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SHAME: Why Modi govt is worried about airing of India’s Daughter but not the rapes?

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By Prateek Kumar

After the heinous and brutal gender-related incident of “Nirbhaya” that caused an outrage in India, raping the innocent souls for fulfilling ones fetish is considered as a fashion. Rapes now days are the repercussions of fatal incidental syndrome that is considered to be generated because of a generic attire of a girl. But what if a girl is just a child who only is aware of little joys of childhood .

The Nirbhaya case shocked the conscience of the Indian people and brought about widespread protests. As the sordid details of the case emerged we prayed that no one else would have to suffer such torment; a futile prayer for a six year old girl in Ahmedabad who had a 12 millimeter thick metal rod inserted into her private parts after being raped.

The girl was rushed to the Sola Civil Hospital on March 2 where she was operated upon due to the severe damage to her internal organs. While this incident may catch people’s attention due to its similarities with the Nirbhaya case it is only one among the numerous incidents where minor girls have faced such torment. Bangalore saw a spate of cases last year where minor girls were raped or molested on school premises. The July 2 gang rape of a six year old girl by her gym instructors at school sparked protests from the parents and led to the Bangalore police issuing guidelines to schools to ensure the safety of their students. Shockingly a few schools went to the Karnataka high court to object against these guidelines, they stuck to their contention that it would drain them of their resources despite the over-riding need for implementing child safety guidelines.

The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POSCO) 2012 has not apparently had a mitigating effect on the rise of such cases. The authorities involved appear to be ill-equipped to handle the post-traumatic needs of the victims and often lack the forensic acumen required to clinch conclusive evidence.

The government appears to be more concerned about the airing of a documentary, titled “India’s Daughter”, rather working with the judiciary and the police to ensure that the perpetrators of such crimes face both adequate severity as well as absolute surety of punishment.  And after, what happened in West Bengal yesterday, where a 70-year-old nun was raped, it is difficult to believe that government will ever take any action in India.

 

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Don’t Play Politics With Rape Incidents

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Now even the rape case is taken as a mean for those political ends. Therefore, any incidents of rape are interpreted and handled in unethical ways.
Bollywood actresses showing their anger against the Kathua Rape Case victim

– Salil Gewali, Shillong

Most of the political moves in the world are guided by self-interest. Here the human prudence is just trampled over and thus many hearts are hurt.  This fact is true to the letter in the Indian political sphere. Yes, our leaders easily trade their souls to meet their ends.  National interests are just bet — even with the enemy fold. Media and celebrities are often used for the job.  What more, even education is politicized, radically distorted to fit in with the “mission”.

Now even the rape case is taken as a mean for those political ends. Therefore, any incidents of rape are interpreted and handled in unethical ways. The moment a rape occurs, the political leaders take sides accordingly, so also the media. The Kathua rape had become a case of crises for the ruling party. It was a low point between the opposition parties and the government. The opposition leaders hurled the criticism against the BJP.  But it’s becoming much clearer now that the case was specifically “used” as a tool to sever the bond between the Hindu and the Muslim for the political gain. All available methods were tactfully employed then to defame the government, nay even the nation. What harm it has done is beyond the mental calculation.

Now even the rape case is taken as a mean for those political ends. Therefore, any incidents of rape are interpreted and handled in unethical ways.
Media is not highlighting the rape cases properly. Pixabay

Please look at the following cases which did not prompt such drama, though much more serious then the Kathus’s case. Very recently a gruesome rape was committed in Nadia district, West Bengal by a TMC activist Sheikh Bappa where a six-month pregnant relative of a BJP candidate was the victim. But no such uproar heard. In another appalling case, a Maulavi sexually abused “six children” at a Madrassa in Telangana.  But can you believe, this case totally failed to evoke the sympathy of so-called great people, nor did the media carry the news? All columnists went into hibernation. But why? Again, in Jharkhand, one dairy owner Ashif Iqbal raped his employee, tried to convert her to Islam by forcefully making her eat beef. He also threatened to kill her girl child. It never became an issue. Have you heard that another Kathua-like case happened in Khajuraho at Rajnagar about two weeks back? But no media thought it is worth the tears of the country’s citizens as an Asifa’s case.  This sadistic crime on a 3-year-old girl was committed by 19-year-old Tauhid Khan. Police have filed a case against Tauhid Khan.  Why are this time Bollywood stars not beating the breast and condemning the crime? Why are there “different prisms” to look at the same kind of crimes? Is this not a very dangerous trend? Please book the criminals who are raping the society.

 

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