous as rape chills shall run down his spine.
You think that the fairer sex is easily subdued right? Actually women are just waiting in the wings, giving you a chance to set things ‘fair’ or else the dark, the tough side that they keep in control shall force them to take the matter in their own hands! Never mind if it reminds you of a ferocious Mahakaali with her billowing tresses, red tongue and eyes popped out in rage. You got the picture right?
With best wishes and great hopes for the future:
We the Women!