Suddenly, the social media has become active after the shameful incidents of Unnao gangrape and Katrhua gangrape. Is it a ‘FAD’ to raise voice or stage protest against rapes, gangrapes as we see these days on social media. Pardon my ‘sarcasm’ but I cannot keep my temper cool when I see people taking to social media to raise their voice against crimes ‘occasionally’ like now days.
I shall explain, why I said I am being sarcastic, the reason is I saw this aggregation and anger grueling among people on social media during Delhi Brave Heart (Jyoti Singh Pandey) gang rape case. I fail to understand why people go into hibernation and stop raising their voices continuously. Has rapes, molestation, stalkings stopped after Jyoti Pandey. Has the administration done something big to stop these menace that had inspired these protesters who had taken social media by storm. Why then the protests took a back stage and wait for another Unnao or Kathua to take place.
I recall our MPs sobbing the day debate on new rape law was being tabled in the Parliament. Entire country saw Jaya Bachchna to Smriti Irani even many male MPs in tears. West Bengal chief minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee had even penned a poem ‘nei’ in memory of poor Jyoti Singh Pandey. I fail to understand why then these people became silent when rapes, murder were taking place at rampant even in Mamata Banerjee’s own state. The most infamous remains the brutal gangrape of teenage girl in Kamduni which was on the lines of Jyoti Pandey.
I am sarcastic because I fail to understand why then these people became silent when rapes, murder were taking place at rampant even in Mamata Banerjee’s own state. The most infamous remain the brutal gangrape of teenage girl in Kamduni which was on the lines of Jyoti Pandey.
My sarcasm is also against my own fraternity – journalists which calls itself the ‘Fourth Estate’ with pride. Delhi Brave Heart or Jyoti Pandey incident was used by many media houses to to gain TRP and circulation. The victim was called by many names as a reputed media house called her ‘Nirbhaya’, while another called her ‘Damini’, another called her ‘Amanat’. We all witnessed how Delhi-ites had come on the streets of Capital and blocked traffic for days until then Home Minister Shinde’s atrocious order to lathi charge the mob to disperse which was condemned by all quarters but that’s a different story and I am not going into details.
After all nothing has stopped, on the contrary the crime graph against women saw a rise. Barely a week after Jyoti Singh Pandey’s incident an infant was brutally gangraped on the lines Jyoti in a Gurgaon school but nothing happened.
Rest is history, almost everyday cases of molestation, eve-teasing, rapes, gangrapes and stalking have surfaced but neither administration not the media have reacted the way it did in Jyoti’s case. I was surprised that this crowd too remained silent taking total back stage which came on roads so heavily giving an impression that they will not tolerate such menace in future.
I recall two teenage sisters in Uttar Pradesh had committed suicide after being regularly stalked. Again nobody raised voice. There are hundreds of instances when protest like this was required but nothing happened. Isn’t shame that girls taking their lives scared of stalking. Shame on administration.
Coming back to the topic, this is why I said I feel these protests or raising voice against Unnao gangrape or Kathua gangrape are inconsistant. The need of the hour is continuous protest on social media. Daily posts that will gradually create a ‘revolution’ like situation.
Enough of pep-talks, enough of condemnation, the time has come to take stand. If males have failed to protect the dignity of women the it’s high time women should step in and take the plunge to protect themselves and if required take law in own hands. The need of the hour is to have stringent punishment that will infuse a ‘fear factor’ which is missing. I have been always saying that only option is Bobbitt’s Law. If carnal desire is so strong that these rapists do not hesitate to destroy innocent lives, kill them then they should also face similar fate. Their organ should be chopped off and that too in public.
This is what I was trying to say while writing this blog. Just as I decided to sign off the blog, I came across this news. The body of an unidentified minor girl was found from Bhestan locality in Gujarat’s Surat earlier this month with “86 injury marks” and officials suspect that she had been held captive, tortured and raped over a period of time, a police officer said on Sunday. The body of the girl, believed be in the age group of 9 to 11 years, was spotted lying in bushes in a cricket ground in the locality on April 6 by some passersby, who informed police.