Our honorable political leaders spread the light of knowledge on the stark reality of rapes in India.
Sube Singh Samain, Spokesperson of the Sarva Khap Panchayat (local village judiciary system):
"Boys and girls should be married by the time they turn 16, so that they do not stray... this will decrease the incidents of rape. As soon as the children attain puberty, it is natural for them to have sexual desires but when these are not fulfilled, they stray... so there should not be any minimum age limit for marriage”.
Om Prakash Chautala, Former Chief Minister of Haryana:
"We should learn from the past... specially in Mughal era, people used to marry their girls to save them from Mughal atrocities and currently a similar situation is arising in the state. I think that's the reason khap (panchayat/local village judiciary system) has taken such a decision and I support it."
Jitendar Chattar, Khap Panchayat Leader:
"To my understanding, consumption of fast food contributes to such incidents. Chowmein leads to hormonal imbalance evoking an urge to indulge in such acts."
Dharamvir Goyat, Congress Leader:
"90% women who are raped willingly accompany the men initially but are trapped in gang rapes later."
Sampat Singh, Former Minister and Congress MLA:
"Lack of intellectual growth is the reason behind rising crime against women. People might have prospered but have not become mature enough to understand their responsibilities towards society and in some cases towards their families even. Generally, families hardly monitor the activities of their children, especially the sons, who are later found to be involved in such acts."
Mamata Bannerjee, Chief Minister of West Bengal:
"Rape cases are on a rise in the country because men and women interact with each other more freely now. Earlier if men and women would hold hands, they would get caught by parents and reprimanded but now everything is so open. It`s like an open market with open options.”
So, my fellow women citizens of India, let's marry at 12, not eat 'chowmein' or any fast food, not talk to any member of the opposite sex, not go to school and become "forward"; let's also wear loose clothes that cover us from head to toe so that we don't entice poor men; And if you find all this tough, how about, let's not be born as women!
I really am speechless. Where are we headed and what are we going to do? The future seems as dark and dismal as the present if such be our "leaders".