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12 December, 2016 00:00 00 AM
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Shooting a woman dead..!

ROBERT CLEMENTS

There she is one moment dancing on stage with gay abandon, obviously a dancer who danced for the love of dancing, and in all probability the best in her troupe, then the next moment a man gets up, raises his .12 bore gun and shoots her in the head. She clutches her head, falls down dead!
As I read about the tragic death of Kulwinder Kaur and am shocked by the senseless snuffing out of a talented young girl, two questions come to my mind about the incident: Why did the killer feel so insulted about not being allowed to dance on stage? And secondly, why shoot a woman?
According to reports, the killer and friends wanted to dance on stage at the wedding in Bhatinda, and were furious when members of the orchestra told them not to. I see this happening all the time, we always want to be on center stage!
Whether it is a wedding or funeral, the man or woman who is insecure about himself, always wants to be recognized in front of others, and feels slighted and angry when not given that recognition!
Can’t we understand that sometimes it’s a program where others are taking center stage? Can’t we understand that it is dignified those times to keep a low profile and just be in the background? Men and women, unsure about themselves can never do this. They want to be acknowledged always, otherwise it’s either a .12 bore gun or revenge.
My second question is, why shoot a woman?
Isn’t that exactly what a terrorist does? Bomb places where innocent people are! Shoot woman and children who can’t defend themselves? 
Even husbands who beat their wives are just the same as this killer! Those husbands cannot fight an equal, so they beat poor, defenseless women. Women who cannot retaliate. Women who can’t pull out a gun themselves. Women who we are supposed to protect, but end up killing.
Shame on ourselves, that we produce men like this. Many years ago, another woman was shot dead in Delhi; Jessica Lal. Shot, because she refused to give a man a drink after official hours. She did nothing wrong, nor did Kulwinder Kaur!
We talk about protecting women in India. We talk about equal rights, but unless the father or husband, treats his wife with equality, the sons will carry on treating other women the same way he sees women being treated in his own house.
What we need are confident men in our country, who don’t need to be made to feel important all the time, because in their strong minds they are sure and confident about themselves. 
When a man is confident he will also treat women with equality. It’s not women who need protection, it’s we men who need to grow up! Till then, our country will continue having rapes and such ghastly killings..!
    bobsbanter@gmail.com

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