Featured Photo: Traditional Punjabi Suit Salvar Kamees and Chunni
Beautiful as it is graceful, the traditional style of 3-piece Punjabi suit for women includes Chunni (scarf), Kamees (dress) and Salvar (pant).
Sikh Girl Wearing Traditional Salvar Kamees With Dastar (turban) and Kirpan
Photo © [S Khalsa]
You may or may not be aware of a tragic incident which occurred 1/2 16/2012 involving the brutal, and ultimately fatal, gang rape of a 23 year old girl in Delhi, India. A badly beaten male friend who tried to protect her suffered injuries including a broken leg. Five men and a 17 year old boy are being charged.
Vibha Rao, chairperson of Chhattisgarh State Women Commission stated that women who are raped are "equally responsible."
Asaram Bapu, an Indian holy man, remarked that "the victim... is as guilty as her rapists ... she should have called them brother and begged them to stop."
Akal Takhat jathadar Giani Gurbachan Singh advised women to wear appropriate traditional clothing to protect themselves from being violently assaulted by roving males.
While I'd like to believe these public figures are hoping to be helpful, I'm having difficulty absorbing the message that women are somehow responsible for the actions of men? WHAT?
I'm sorry, but I adamantly disagree. Each and every person is accountable for their own actions. It is a man's responsibility man to consider, and respect, every woman other than his wife as his sister, mother or daughter regardless of what she is, or isn't, wearing. No one's conduct should dictate another's. Self control is what separates human beings from animals. The holy scripture of Guru Granth Sahib instructs that the voices of ego driven passions may be subdued by meditation on naam, but regardless of whether or not some one chooses to meditate, they must sill be held accountable for their actions. As much as I love graceful traditional clothing, and encourage its wear, I feel very strongly, and must insist, that immodest dress is neither a license, nor an invitation, for assault.
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