Does Our Culture Really Allow For Violence?

Slap! Slap!! Slap!!!  Three resounding, echoing back handed slaps across the face.  The husband slaps the wife.  The mother slaps the son.  The brother slaps the sister.  The sister slaps the brother.  The sister-in-law slaps the brother-in-law ….. and so on.  The worst of them all are scenes of the police/CID slapping criminals to make them confess.  Basically the virtuous person slaps the person “lacking in virtue or moral values” or the person who “has gone astray.  It is perfectly justified if we were to believe the innumerable soaps on television.

Everything is defined clearly in black and white.  There is no hue of grey to be seen anywhere. There is no scope for such a shade in human life.  It just cannot be allowed.

So what exactly are the censors doing?  An innocuous kiss which is an expression of love and affection is not allowed, it is something that is censored and cut off mercilessly.  It is not fit for viewing by children under a certain age.  Mind you, I am NOT saying that there should be no censorship.  But then how is that violence of this kind is considered alright for viewing by children?  What is the message being conveyed to them?  Or for that matter what is the message being conveyed to the masses whose opinions are so easily swayed by the media?  That physical violence is alright?  That it is alright to correct wrong by physical violence?  That two wrongs make a right?  That slapping a person CAN set him/her right?  That third degree torture is alright to extract confessions?  Where are concepts of human rights?

How do we expect any social changes or decrease in violence on women and children and deaths due to such events?

Is this the “Indian culture and traditions” that we wax eloquent about and shout out from the rooftops about?


6 Responses to “Does Our Culture Really Allow For Violence?”

  1. I agree with you. Nowadays I just walk away from the scene

  2. yes its really sad that violence is portrayed everywhere as a natural response, we cannot however walk away without reacting, there has to be some fora esp in schools where civic sense is inculcated.

  3. thoughtsrantsrambles Says:

    Yeh a man thinks it’s his right to slap his wife.
    She doesn’t listen to me-SLAP. She argues with me-SLAP. She does what I tell her not to do-SLAP. He is irritated/problems with work-slap the wife. Food is not good-Slap.

    They don’t realize that a slap not only hurts, but it humiliates a person too.

    A man does not have the time and energy to argue and talk out things, the easiest way is to slap the wife and end the problem. And the best part is saying “she deserved it”. What do these morons deserve for inflicting all that violence on others???? The problem is they think and know they can get away with it.

    They fail to realize that it leaves a deep scar within the person who has been slapped around. Nobody comes forward to help these hapless victim. Oh he just slaps her when angry. It happens everywhere. When will these idiots know that they can never raise their hand on her or on anybody for that matter.

    It’s sad that kids and adults have to keep seeing such things day in and day out.

  4. There are those who do the right thing…. and then those who vomit their negativity on blogs:
    In Mumbai, 85% eyes, 95% skin donated by Gujaratis, Jains

    • Arpan, thanks for your comment. Donating organs is a very worthy thing to do and many of us do it, irrespective of which community or religion we belong to. But I do not have understood your comment in the context of this post. Are you saying it is fine to slap people around? Or are you saying our culture is being correctly depicted on television?

      As far as I understand our culture, it promotes peace and non-violence. Then how come we see all this slapping around and then pass it off as our “culture, our heritage, our family traditions” etc? Is this not insulting to our culture? Yet you find it negative that someone says so in their blog?

      • Not related to this post… in fact, I am yet to read your post. Sorry.

        I go around trying to insult bloggers for their inability to write positive things. But in this case, the insult is on me.

Would be useful if we could have some option to block certain posters.

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