So the headlines now are proclaiming victory for women… how? Uber the international cashless cab company is being banned in India’s capital after a woman was raped in a cab by the driver. Sick. I know.
So when another blogger wrote about how this won’t make transport safer for women, I agreed… to a point.
You see, I am sick of the victim ideal… yes we need fewer victims (of so many things) in the world… but first we need fewer perpetrators.
Rapists need to not rape for there to be an end to rape!
This rapist was in jail previously for rape. He did little time… and that time served clearly wasn’t enough to deter him from doing it again.
This is a case of forgery that allowed this rapist to get clearance to drive a radio cab. (Radio cab is this special term that basically allows you to call for a cab and not just hail down the traditional black and yellow cabs).
This is a case of the company being punished rather than there being discussion on how to curb rapes! How will giving a death sentence to a company stop someone from raping?
This is a case of a rapist who didn’t fear repercussions raping again. Now other law abiding cab drivers are out of their investment. People will suffer… and it won’t undo the crime. It won’t make the victim heal. It won’t help deter the criminals! It won’t put this perpetrator in jail for life where he likely belongs.
Women, do you feel any safer because a company was shut down? If they did something illegal, punish them according to the crime. Shutting down because of the issue of an “all India permit” not being valid in the capital? Ok. Enforce that law – don’t take away their license. Then enforce it similarly for others: For all.
The real criminal is the rapist. Not uber.