Yesterday the shocking news – Two schoolbus drivers charged of having engaged in sexual activities with an underage girl, 15, whom they allegedly used to drive to school. 

Magistrate Neville Camilleri heard how Indian nationals Nidhin Eldhose, 32, and Sarath Babu Kongadan, 28, had befriended the minor on social media before the alleged incident came to light when the girl reportedly went to hospital. A police report was subsequently filed by the girl’s parents.

Whilst we condemn the alleged act, we do ask what is happening to our society when it comes to parenting. Have we failed? Are we spending too much time at work to pick up on what our kids are up to?

How could this have happened? Why did a minor have an unsupervised Facebook account? How come was a minor able to meet her presumed aggressors? Where did all this happen?

It is outrageous also to think that we have bus drivers accompanying our kids to school with suxh intentions! Are our kids safe on their school bus? Whilst it could have easily been a local, are we vetting the foreign drivers who we employ? Are we keeping an eye on who we trust with out most precious?

We are not biased against anyone, but are we aware that common forms of violence are present against women in India? We are talking about acts of violence such as domestic abuse, sexual assault, and murder. Unfortunately, most typically, these acts are committed by men as a result of the long-standing gender inequalities present in the country.

India is considered to be the world’s most dangerous country for sexual violence against women. Rape is one of the most common crimes in India. So at the risk of sounding too judgemental, why are we trusting blindinly foreign people with different mentalies and culture with our kids?! What can be done?