There are days when things just fall out-of-place, everything seems meaningless. An event that happened far away can sometimes have a huge impact on us. At least it happened for me today when I opened my laptop and read the breaking news.
She died today, the victim of gang rape in the capital of India. As if the crime (rape) is not brutal enough as it is, the details of the night of 16th December 2012 bring a sense of disgust toward the culprits. Waves of shiver went down my spine while I read the account of torment a 23-year old girl suffered in the course of an hour through six drunk men. How can such beings call themselves human? An apocalypse does not sound so bad after reading about the state of women in India. If this is a part of future for human kind then let the world end soon!
A feeling of outrage has filled every single heart and protests are being held, law is yet to take its course. I am furious just like the rest of the world. But I cannot decide what exactly agitates me more – The fact that another innocent girl fell victim of a ghastly crime? or
That she died much before her time and couldn’t experience so many things in life she was entitled to because she boarded a wrong bus? or
That she suffered brutal injuries and suffered for 13 days before finally saying goodbye to a cruel world? or
That the criminals are still alive? or
That even if the accused are sentenced to death, it will not be enough suffering for them? or
That she was taken to Singapore for treatment? (political move?) or
That the action is yet to be taken?
All of those. Also that this is a country where the goddesses are worshipped and yet so many women suffer at the hands of men who treat them just like objects. It makes no sense for people to worship goddesses then disrespect and assault them in human form. The police and politicians advice precautions but it is clear that there is no question of type of dress, time of the day, structure, age or anything that can cause trouble. There are all kinds of cases reported day in day out and there is no single repeating factor. It is just a matter of demons left uncontrolled and fearless. A harsh punishment along with higher security and speedy trials may be the first step towards the safeguarding of the womankind.
The incident has attracted international attention and one can only hope that the victim receives justice soon. May the girl Rest in Peace and may God give her family strength to cope with this situation.
I am attaching this post to yesterday’s Daily Prompt (What’s the last thing you read that bit and stung you). This the event that I read about and it really broke my heart.