End of 2012 may be the worst ending of an year in last 50 years for India as a nation, giving exception to the Indian Ocean Tsunami year. A brutal rape, which has shaken the mind of the nation. A 23 year old girl who is entitled to roam free in her own nation, was put behind criticism despite being raped by 5 adults and 1 minor. What a pity state of the nation!
I try to jot down a few quotes given by our Netas in recent times, all at one place so that we know who we have elected.
The nation called her with many names they liked. I choose to call her Damini. I do not claim Damini to be my sister. It is not necessary for me to think that she is my sister to feel for her. Though she has departed us, there is fire that she left in this world. Let it stay longer until women of this country are feeling safe themselves. Not only it was a worst ending. The starting also took a dig on our ego, as a nation. Two Army Jawans were decapitated in Uri district of Kashmir. That too within the LOC Indian side. In Times Now news channel prime time show “News at 9” by Arnab Goswamy, he was asking some sharp questions to the responsibility of Pak Army in this incident. The Pak officer was offending saying that,
You (Indians) don’t even protect your own women and you are complaining about another country’s Army. What more insult do you need?
Days before that our own netas (let it be political, religious or spiritual) had started their own versions of advices to the women. And the worst part is how sexist people are. Netas are seeing there is no mistake in the side of Rapists but it was Damini who is guilty; or at least the root cause for this incident. Our prime minister went out of his speech quota for the second week of December which made him unable to talk or address the nation in a situation where Raisina hill, Amar Jawan and India gate were filled up with protesters. And when he talked, he did it in all the wrong way by ending it with a simple Dramatic “Theek Hei”! What a shame! What a shame!
Usual questions asked were, why should she go out in the night? Why didn’t she wear more safer dress?! I intend to collect some “Verbal Diamonds” from our Netas to be recorded here. Thanks to Reuters.
BJP MP Ramesh Bais told reporters referring to the rape case involving minor inmates of a government-run residential school: “The rape of grown-up girls and women might be understandable but if someone does this to an infant, it is a heinous crime and the offenders should be hanged”
Manohar Lal Sharma, a lawyer who represents three of the accused, speaking to Bloomberg in an interview: Sharma said the male companion of the murdered 23-year-old was “wholly responsible” for the incident as the unmarried couple should not have been on the streets at night. “Until today I have not seen a single incident or example of rape with a respected lady,” Sharma said in an interview at a cafe outside the Supreme Court.
“Even an underworld don would not like to touch a girl with respect.” … Sharma said the man and woman should not have been traveling back late in the evening and making their journey on public transport. He also said it was the man’s responsibility to protect the woman and that he had failed in his duty. “The man has broken the faith of the woman,” Sharma said yesterday. “If a man fails to protect the woman, or she has a single doubt about his failure to protect her, the woman will never go with that man.”
Asaram Bapu, self-proclaimed “godman”: “She should have taken God’s name and could have held the hand of one of the men and said ‘I consider you as my brother’, and should have said to the other two ‘Brother I am helpless, you are my brother, my religious brother.’” In other words, if she’s begged for forgiveness and cited the fraternity of man and called to God for help, all would have been well. Bapu’s spokesperson later responded to criticism of his statements by saying that women who get raped bear a fraction of the responsibility. (Hindustan Times) [I would say he is Besharam Bapu… not Asharam Bapu]
Puducherry Education Minister T Thiagarajan, on making girls in the tropical southern citywear overcoats so men won’t be driven mad with lust: “The meeting resolved to introduce overcoats for girl students, operate special buses for them and ban mobile phones in schools. Our government is committed to ensuring safety of women, particularly girl students.” (Hindustan Times)
Rajasthan BJP lawmaker Banwari Lal Singhal: A BJP MLA in Rajasthan has demanded a banon skirts as uniform in schools to keep girls away from “men’s lustful gazes”. Alwar (Urban) legislator Banwari Lal Singhal has written a letter to the state chief secretary C K Mathew, demanding that skirts should be replaced by trousers or salwar-kameez. “The intention of this demand is to keep girl students away from men’s lustful gazes and for their comfort in hot and cold weather conditions,” Singhal told PTI. (Outlook)
