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It’s Testosterone And Not Online Porn

I have been closely following the developments post the terrible episode of Delhi Gang-rape and I have to say, some of the lawmakers’ reactions seem really ridiculous to me. Take lowering the age of consent for sex to 16 for example. Really? You think that’s going to change things? In the countries like US where sex comes as a complementary gift with puberty, such laws make sense. Back here, we live in a society where the major part believes that even the premarital sex is a crime. (Of course, that made sense about 50 years ago when people used to get married way before they were 18.)

What’s even more absurd is the proposal to ban all pornographic websites. I honestly don’t think that’s going to change anything. It’s not internet rapists get ‘motivated’ from. It’s testosterone. If you are a rapist, you will anyway find a route to get that ‘motivation’ from. What we need is the kind of moral education right from home and childhood. If anything, these bans would only cause more trouble as it is a natural instinct of the modern generation to do what the rules restrict. It’s the Society that has to be blamed. Not the Internet.

All in all, I’m not quite sure if the government is doing the right kind of post mortem. Only two days ago, there was a hideous child rape case yet again in Delhi.  I’m definitely okay with strict punishments for the rapists as long as the laws can guarantee that they target the right guy. But internet censorship? I’m not a fan.

As always, I don’t complain if I don’t have a solution to propose. Strict punishments (even for juveniles accordingly) for the culprits is a good way to start. But if this issue need to be mended at a grass root level, there is an absolute need of moral education starting from early childhood (I just saw today two 10 or 12 year old boys smoking near my house and it was disturbing.) Parents need to spend some quality time with their children. I say quality time, as i don’t feel most parents today, do.

I just hope I hear good things about Delhi (or elsewhere) at least from now on.

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Chinmay Hegde

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  1. That is true of what you are saying about providing moral education from childhood, but in India that is not possible for the people living in remote places. Today a guy who doesn’t even have a basic education will be having a smart phone with 3G connection. We can’t blame the government of banning online porn. They may have a valid reasons for doing it. All we want is deceasing the rape rate.

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