It was a kind of civil war between governmental apathy and public empathy. With the 23-year-old girl passing away, and the nation standing stunned, and the world nations wolfishly eyeing on Indian-centric human rights cases, this averted civil war has gone into the pages of history. It was the need of the hour. Else, how could an unknown girl's real life story, unlike in the India of the immediate past, become so powerful that it turned out to be historic?
Much water willd flow down this bridge of misery before many such girls get attacked and killed in the days to come. This has been the story so far and it is very difficult to expect much from the system in favour of Indian women. However, if the media reports are anything to go by, India is bound to have a paradigm shift in the way cases of violence against women and children, especially female children, are going to be handled. If it happen,, the whole credit would go to that girl for whom the whole world mourns these days.
Let us hope that there will be strict legislation to safeguard the rights and liberties of women and children. As a matter of fact, as a polity India has enough rules and regulations to make women lead a free life. Then, how there is going to be yet another set of rules? Women and children had been aggressed upon in umpteen times, and both the public, political parties and their institutions had been smart enough to forego such incidents and live a life as if there was nothing called aggression again women. Still, this time, there is great uprising against violence against women because:
•There was no political party vying hard to get political mileage out of this miserable girl’s ignominy and misfortune.
•The media were not able to pry on the lives of the kin of the girl, but was given freedom to show the real story as it got unfolded.
•Governmental apathy had been there down the ages and this time it was exposed far beyond anyone’s calculations.
•The uprising was not against any movement or reform but against wrong men and their deformities which were ignored by governments of all times.
•It was not a political or religious or linguistic or communal issue, but was a human issue.
•It was a sensible mob that was reacting, not the mindless mob generated by political hooligans.
•It was a fight between two forces: Apathy and empathy of government and public respectively.
•When it comes to human cause, there is no need for any banner. The virtual absence of any banner is another reason.
•Finally, India incorporated had to budge as it was suffering from not so good rating in the international human rights upkeep listing.
•India was getting a chance to take up a make over for such a tarnished image. So it tried to make hay when it shined.
•This incident was a blessing in disguise for the Indian incorporated, for it got a chance to proclaim in front of the world that its approach to violence against women is nothing short of a zero tolerance mode.
•The UPA government was giving the case a chance so that it could prove that the incident was unfortunate but it was not due to governmental apathy but because of reasons unknown.
•And the public was not ready to believe so, and people told the world that India was not a safe place for women. Anyway a civil war was averted.
So it was a kind of civil war between governmental apathy and public empathy. With the girl passing by, and the nation standing stunned, and the world wolfishly eyeing on India-centric human rights cases, this averted civil war has gone into the pages of history. It was the need of the hour. Else, how could an unknown girl’s real life story, unlike in the India of the immediate past, become so powerful that it turned out to history-changing? It is not for nothing this girl had succumbed to her misery. It was for the good of all female children and women of India, today, tomorrow and all the ages to come.
This writer is of the opinion that there should not be any trial court for judging cases involving women’s privacy being encroached upon. Anyone found prima facie involved in it, be it rape or molestation or violence or whatever, should be eliminated without trial. There need not be a trial to prove one guilty. The real victim’s testimony is enough. I know it is an ambitious ambition. If Indian penal code can eliminate a handful of such criminals, there will be visible changes in the way men of loose character look at women and children. We must kill a few such elements for a good cause.