Published Jan 04, 2017 05:30pm

Mass molestation in Bangalore proves how #NotAllMen is futile

On New Year's Eve, many women revelers faced harassment and molestation during celebrations in Bangalore.

The attacks were shocking — the molesters outnumbered the 1,500-strong police force deployed to maintain the peace and women were reported to seen fleeing the scene, heels in hand.

Many took to social media to voice their disgust:

Unfortunately, the conversation was diverted from the molestation the women underwent by the resurgence of the hashtag #NotAllMen. #NotAllMen originally surfaced with the movement 'Not all men are like that' where men took to social media to argue against the generalisation of men as sexists.

Soon, people began to call out this Twitter trend for its dilution of the issue at hand.

Some responded with an alternate hashtag #YesAllWomen.

What's important to remember is that the Twitter warfare is taking away attention from the issue, instead of facilitating conversation about solving it.

So let's stop with the unnecessary defensiveness and accept that there are bad people out there and we can work together to fight them instead of nabbing at each other. We're all on the same side here, aren't we?

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Masoud Jan 04, 2017 05:53pm

Short dresses & liquor intoxication are to be blamed for such harassment.

Umer Jan 04, 2017 05:57pm

Deeply saddened by this NEWS. Women deserve Respect. From Pakistan.

Sheraz Jan 04, 2017 05:59pm

Mass Molestation....Shining, defining, incredible, bright and what not India...:)

Thoroughthinker Jan 04, 2017 06:07pm

This is a war of survival of the fittest and the weapon being used by the not so fit often backfires.

Harmony-1© Jan 04, 2017 06:17pm

Such misogyny makes me shudder!

Owais Jan 04, 2017 06:23pm

reaping the fruits of what they cultivated in their society through their movies by blindly following the west while having a third world eastern society

Harmony-1© Jan 04, 2017 06:35pm

Indian Olympian Krishna Poonia has called recent reports of sexual assaults in Bangalore "sickening", and prevented one such attack. She spotted three men trying to molest two teenage girls at a railway crossing. She chased and caught of one of them, and then helped the girls file a complaint.

Your brother from Pak! Jan 04, 2017 06:43pm

Extremely sad to know about this incident.

There would be always few or more than few men who would have instincts like beasts. So protect yourself as much as possible.

Giri Jan 04, 2017 07:01pm

@Sheraz : Really? You talking as if Pakistan is beacon of hope for women and minorities.

S. A. M. Jan 04, 2017 07:27pm

it's very tragic. i'm a man but i'm trying to think from a woman's mind. if i'm aware of the appalling situation of molestation what would i do. if i know that men are generally acting like lascivious beasts what would i do to avoid having been harassed. if i know that men not only harass women rape them but also kill them brutally what steps i would take to save my life from such murderers. i think clever it would be of me to avoid exposure of men gatherings, travelling alone and going out at night as well as to discos / clubs. this is likely to reduce risk of becoming another target of men grabbing tremendously. ofcourse the risk of being assaulted can't be eliminated completely. gicen that society not changing a bit about its approach towards females don't we agree that by going to such places /gatherings women are assuming the uncalculated risks which is so very avoidable. this is my thinking and many won't agree with me. but this is how i'd avoid exposure to ugly scenes.

Omar Jan 04, 2017 08:02pm

In India women are treated very badly,now even in public places,

Agha Ata Jan 04, 2017 08:22pm

Sometimes, in a crowd, amid an emotionally charged environment, even some normal people away from acceptable standardness.

Rahul Singh Jan 04, 2017 08:37pm

@Owais And same happened on same day in islamanbad.What are u cultivating?

venkat Jan 04, 2017 09:15pm

Uncivilized brutes. Shame on them. It is the men's fault. Who cares if is not ALL men? Some rubbish Indian politician said it is not in Indian culture for women to go out at night partying, instead of trying to bring measures to stop such things from happening. What a fool! There is no qualification whatsoever for being in politics, only if you need a job.

sri Jan 04, 2017 09:18pm

@Omar You seem to have forgotten Hussain Khan Wala. In India issues are coming to light immediately and there is debate. Lately, accused are also being punished. We have long ways to go

Chetan Chandra Jan 04, 2017 09:58pm

@Sheraz Dear this is a social curse which is not India specific.In Pakistan uou will find a gang rape on new years eve, and child molestation.So do not go for just blaming or cursing.

