The ‘rape culture’ and lost vision of society

Gargi R Prasannan
August 9, 2020

I was studying in 10th grade when I read the Malayalam story ‘Moovanthi’ which means the ‘Dusk’ written by P Padmarajan, an eminent Malayalam writer. It was a great shock for me to imagine the content of the story where a blind daughter is getting raped by her own father. But now, after 5 years I am not surprised by the news reports published about the rapes and assaults happening towards infants to old aged people. Because this has been normalised like anything.

Few days back, every news houses covered a report about a 75-year old woman’s rape and assault by three persons in God’s own country, Kerala. No one was shocked because this incident is one among those which is happening around us every day. The increasing number of sexual abuses and assaults in the country is being neglected by everyone which is now leading to a very dangerous situation. The crime is so brutal both to the mental and vital condition of a person but still it prevails. We should ask to ourselves why this is happening. The mentality of the people towards others has changed drastically and they can’t even recognise their own blood or a lady with the age of their mother. 

The question is not only about the crime but also about the ‘punishments’ giving to the culprits involved in the crime. The judicial system of the country disappoints with its loopholes every time when these types of cases appear in the court. The judicial procedure itself takes years to give the final judgement and the common people should think how many times the judgement gave the satisfaction. We should seriously think about the 2011 Soumya murder case, where she was brutally raped, assaulted and killed by Govindhachami and nothing happened to him. Who saved Govindhachami and many others like him every time?

There are people who still believe that the time, attire and attitude of women is the reason behind such crimes. But how will they justify a 4-month-old baby raped and killed in Lucknow, the rape case of boys and a woman of 75-years getting raped. The problem is not with the time or attire but the mentality of the current society. The situation now tells everyone to be careful even with your own family members. During my teenage, my mother was scared about me travelling alone and asked to keep distance from unknown people. Now I wonder about the advices that a mother probably give to her child. At what age of her child will she start to give advices to be careful? And to keep distance from whom?

If you are not paying attention towards these type of crimes it is just because you believe that your loved ones are safe from all these. But you are terribly mistaken. The current situation of our society guarantees no safety to anyone. It is better to be careful and take care of the people around you. There is darkness behind every warm light you see.

 

Gargi R Prasannan is an Under Graduate student of Journalism and Mass Communication in Nitte Institute of Communication, Derlakatte, Mangaluru.

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Siya Kolvekar
January 7,2022

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Once a year go somewhere you have never been before, said Dalai Lama. My father took this particular quote very much to his heart. 

To say I love travel would be a complete understatement. Travelling for me is not just fun and enjoyment but a form of therapy. Travelling has helped me overcome some of the toughest battles of my life.

In today’s tech-obsessed world where social media is the king and the perfect platform to showcase our adventures to armchair travellers around the world, but travel is much more than getting the perfect Instagram shot. 

Need a break from the daily hustle of life and want to de-stress? The best way according to me is to travel. Hence it is very disheartening that I have not been able to travel as much I would like to given the pandemic situation for the past two years.

Travel opens opportunities for you to explore new places, try new food, to meet new people, learn about new and different cultures. It teaches us about ourselves and others, it broadens our horizons and forces us to look at the positives in life.

I will forever be grateful to my father for encouraging me to travel. Being a travel enthusiast himself he would put in a lot of his time and effort in planning the perfect trip for us every summer vacation. Doesn’t matter if it was just a 3 day trip he would make the most of it and make it a memorable one. Thanks to which I have travelled to places all over India.  

Travel is a great for generally improving your outlook on life. A study from 2018 says that travel improves your general mood and helps reduce stress. Travelling also connects you more with your family and friends. Creating memories and sharing amazing experiences with your loved ones helps enhance feelings of love, belonging and fulfilment.

When you reach your destination you leave your tensions behind and enter into a carefree dimension of life. When you travel you notice every sight and become curious of your surroundings. You want to live every moment to its fullest.

Travelling solo is also a great way to discover yourself, become independent and deal with any emotional pain and tensions. Travel boosts happiness and satisfaction. Frequently, you hold on to aspects of a travel experience that were enjoyable. For example, if you a like the food of a particular place, you learn how to cook it. These experiences remain with you forever to recall and adore.

