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Thursday, July 11, 2013

MORAL VALUES IN MONSTER METROPOLIS

You can’t blame the City which has a glorious past and historical significance since the days of Mahabharata.

But the gangrape incident of 16th December, 2012 in Delhi certainly gives a glimpse of underbelly of a rising metropolis. It is simply not a law and order issue but debilitating moral values especially in the younger class and the blame partly goes to technology.

When it comes to daily grind, Delhi is no different from other cities of world where everybody rush to their work from long distances and reach back  only at night irrespective of gender. The parents may not have time to monitor the activities of their children, especially at a cutting edge age group - teenage, an age where the teens want to experiment with everything they encounter in life. In fact, they do have enormous curiosity and inquisitive mind to grow not only  bodily but intellectually at a faster pace. Under these circumstances, if enough parental care is not taken , simply they fall into wrong hands and collapse their lives. By the time  parents realize this, considerable damage already happens.



So the parents must be very vigilant on the activities of their children and should not keep their minds empty but engage them in creative hobbies. If we start giving them more money indiscriminately and not monitor what they do with it, they  tread a wrong path.

The young generation which apes Western culture especially in their attire should pause and look back the rich culture we are inherited. Their contention that nobody should lend an evil eye on them irrespective of what they wear is not tenable. If any good Samaritan tries to advise something on their clothes, they complain of encroaching into their personal space. Alas, decency in public places is fast eroding in our cities.

Ever since the news of alleged objectionable content of CCTV footage of Delhi Metro trains on porn sites broke, it looks as if we are living in monster metropolis where the information technology is playing a spoilsport to malign the minds.

 It is not simply relying on hearsay but I have seen with my own eyes the intimate scenes of a couple in the walking area of Indraprastha Park in East Delhi. I failed to understand the logic of their open love making, polluting otherwise serene sunny evening.   Equally perplexing is, neither the park authorities did anything to curb such acts, nor onlookers interfered in their nasty acts. I remain shell-shocked because, in the vicinity children are playing, and imagine what the children perceive it and how it corrupts their minds !

It is simply not an isolated incident. An eye account of a dairy vendor gave me a jolt to my already torn mind. According to him, three college going girls approached him one day to enquire about availability of cigarettes in his shop. When, he tried to admonish them, they angrily reacted that it was not his business to advise them ! The other day , I stood as silent witness to another shocking visual. It was in bustling market in Greater Kailash I in South Delhi where two boys and a girl were found exchanging a single cigarette.

What is missing is the fear of doing such dare-devil acts in public places. Nobody on the roads is prepared to take note of, nor alert concerned authorities.

Strict surveillance by all stakeholders parents, society and law enforcement agencies drastically reduce such low-moral acts in public places. Sometimes, I feel that we should have some stricter laws like Arab countries in West Asia where the atrocities against women is barest minimum.

Considering the delicacies of the issue, we should tackle the problem very carefully by first changing the value system both in men and women. The fear of punishment for such acts drastically curb the violence against women.

As long as the problem is not confronted at roots, we make little headway towards woman-incident-free society !

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