Abu Asim Azmi, state president of the Maharashtra Samajwadi Party: “If you keep petrol and fire together then it will burn. There should be a law to ensure that there should be no ‘nangapan’ (nudity). Those who wear less clothes should also be banned.” Also, paraphrased: fashion and nudity are responsible for the current situation in India. And in rural India, “girls don’t go searching out for boyfriend(s).” It goes on: “I support death penalty for the Delhi rapists but there should also be a law that women should not wear less clothes and roam around with boys who are not their relatives. What is the need for roaming at night with men who are not relatives? This should be stopped.” To be fair, here is the response from his son Farhan: “We are a cosmopolitan family, I have five sisters, they are educated, they drive and roam around in cars, we have always respected girls as equals and is that how it should be.” (India Today)
Congress MP Abhijit Mukherjee (son of President Pranab Mukherjee): “Those who claim to be students – I can see many beautiful women among them – highly dented-painted [sic] – they’re giving interviews on TV, they’ve brought their children to show them the scenes. I have grave doubts whether they’re students, because women of that age are generally not students.” (Note: by dented-painted, we generally understand this to mean that they’re either a) a bit older and therefore need to be made up to look attractive, b) they’re like a car after a repair job, or c) they’re generally made up, and somehow not serious about their protests against the climate of rape and lack of prosecution in India. (Financial Express)
Madhya Pradesh BJP leader Vijayvargiya: “Only when Sitaji crossed the Lakshman rekha, she was kidnapped by Ravan. If Sitaji (woman) crosses the Lakshman rekha, then “Sitaharan” (crime against them) is bound to take place as Ravans are out there.” Here’s the background on that, along with one hell of a deconstruction of the plight of women “alone in the forest,” by Nilanjana Roy. Vijayvargiya withdrew his remark under pressure, by the way. (Deccan Chronicle)
Chhattisgarh Home Minister Nanki Ram Kanwar: “Harm can come on a person if the stars are in adverse positions … We have no answer to this, only an astrologer can predict.” (India Today)
Mohan Bhagwat (chief of right-wing organisation Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh): “A husband and wife are involved in a contract under which the husband has said that you should take care of my house and I will take care of all your needs. I will keep you safe. So, the husband follows the contract terms. Till the time, the wife follows the contract, the husband stays with her, if the wife violates the contract, he can disown her.” (NDTV)
More Bhagwat: Villages that embody the spirit of “Bharat” rather than “India” don’t produce a culture of rape. That’s something that you see in areas in which western culture’s poison has seeped into Indian souls, most notably in urban areas.
Jitendar Chattar (leader of a Khap Panchayat): “To my understanding, consumption of fast food contributes to such incidents. Chowmein leads to hormonal imbalance evoking an urge to indulge in such acts.”
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee: “Earlier if men and women would hold hands, they would get caught by parents and reprimanded but now everything is so open. It’s like an open market with open options.” (CNN-IBN)
Dr. Anita Shukla, scientist at the Rajmata Vijayaraje Scindia Krishi Vishwa Vidyalaya: “When a group of men intend to rape, they will do it. The victim should save herself for bringing the perpetrators to book … Had the girl simply surrendered (and not resisted) when surrounded by six men, she would not have lost her intestine. Why was she out with her boyfriend at 10 pm?”(Indian Express)
Jamaat-E-Islami Hind (Islamist organisation). Statement released by Secretary General Nusrat Ali: “Co-education should be abolished and proper education facilities meant exclusively for women should be available at all level of education. Educational institutions should prescribe sober and dignified dress for girls.” (Times of India)
MP Rajpal Saini: “Why do housewives and school going girls need mobiles? It encourages them to make futile small talk and get connected with people outside their homes.” (Reuters, citing others)
So the problem is not essentially some Psychopaths who roam around and rape women, but the attire and boldness shown by the “Bhartiya Naari”. As some great person said, “People get the rulers they deserve”. And here we have quite a bigger bunch. Be ashamed on (y)ourselves for all that has happened in (y)our country.
And after all these, will there be any change in the law which is built in Jurassic age to fit to today’s situations? We are left with no other option that to wait until the next biggest rape festival happens.
With no hope on this country’s administration,