Is Hijab the only Protection?
need to see beyond the obvious
Ours is the age of skepticism and
cynicism. Our society is characterized by a “deterioration of personal,
political and social morals”. Corruption, be it personal or social, has seeped
into our very roots. A psychologist rightly remarks, “The melancholy truth
about the course of the world history is that we are well along the road to
disintegration”. Values have become vague and meaningless terms. Nuclear
weapons are not the only means of destruction. Moral confusion is also a potent
We should, therefore, open our
eyes to the fact that eve-teasing is not as much the result of absence of the
proper dress of girls as it is of the presence of moral weakness of men folk.
If women are not properly donned, does it give license to men to take liberties
with the women? What of self-discipline and self-control? What of our moral
values? We know that Satan provokes man to misdeeds. Does that mean our
misdeeds are to be written in Satan’s account? Does that make us free of the
blame? Would a man of character be tempted to evil just by sitting beside young
girl? It all depends on how morally upright and strong we are.
Moreover, it is painful to see
that this moral vacuum has opened its mouth big enough to engulf our so called
senior citizens too. With their white beards and saintly appearances, they are
also at par with the youth in this evil practice. When one talks of the old
age, what comes to mind is serenity, compassion, wisdom and protection. It is
shame to see our elderly people indulging in such fits of passion in the public
Once a friend of mine advised me
that if in a bus, two seats are vacant, one with a youth and another with an
elderly man, I should sit with the youth. She was right because you can at
least defend yourself against a youth but you cannot say anything to the
elderly person for you will be considered shameless to blame an old man who has
put up a saintly face. Seeing old men indulging in such shameful acts, one is
at loss to understand this moral chaos. One even feels hesitant to blame the
youth when their guardians themselves have gone astray. We believe that parents
should inculcate moral values in young people but who is going to teach the
parents? Who will rectify the loopholes in their own moral canvass?
One way to deal with this moral
vacuum may be that girls should talk about such incidents, howsoever obliquely,
not to their mothers and sisters but their fathers and brothers. We should
understand that these men who indulge in such shameful acts do not come from
nowhere. They don’t fall from the sky. They are the men from our own community.
They come from both educated and uneducated, richer and poorer sections of our
society. They are somebody’s father; somebody’s brother and somebody’s son who
might be seen as embodiments of piety and righteousness by their families for
asks are not expensive to change into. Talking such matters to our men folk and
home, may prove helpful to prompt them to behave well when they are outside
their homes. May almighty bless us with piety and righteousness.
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