Khilari Jan 04, 2017 10:06pm

Blame game and tit for tat won't lessen the severity of the incident.

Waqas Jan 04, 2017 10:10pm

Indians should also always comment on hashtag #PakistanIsBadToo for anything wrong in the media about India. Grow up !

sri1 Jan 04, 2017 10:15pm

@Sheraz "Mass Molestation....Shining, defining, incredible, bright and what not India...:)" Yup, but still shining brightly as compared to utter darknesses elsewhere. Need I elaborate?

azeem usmani Jan 04, 2017 11:02pm

modern aftermaths of modern time. it is really shocked and shameful, but we all responsible of such activities.

subcontinental Jan 04, 2017 11:19pm

@Omar. My dear Omar, let us not go there, shall we?

whatname Jan 05, 2017 12:00am

@Harmony-1© Such crocodile tears make me shudder

Zak Jan 05, 2017 12:59am

Indians need a major overhaul in their mindset and begin to treat women as human beings .

Amir Balouch Jan 05, 2017 05:12am

Everyone deserves respect, find it really odd when people tag any social behavior to a gender.

Adil Jadoon Jan 05, 2017 08:20am

@Masoud No! Men need to control themselves.......Don't blame others for your poor upbringing.

Adil Jadoon Jan 05, 2017 08:21am

@Sheraz Believe me us Pakistanis are not much better.....look at what happened at the PTI rallies....All south asians have the same poor upbringing and we don't respect our own women and that is why we see women as objects rather then human beings.

Alexey Jan 05, 2017 10:29am

I'm no judge here. What happened was horrible. But the same would have happened in my dear country if such gathering was allowed. Whether it's India or Pakistan, our social values don't let our sexual behaviours mature. And you can only have such gatherings safely when the masses can think beyond sex! Even then with relative safety because of liquor and skimpy dressing.

Dipak singham Jan 05, 2017 10:52am

Most of the comment proved the recent released Bollywood movie #PINK, Girls shouldn't go outside at night, girls shouldn't wear short dresses, girls can't drink alcohol, girls can't do late night parties etc etc. common guys why should boys have all the fun not girls.

Kunjal Jan 05, 2017 10:56am

@Masoud Oh yeah! Everything is to be blamed except for the actual rapists and molesters (MEN).

MIRZA Jan 05, 2017 11:02am

@Rahul Singh cultivating the truth,stop playing blame game dude.

SAB Jan 05, 2017 11:07am

Now that we know about each other's cultures, ways of living, and celebrations too much mainly through technology, adopting each other cultures, ways of living and decently celebrating them will remain a challenge. We may connect instantly but adoption takes time and understanding.

Sara Jan 05, 2017 11:23am

It's a shame that indian men are so frustrated. Women are always blamed.

Sara Jan 05, 2017 11:24am

Shame to indian government. They need to punish those who harass women.

Tahir Baloch Jan 05, 2017 11:26am

Indians should Stop watching too much bollywood movies which are full of negative scenes for the brains, and stop wearing short dresses.

IRFAAN MANZOOR Jan 05, 2017 12:08pm

All who are raising fingers upon India,, first look in your self...How much women in Pakistan are safe?? this type of incidents can't take a negative position against India.

Ahsan,Karachi Jan 05, 2017 06:56pm

Such unfortunate incidents will ruin the image of India's Silicon valley Bangalore

Zeeshan ahmed Jan 05, 2017 09:04pm

While such henious acts happen everywhere, it seems to be more open social norm in India; 1500 police outnumered by men molesting women? You can never imagine such an open culture of public molestation of women in Pakistan.

Pakistani Jan 05, 2017 10:10pm

I wonder why this news in not being projected on main stream Pakistani TV channels and newspapers.

JIgnesh Loh Jan 06, 2017 05:53pm

@Omar , It's not about India, It's about WOMAN

M R Gooda Jan 07, 2017 02:24pm

Let us assume that Abu Azmi is right. Then, does it give, ANYONE, the right to molest your sisters and daughters? Nay, the cause of this molestation doesn't lie in the way they dressed but it lies in the homes of the molesters, and the very society of which they are part of.