The dignity and safety of women in India have been under a question mark (?) all these years. Even the present modern 21st century, has seen nothing significant to back the safety of women.
India in light of women safety leads by anti-example in the most heinous-shocking-brutal-unkind-soul threatening ways to show the world how inhumanly raping a woman can get.
Time and again in the barriers of caste, sub-caste and religion women suffer, and in dominant cases lose their lives to brutality. Irrespective of what age she is, irrespective of whether she is a fragile infant or a weak old lady, irrespective of whether she is a working millennial or a homemaker, irrespective of whether she is a school going girl or a teacher, irrespective of whether she was out late or was at home.
No criteria in this country keeps the women safe from the lust-filled dogs-monsters of our society. What makes it more alarmingly worrying is that it is turning towards normalcy, just like that.
In recent years ‘Rape’ in India often comes with ‘Gang’ as a prefix, as an adjective, which gives a blood boil rage to people who demand women safety.
Hathras Gang Rape is the latest addition to the story of the rape of a teenager girl in the midst of the daylight by four salacious men of Western UP. Raped in turns one by one, treating her like a machine, tormenting her to scream, breaking her spine and then slaughtering her tongue to make her voiceless. Throwing her in tears and unconsciousness.
For 9 days she was unconscious in ICU, she battled her physical agonies but couldn’t make it through. She succumbed to her injury and died on 29th September. What followed was her cremation by the police hurriedly at midnight against the wishes of the family, that wanted them to wait till the morning.
The girl’s name was Manisha Valmiki.
When early in this year culprits of Nirbhaya case got the capital punishment India saw a hope that justice was delivered to the gone soul of Nirbhaya. India hoped to see the fear in the eyes of rapist mentality. It didn’t take us long to see that we hoped the wrong.
Hathras Gang-Rape cemented the fact that poor governance, no strict laws, no control of rapist mentality and no priority towards the safety of daughters will keep on allowing such cases to happen. India now not only wants justice for Manisha Valmiki (a 19-year-old girl who is no longer with us) but a much-needed revolution to solidify women safety and land the foundation of anti-rape culture. India wants safety with no more rapes and deaths to followup.
It’s high time now, the country doesn’t want pauses on rapes rather a complete stoppage to it. India wants Manisha’s death to be the last story to come out like this. We all must unite stronger than ever and not let the higher authorities sleep on it. Raise your voice, tweet it out, use social media to support the cause. Let’s make 2020 not the year of all the adversities but a year to begin this revolution to give our women a sense of relief in the coming future. May we get her justice soon!
Photograph Description: People hold placards during a protest over crimes against women, near Rajghat in New Delhi. (Mohd Zakir/HT File Photo)