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'Sex abuse issue in Kashmir has some designs'
Srinagar: The issue rocked the entire Kashmir valley, and people reacted with violent protests. But, who is targetting the Kashmiri virtue?
‘WE ARE NOT content with negative obedience, nor even with most abject submission. When finally you surrender to us, it must be of your own free will. We do not destroy the heretic because he resists us: so long as he resists us we never destroy him. We convert him, we capture his inner mind, we reshape him. We burn all evil and all illusion out of him; we bring him over to our side, not in appearance, but genuinely, heart and soul. We make him one of ourselves before we kill him.’
(George Orwell in 1984)
 
ARE WE, THE people, unknowingly, unseeingly and unwillingly being made to be a partner of an open society? A society that wants us to accept hip-hop models, sex scams as a noun and smooching in public as a daily routine.
 
The public memory is not that short. We do remember that last year Anara Gupta’s scoop was exposed in Jammu. Anara’s case was unique, and after the usual potpourri she became the heroine of some B-grade Bollywood movies. Further, we also remember that way back in 1997 12 girls from a posh school were ‘smuggled’ to become models. We have not forgotten anything. Neither the crime at Raj Bagh nor the other hushed up cases.
                   
The present, so called, sex scandal in Srinagar, in which two minor girls were forcibly filmed nude for a CD, is neither scam nor scandal, but as the eminent lawyer Mian Qayoom rightly pointed out that it is the ‘victimisation of teenaged girls’ and rape. It is a criminal victimisation to demoralise people intellectually and spiritually. A close inspection will reveal how people behind curtains leaked things first, destroyed afterwards and defamed us at the end. Those media people who exposed it hyper consciously used the terms ‘scandal’ and ‘sexploitation’. Whereas the Indian law categorically states that if any teenaged girl runs away with a man even with her consent it will be taken as a criminal offence. The propaganda took precedence over common sense and our media forgot this simple thing.
      
After the deluge, a particular section of media refrained from politicising the issue during the daytime. But, at the prime time the same media politicised it, linked the protests with moral policing and trivialised it by relating it with the usual wannabe sex stars of north India. The culprits, on the other hand, systematically directed the ire of the gullible public towards the house of the small fish Sabina. The well thought out plan was to destroy all the evidences, and the police with its moles planted everywhere expedited the process. The moll, Sabina, when arrested looked supremely confident as if she was going to her husband’s home. And, if that was not enough came some lists in Srinagar localities, which contained names of the local women as victims.
 
Strangely, neither Brinda Karat or Sushma Swaraj, or for that matter the National Commission for Women, raised any objection. A noted journalist Humra Quraishi in her book Kashmir: The Untold Story (2004) writes that Kashmiri women are living on the virtue of volcano, as they feel sexually oppressed! How did she came to such a blatant conclusion?
 
However, there is a larger issue that nobody questioned during this entire controversy. How come the MMS clips were circulated freely and no one initiated the probe to locate the whereabouts? Remember the Delhi Public School MMS case in Delhi in 2004? Everyone involved in that sordid case was arrested within 48 hours. Although everything in Kashmir is being monitored, no one could locate the culprits who circulated those vicious MMS! And, maybe by the time you read this article the CDs based on the MMS are already there on various porno sites. It is not simply the case of lost innocence and exploitation but a well-thought-out and planned propaganda.
 
Now, as the case has been taken over by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) it has become clear that the guilty will be given a safe passage. This is the same CBI which could not charge persons involved in the Tehelka scam and even allowed the dreaded don Chotta Rajan to escape in the interest of the national cause. No doubt the CBI will work for a while. It may even charge some people, few may confess their crime, but afterwards it will all die. Action only counts if it yields result. For the state government it does not matter what opinion the masses hold. It is simply indifferent.
 
The intellectual section of Kashmir believes that after failing to repress them forcibly, India wants them to hate purity and goodness. They do not want any virtue in Kashmiris. They want ‘us’ to believe that ‘we’ are corrupt to the hilt. With this degrading methodology India makes us to get used to live life without hope and result. All these things are to convince us that a few more of these incidents would mean the end of the moral society of which Kashmir is so proud of. And, do not forget that we are dealing with a country whose former defence minister while reacting to the rapes committed against Muslim women in Gujarat in 2002 said, ‘What is special about rape. It happens even in the USA!’
       
This is a testing time for Kashmir. Girls are neither promiscuous nor do they believe in obscenity. Now, it is time when one has to rise individually, collectively and more importantly, nationally. Today, people are giving vent though writing. Tomorrow they may be on roads and if culprits still roam freely then who knows what happens.
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