Two rape cases created a big splash on India news channels and on social media. One was rape and murder of eight-year-old girl, another was rape of 17-year-old girl by a lawmaker from the ruling party of that state. Both cases are equally horrible and condemnable. But, surprisingly on social media, there was extensive discussion about the religion of one of the victims and perpetrators of the crime. Some people accused people who were protesting about this case for their selective outrage. I wonder how these people come up with such twisted logic. There was huge outrage in India after Nirbhaya rape case, that time no one was accused of selective outrage, no one said that there are so many rapes happening in the country so why are you just protesting about this one case? But it seems just because in one of these cases rapists and the victim are from different religions this question about the religious identity of the victim and accused suddenly became relevant.
I wonder in which direction that society is moving where the religion of the rape victim becomes more important than her own and her family's suffering? In which direction that society is moving where lawyers and lawmakers participate in a protest march in favor of accused persons? There is no doubt that every accused of any crime must get a fair and transparent trial, the law should treat everyone equally. Every accused deserves a legal support and representation to defend their side. But this is not even an issue here, there are people who are trying hard to justify this heinous act. They are questioning motives of people who feel outraged by such incidents, and this should worry any society where outrage over heinous crimes depends on from which religion victim or accused come from. Reactions on social media and some debates on news channels should stir the consciousness of every Indian no matter which religion they belong or which political party they support.
I hope polarization created due to political propaganda doesn't create an unbridgeable gap between different sections of society that they can't even come together even to protest against overtly criminal acts. When your every discussion ends up getting connected with the religion, then there is a problem. When we look for person's caste, nationality, race, or religion before showing your outrage to a crime, then there is a problem. We all are humans first, and then political supporters or religion followers. If we forget our basic human qualities of empathy and compassion towards our fellow human beings and look at everything through the prism of politics or religion then why type of people are we becoming? I think we all need to question ourselves about this and look for the answer within, maybe our conscious might help us more than these social media posts or news channel debates or statements from some senseless politicians. I request everyone reacting to this issue to see if they are reacting like a compassionate human, a responsible citizen, a blind political supporter, or a blind religious follower. In the end, the choice is always yours, and I hope humanity is still the most attractive choice for most of us.
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