As the whole of India was debating whether it is right or wrong to ban or not to ban the 'India's daughter' documentary....another girl got victimized by a sadist rapist in Nagaland. This time, the girl came out boldly stating that she was given Rs 5000 to keep quite by the rapist.....Sadist! Yes, this is exactly a group of student thought and took onto the streets in silent protest.
The same day, all the prime news channels were only debating full time on the intentions and thoughts of another sadist who is the death row and two other WELL_EDUCATED lawyers who were again and again telling that it was the fault of Jyothi to be on the streets of Delhi, going out to a movie with a boy friend and spoiling our culture!?!??!???
The young peaceful protest slowly became frenzy..the thoughts of letting another rapist lager in our jails for next several years and then giving a chance to give interview to another foreigner and making him a negative-hero was not letting our youth tolerate. The students were joined by several of the public, protesting and more than thousand people mobbed on the jail and pulled out the rapist and took the law in their hands....lynched him, made him walk naked and finally killed him. Is justice done to the girl? Confusion....Interstate dispute, a collector's suspension and series of arrests followed.
The orthodox way of punishment to an accused again took to the headlines. When hundreds of rapes happen and accused rapists continue to survive, why did the mob go frenzy this time and took justice in their hands? Where did the tolerance and time for justice gone this time? Was the repeate telecast of Mukesh Singh's interview and the debates triggered this reaction of the people in Nagaland
As a woman, I thought if few more such mob justice instances happen this will make the rapists definitely scared for what happened in Nagaland and keep their zips zipped up in care! But as a sensitive citizen, I was not comfortable to the thought of the way mob took law in their hands. This was the way accused used to be punished in several parts of India during 'Kata Panchayat days' ; but are we not today going by the rotten legal system...We still will dust our old legal books and wait for justice. Somehow, both are two extremes.
Yes, taking law in hands is not the right thing. We should let the law deal with these rapists. Same time, feeding them and making them comfortably stay in jails ( Notice Mukesh, and other two accused clean shaved, wearing ironed clothes and looking very healthy - is there no jail uniforms, and these guys fed well and sheltered for rest of their lives as their mercy petitions will wait another decade....) is not going to be giving justice to the victims. Justice delayed is Justice denied.
It is time for us to have a balanced thinking. It is time to make our men promise of respect, care and equality to women around them. It is time for women to make their families take up this promise for men's enlightenment than just focus on Women Empowerment
The real happiness of celebrating women's day is only when we see the crimes on women coming down not just in India but across the world. The real pride of being a woman is when we help the fellow women to empower, enrich and earn their self-respect and self- esteem. What may come, we women should remain strong and focused. Stay strong and courageous. Stay firm to ground and reach skies in our achievements. Stay Blessed!
Happy Women's Day