Indian men on women: In their own words – Haryana

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‘Rape is a crime, but don’t blame our society for it’

Satbir Singh, 46
Businessman, Jind, Haryana

Why do you think incidents of rape are on the rise?
There is a systemic problem. There is no strict law which deters people from committing such crimes. Most of the time, the sons of ministers and MPs get away with such crimes because of their connections. Also, girls and boys are always mixing with each other, giving more scope for these crimes to happen.

Do you think rapes happen more in big cities than in small towns and villages?
Most rapes happen in the big cities because the girls there don’t know how to present a respectable persona. If a girl seems available and inviting, then some people will definitely try to take advantage of the situation.

Are women treated unjustly in our country?
There was a time when that was true, but not anymore. Earlier, every now and then, you would hear of a woman killed by her family or by her in-laws, for dowry etc. That attitude seems to have changed. Women are going out and working in offices. Just look at the streets, and you will probably spot more women riding scooters and bikes than men. 

How would you react if a woman from your family wants to live with a man without marrying him?
It’s sad that such things are happening. Our moral values are falling apart. Such practices are a blind mimicry of the West. It harms the family system that we have in India.

If you don’t think there is a problem in the way women are treated, then why are incidents like the Delhi rape still happening?
It’s an issue of crime committed by criminals, and they should be punished. If it was a social problem, then every man would have become a rapist and every woman would have been raped.

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