Issues of rape and such other matters are cases of criminality. We must advocate relentlessly for our legal system to deal with and punish the perpetrators expeditiously and by the law. At no point should we allow matters of direct and incontrovertible crimes to become dashboards for proxy feuds and gender wars; when our laws are clear on these.
As emotional as we may get, when it concerns matters of criminality, we may want to direct our emotions towards law enforcing authorities, to exhort them into immediate and exacting justice, as opposed to directing more of the traffic towards the end of “social and economic lynching” of those with genuinely unacceptable views. Their words must be condemned and treated with all the contempt it deserves, especially when they’re not suspected to have committed any criminal act or engaged in any such unethical behavior, apart from expressing views that may be wildly unpopular or distasteful.
For those we have genuine reason that they may be actors in criminal behavior, we’re better off reporting to the authorities, instead of the grapevine crucifixion that poisons the entire debate, making it a them against us contest; instead of a common societal issue that must be addressed with all hands on deck.
There are many more causes for which we must advocate competence and responsibility as the guiding post, rather than resorting to use of power and authority. The social (not criminal) matters of gender inequality, which have been perpetrated by the abuse of power and authority cannot be meaningfully resolved by the use of the same tool of power and authority to victimize those who express other views; no matter how unpopular or warped, in the discussions towards bringing the matters to the fore and resolving them. Each party must be allowed to express their point of view, no matter how bigoted it may sound from our perspective, and let the debate continue until the ideas that they have been operating with in the dark recesses of their corner are publicly condemned, debunked and rendered ineffective as a tool to coerce many impressionable others.
However, going beyond the realm of the debate and public condemnation to personal life attacks could lead to many building up resentments inwardly and looking at a rather noble cause as a witch hunt. A person who loses a public debate will go and air such warped views no more. However, a person who suffers personal life and livelihood damage from just airing unpopular views will learn not to come out with views of which they may think will get them burnt at the stake, or more importantly, lose sight of the admonition that may come with the debate and jaundiced- because they become more preoccupied by a vengeful feeling than the core of the matter at stake.
Many more who have views that must be aired to receive “psychological cleaning” will box it in and view the advocates as moral and social persecutors; rather than genuine Change makers.
It is only when people are allowed to speak freely without subversion that we can know the true mind of our society and know how to effectively deal with it.