” It was one of the most painful scene for me to shoot. I locked my self in a heated room, I hammered myself heavily, I sweated, I bled, I experienced the biggest pain of my life, I wanted to experience the agony because what I was going to shoot there after was not violence on body but violation of a soul ” – Shekhar Kapoor on how he prepared to shoot for the rape scene of Bandit Queen
I watched Bandit Queen in 1995 and for days I hated food and also humanity. I couldnt come to terms with what a woman went through. Rape in my mind got ensconced as one of the biggest crime humans do.
17 years later, I was horribly agitated in 2012. Delhi gang rape and the insensitivity shown by Cong govt in handling it got me mad and I couldnt think of anything else for days and weeks. My posts were full of angst. I am more agitated today and angrier in 2018 because not only the rape of Asifa crossed all limits, it transcended borders of animalism. It went much uglier than what worst animal would do. This time, its the Govt which is the rapist, its the govt which is savior of rapist and its the govt and its arms that we need to protect our women and daughters from. Please see a lyrical deconstruction here
In 2016 alone : 19,675 rapes of minors were reported in India.
93 is average number of rapes reported everyday by women in India
Between Jyoti Pandey (2012) and Asifa (2018) more than 100,000 rapes have happened.
Did any other rape create such national or international outrage ? NO.
Why doesnt every rape lead to pandemonium?
Not every time, the brutality is so unimaginable. Not everytime the govt machinery works overtime to shield the rapists. Not everytime a hot and sharp dagger cuts sharply and reaches your bones. The ugliness of Kathua and Unnao are unprecedented and reflective of Gujarat Godhra or Naroda Patiya style
I had earlier averred that 80% of electronic media in India is in NCR and its easy for them to move their OB vans and cover Delhi NCR rapes 24×7 . They ignore rapes in Hindi heartland. This time, it happened in small town and it shook the nation because of citizens raising it up in social web.
Every rape must have been equally ghastly for the woman or girl who endures it. A death of humanity is as much in Delhi as in Kathua/ Unnao , Assam, Bengal or Gujarat wherever it happens. We all must feel ashamed of it and cry silent tears for our inability to prevent it. However, a rape in Baliya finds 1 col x 5cm on 5th page of national newspaper and not even a passing reference on electronic media. People faintly take cognizance and in absence of gory details, the rape just becomes part of another statistic.
First time in 6 yrs the entire nation is peeved and crying on this beastly atrocity. Sorry, the Sanghis/ BJP supporters are hesitant in crying because
a: The victim this time is muslim.
b. Their own soldiers have been caught with their pants down.
c,. It can likely stop their electoral chariot of success
The High courts and Supreme court are constantly blasting Central Govt and especially UP govt of Yogi for total collapse of governance. Sanghis of all hues have dragged feet, obstructed justice or tried to do it. They tried everything in their might to not let law take its own course. This cartoon sums up the major difference and effrontery of current govt.
The PM went recluse with guilt. He couldnt utter word on it for weeks. When we was shamed, goaded and blamed, the PM came up with reluctant crocodile tears full of vague generalism and cliched tweet which gives no one hope of any specific remedial action.
He typically said – Its not his job, its everybody’s job
Why is this case becoming so important ?
I came to know about this case 10 days ago and learned about the deliberations by Sanghis and their agents to bury this case as if nothing happened and it will be one more statistic. They possibly felt that it was easy as it happened far away from media limelight. They can drown it with their Bhakts creating counter propaganda.
Having sensed their ugliness, I resolved to highlight it with 10 times more ferocity. I didnt cause the wave , I am too small a soldier but within 2 days of my sharing this incident, the fire was all over.
Since BJP with all its organ and in its best interest wanted to drown it, its Bhakts pitched in. The attempts by folks like me to highlight it were seen by Bhakts as an attempt to embarrass their party, an attack on their Sangh, an assault on their Heroic butcher of Gujarat, on their peaceful religion, on spoiling their chances in coming elections etc. Most of their defenses is : The case is being picked up just because the girl is muslim.
They are horribly wrong because if the details came out and the girl were Anuja, the outrage would have still been as massive as Jyoti Pandey’s. The fact remains that had the girl been Anuja, the entire BJP and Sangh machinery including Bhakts would not have woken up in defense of rapists or opposing the outraged. This stupid interpretation is where the Sanghis have lost the plot.
So started a slugfest of interminably dumb WhatAboutery which I ignored and tolerated like I tolerate flies. Surprisingly, during 2012 gangrape Bhakts didnt do this kind of WhatAboutery of trying to resist outrage. One such Sanghi Filth who was my relative turned hyper abusive and after a warning I blocked him forever. I do not have problems with Hero worship. Only problem is when people worship their idols even when they are wrong. They should be respecting behaviors not the political positioning
So whether Sanghis want it or not, whether the barbarian Modi likes it or not, whether the hair brained Bhakts want to deflect attention or not , whether they do what aboutery or not, whether they spray conspiracy theory or not, This wave is massive. Its rolling, its unstoppable and its gigantic. Its the first time both central and state govts first came in open support of rapists, then tried to obstruct justice and then dragged feet in doing the needful.
Now if the wave is big and its a Tsunami, its going to hit hard. What it hits hard decides whether this Tsunami created a positive or negative outcome. Since our collective conscience is bleeding today why don’t we use it to strike at the very core of this evil of rape?
How do we do it ?
GIVE EXEMPLARY PUNISHMENT TO EVERYONE WHO WAS RESPONSIBLE WHO WERE ON RAPISTS’ OR MURDERERS SIDE AND THOSE WHO OBSTRUCTED JUSTICE
- Lets see the folks who were perpetrators, supportive of obstructing the justice. The root cause or chain of blame travels long and as per my logic goes like Abductor ->Rapist-> Murderer-> Conniving Police Officers-> Conniving Advocates-> Conniving Bar council of Jammu( Sanghi Affiliate) -> Ministers of BJP in Jammu -> The spiritual fountain head of these criminals i.e RSS -> The agents of RSS in Central Cabinet ( Home Minister) -> The appointee of RSS for leadership i.e PM->President of BJP -> The symbolic appointee of RSS i.e President of India . Every part of this chain was either willing fully on the side of rapists and murderers or secretly wishing that this wave goes away or totally silent on death of humanity. Each one is culpable.
- Name and shame the women in governance who have been silent supporters of these rapists and murderers. ( Sushma Swaraj, Smriti Irani, Nirmala Sitharaman, Meenakshi Lehi ). The conscience of these women was dead. While they were posting useless inauguration or tamaasha photos and tweets, they were behaving as if nothing happened.
- Amend the juvenile law to award adult sentences for adult crimes like rape, sodomy or murder. Also legal reform to consider real age as per radio isotope bone testing , not school leaving certificate ( Which are often fake) . The juvenile Afroz slipped through crack in Jyoti Pandey case. The criminal juvenile may also slip in Asifa case
- As sensible citizens keep the candle of justice alive in this wind till we become a country of NO RAPE.. Jai Bharat