Do We Really Want Justice For The Kathua Rape-Murder Victim Asifa?
The story of gory gang rape and murder of an eight year old Asifa in Jammu & Kashmir’s Kathua and the gang rape of another minor in Uttar Pradesh’s Unnao grew across the country like a wild-fire.
The brutal gang rape and murder of an eight-year old girl has sparked outrage and anger across India, the headlines read.
The men the police have arrested include a retired government official, four police officers and a minor – all of them belong to a local Hindu community that has been involved in a land dispute with the Muslim nomads.
I have a few issues with this. I am completely against this barbaric act of inhumanity, but is it really these people who committed the crime who are to be blamed?
I don’t think so!
First, we should blame ourselves. We have been witnessing such crimes for years. We have been seeing things happen in front of us. But, what do we do? Close our eyes and walk past! Why? Why does everyone neglect those little crimes of eve-teasing and women abuse happening on every street of India, on every single day? And then, when those same people take a step further and rape someone, all of us take banners and candles in our hands and walk out on the streets, protesting. Why? Did you try to stop that eve-teaser, that molester, or that guy who followed some random woman every day? No! You didn’t. And, you never will.
But when that same person rapes someone and murders her, you will not miss out on lighting a candle and making a banner with some great quote copied from google written on it, and walk out on the streets asking for justice. This is all you can do. Or I should say, this is all you want to do!
Second, we should blame the government and our judicial system. It is the government who will never take this matter seriously. Our government hasn’t ever cared for the women. What does our law do? If the crime is committed by someone who is poor and has no approach to the higher level, he is punished with a few years in jail and then released. And if the crime is committed by someone who has a good say in the system, the court says two beautiful words after the hearing, “Baizzat Bari” (Released with all due respect).
This is the state of our judiciary! This is the state of our nation! This is the state of our government!
And all the outrage and anger fizzes away after a few days. The crime and the criminals are forgotten and all the people asking for justice get lost in the darkness of anonymity, never to seen again until another such act happens.
This is it! This is what we do! This is what India, the fastest growing nation! We get over things really soon.