Boys Will Be Boys

There is no question that India is the world’s largest democracy and its people believe in a basic concept regarding the dignity of each human. Unfortunately, there exists in this nation men, who not only are elected officials, but men who simply believe in the inalienable right of a man to rape a woman. Babalai Gaur, a government official in Uttar Pradesh belongs to the party of recently elected Prime Minister Modi, and thus his words carry power because he represents the new leaders of India. When speaking to the media about the recent rape and murder of two young girls in his state, his words were: “This is a social crime which depends on men and women. Sometimes it’s right, sometimes it’s wrong. Until there is a complaint, nothing can be done.”

His words represent the bigoted mind of one who believes in the rights of men, and, as far as women are concerned, he believes it is their duty to obey men. Of course, his views were similar to Mulayam Singh Yadav who informed the world, “boys commit mistakes. Will they be hanged for rape?” Apparently not, in his home state. The real question is: why has this attitude become accepted behavior on the part of so many males in India??