Not a nice way to start your blog but this is exactly what came to my mind when I woke up on an unusually gloomy winter morning. The newspapers were awash with the interview of mother of the infamous Delhi gangrape victim. Another says that the main perpetrator of the heinous crime might be out in a few days and roam around us, our sisters, daughters! How has the situation come to this? Has the mentality of the mail dominated society stooped so low and our laws so impotent?
“I have no shame in saying my daughter’s name was Jyoti Singh. It is not mothers like me who should be ashamed but the people who commit such atrocities. I am taking her name today and so should all of you,” thunders the mother of the braveheart, who lives in our collective memory only as Nirbhaya.
She says, “Those who commit heinous crimes like rape… their heads should hang in shame, not the victims or their families. My daughter’s life was cruelly cut short. I feel angry at that and not ashamed, so why should I try to hide her name.” Jyoti or Nirbhaya could have been just any other girl from Delhi. I feel a part of me too died that day and I scoff at the prospect of ‘that’ beast roaming free.
So, who is at the fault exactly – me, you, the law, the whole lot of men, internet or the media?
– Law – which is impotent to hand out tough sentences after years and years of toiling
– Media – which has commoditised women portraying them in vulgar forms day in and day out
– Internet – which spews out ton loads of porn every single moment
– You or me – for what – having born as the fairer sex?
Shaken to the core, I have decided to raise my voice, the best I can do yet. In the coming days, you would read more about the following on this page:
– Widespread prevalence of rape
– Conviction rates or absence thereof
– How free availability of porn on internet fuels sex offences
– Revenge Porn, yes, something as sick as this exists!
– Engaging in discussions with each one of you