December 23, 2012 by Ashwin
I always wondered what it was like during the British Raj when our people revolted and had to face the stick for demanding what was rightfully theirs. Yesterday, more or less I realized what it was like but the stinging fact was it was not the Britishers this time it was our own people or rather policeman who in a rather ideal world protect us, were the ones who were hell bent on thwarting peaceful protesters who had gathered for a reason, which was to make sure the brutal, inhumane and barbaric rape, which happened a few days back doesn’t repeat and none of our sisters, friends or anyone has to face such humiliation ever again.
While doctors waged a war to save the 23-year-old victim, the incident triggered mass protests across the nation. This violent incident is being viewed as a result of the state’s complete indifference toward its citizens and these widespread protests are an attempt to activate the state from its moral lethargy. There have never been such protests for a rape in the past but this one exceeded the threshold. These topics have always been brushed under the carpet are perhaps for the first time being openly discussed.
A peaceful protest was planned on Saturday. On Saturday morning people had started to gather at India Gate and Raisina Hill(Presidents House). As expected Police tried to gain control over them by using water cannons, a mild lathi charge followed by another lathi charge and firing tear gas shells. In the noon it was sober. A large crowd had gathered by then which also included school girls, elderly people. But there was a lot of anger, resentment, guilt among the people which was oozing out in the Slogans and clearly visible in everyone’s behaviour . There patience had been tested, it was like if the govt doesn’t have the will to act we will do the clean up act and there will be no wasting of time. Then, a mild scuffle broke out between the protesters and policemen which led to some people being beaten and some constables getting injured. Which was followed by an atmosphere of tension and turned violent in a matter of minutes.
Innocent people were lathi charged and policemen chasing them like crazy dogs. People falling all over, school kids and elderly people being trampled. It was tyrannical, preposterous and cowardly.
What started as a peaceful protest to demand harsh punishments for these people who these cancers of the society turned into a Rape of dignity , rape of freedom , rape of compassion , rape of protest , rape of a country !!!!
Today section 144 was imposed which states” Joining unlawful assembly armed with deadly weapon. Whoever, being armed with any deadly weapon, or with anything which, used as a weapon of offence, is likely to cause death, is a member of an unlawful assembly, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to two years, or with fine, or with both” but how protesting or voicing opinions can be considered equivalent to carrying a deadly weapon. Also, not much different happened today and was incidents similar to yesterday kept happening all day long. “Sending commandos to disperse peaceful crowds is a death of democracy and it’s a sad day in history of Indian politics
To the Delhi CM who in an interview on a TV news channel faked some tears, madam shedding tears doesn’t mean you care a bit for your city. You should have stopped the police when innocents were lathi charged and when kids were crumpled over by hordes of people.
The Home Minister says we are worried about such incidents and I have two daughters and I know how it feels, Yes sir you were very worried that’s why you beat up those innocent girls who were demanding justice for a girl they don’t even know, who is on a ventilator with rare chance of survival and even if she survives she won’t be able to live a life. You people don’t have any sort of empathy for anyone. You just know how to mint money. You people are impassive and a disgrace on the face of this nation.
The plight of the Indian women is so poor that they fear getting into bus and trains. When they leave their home in the morning they are not sure that they will safely return home. People stare at them as they have done some heinous crime. Not a single day passes when they don’t have to face an untoward incident. Eve teasing, groping are so common that they don’t even get reported. And when such incidents are reported no action is taken instead lewd comments are passed. Women who come to police stations to report a rape are raped in police stations repeatedly and this is not something which is unprecedented! If you can’t protect your people, why should your people believe in you, or their country or in humanity…and never rationalize a rape. Never.
What people here are demanding are strict rules that will create a fear in the mind of such people who are a curse to the society so they don’t dare repeat such a barbaric act and I don’t know if there can be any harm to anyone by creating such a law. This is not against the govt this is for the safety of people! Then why these protesters are treated as terrorists and beaten up when terrorists are treated as tourists and kept safe for years. Also, why people have to take to streets to get something good done, why can’t the government do something by itself?
At this rate, we will eventually become an officially lawless state where it will be each man for himself. We already have a Low rate of reporting crime,Low conviction rates when crime is reported, Lengthy judicial process, Justice more often denied than not. But despite the heated exchanges between citizen and state, between political parties, between friends and colleagues or in the home, there is no doubt that now is the time to act. India has had enough.
Also the fact that Sonia Gandhi speaks only when someone does something good for india and behaves like a deaf mute at other times is scary. Olympic medals, celebrity foreign visitors, high profile weddings, all get Sonia’s attention. Sports scams,terror attacks,rape, not so much. And when anguished people seek answers, you seem to have gone into an ambush. Today she met a group of young people to create a feeling that she is worried and acting but the truth is they were not the people who were protesting they were just NSUI activists.
These protests are not just a single girl, it’s about every girl/ women safety and its badly needed because India as a whole has become cursed. Yesterday a 13 year old girl (class 7) raped and murdered in Tamil Nadu and 3 year old girl was raped in a Prep school. And this all has been happening when mass protests are being carried out on the streets. This is the death of humanity. None of your black dot pictures on Facebook, Twitter and whatever will make a difference, so stop bull shitting yourself and if you really want to make some difference and if you have some guts brave it out by going to protest sites and face the lathi charge, water cannons and you might think you have done some good. Please don’t let this fire fizz out so easily, things have to change and if it has to change in this way then we should stand for it. We can’t sit and just talk about it, we have to take some steps. It’s time we changed ourselves and fight. So, those who care go out and claim what’s rightfully yours and if you don’t get ready to live a life of suffering because you don’t know who will be next?