The cold night of 16thDecember 2012, witnessed a brutal gang rape of a brave human being named ‘Nirbhaya’, by six coward inhuman beings. The dreams of a young innocent girl of just 23 years of age were shattered in that single night. She was like any other girl, the pride of her family, a trustable shoulder for her friends and above all a normal human being. She wanted to live, she wanted to pursue her dreams and she wanted to witness that dawn when the culprits will get punished for their act. But all her wishes came to an end. Alas, that was the Night that never saw the Dawn.
Maybe, the almighty did not want her to suffer for more in this cruel world, as such took her away from us, within a few days of that brutal incidence. On 29th December 2012, even before the dawn could break, ‘Nirbhaya’ took her last breath, after bravely fighting for her life during all those painful days.
What was her fault? Why was she made to suffer to that extent? What was the mistake of her family? Was being a girl her fault? Was it a mistake of her family that they gave birth to a female child in this cruel world? ‘Nirbhaya’ has gone far away from us but she left behind a lot of questions to be answered by us. Her family is left broken and from that day onwards their only aim of life is to get justice in this case. Even after 3 long years, the wet tired eyes of her family members are still waiting for that very moment when the cruel killers of ‘Nirbhaya’ will get the punishment they deserve. What a shame, that after three long years of that incident her mother has to say that “Crime has won and I have lost”.
It is rightly said that “Justice delayed, is justice denied”. In all such cases, not only the victim suffers but their family is destined to die every moment waiting for justice. While the culprit laughs at the system which gives them the freedom to commit such inhuman act and still get away from any kind of severe punishment. It’s shameful on our part that we couldn’t bring a new law into existence even in a long duration of three years from that incidence. Are we even concerned about woman’s safety? Yet, we want the common man to have faith in our judicial system.
Today on 20th December 2015, one of the culprits is set free on the ground that he was a juvenile at the time when he raped that innocent girl. Can a person, who was involved in a brutal gang rape, wherein the inhuman males went to the extent of inserting a rusted iron rod in the genital organs of a girl and assaulting her so bad that even her intestine is reported to have come out of the body, set free merely because he was a juvenile? What kind of a society we are breeding by such laws? Aren’t we conveying the message that the juvenile has all the freedom to do, as they wish because the maximum imprisonment is of 3 years? It’s a humble request that please stop discriminating the culprit with age, gender, caste, creed, colour etcetera. They are ‘Inhuman’…Period.
Herewith, I would like to quote the following paragraph extracted from my other Blog “India – My Country, My Dream”, under the sub-heading Crime free India – “The growth in the number of rape cases is too scaring. What a shameful and alarming situation for any country to get 4-5 rapes cases registered every hour. We can just imagine what will be the figure like when the number of cases that do not get registered or the cases of Domestic Violence etcetera comes on record. Aren’t we taking such cases too casually? Can we put our hand on our heart and claim that we have a zero tolerance policy in all such cases? Just name one ‘successful’ measure that our society, our government has taken to bring down such cases. It’s a humble request of this common man that irrespective of all the other measures to stop such cases, “It’s a high time we male take a pledge, that let the female be our mother, sister, friend, colleague, wife or in any other relation to name with, but never ever be our victim”.”
16th December 2012, was a day of shame, a day of sorrow, a day of emotional outburst, and a day of introspection for every human soul. It is not about a city, not about a country, not about modernization, not about culture but it is about humanity. Humanity is at stake. Joseph Conrad (a polish author) once said that “Being a woman is a terribly difficult task since it consists principally in dealing with men”. Today, if we look around we will agree to what he said. But is it only about agreeing with what he said or do we want to change the views? Yes, we can change it by giving the much deserved “respect & love to every single woman”. I am sure our respect & love towards the woman will indeed enable us one day, to quote that “Being a woman is the most wonderful task since it consists principally in dealing with men”. That day humanity will feel proud on Humans.
Whenever we hear about such cruel incident, the heart cries out and prays that such incidences should not happen with any woman. However, nothing changes in reality. We get back to our routine life and forget everything as if nothing actually happened and simply wait for another brutal incident to take place after which we can mourn a bit. Hope, we realize that it’s a high time that we save humanity from getting shattered, every now and then. I would like to request every female that please be safe and please be extra cautious.
‘Nirbhaya’ (means Fearless), the flame of your personality will always ignite our memories and you will indeed live forever in our heart!!!
My prayers for the family of ‘Nirbhaya’ and wish that the almighty keeps ‘Nirbhaya’ happy wherever she is.