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The monstrous face of Indian society: Two sisters to be raped as “punishment”

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Indian society has seen some horrendous crimes in the past and cases of gang rape are heard every now and then. But the recent case of two sisters being threatened to be gang raped has come as a complete shock. What is more disturbing is that they are told to be raped repeatedly as a “punishment” for the wrongs that their brother had done by eloping with a married woman.

The sisters were so frightened after the khap panchayat in Uttar Pradesh passed the rule to rape them that they fled from their village which is at the Bhagpat district, just outside Delhi. In addition, as a part of justice, the panchayat declared to blacken their faces and then parading them naked on 31 July 2015. All this happened because the married woman that their brother, Ravi ran away with was from a higher Jat caste.

This eye for an eye form of justice is a proof of the hypocrisy that lies in the Indian society. The khap panchayat with a majority of Jat members, thinks that it is the correct decision to avenge Ravi’s actions. However, this is sheer injustice done by the village council.

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It’s an irony that this incident has come up a day before the festival of Rakshabandhan that celebrates brother-sister love and the strong bond that they share. A sister ties Rakhi on her brother’s hand with a belief that he will protect her against all odds but here, the sisters are in danger because of their brother’s “crime”.

Apart from Ravi, the sisters have another brother, Sumit Kumar, who says that “the Jat decision is final”. The girls have now appealed to the Supreme Court for their safety. The eldest of the two, Meenakshi Kumari, who is 23, has registered a petition asking for protection for herself and her 15-year-old sister. The family belongs to the lowest caste in India that is Dalit, or untouchables.

According to the International Human Rights group, the woman who eloped with Ravi might be in danger too. She is rumoured to be pregnant as well. The coverage done by Zee Media reveals that the Jat woman and Ravi were in love and wanted to be together. However, the strict village rules and the woman’s family forced her to marry someone else until she decided to elope with Ravi.

The two sisters are unwilling to return to their home in the village for the fear of their life and dignity.

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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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