Lastly but certainly not the least, travel gives you memories that last a lifetime. Not only will these memories sustain us during lonely times, but can also trigger a feeling of immense joy.

So what are you waiting for? It’s time to pack your bags and get going!

 

Siya Kolvekar is a B.Ed student at St Aloysius Institute of Education, Mangaluru

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Sushmitha K S
January 10,2022

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A teacher is a multitasking educational rockstar who lives to inspire and loves to encourage. He/she is a living model of humanity, punctuality, up righteousness and sacrifice, for it is a teacher who expends for the sake of mankind. A teacher is equivalent to a parent who teaches us the way to live.

Parents are the child’s first teachers and a teacher is a mother or father figure for a student forever! This statement is true because it is a teacher who spends maximum time with her students and moulds their character. A teacher understands the emotional needs of her students and appreciates the diversity among them. A teacher burns like a candle to bring out the best in each child by adopting different strategies to satisfy the inquisitive nature of students and makes learning an enduring experience. The intricate and delicate bond of the learner and teacher is supreme.

Many argue that it is love and care of a mother that plays an important role in the growth of a child. But doesn’t a teacher love and care for her students? Of course, he/she does; if it hadn’t been, there would not have been any schools. If a mother loves her own child, a teacher loves all her students as her own, irrespective of their caste, creed, colour and status. A teacher enables each child to be a responsible citizen and live in peace and harmony amongst one another despite religious and cultural diversity.

We can have innumerable examples of people who have been influenced by their teachers. Swami Vivekananda, Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, Abdul Kalam have voiced their reverence for their teachers. And how can we forget great teachers like Dr. Radhakrishnan whom history remembers with veneration. One such example of great teachers who dedicated their life to teach students is Anand Kumar of the Super 30 coaching class who picks students only from underprivileged sections and gives them the best education to crack IIT. These are those children who can never afford to take admission in coaching classes for competitive exams. Anand Kumar teaches, guides, and motivates students to dream big and fulfil those dreams. The next example in front of us is Siva Subramanian Iyer. He was the teacher of Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam and was responsible to give India its Missile Man. He taught him to fly high and inspired him to make it big. 

Once a student was questioned by a person, “Why do you go to the teacher? Does he tell you how to earn?” Well, the student replied, “Sir, my mother is there at home to tell me how to earn, but only my teacher can tell me how to utilize what I earn for the betterment of all.” This shows the greatness of a teacher. A true teacher indeed is the noblest creature God has ever created.

This article is a thank you note to all my teachers from my Kindergarten days to B.Ed. Each one of you is like a rung of a ladder that helped me climb up in life. All of you have contributed in your own ways to push me higher in life. You didn’t just teach me subjects, but also about life. Today as I stand at the threshold of being a teacher myself, I convey my wholesome gratitude to all my teachers.

 

Sushmitha K S is a II Year B.Ed Student at St Aloysius Institute of Education, Mangaluru

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Kairunnisa PH
January 7,2022

Education is the process of facilitating learning or the acquisition of knowledge, skills, values, morals, beliefs, habits, and personal development. Educational methods include teaching, training, storytelling, discussion and directed research. Education is a far from a new concept. It has existed from time immemorial. In the ancient times it was the privilege of few but now it is a liberty of all.

Education affects the quality of life of individual in many ways .People with limited skills and competencies tend to have worse job opportunities and worse economic prospects, while early school leavers face higher risks of social exclusion and are less likely to participate in civic life.

Education improves your emotional intelligence .You become a better person more like understanding, kind, self-sufficient, love yourself before anyone else yet self-less. So this is how education makes life better. The earth becomes a better place to live because of more educated people implementing their learning.  It helps a person to get knowledge and improve confidence level all through the life. It plays a great role in our career growth as well as in the personal growth. It has no limitation, people of any age group can get education any time .It helps us to determine about good and bad things. 

Women education leads to higher enrolment of children in schools, better health, and family planning practice, reduction in infant mortality rates, child marriage and other such social evils. Education is an ornament in prosperity and a refuge in diversity. Education can be a tool for all-round development of a person. Educated person form a decent society. Always harmony will be developed in the society if anyone undergone the true spirit of study.

Education is the key to nations development. It helps promote cooperation among people, peace, prosperity and harmony.  

 

Kairunnisa PH, is a second year B.Ed student at St. Aloysius Institute of Education

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