It's amazingly true! I must say my judgement is clouded too though..before I begin, I must LOL really. I really wish I could look into the lives of the people who are out on the streets protesting and demanding punishment. I wish I could see how many of them have demanded (or accepted) dowry at their relatives weddings. I wish I could see how many of them have gifted male dolls to their bahus on the wedding. I wish I could see how much happier they were when someone was blessed with a boy (than they would have been with a girl).
The position of women in society is propagated by everyone of us. It is propagated by parents who have double standards for their children and the girl is not allowed to do something that the boy is because it's "not the right thing for a girl". It is propagated by husbands and wives because their roles in the family are stereotyped. It is propagated by marketing campaigns who talk about certain products being "ladki wali" and insinuate that the correlation is a bad one. Each one of us is subscribing to and propagating them everyday without even being aware of what we're doing. One of the things about stereotyping is that the subject themselves start believing that they have to act in a certain way and subscribe to the stereotype thus further propagating it.
In a situation like this, a man comes in and sees a woman trying to fight for a place as an equal. The concept seems absurd. He hasn't seen it anywhere. He, not unnaturally, tries to subjugate the woman and shows her "her place" by force. Sometimes, it is rape. Other times, domestic violence. Sometimes honour killings. Each of these crimes are a manifestation of what every one of us propagates everyday.
Now suddenly, we want to hack at the leaves because we don't like them...the roots themselves are entrenched in all of us. For that to change will take a long time from when we want it to...and I'm not sure too many of us want it to.
I think the agitation is baseless because I would guess a good section of the people protesting are guilty of injustice against women in some way or the other. For judgement, I would judge society as a whole in this case. You should also know that an incident like this one is not isolated. The only reason you're even aware of the brutality of this particular crime is because it was splashed across the media. If you browse through articles on rape in the last six months, you would find several other equally brutal. Shouldn't they be punished equally brutally. I would've suggested they should if I trusted the system I live in and the people I live with.
Why would I want a stricter punishment only because the person involved was someone I know? Is it because I have lost the ability to empathize with the pain of another person? What I would personally want in a case of personal loss would not be rational...and I do hope everyone else does not lose rationality then because I will.