Shameful and Shameless. #DelhiGangRape

23 year old student who was gang raped and hit with an iron rod for resisting for nearly 45 minutes in the Delhi bus, is in a critical condition. Nation in a state of shock and anger. Protestors take to the street.

“Changing your display picture to a black dot would not make any difference.” remarked a college going student. I don’t have any arguments for it. It is a bitter truth. But I do feel shameful for the fact that we have accepted it won’t make any difference. Shameful because incidents as such are not new, but increasing since years with almost no actions against it. Shameful because it is still deemed to be the mistake of any girl because her dress code provokes aggression. Don’t tell not to dress. Tell them not to rape.

Delhi Streets; Rape: Allowed. Protests: Not Allowed.

The culprits are shameless. If not so, why will they commit such a crime knowing its consequences? These deviants are not afraid of consequence as it comes too little too late. Even after such a crime if the culprits are claiming, “Wanted to teach girl a lesson”, it is heart rendering how shameless people can be and how our society is still living on the conventions. Even crimes have started being guided by morals?

The government isn’t shameless. The government isn’t shameful. The government may be planning to set up a new committee and move on. Police reforms are lying in cold storage for years now. Police commissioners say they don’t have enough man power to deal with such incidents. The home secretary has held a self-congratulatory press conference to say that the investigation into the case has been well conducted. Dear ministers, it is the prevention we demand and not effective investigation.

1779536 Shame on you, government.

The police needs to send out  a clear message to the men of Delhi. And they can use this incident as a starting point. Do not let this dissolve into a court case that takes 10 years to deliver justice to the wronged girl. Punish them and punish them hard, so that any animal would think twice before outraging the modesty of a woman. We hope somebody is listening. Don’t get raped. 

The failure of the Anna Hazare movement has made me lose faith in any protest. Changing display pictures to black dots or forwarding appealing messages, organising candle marches or ravaging at the India gate or the Rashtrapati Bhavan won’t help. One may get justice, but there are thousands who have been or being exploited. Even blog posts as such crying over the inefficiency of the government and showing remorse for the incident won’t help. It’s a fast paced life. Reforms will take place to result in strict rules but will gradually fade out as the pressure from the media and the rage from the public fade out. Something that we see with every problem be it corruption or terrorism.
But I do believe in protests because it is our medium of saying, We Care. We do hope SHE gets justice, Women get justice. Criminal activities will soon get their payback.

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About Chetan

A twenty year old infant who fears if crows may shit on him or if Bengali aunties' umbrellas may prick him in the eye. He is currently waiting for Mamata Banerjee to leave Kolkata.

Posted on December 22, 2012, in Decemblogger. and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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