When I saw the headlines blaring at me – I did not want to read this piece of news. Because it sickened me. Because no solution is visible to put an end to this monstrosity, this evil. We blame the police when women are raped and sexually assaulted on roads and public places. But how do we control the rapist who apparently resides in each home today?
They have christened her Baby Nirbhaya – the 8-month-old girl who was raped by her 28-year-old relative in India’s capital, Delhi. She lies critical in the Intensive Care Unit of a hospital and will soon become just a number added to the statistics of rape cases in India.
She was 8-months-old. I really want to know how are the defendants of the crime going to shame the victim this time. Was she wearing provocative clothes? Did she stay out late and party? Was she drunk or drugged?
How can a mother dare to leave her daughter in the care of a relative if she comes home to find her crying in a pool of blood? With the number of child rapes increasing day by day, with recent cases from Haryana (murder and rape of two girls aged 8 and 10) and the terrible rape and murder of Zainab in Kasur, Pakistan – tell me honestly, do you think this world is fit for children to be born?
And even if they are – the daughters you are so proud of, how will you explain to them the attacks that they will have to face while growing up?
What was Pakistan’s Asma Rani’s fault? She simply wanted to pursue her medical studies and not get married. And what was the result of her ‘NO’ – she was shot to death – and now the criminal has taken asylum in Saudi Arabia.
If elimination of such people is not the answer then what is? Till when will the legal system protect these predators in the name of ‘breadwinners of the family’ and ‘male heir’ and ‘galtiyaan‘ (mistakes).
Maybe it’s time to stray away from ‘an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind’ and actually open our eyes to the menace of rape culture that is slowly and steadily penetrating our very houses.
But for the social media and the outrage that such incidences are causing – the police, the administration and the politicians seem to be oblivious to the need for reforms.
What are you really waiting for? For such an incident come knocking on your doorstep?
Not competent enough to sit idle and stare as the world goes by, Pallavi is optimistic to a fault and believes in building her world on her own rather than depending on others to make things right.