We witnessed Malala Yousufzai a 15 year old lady, I hesitate to call a 15 year old a girl, shot in the head by the Taliban for having the audacity to promote education for females. Then we had the brutal gang rape of a lady known simply as ďa daughter of India.Ē
Fingers have been pointed in all directions especially in the gang rape case, but where oh where does the buck stop? I know that my generation were conditioned to teach their offspring to always listen to (obey) an adult, be it a teacher, aunt, uncle, neighbor, bus driver whoever.
In doing so did we without knowing it, set in motion a culture that would culminate eventually in the almost robot like acceptance by children of an adult always being right and having the right to control them?
Our children must be taught to say NO! NO! NO! Get out of my space! I donít want you near me! What I am saying is that if, from a very young age females said this to the males they interacted with, they would perhaps receive more respect.
Of course I am not silly enough to think that in the two cases I have mentioned this would have prevented the tragic events that took place. The culprits were not children either, but men are boys before they are men so if males are taught from day one to respect females and females are taught to be assertive, perhaps some of these atrocities might not occur.