Talk it Out draws attention to molestation2 min read
Manipal: Talk it Out, the social and open discussion forum of Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT), held an open forum on the topic of Molestation at the Innovation Center stairs on January 30, in light of recent incidents of molestation, including the infamous New Year’s Eve mass molestation in Bengaluru.
While there was a low turnout for the event, this did not deter the club members from going out into the crowd and discussing the topic with passersby. The discussion mainly centered around the inequality in rape laws between men and women, and whether a woman’s clothing dictated her morals and character.
Most students were in agreement that clothes and living in metropolitan cities was not the cause of molestation with several claiming the argument was ludicrous. “While women do try to fight back, I think the main problem lies in that women politicians, when asked about something that is related to rape often turn a blind eye towards it,” said Jatin Khurana, a first year MIT student when asked what women can do to protect themselves from molesters. The club members also highlighted how laws against dowry can be used to extract money out of men and mentally and emotionally drain their family members.
The organisers acknowledged the low turnout while adding that the topic however needed serious discussion. “Despite the small audience we have present here, we’re trying to create a social change and raise awareness,” said Rajat Kamath, a third year student of MIT and one of the main organizers of the talk. “I thought it could generate a lot of debate and I’ve personally met a lot of people in Manipal who’ve had different versions of what was presented in the talk today and a lot of them were not ready to present that on a public platform. That’s why I thought it could trigger a good discussion over here and we could have a nice social talk on this topic,” he said.
Rajat agreed that the laws were biased towards men (male rape is not recognised, for instance). “Even victims don’t come forward because they refuse to believe it can happen to them and are very ashamed to accept the fact that it has actually happened to them. They feel like it’s a question on his ‘Mardaangi’,”he added.
While most students disagreed with some of the views put forward by the moderator , not many were ready to discuss the topic over a microphone.
Edited by Prajwal Bhat