No Country for Rapists

Many reports of the recent years, whether in newspapers, on web pages or on television, have often illustrated a negative image of India. Even my previous blog post “Jyoti’s Case” could give the impression that the former British colony is a country of rapists. But it isn’t like that. Unfortunately the fear spread by media seems to get out of hand.

„We hear a lot about the rape problem in India which I cannot support.“

I myself can only read with a shake of my head when a well-educated woman, a professor from Leipzig, rejects an Indian student as an intern because of cultural disparities. A woman of her class should probably be able to differentiate between violent criminals and non-criminal Indians. Her attitude is also a slap in the face for those men who took to the street side by side with many Indian women and fought for equality. Indeed each of those men has a mother, a sister, a grandmother, a wife, or even a daughter. Finally the accused professor Beck-Sickinger stated that the e-mail was used out of context. Although she had been involved in a discussion about equality of women in India, she didn’t reject the student because of his origin.

Whether true or not, one thing is clear: the negative headlines about India dominate. This is wrong, because the country offers an unique beauty that is hidden at first glance. In the coming weeks I will talk more about my own experience in India. On my stay, I was able to confirm stereotypes, I have seen some bad things and I could find my inner peace.

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