How to bring back civility

In today's society, sensibilities are distorted and emotions have been warped to suit one's needs and demands. Indian society, which once worshipped woman as the "Giver of Life", now ill-treats, abuses and tortures women in the worst manner possible.

This growing brutality is a sign of the changing times and has more to do with what we, as citizens, have come to be now. Thinking about the shameful situations the country has faced in the last couple of months — when society has been abuzz with the horrific gangrape of a young medical student, apart from the innumerable cases of rapes, violence and atrocities towards women — it is time for people, as a civilised society and responsible citizens, to ponder the reasons that make perpetrators think and channel their negative emotions towards somebody who struggles hard to save herself and her honour.

While much is said about gender sensitisation, sex education, stricter laws, police measures and self-defence education, one wonders what should be the starting point, the inception of the said education. While one cannot stop atrocities against women one fine day or make people understand that women are not commodities, the stress should come from within society, from our lives, from our homes and, more importantly, from deep within ourselves.

While the impressionable mind of a child learns by replicating the actions he sees in his vicinity, it is the ill-treatment of women that makes him disrespectful towards women. As is known, the most important cog of learning a person receives is at home. So the need of the hour is to impart holistic emotions to children in our society on how to treat and respect women.

For society to imbibe a holistic moral education is the need of the hour, and one should take it upon oneself to see that children are taught, and taught well. As parents, the first thing that citizens should do is educate their children to differentiate between a good touch and a bad touch and be vocal about it. Educating children on moral sensibilities, whereby women are to be treated as equals, should also be made the topmost priority in every household. Regarding sex education, at what age and stage it should be imparted must be debated and decided by policy planners, educationists, sociologists and other experts in the field.

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