When the world unites for an innocent’s dignity it sends a powerful message. A message of unity. A young woman died last month. It wasn’t her fault. But the “leaders” elected to protect her and punish the wrong-doers are blaming her for her death. Rape isn’t something that is triggered by the woman. The concept of “victim blaming” is so popular here that people severely distrust the law. Rape is categorized as “suicide” where the victim brings it on herself to be raped.
One brings in the dress code of women:
“Women dressing provocatively will be victims of rape”. -Various
One blames western society:
“Crimes against women happening in urban India are shameful. It is a dangerous trend. But such crimes won’t happen in Bharat or the rural areas of the country. You go to villages and forests of the country and there will be no such incidents of gangrape or sex crimes.” – Mohan Bhagwat, RSS
Another cites examples from Holy books to an empty audience:
“Whenever people cross their limitations, deterioration is bound to happen. It applies to everyone in the society. Whoever breaches the line, he/she will confront a Ravan.” – Kailash Vijayvargiya, BJP
Another finds the victim at fault:
“She should have called the culprits brothers and begged before them to stop… This could have saved her dignity and life. Can one hand clap? I don’t think so.” – Asaram Bapu
And some just open their mouth and rant utter stupidity:
What’s basically happening in Delhi is somewhat like Egypt or elsewhere, where there was something called the Spring Revolution, which has very little connection with ground realities. In India, staging candle-light marches, going to discotheques – we did all this during our student life too, we were students too – I know very well what kind of character students should have. Those who claim to be students – I can see many beautiful women among them they were highly dented-painted – they’re giving interviews on TV, they’ve brought their children to show them the scenes.” – Abhijit Mukherjee, Son of the current president of India.
Do you see any hint of reassurance above? Any hint of punishing the rapists or any plan of action? Nothing. This is just a phase for them that will fade out with the next electoral victory. In the end, we hear a cliched apology or an “I was misquoted” rant. This society is filled with hypocrites for leaders who wait for loopholes rather than uphold laws. They would rather persecute the victim till she gives up and feed more perpetrators in jail. They know citizens can’t touch them because they have Z-level security.
She’s not coming back. She’s gone to a place where no one can hurt her dignity again. A place where her worth is not measured by the clothes she wears, the people she meets or the choices she makes but for the fact that she was born an equal. A new law should be made. But it cost an innocent her life. People will say she opened doors for other women but, in reality she would have wanted the same for herself. She would have wanted to live. In the end, it shouldn’t have come to this.