Ring the Bell: One Million Men One Million Promises
Posted by Amit Banerjee
Bell Bajao is an international campaign launched by Breakthrough which calls upon men and boys to take a stand against domestic violence and work towards eliminating all forms of violence against women.
The campaign’s name is Bell Bajao, which in Hindi literally means Ring the Bell started with showing how domestic violence can be prevented by simply ringing the door bell. Violence against women became one of the most discussed topics in India after the Indian media brought forth the pathetic state of law and order in various cities around the country. Since then a spate of reforms have been envisioned, some of which have been implemented. In a country, which is seeing more and more interaction and opinion formation through social media forums, this campaign has great potential!
Even though you find people from all strata of society condemning the atrocities against the fairer sex, the incidents still happen in abundance! There is no excuse or justification that one can provide for such heinous behavior! The issue is not just about strict governance and law enforcement. It is also about educating the mass population! You might think of this as a trivial issue but looking at the faux pas from eminent people and even the common man (overheard in various conversations at public places) in the country that have been shamelessly defended by various people proves that disrespecting a woman is not looked at as a crime!
This is one cause that our political parties should work together on and forget bi-partisan behavior or politicking! Such a cause doesn’t need bureaucrats who try to gain that extra political mileage by pointing fingers at someone else’s failures!
All that one needs to do is put yourself into the shoes of the observer and imagine the following hypothetical scenario:
If the ludicrous comment/behavior was directed towards an immediate member of your family or someone that you held close to your heart (God forbid that such a situation arises), what would your reaction be? You will have your answer immediately!
Come join forces to support the cause, and promise to actively make a stand. This social media storm includes performances by Mahabanoo Modi Kotwal, Swarathma and Anoushka Shankar at the British Council Division in Delhi on 8th March, 2013.
If a democracy of one billion decides bring about change, then nothing can stop that resolve! It is time we stopped procrastinating and Be the change!