The horror of Nirbhaya has given way to the horror of Gudiya. Iron rods, bottles, candles…the absolutely barbaric brutality and savagery…it literally wakes me up at night. I cringe at the awful thoughts that pass through my head, and the most macabre scenes bloody my imagination. A blind rage engulfs me when I think of Lil D and the kind of world she is slowly emerging into from the cocoon of our protection. A world where anything can happen and nothing will deter it.
According to this article (yes, I seem to get all my news from Yahoo!), there was chaos in parliament over the incident.
“Though parliament has recently passed tougher legislation to prevent rapes, the evil has not abated and such incidents are still on the rise throughout the country,” House Speaker Meira Kumar said before the house was adjourned.
Legislation to prevent rapes? OK, I agree, there are many ancient and irrelevant laws that definitely need to be redrafted, but how on earth will passing more and more laws make the “evil abate”? The need of the hour is to actually implement these laws, to actually execute them in the right spirit. That is what we are sorely lacking. If a cop gives hush-money to the family of a rape victim instead of accepting the complaint, will more laws really help?
What we really, really need is for cops to be like this one, for whom the law is truly above anyone, rich or poor.
The report continued, “Mrs. Witherspoon asked, ‘Do you know my name?’ I answered, ‘No, I don’t need to know your name.’ I then added, ‘right now.’ Mrs. Witherspoon stated, ‘You’re about to find out who I am.’ I stated, ‘I am not worried about you ma’am.'”
Can easily imagine how things would work out if this involved a Bollywood celebrity. They would put it down to being human, I suppose! ;|