Friday, December 16, 2005

Safety concers back home

""Bangalore may be growing in IT, but the amout of insecurity is growing faster in all the metros. The criminal political nexus can shake your life top to bottom anytime.[might be for the ancesteral house you own in prime location or whatever..]
This is a huuuugggeee factor in moving out of the 'developed' world to India.""

The above is a part of the comment, i recently left on Thennavan's post.

And this is what i read today in the papers.

It is of high probability that, our kith and kin could have been in place of Prathiba. I put myself in the shoes of her immediate family and it took a long time to get within me. My heartfelt condolences to them.

With the exponentially widening Rural-Urban Rich-Poor gap, unless explicit measures are made to protect every individual, all of us are vulnerable in the increasing aggressive societies of Indian cities.

They have not remained the same as they were 5 or 10 years ago, when most of the NRI left.

That too, after having lived a life with considerable security, in the West, the truth will be very bitter back home with the mafia operating right from the heart of bureacracy, to the realators, down to the cab drivers/domestic helps, every one of us is vulnerable.


15 Comments:

At Fri Dec 16, 02:18:00 PM CST, Blogger RS said...

Thats quite a shocking article. Kind of kills your belief in fellow human beings, doesnt it? I only hope more vulerable women wont walk into a similar trap after reading about this - atleast the whole nightmare would serve a tiny purpose... :(

 
At Fri Dec 16, 02:36:00 PM CST, Blogger thennavan said...

TJ, my heartfelt sympathies go to the family of the victim. She was trapped no doubt and it could happen to anybody, anytime - being in the wrong place at the wrong time. But does this happen only in India? Are there not enough rapes and murders of "American" women (my example draws a parallel to how this native Indian woman was kidnapped, raped and killed and so I cannot bring an example of an Indian woman in the US since it will not be a correct representative sample) everyday?

I don't see a connection with this and a NRI's longing to go back home. Violent assault and death can occur anywhere and no city that way is safe anywhere in the world. In fact, this supports the view that NRIs whose parents and/or other close relatives with whom they want to spend the rest of their lives are currently living alone without them and hence vulnerable. Has not Indian society always believed in "safety in numbers" in the past (thru the now-rarely-found joint-family system)?

 
At Fri Dec 16, 08:08:00 PM CST, Blogger ada-paavi!!!! said...

TJ, this is 1 incident, its in all likelihood a stray incident, lets not be in a hurry to jump to conclusions bout the mafia and stuff. in REAL ESTATE the mafia is there, but as a consumer if u don have problems why complain? its becoming organised these days.

 
At Sat Dec 17, 01:34:00 AM CST, Blogger Narayanan Venkitu said...

I felt very sad this morning when I read that.!! Very scary indeed.

My heart goes for poor Prathiba and her family.!!

MY God where is my country going to.!!!

 
At Sat Dec 17, 02:55:00 AM CST, Anonymous lxsn said...

Im shell shocked to read the incident. Still unable to come out of its horrific narration in the Times.

Remembering the days I used to take the cab at 2 am in the morning back home from office.

Dont have words to console the bereaved family. Only time can heal the pain.

A few days back, I was nt convinced with ur aticle on Capital Punishment. I was against it. Now I feel ShivaKumar should be awarded nothing less than Capital Punishment. Such creatures should never be spared.

The Cos employing women workers in late nite shifts must intensify the safety measures. Women must also carry some small weapons with them for safety.

 
At Mon Dec 19, 03:46:00 AM CST, Blogger Chakra Sampath said...

TJ, the incident was indeed shocking. But, I wonder why this news raises so many eyebrows, while the other murders & rapes that happen every day in our dear country, doesn't attract any attention?

 
At Mon Dec 19, 03:47:00 AM CST, Blogger Paavai said...

This is a tragedy and it is shocking. However, it is important to remember that it is one incident and girls have been using transport in the ITES sector for more than 5 years. Looks like organizations are getting together to implement stringent security measures.

 
At Tue Dec 20, 08:36:00 AM CST, Blogger Ganesh said...

this is really scary TJ
the problem is no action is taken to stop these things being repeated there lies the fault.

 
At Tue Dec 20, 02:10:00 PM CST, Blogger WA said...

Scary stuff.

 
At Wed Dec 21, 12:31:00 AM CST, Blogger Anand Ramamoorthy said...

Dear TJ ,
this is indeed scary as Ganesh says...it also makes one feel really sick... I really cannot express the sadness that accompanied my reading about this.
I really think humans have not got rid of the animal that lurks within, ...! this issue needs more than a superficial analysis... the very fact of being human is to rise above this animal side of the psyche... hope lies with those of our generation and the next... LET US try to oversee the origination of a world where women do not face problems created by men... I for one would like to volunteer my little bit for this cause...not through advocacy but by trying to bring the right understanding into conscientious practice in daily life.

also..I am back to bloggin dude...

SARVAM SRIKRISHNAARPANAMASTHU!

 
At Wed Dec 21, 08:29:00 AM CST, Anonymous Dubukku said...

very scary. I am hearing Delhi and Bangalore more in this context. Chennai looks little better (or atleast feels like that for me)

 
At Wed Dec 21, 11:02:00 PM CST, Blogger Sudha Narayanan said...

Hi.. First time here.. :)
Yeah! pretty sad situation nowadays.. And all that authorities can do is point fingers at each other..

 
At Thu Dec 29, 02:19:00 PM CST, Blogger TJ said...

RS,
Our safety is fully person dependent. Donot beleive in anyone else..

Thennavan,
Rape and Murder is common in any part of the world. But this is something very peculiar. There is absolutely nothing that Pratibha could have done to avoid this, she was not travelling in Mumbai suburban train, alone at late night.
This is just the tip of the iceberg of a huge problem of Haves/Havenots divide in india and the ineffeciency of the whole system.
The connection with the NRIs going back is that, it is all the more difficult for people to adjust to the lack of system back home, after living all the life in an organized society like the west.

 
At Thu Dec 29, 02:26:00 PM CST, Blogger TJ said...

vatsan,
yeah, it is a stray incident, but as i have said in reply to thennavan, it is something which could defenitely not be avoided using precaution, and that is really scary.

Narayanan,
Let us stay outside and wish the country well :)

lxsn,
Yes, this is one of the reasons, why capital punishments should not go.

Chakra,
I thought over what u said, but as i have said, it is not a rape in a midnight suburban train in mumbai.

When u first read the news you just think how can this be avoided if any of you kins were to be there. So you tell ur folks not to travel at night alone in the suburban train or similar advices. What has happend today is more shocking than our 7/7 blasts because,
1. You as an individual cannot take precaution agains this.
2. The system existing to protect is also completely out of place [unlike MI6 or MI5].

paavai,
Yes, the organizations need to tighten up. already, there are voice asking for Unions for IT secotr, the voices will get louder by the day.

 
At Thu Dec 29, 04:32:00 PM CST, Blogger TJ said...

Ganesh,
Yes, that is the whole point. No action is taken against offenders, and no proaction to avoide these in future.

WA,
Really, scary. :(

Anand,
Welcome back man! Cannot agree more to what u say!

Dubukku,
kareekta sonnenga, Chennai seems relatively safer.

Welcome Sudha,
The blame game is as expected in a perfect desi scenario like this.

 

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