Sunday, June 1, 2014

Why is this collective silence?

Very disturbing news of gang rape and murder of two sisters after almost one and half year of Damini incident has made me realize that nothing has changed so far. I wrote a post after Damini's (Nirbhaya's, both are not her real names to protect her identity) case and I am writing another post after this incident. I am as disturbed as I was after reading news about brutal rape and murder of Nirbhaya. Yes, first incident was in Delhi this is in some small village of UP, chief ministers of both the states are different, they belong to different political parties; in center also that time there was government of UPA now it is NDA but apart from that nothing has changed. Then also few fanatic men brutally raped and killed on girl this time also two innocent girls were brutally raped and killed, WHY? What was their mistake? Why our administration consistently fails to protect their citizens and act swiftly when any such crime happens? There was huge uproar and wide spread protests to support Nirbhaya and her fight for justice, why there is collective silence about this case?

Now as this news is reported somewhere in media, few arrests will be made, few policemen will be suspended for lack of swift action, blame game will start, center will blame state government, state will blame police, political parties will criticize each other to take political mileage from this heinous incident. This all will go on for few days like a ritual which they do after every such incident and then everything will stop; people, government and political parties will forget about this incident. Administration and government will become complacent until next incident when all this ritual will be followed once again. During Nirbhaya's case there was widespread protest all over the country, anger among public forced administration to take some steps not only to solve that case but also to reduce suffering and humiliation of rape victims. Amir Khan's TV show Satyamev Jayate even telecasted one episode related with this issue and raised many valid points and offered many good suggestions to deal with this issue. How many of those suggestions were implemented or even discussed? Why are we so silent after this incident? What is the reason for this collective silence? Is frequent occurrence of such incidents have numbed our sensitivities so much that now any such news doesn't surprise or shock us any more? Have we become immune to such incidents? There are many questions like this which come to my mind when I see insensitivity of current (and past) administrations towards such incidents. I really feel helpless to see very complacent attitude of these people towards such issues.

I can understand that there is new government at the center and for past few days there was celebration time for BJP and its allies for their impressive victory in general elections. Because of all this media has many more things to report. They are trying to report each and every step the new government is taking, which is good, people should be informed about actions and plans of their government but was this news not important enough? Doesn't such incidents indicate ugly reality of our society towards which we need to pay urgent attention? How many more boys and girls need to die like this until this issue becomes as important as article 370 or reservations or educational qualification of some minister? I don't know what will it take to make it a major national issue? Does place of incident matter in such cases? Whether it's Delhi or Badaun the seriousness and cruelty of crime is same, so they should get same response and same treatment from administration and people. If people stop reacting to such incidents then in current setup government will definitely try to wash its hands from taking any responsibility.

Incidents like this are not only about rape or murder, they are about caste, attitude of administration towards their citizens, efficiency and accountability of administration and respective governments, society's views towards such crimes. These issues involve many such aspects and at each level we have some serious problem, that is the reason these incidents happen so frequently. But major problem is society's (and this includes government also) attitude towards women (and minorities in other atrocities committed towards them). They are victimized by certain sections of society and neglected by government because currently they have no (or very little) say in power equation. As in casteism upper castes maltreat lower castes just because they think they are superior than lower castes, in same way many times men try to ill treat women. This whole concept of superiority and inferiority needs to be challenged at every level. Men who feel they are superior than women as well as women who think they are inferior to men need to realize basic fault in their thinking, they both need to understand the concept of gender equality. Both genders and all sections of society (in case of casteism and racism) need to understand that equality and freedom of expression are two basic needs of any developing and civilized society. I hope talk of equality and women empowerment doesn't only remain on paper or in discussion forums, political parties and ruling governments show will and courage to implement policies which can make this happen in reality. Current governments (in center as well as in most states) have clear majority to make these things happen if they are really serious about these things. People need to push them to act in this direction, because history shows that nothing substantial has been done in this direction without pressure from general public. So let's raise our voices from whatever forum we can, use blogs, FB, twitter, protests or whatever to make government realize that people are damn serious about such crimes and need very swift and appropriate action from government. Criminals need to get punishment at least to show that no one can get away from crimes like these, this will be the first step towards this direction and then we will need many social and political reforms to remove gender bias which still exists in our society. I hope that I don't have to write another post on any such incident in future. It's not easy to read about these things, I can't even imagine the torture and humiliation faced by these victims, no one should face such things and it's our responsibility as a society to create that atmosphere. It won't be easy but keeping mum is not an option, that is why this collective silence or nothing can be done, things won't change type of attitude is disturbing. Let's not wait for another Nirbhaya to die or another Badaun to happen, let's raise our voices against any such incident no matter where it happens and who is the victim.

Thanks for reading and please share your views on this topic.

[Copyright : Vinay Thakur. Please contact the author for re-posting or publishing]

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8 comments:

  1. When you have lost it. When you have too much of anything. When ego, selfishness, , easy virtue takes over, you have the modern man. Intelligent, progressive, all inclusive. ?...

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  2. Silence because the criminals are Muslims I beleive and no one likes to critisise muslims. We like to appease them and let them bomb us and kill us and rape us.

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    1. Your comment only deserves condemnation in strongest possible words, you trivialized this issue so much really pathetic...get well soon and try to bring some logic and sense in your thinking.

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  3. Typical rubbish reply from you. You are the one who asked the question but now dont like the answer. Pathetic.

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    1. its not that I didn't like the answer, your answer was beyond like and dislike as I said it only deserved condemnation...but the problem is you didnt even realize that your answer is pathetic and far from reality...check the names of criminals if at all you are interested in their religion and then come back and explain your pathetic and racist logic...wake up and come to senses before doing that if possible, it will definitely help.

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  4. Since you didnt name the culprits and there is an email going around about some muslims who raped a young girls then my reply was about that. There are 100s of rape cases in India. And I did say that [[the criminals are Muslims I beleive ]]. If I beleived wrong --then you should have pointed that out instead of making rubbish comments. I would have then accepted my mistake.
    In either case what I said is not false either and there is nothign racist about this comment.

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    1. I guess you totally missed the meaning of my comment. I said your comment only deserves condemnation and that means even if the perpetrators of this crime would have been Muslims your comment was totally inappropriate. No religion can be linked with anything like this and anyone who is looking at it on religious lines should go and get some help. Not only what you believed was wrong your whole attempt to bring particular religion (Islam) in this was wrong. I hope at least now you understand why I meant in my comment.

      The post clearly mentions the incident which I am referring to and there is even link to check the actual news related with the incident...so before making that statement you should have checked it. Next time please make sure you check all the facts before commenting don't beleive some rumors and make some bizzare comment.

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