Yesterday a 13 year old and her two friends had acid thrown on them outside their school, situated in Mumbai's Chembur suburb.
The attacker undertook the 'job' for a mere Rs 300. The chap who paid the money was a 32 year old, rightly described by Mid-day as a pervert. He decide to teach a lesson to the poor kid he'd become infatuated with for 'spurning' his advances.
What is it with Indian men? OK, before you exclaim "don't generalise!" I'll qualify that. Sure, there are honourable exceptions.
But there really has to be something wrong with the section of mankind which is in the news on a regular basis for :
a) Getting infatuated with underage girls
b) Trying to physically harm the object of their unwanted affections.
Acid attacks, in particular, are I am sure a phenomenon seen nowhere else in the civilised world.
Get a life!
Taking 'revenge' with someone you've actually had a relationship with is somewhat understandable - although not something I would condone.
Physically harming a person who had nothing to do with you in the first place is crazy. Men in other cultures simply shift their gaze to other women. They eventually find someone who reciprocates.
If not as a species, at least a subspecies of Indian man has an extremely delicate ego which can be shattered by the slightest rejection.
And the young women of this country are the ones paying the price for it.
Some person you're barely aware of could get infatuated with you and when you say 'sorry, not interested', the consequences could be dire!
Surely girls also go through one sided infatuations and get rejected. But I am yet to hear of a single guy who's had acid thrown on him by such a young woman.
Scheming bahus and vixen nanads may be the staple of soap opera television, there's no disputing the fact that in real life women would never ever stoop as low as men can.