Right to Equality, they say is fundamental. How fundamental? Well, I guess that is the question of the day.
Today, India is plagued by many, many problems of its own on almost every front – economical, social, political, national! But this post isn’t going to be about the falling rupee, or the false promises of new politicos or the creation of new states.
This post is about how some people decide to run the country on their own terms and why we, as a nation, allow them to do so.
A few days back, a self-made god-man and spiritual leader (just one among many), Asaram Bapu, was accused by a 16-year-old girl of sexually assaulting her in his Jodhpur ashram. Are the allegations true? Only time will tell.
My questions? Why was this man, a potential rapist and a so-called ‘walking figure of morality’ not taken in custody the day the charges were pressed? Why are his followers protesting against his arrest (as per recent developments)? Why is he being given the VVIP treatment and not what he deserves?
My answer? Because he is a “respectable man” of considerable means (and reach) and an allegation like this, only tarnishes his
already tarnished image.
For those interested, here is Asaram’s
Asaram Bapu’s comments about the infamous 2012 Delhi gang rape only show how sensitive he is towards a delicate matter like sexual abuse. The problem lies in the casual manner we treat the criminals and the way we, as a society mock the victim, blame her, torment her. As per recent developments, Asaram will be getting a maximum of seven years in prison. That’s it?
Do rapists not deserve a life sentence? Do they really deserve a second chance when their victim suffers every single day? According to Indian law, the death sentence is reserved for the “rarest of the rare cases”. Define rare for me, will you?
The above thoughts bring me to another: What standards have we, as nationals, set for tolerance? Why do we tolerate the shoving of rusty, iron rods in a woman’s private parts? Why do we tolerate the murder of two youths trying to help women in distress, in broad daylight? Why do we tolerate eight men gang-raping a female on a busy street while the audience records it on their phones, enjoying themselves? Why do we blame the victims of such hideous crimes instead of supporting them? When do we plan to do something about it?
Some will say, it isn’t our fault. Man never can be a great judge of character – if so, all con-men will go out of business! And it is true, to some extent.
While declaring India a democratic state, we the people have made ourselves hugely dependent on the government. When they said “of the people, by the people and for the people,” I think we took them for their word.
Big mistake. HUGE.
The words of, by and for just lost their meanings.
When a juvenile commits a crime, no matter how inhuman, he gets a punishment not worthy of being called punishment. Even if a man of age 17 years and 11 months, killed a 51 year old lady, robbed her of her belongings and her dignity, then cut her into several pieces only to feed to the dogs, he’ll get away with just three years in a correctional facility, which is the maximum punishment for a juvenile, never mind the crimes he committed. THAT is how India works. The sad part, however, is that that is where it remains.
Why are we unable to see change on all fronts? When will man put his ideals, his humanity ahead of his greed and lust? When will we learn to respect each other? What will make us respect each other? When will we realize that all humans are equals and are to be treated as equals? When will that day come when I won’t hesitate to take a stroll in a public park at night or when I will be able to ask for a lift in broad daylight, without doubting the man’s intentions?
Does such a day even exist?
The Times Of India