Two wrongs have happened recently.
1. BBC let out the real name of the Delhi rape victim, who was earlier referred to as Nirbhaya.
2. The Indian government banned the documentary, “India’s Daughter”
1. Nirbhaya means Fearless. The Delhi rape victim was referred to as Nirbhaya as she fearlessly fought those filthy animals in that bus on the night of December 16th. Against the growing picture of insecurity for women in the country, the naming of Nirbhaya restored the faith of a girl in herself. BBC let out the real name of the Delhi rape victim, which is not allowed legally under the Indian Penal Code. The fearlessness had been washed out before Nirbhaya was.
How can she remain fearless? If she goes out at night, she is not safe. If she defends herself, 4 people rape her to teach her a lesson. If she protests, the police charge on her. If she expresses, there is a ban on freedom of speech. If a documentary is made, she can only feel helpless watching it. And now that the documentary is banned, she has to accept the bitter truth: India cannot condemn crime, but can only condemn the truth. She cannot be fearless. Our society doesn’t allow her to be so. BBC told us she is not nirbhaya.
2. Everytime, such an incident takes place, we are filled with rage, we organize candle and protest marches, sign petitions, launch campaigns and then after a month, forget about it. The BBC documentary was a step towards igniting that fire again, to rage the country against the lawyer who says that women don’t deserve a place in our culture, to turn the country against an alleged criminal who thinks that it was the girl’s fault for whatever happened. This fire could have been carried out to schools and colleges and institutions but sadly, this fire was put out, popularly known as ‘banned’. What has come out from the documentary being banned is that it has made people aware of it more than it could have normally had, and thus more people are actually searching for the documentary and watching it.
So, in this blogpost I have come up with the flipside of two wrongs that have happened in the last few days. It is our choice, really. Whether we want to react to the documentary being banned or want to pass the message forward which the documentary wanted to reinstate – the status of women in India which needs to improve. We have the choice of whether going against the BBC for naming Nirbhaya or to be the guardian ourselves of not allowing such incidents any further where a girl needs to be called by a false name. What the documentary shows or what the government has done doesn’t insult Nirbhaya. What we do next, gives her justice.
Day before yesterday, each one of us reacted as if our law has been broken or they actually took the title, India’s daughter too seriously. Today, all of it has gone. Twitter trends have changed from #NirbhayaFilmBlocked to #MaukaMauka.
India’s d̶a̶u̶g̶h̶t̶e̶r̶ Masala.
Let us put wisdom before anger.