On Sunday I wrote that the epidemic of sexual abuse and sexual assault in India, dramatized by the recent deadly rape of a 23-year-old on a bus, should lead Indians to rethink their strict gun control. Now Britain’s Guardian newspaper reports that a lot of Indian women feel the same way and are applying for that nation’s notoriously hard-to-get gun permits.
Of course the Guardian disapproves, applauding increased political attention to the problem but saying “The rush for firearms will cause concern”. It went on to quote an unnamed official that in response to the women’s permit applications “We had to patiently tell them that one needs to have a clear danger to one’s life to be given a licence. However some … said that with even public transport no longer safe in the city they just cannot take chances.”
Nice of him to tell the women patiently that their estimate of the danger to their lives is not sufficient to worry him much. But I say Indian women should be allowed to decide how bad it is for themselves instead of relying on the condescending opinions of Western journalists and arrogant male Indian officials.