A girl in the city got gang-raped. She was engaged, was rushing to get home early and paid a cab guy extra money to do so. In return, he took her to some jungle and raped her with a help of a friend.
All of us were appalled. Some particularly disturbed because they had faced molestation in their teenage years. It’s not just about the act, but how also it is performed; the brutality and the inhumanity by men who are sons and fathers in real lives.
Everybody came up with ideas: What action can be taken to make women safe? What can be done to make them feel safe in country where they are also used to portray gods?
Travel in groups, opt for reliable transport services, inform family and friends…
But here’s the thing: No matter what one does, they are still going to get abused. Women are going to be groped when they stand in a crowded place. They will be harassed when they take a lonely shortcut road to pick up food from a restaurant. Men on bikes will hit them on their behinds and speed by.
It will continue.
For you can implement laws but what you can’t change people hearts. No matter what precaution you take or wear clothes that cover every inch of your body, you can’t change a man’s mind if it’s bent on destroying your soul.
I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. (John 16:33)
Prayer can move the mountains. And it can move the mountain that is currently crushing every one – fear. It’s human to be terrified when one sees such acts happening on a daily basis, but it’s divine to look up to the One who has overcome it all
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. (Philippians 4:6)
It’s the fear that one needs to fight, for it’s the fear that’s more crippling than anything else.
So, when two dear friends go on an assignment to some deserted part of the city late in the night, I will not anxious, I chose not to anxious. I will, instead, pray to the One who listens. To the One who’s been here before me and conquered it all.
“No, nothing happened. We walked out of the place like brave little girls.”
And I send a Thank You upward.
For fear immobilizes, but concern drives one to take actions. My action would mean getting down on my knees.