By: Salil Gewali
We often thunder that there is a rise in crime against women. But what have we done to stop this apart from making a few laws? Honestly speaking, these few laws and police lathis are absolutely "unable" to keep down the libido of males. With each passing day, an increasing number of sexual predators are up to hunting for easy prey – resulting in deep-seated trauma in the victim's life thereafter. Well, how do modern times explain the rise of excessively "abnormal" sexual behaviour? Our "bedroom sensuality" is now almost joyfully roaring "on the street". Who is blameworthy for this sex explosion? This is going to "irreversibly" pollute society, nay, the sanctity of households and marital values in "multiple" ways.
What is a most serious concern here is that now minor girls are also not "safe" even at home, let alone in schools. Whom will they turn to if fathers/brothers look upon their kids/sisters as sex objects --- such cases are reported too frequently these days? Nothing could be as shocking and abominable as this. It seems, like a virus that infects a computer and corrupts its entire files, the "filthy virus" must have infected the minds of such "evil people". Their thought process is completely corrupt. They fail to differentiate between right and wrong and moral and immoral. Just a week back, one woman, a school softball coach in Ohio, was convicted and jailed for five years for sexually abusing a teenage boy multiple times.
Such criminal and sexual "abnormality" must have its roots in the upbringing of the child in the "wrong environment", like the extreme climate crisis of modern times has its roots in the ceaseless emission of greenhouse gases. Thanks to the entertainment celebrities who have been corrupting the minds of the people with their ceaseless sexualised exhibitionism. Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are flooded with over-objectification and titillating representations of women in the name of fashion and freedom. But, no voice of protest, even from women's organisations.
Please note, what happens in the outer landscape also happens in our "mindscape". As the heat of climate change, the heat of open show of sexuality has already dealt a heavy blow to the sacred marital relationship and human values. We may not want to agree, but the law of "cause and effect" determines the working of all phenomena and the surrounding situation. What we see, that we think, what we think, that we do…..! Look at how war video games have made countless children too insensitive and cruel, shoot their own fellow friends. Their adverse impact was acknowledged very recently.
What is worse is that now even our "small children" are fully exposed to a whole lot of hazardously explicit videos/images/chats on the net/mobile sets. That will have an extremely harmful effect on their psyche from an early age. Its adverse effect will be more clearly noticeable after a few years from now. One strongly feels that now we should be concerned about the "mental ecology" as much as the ecology of the biosphere, as pointed out by an American ecologist Eugene Odum. Amidst such a growing "horrific" situation, a disillusioned Canadian showbiz model and actress Pamela Anderson also once said – "This is a public hazard of unprecedented seriousness given how freely available, anonymously accessible and easily disseminated pornography is nowadays". Should we still keep silent? Are we so unconcerned about the future of our children and the new generation? I will not say much, but our "silence" will allow the unbridled lechery to take away the humaneness of the civilisation. Wake up before the perverts alone have the last laugh.
(An India-based writer and researcher, Salil Gewali is best known for his research-based work entitled ‘Great Minds on India’ which has earned worldwide appreciation. Translated into Twelve languages, his book has been edited by a former NASA scientist – Dr. AV Murali of Houston, USA. He is also a member of the International Human Rights Commission, Zurich, Switzerland)