On November 23rd, 2016, Himani Jain a Mumbai girl who took a Uber share ride with another woman Gayatri (Himani changed the name) she found Gayatri to be extremely abusive towards the driver. The driver was extremely polite and courteous and the woman was using all abuses. So Himani came forward to the rescue of the driver gave her number to cops and gave statements of the woman co passenger being abusive. Her Facebook post given below has the detailed account of the incident –
Naturally the whole nation came forward to express their gratitude to Himani saying how great a work she had done. Indiatimes took up the story and made Himani a hero and bestowed more power to her and I am surprised why.
When a woman comes forward tells the truth she is not only applauded but raised to a god like status for no reason. It is as if for showing correct human values she is being raised to an elevated status by the society.
Let’s consider another similar case that happened on August 23, 2015 in Delhi. Jasleen Kaur an AAP activist sought to instant fame by accusing Saravjith Singh Bedi of misbehavior while an eyewitness Mr. Biswajeet came forward with the truth and went to all media with truth. No one, absolutely no one noted the noble deed of Mr Biswajit and Indiatimes did not write any article on him at that time.
So why is Himani exposing Gayatri should be special in any manner? Some people may say that being a girl it was a brave act but I don’t consider this as any great act and consider this only humane act and nothing else. She should have done this without fail for her own sake and here is why she should not be lauded for this –
- If Himani chose to keep mum on this matter, (which she could hardly do with progressing police investigation as police would have traced her even without her giving her number voluntarily) she would have taken men one step closer to hating women. That act of hers would have ensured more men and cab drivers raising their voice.
- Himani needed to come forward voluntarily as without that act women like hers would have been considered same as those like Gayatri and for keeping them separate from those criminals, women like Himani need to come forward. They don’t have choice and certainly there is no greatness in that.
In fact, I feel she didn’t do enough in this case for following reasons –
- Himani did not reveal the real name of the culprit and changed her name to Gayatri. Why did she have to hide the name of a real criminal? It was in a way protecting identity of a criminal and giving her another chance to do the same later. So Himani’s act is not noble.
- Himani only gave her number to the driver and offered help. She only tried to explain to Gayatri and did not do anything else. On the other hand if two guys were traveling and one was abusive, the other would have started altercation with that fellow. Giving phone number would have followed anyway. So I don’t think Himani did enough to put a criminal in her place.
- She did not press police to file strong criminal complaint against Gayatri. She would have done the same if the criminal was a guy. So in this case too she showed soft corner for a criminal and gender bias and her effort should not be lauded.
It is really surprising how a woman is elevated to greatness simply for showing human values. If this continues very soon we need to thank everyone for being human, for telling truth, for not creating public disturbance, for not committing crime, rape, murder etc. It is time that Himani and women like her should know that it is in their best interest they need to not only speak against women criminals but press for their harshest punishment as men have been doing the same for ages to show that ‘Not all men are the same’.