What happened in Bengaluru on December 31, 2016 was a very unfortunate event. Hundreds of women were molested while they were ushering in the New Year.
A New Year embarks a journey of change, something new and better. But India witnessed a reflection of the past. Whenever we begin to believe that things are moving for a better avenue, an unfortunate event makes us think otherwise.
The Bengaluru incident was a very saddening event which makes us think about our existence on this planet and what we should do as a society. Soon, there were articles flooding the internet where men were blamed for everything. And then there were more “interesting” articles where the parents of the men were blamed.
In no time, #NotAllMen began to trend and quite aptly, the responsible and sensible men took over the internet to justify that not all men view women as a piece of flesh.
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We agree to that. Men who love and respect women do exist. So putting all men in a single bracket is not the right thing to do, just like claiming that all women behave well.
For examples, you may say that alcohol consumption brings out these darker shade in the men but you should note that they are not the only ones. Binge drinking not only triggers uncouth behaviour in an individual but puts the future generations at higher risks of genetic mutation too. And that includes women too!
While the girls in India went through a scarring experience at Bangalore, girls in England had another kind of misfortune. It was a wild night on New Year’s eve where too many drinks led to a never-ending night of fights, vomiting and shivering in cold due to skimpy dressing.
Take a look at these pictures:
A shirtless man kicks a man and a woman
A ccuffle between the opposite genders in Manchester
A girl in Nottingham takes fashion to another level
Too drunk Londoner lies on top of garbage bags
Freezing temperatures and rain did not dampen this girl’s festive spirits
A sloshed girl attacking a man in Nottingham
Bristol woman being helped by a friend after a night of excessive drinking
Revellers slumped on Newcastle road
A party goer flashes her body parts in Sheffield in festivity mood
The NHS CEO, Simon Stevens commented:
NHS is being turned into the ‘National Hangover Service’. At a time of year when hospitals are always under pressure, it’s really selfish to get so blotto that you end up in an ambulance or A&E. The paramedic called to a drunk partygoer passed out on the pavement. This is an ambulance crew obviously not then available for a genuine medical emergency.
There is no doubt that being drunk is a sign of weakness, a source of some embarrassment and this is why these images are so saddening and shocking. What could possibly be upsetting this gorgeous creation of God? As Sarah Vine, rightly asks:
What sorrows could they possibly have that need such comprehensive drowning?
Could it perhaps be that, despite all the opportunities available to young women today, there is a gaping hole in their lives they cannot fill?
Or is it simply the case that if you remove the social stigma of drunkenness and make alcohol cheap and readily available, this is what you get? Or maybe it’s just as Mr Stevens says: they’re just really selfish.
Either way, it’s a sobering sight.