While one 15 year old boy scored a massive score in Cricket …… another 15 year old boy set himself on FIRE just a couple of days back, in Agra.
The boy who is apparently a school topper was spotted by some locals while he was “Caught” in a “Gay Act” according to the news reports.
He was then teased and harrassed by the people to such an extent that he lost it and set himself on fire.
Fortunately the Boy is still alive with 40% burns..
Now, this is wrong on so many levels.
We have all been guilty of this kind of teasing.
We have all been in situations where people have been called pansy, “bailya”, girly, gud.
When we were kids there was always that one guy whom we all knew for whom we made life miserable by calling him these names just because he waved his hands around in a particular manner.
Maybe we werent personally involved in the Name calling, but we never stood up against it either.
Dont deny it !!! I definitely wont.
Even this report for that matter, refers to this boy being “caught by one of his neighbours” and the headlines is “teased about gay act”.
It appears that gender sensitization has a long way to go in our country.
But all said and done, we dont realize the damage that we are doing to the other person…… A Person….. He is another PERSON, right?? So lets start treating him as one.
I am wiser now and I, personally, wouldnt even dream of doing something like this and making life miserable for someone due to his sexual preferences.
But I am also a parent. The least I can do is to sensitize my kids to this aspect of the society. Ensure that they are not the ones who end up bullying someone for this…. or any other reason.
I can atleast make sure that if my kids come across such an incident, they will not only NOT be a part of the “Teasing Gang” but will also have the courage to stand up against these bullies.
I know, most of the people reading this post would also be parents …. Can you all do the same too?
You might just be the reason why some sweet guy didnt set himself on fire.
Disclaimer: To Those who are Gay, dont take such teasing lying down. You being Gay doesnt mean you cant kick a couple of bullies yourself. Kick some ass !!! Have a Ball …. okay maybe two …. ummm nevermind 😛