Meaningless opinions and statistics targeting peopleWhen a minister or a dignitary makes despicable, derogatory remarks against women or a community, there is uproar, with demand for an apology or resignation. A minister was recently served a notice by the National Commission for Women (NCW) for his comments on women. Despite this and regrettably so, self-styled, so-called cultured members, come out with sexist and bigotry comments in the name of voicing their views and get away with it. Some have made a habit of it – and there is no attempt to rein them in.
I request the ISC admin to take note of this repugnant trend and discourage such imprudent behavior. How are pejorative comments about women allowed on a site that is held in high esteem? How is religious bigotry allowed here? They may be personal opinions, but when it is an entire section of a society that is spoken about, in an insulting manner, such views become an attack.
We need to set examples here, even if that means sending out a strong message – personal opinions that target women or religious minorities cannot be allowed to supersede what is right. In remaining mute spectators we encourage a trend that goes against the basic tenet of civilized society. It is standing up for what is right that defines who we are, as does remaining mute spectators. Online forums have a way of reaching thousands of people, some of whom are at an impressionable age and can begin believing such false propaganda.
I expected champions of peoples' causes to question the belligerent behaviour on display, in a recent thread that targeted people. Can an advisory be put out, so it becomes an unwritten rule and we do not have any more ugly views being shared in the forum, in name of opinion and statistics.