This morning I had a meeting with my lawyer. After finishing the meeting I hopped into a cab to get back home. The previous night had been a sleepless one and I was itching to close my eyes. So, once in the cab, I rolled the window down (something I never do – but it was really hot and sunny and I needed some fresh air) and put my head on the head rest, hoping to get some shut eye!
It seemed jarring to my eyes, and I felt sad to see young couples that way. Some under an umbrella cuddling away to glory, other women wearing a dupatta hoping no one spots them and recognises them with their lovers, some very bold kissing away in the open while some were holding hands and talking to each other. Lest I forget to mention, some were also sitting on the rocks right below the parapet dangerously close to the sea wanting to get a really private moment away from the world! And one has heard of the traumatic accidents that have happened in Mumbai during high tides! Not only that but there are urchins, eunuchs and some anti-social elements who harass the couples sitting there. So much for a quiet peaceful time!In crowded Mumbai, couples hug, kiss, walk together.. whither love and security? #Mumbai #Indiasdaughter Click To Tweet
To say that such a sight is a pity would mean being judgemental! I don’t mean to offend anyone here but I wonder where we are headed. We choose to be a ‘closed’ society in a way where words like ‘sex’ and ‘intimacy’ are still a taboo. At the same time we have such a high young population whose hormones are kicking desperately and are seen at any open space that allows them a few private moments. And how private it is in an open public space! It’s unfortunate that Mumbai is a crammed city and doesn’t have bigger better places and parks unlike some other cities which would lend some some quiet space to the otherwise wandering couples. Most are college going kids and can’t afford to watch movies or sit in coffee shops on a regular basis, especially not those who hail from middle class and lower middle class families. So, what’s the solution?
The recent week has been a turbulent one – with the documentary of Mukesh Kumar – the rapist being aired with his not-so-gracious views on the character of Indian women. In the same light I wonder what the famous Mukesh Kumar would have to say about ‘these’ young women. Perhaps they would be an open invite for the likes of the thousands of Mukesh Kumars… with the words “come molest me” ringing in their ears! It’s a very disturbing thought! And then there are the likes of BBC trying to demonise Indian men by labelling them to be of a certain mindset!
On the one hand we are trying to become a progressive society and on the other hand we prefer to keep topics of basic needs under wraps. The joke is that it isn’t really possible to keep hormones in check and under wraps! But, where do these people go? And who will ensure their safety in a world which throws stones at them, when the world itself is a house made of glass?
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