In a recent cringe worthy sermon session, a biology teacher of Raipur Kedriya Vidyalaya was accused of telling the girls that wearing inciting clothes like jeans and wearing a lipstick meant that they were calling for crimes like that of ‘ Nirbhaya Gangrape ’. According to the teacher, the rape of the 22 year old girl in the national capital in 2012 was her own mistake.
According to Snehlata Shankhwar, “Girls expose their body only when they don’t have beautiful faces”. Really? And people say those things only when they don’t have their brain working.
How good is she to be a teacher? How great the condition of our nation is, especially when it comes to respecting and protecting girls? The teachers, who are expected to teach good morals to their students are telling them that girls are a curse! She made another statement targeting girls saying, “You girls should commit suicide for being a girl. Your parents will be proud if you die because you are a curse for them”!
She said, “Girls are so shameless. Why did Nirbhaya go out so late at night with a boy who wasn’t her husband? It’s difficult to understand why an issue was made out of this. Nirbhaya’s mother shouldn’t have gone allowed her to go out so late at night”.
In an audio clip recorded by the students of Class 9 and 11, Shankhwar is heard saying, “the girls who are raped are cursed and it is a punishment for them. When the boys see the girls ‘doing it’ with one person, they assume she would ‘do it’ with others as well”.
She doesn’t think that the parents of those boys should have taught them to respect girls. Wow!
According to her, raping a girl is perfectly alright if she is wearing jeans or any other clothes she is comfortable in. And made all these statement in front of the boys. What was she trying to do? What was she preaching? Was she telling the boys to go out and rape any girl who is opinionated and independent? If nothing, she was surely giving birth to rapists in that class.
It was so embarrassing and uncomfortable for the girls in the class to listen to all these statements that were being made by their teacher in the presence of the boys.
It was only after a large group of parents went to the principal on Monday to complain against the matter. Principal Ahire also told that he did receive an anonymous complaint on 25th of January about the behavior and comments of the biology teacher. It was then that he informed the officials of KV Sangathan about the complaint. The teacher was suspended from the school.
But is suspension the solution? Will it change her mentality towards girls? Suspension will just make sure that she doesn’t commit anymore acts of such non-sense in a school or among a crowd. But does it also ensure that she will stop doing it completely? No, it doesn’t. There might be many girls she knows personally. She will continue to dominate them, embarrass them and humiliate them. She will continue to have a thinking that girls are a curse. And is it just about her? There are many more people like Snehlata Shankhwar who think girls are a curse. She is just one of them who happened to come into the limelight. But will we ever get rid of this double-sided behavior of ours? Will we ever get over this misconception of ours that girls are a curse to their parents? Snehlata Shankhwar is just one name. There are thousands or even lakhs of people who think just like her. What are we doing? Where are we going? Are we really building a nation where women are given equal rights?
Our Prime Minister talks about women empowerment on the world stage. Sir, kindly stay in the country for a few days and look into such matters where women are clearly not be empowered. Rather, they are being made to realize how they are a curse for their parents. Just pay attention to how people are justifying a crime. How people have termed rape as a mistake of the girl. Women Empowerment is not going to happen overnight. We need to change. Our mentality needs to change. Just giving women equal rights is not the end of it. We need to protect their rights as well. I hope some, if not all, understand the underlying message and start working accordingly. Especially, the Human Right commissions that boast off protecting people’s rights.