Finally justice was served on Friday 13th 2013 . Whole Nation was in celebration mode . Thousands participated in processions & demonstration demanding justice for Nirbhaya. When the verdict was out , the mass outside fast track court celebrated it with bursting crackers & congratulating each other as if India has won a crucial battle or Finals of indo-Pak cricket match per se . I do not doubt the sentiments of the people who gathered during processions or outside the court what I don’t understand is the reason to be so overwhelmed . With all due respect to the deceased , may she find peace, she is not around to see her assaulters getting what they rightly deserve. But we are here , all of us who have expressed our anger , frustration & helplessness on various platforms. If I may ask what is the lesson we have drawn from this unfortunate incident . How we have changed as person or as a society . I want hoping to see some transformation in present mind-set of people or at least a change in attitude towards the fairer sex. Did I notice anything , None. In fact the situation has worsened . Delhi alone has reported 1,121 cases of rape in last 8 months , highest in last 13 years , as reported in leading news paper. I fear if some of these culprits were even present in the demonstration for Nirbhaya shouting slogans against rape & injustice, who knows.
Nirbhaya’s case garnered lot of media publicity due to its sheer brutality & barbarism . It arose a collective conscience across nation. She ‘got’ justice & we are back in comforts of our home sipping hot cuppa of masala tea or catching up on our favourite movie or TV serial . Point is we have moved on. I dare say, ,go in hibernation curling our limbs until another terrible incident pulls us out & shake us up. Why do we need a trigger to act ? When are we going to let go our herd mentality . Why are we afraid to speak out when needed? Please admit don’t we turn our faces away when a lecher molest a girl in full public view . Needless to say , no one comes forward to help the poor girl . Than why hold up posters & parade uselessly.
All rapes are fatal & brutal regardless of the fact whether the victims dies or survive the sordid attack . Hope we have not forgotten Aruna Shanbaug case . .
An ambitious nurse from Haldipur , Karnataka , was brutally assaulted by a wardboy, Sohanlal Bhaktha walmiki, in hospital where she worked as a junior nurse . The ward boy, who was a on- contract sweeper with King Edward Memorial Hospital , attacked her in changing room . He choked her with dog chain that cut off oxygen supply to her brain resulting in grave injury to her brain cells. Ever since that day in 1973 , she has been in a vegetative stage confined to her bed for last 39 years . Walmiki was charged with attempt to murder & robbery but not rape. He was sentenced to mere 7 years in jail . After his release he is believed to have started life afresh with a new identity in one of the metro cities . Ironically he is believed to be working as a ward boy in some hospital . The same law denied her euthanasia plea to end her life & forced her to live a horrific life. The culprit is granted total freedom & a chance to start a fresh life .
I am surprised to see so many pictures of Aruna Shanbhag but no even a single image of that beast anywhere . There is absolutely no mention of his whereabouts or present location. He is free to live anonymous guilt free life. Who knows if he had assaulted anyone again ,as most of the molestation & rape cases go unreported. This is justice or injustice ??!!
List of such cases are endless. Crime against women is on all time high. What the reason of such chauvinist behaviour towards women ? I came across an article featured in Washington post by Laxmi regarding sexual violence problem in India . It cited Acceptance of domestic violence , Not enough police in general, A sluggish court system & Low status of women among many other reasons for sexual crimes . I couldn’t agree more . In today’s scenario , we have failed as members of a civilized society . Our culture , we often boost of, is crumpling. And please blame westernization for it . We are modern in our clothing & public behaviour but deep inside we are still in medieval period where women were treated as secondary citizens . Even back than women enjoyed respect & reverence. I have lost faith in our system & society . I don’t know how to conclude my article . I am just keeping my fingers & heart crossed . May better sense prevail …..
Here are some ‘unworthy’ comments of our able politicians that mirror our social make up perfectly .
Haryana Congress leader Dharambir Goyat blamed women & said, “I don’t feel any hesitation in saying that 90 per cent of the girls want to have sex intentionally but they don’t know that they would be gang raped further as they find some lusty and pervasive people in the way ahead,” CNN IBN reported.
A Khap Panchyat member Sube Singh had earlier this month given a bizarre ‘solution’ to the ‘rapes’ and suggested that the marriageable age for girls should be reduced to 16 years. When asked why rapes are occurring at this scale in Haryana, he had said that movies and television are to be blamed for rapes.
Abhijit Mukherjee, son of honourable President of India , comment about the Delhi protests — “These pretty women, dented and painted, who come for protests are not students. I have seen them speak on television, usually women of this age are not students”. He added that students, who go to discotheques, think it is a fashion statement to hold candles and protest.
Janta Dal(U) chief Sharad Yadav,“Who among us have not followed girls.. I too have done that. The girl may not give us a lift the first time, you have to pursue her and then tell politely. This is the way,” he said
If these are our law makers ,GOD save this country & its women …..