We all want a better tomorrow. Don’t we? We all are working for a better tomorrow, at least for our own selves. Or that is what we want ourselves to believe.
As we look around we see tremendous achievements being made in the fields of Medicine, Engineering, Communication, Energy, Construction, Space exploration so on and so forth. We take pride in self-patronizing our generation as the one that belongs to the celebrated 21st century!
But than we fail to accept the harsh reality of our times – which is the widespread existence of the menace called ‘Rape’. Whether we accept it or not, we are still a race that can inflict devastating pain to a fellow being.
By the time you would have reached this paragraph, somewhere a woman’s modesty would have been compromised. And I am in no mood of exaggeration. As per the latest UNODC report of 2012, 243853 is the number of recorded rape offenses across the globe. Simple math will tell you, which this figure means, an offense is made at about every 2 minutes!!
And we are still waiting for the right time????
All the progress and achievements stands null, if a woman has to think twice even for a simple act of walking down the road!! While we have progressed everywhere, HUMANITY seems to be the area where we need to do a lot of work.
Wise men have said, that your achievements can never be bigger than your aspirations. It is aspirations which lead to positive transformation. And I aspire to live into a world, where there is no rape, no violence.
And I wish that we all collectively aspire for a transformed world.
Nothing more, nothing less, all we should aspire for is a world without rape.
The “Kadach” Project
Note from Mihir Gajrawala
Writer and Project Director
As I look through the newspapers, almost every day I find dozens of reports of brutality against women; many more might be happening out in the world.
It is appalling to witness how ‘men’ treat ‘WOMEN.” How men easily forget their dependence on WOMEN. It seems the height of insensitivity when men forget that every exchange, that every interaction, that every feeling that every man would have shared with a WOMAN. While carrying out dizzying heights of shamelessness, should not the man be thinking about the WOMEN in his life? The least the men can do is to remember, remember her contribution, in the creation of him. Alas, men fail to show even that simplest of grace!
Apart from the physical molestation, I believe we as a society also molest the women on an emotional level. The worst crime comes from damaging her self-esteem right from her birth, by accepting that she is second to another gender.
I ask myself, how do we contain these acts of brutality? Where does such insensitive behavior stem from?
What comes to my mind is that we as a society have not raised ‘good sons.’ We are a society of bad sons. Yes, we are. Somewhere, we all are responsible for such a society, and responsible for change to happen. We need to accept this reality.
Until we raise our sons to be good, to be sensitive, to be responsible and caring, we cannot contain this brutality.
God bless us!
About the Music Video
Kadach is a poetic expression, which depicts the despair of love-filled WOMEN towards insensitive men. The soliloquy acts as the cry of a victimized woman, a woman for whom it is becoming impossible to be angry. Hopelessness and pain fill her now.
In summary, the poem serves as a description of various relations that every man has with women. The victim reminds the perpetrator of the various relationships between him and the women in his life: his mother, sister, friend, lover and daughter. In sheer helplessness the woman says, “you might have remembered me today (while brutalizing me), maybe!”
The project will attempt to combine sound, visuals and words, to create a compelling and creative music video.
It is a humble attempt to do our bit, to be a catalyst for change.
The project aims to sensitize the men and society at large about this shame and take on the character of a catalyst in changing the world for better.