“To find a solution to the problem of rapes on women, we have to search for the root cause. There is something fundamentally wrong with our ideological and philosophical systems, which we, the Indian so-called civil society believe and practice in everyday life.
It will not be solved only through mere legal mechanisms; it needs an understanding, across society, that a woman is not a commodity for entertainment, but an equal human being. But all our ancient mythological texts that function as the real constitutions governing Indians’ minds (Manu dharma Shastra by Sumathi Bhargava, Kama Sutra by Vathsayana, and Artha Shastra by Chanakya) are producing and reproducing the patriarchal and discriminatory ideology that projects women as degraded/dependant human beings, not permitted to take any decision on their own.
It may seem that nobody knows these texts, but the problem is that their values are deep rooted in Indians’ minds and in the mainstream culture. They gained legitimacy through the colonial rule in India and now they have become the so-called Indian culture. Let us burn these texts, start an ideological fight.
Indian dominant castes and middle classes believe and practice them, that’s why there is no attention to the rapes committed on so-called untouchable women, no media coverage, no candle protests – http://www.eurasiareview.com/28122012-rape-in-india-why-are-there-no-mass-protests-for-raped-dalit-women-oped/”
– Karthik Navayan