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The 'Black' Day
|by Ananya S Guha|
The Raisina Hill protest is not symbolic. It is more than a protest, it is a demand for rights, rights that have been vitiated and violated in the most grotesque manner. This is not the first time, that the honour of women have been traduced in our country in the vilest manner. But this is the limit, so much so that people are hurt, angry and dejected. Their actions and their faces say so.
We were not ashamed when we stripped foreigners of their honour, there is no shame when we do it to our own people. The Delhi episode shows that we do not have an iota of respect for women and human life.
What were the police doing? The police are in cahoots with criminals, this is an open secret, but this is not inviolate. We have to break such unholy conspiracies.
Sushma Swaraj is absolutely right. Not only should a special session of Parliament be called, but emergency measures should be taken, on internal security lines. The incident is a threat to National Security, it underlines the fact that rogue elements in the country do things with the worst impunity, thinking that they will get away with their actions.
The Prime Minister has said that measures will be taken to ensure safety of women. May we know, what are these measures? When will they be taken? How do school buses do private business after school hours? Who are the owners of such buses?
The Amnesty International Representative in India has said that capital punishment will not act as a deterrent. It is not only a question of deterrence, it is a question of punishing those who have the scantest regard for human life. So their lives should be put into question. It is all right to talk of grandiose human rights, but not when people do not value it, and have no scruples, no conscience, when after raping, they physically maim and throw their victims, into the consigns of wilderness.
This is the fourth time that I have written on this grisly happening. I am writing to register not only my protest, but my sense of hurt and shame, that I experience as a collective consciousness. What must be happening to the parents of this lady? What will theirs and hers, future be like, especially in cloistered, gossipy settings. The protesters are angry, because enough is enough, this has been happening at regular intervals.
A few days before this incident a young lady in Bangalore, from North East India was affronted in the worst manner possible by mad voyeurists. There was a group of 30-40 people. CNN-IBN has recorded the interview of the lady. I heard it, even pornographic material will be put to the test, if one listens to her version. And, the shame of it is that the policeman brushed her aside, and even manhandled her. And we say that Bangalore, is a safe city.
It is time that a nation wide protest takes place, a black day is observed and the Chief Ministers of ALL states address the people to give them back their rights.
December 17th 2012, will go down in the annals of Indian History as a day of Darkness - the 'blackest' day possible.
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