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Saturday, March 7, 2015

She needs a Closure to Rest in Peace!

I am a very sensitive person in the words of my father. So sensitive that I avoid talking too much to people, as I can get attached in just few minutes and start crying. Extreme personality? Perhaps, you are right! That also explains why my husband ensured that I don't see the newspaper when Nirbhaya 'case' happened as those days, I was nursing my then two months old daughter. But how could an ugly blot that tarnished and shocked whole country remain hidden from me? No word exists that can describe the horrors a person went through just for being a woman. I felt devastated! As a nation, we all were!


Generally, Indians don't take to streets for common issues for we are too busy sorting our lives. But days that followed that awful night, saw the outraged common man mobilizing and pressurizing Government to take swift actions. Our otherwise 'badnaam' police force did an excellent job in catching those criminals in short time and the fast track court sentenced all except the juvenile to be condemned to death. Though we are a peace loving country, still divided on the idea of capital punishment, yet almost everyone was satisfied with the order. Case closed in the eyes of angry public. People went back to their lives fighting religiously (as always!) with daily chaotic issues of a developing country. There were occasional reports about the culprits whose fates were still under debate as the Case passed from one court to another.

Some time back, I was in office and just checking headlines when I noticed a news item that some lawyers are defending the criminals. I couldn't believe that. Not that how come such lawyers, who blamed the victim exists, but how come the Case was still pending for more than two years! The next hearing is still waiting with 'SUPREME COURT' for almost a year. Her parents must be living the hell each time they run from one court to another. Whole country first time asked for speedy justice and here the judiciary is still dragging it! Are we really some country or some 'Animal Farm'? I had to rush to washroom as I couldn't hold back my tears of anguish. My mind was numb.
That day, to this day nothing concrete has happened in that Case. Once in a while a news item or editorial articles and some comments by tea-lovers to mourn and criticize our inefficiency and painfully slow Judicial system. That's it!

Now I ask you, am I wrong if I say I don't care "why some foreign movie maker has created a documentary that gives a tight slap to our society"? I don't care if "her intentions were to grab some opportunity from a high profile Case or something else". I don't care "why the filmmaker chose India and not some other xyz country when rapes happen everywhere". I don't care if "she chose to interview the unrepentant rapists to make a sensational movie". For I care for just one thing - Closure! 'Nirbhaya' was part of us - part of you - part of me. She is US - she is YOU- she is ME. She wants closure. Her parents want closure. We want closure. Kill them or put them behind bars forever but for God sake, conclude the damn Case by sending a strong message and salvage the social order for women which is deteriorating day by day. Else be ready for such movies and other instruments that makes a mockery of our crippled system.

Oh yes, and there are other views (mostly political!) like the film stereotyped our men and not all men are bad. That the statements made by convicts will cause tension and fear among women in society. To such views - True, not all men are bad. But can't we see that the good ones are not enough who could have saved that girl and many others? The 'good' men are equally baffled as the thin fabric of our so called civilized society is torn down every now and then by few rotten minds. So if sensationalism is what it takes, if a country like India is what it takes, if showcasing the criminal mentality is what it takes - to mobilize people to control the sick section of society, to bring a closure to this barbarism (at least to some degree) - then so be it. No argument against the movie matters as all of them are hollow in comparison to the bigger cause. I am not ashamed that it is India for the groundwork in the movie rather I am sad that it was not an Indian who made such movie that can shake the world against this evil. You are free to call me weird but that won't stop me in saying "Thank you Leslee for making such documentary that woke us once again and ashamed our leaders for their ineptitude. Thank you for highlighting the infected minds of our narcissist society."

And even after this if we take just minutes to ban a documentary while taking years to finalize the punishment for these animals and bringing peace to India's daughter and her aggrieved parents, then maybe we deserve to be the laughing stock of the world! The choice is ours - either to become a fitting example of an ideal society or a f***** up one!!

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    1. Just wanted to share my angst on our pathetic system, Alok..

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  2. Please carry on the struggle, Roohi. We deserve a better world for ourselves. Why should we let criminals decide our destiny?

    By the way, the first para of this post moved me a bit. You sound different from what I had imagined about you. :)

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    1. Carry on the struggle if some infected mind does not cross our path, Matheikal..
      Can we know or imagine anything about anyone? Each moment as a form we are changing - sometimes for good, sometimes for bad.. Life is a constant search.. :)

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  3. Justice must be done. Unfortunate, appeal for death sentence is lying in Supreme Court for a year. Speedy justice must for healing to start. Every time I think of the fateful evening I feel so emotional. One misstep on a wrong bus, few drunk morons look where things are. Sometimes, events can be so cruel.

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    1. Rightly said, Sir. This delay makes one hopeless..

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  4. Justice delayed is justice denied!

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  5. I too am quite distressed that the case is taking so long to solve. Like Kasab's case this too seems to go on and on.

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    1. Such delay makes it only worse.. It leaves an impression of ours being a crime tolerating country..

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  6. I think they should have killed him and all the other rapists..what more evidence are they waiting for? Look how unremorseful he is, why can't they just kill him! What's stopping them!

    #MakeItHappen for India's Daughters...

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    1. Being a Tolkien fan, I am not sure for corporal punishment as a right way of justice, Naba but I am also against just a 7 years or even 25 years for rapist.. There is a need for swift judgement and sending a strong message to society that such mentality has no place in a civil society.. It can be lifelong imprisonment till death or castration or may be branding 'rapist' on the forehead like they do in Arab countries.. Something stricter that should shame the rapists.. and make a criminal think dozens of time and stop him from committing such heinous crime against women..

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  7. Absolutely Roohi - I say put it on fast track get done with the Supreme court appeal and hang the man ...

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    1. What makes it sadder is they made hue and cry that the case is put on fast track court.. Think about the innumerable rape crimes that did not catch fire like this.. That's why it keeps on happening.. There is absolutely no law and order.. whatever it is, it is just a farce..

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  8. I wish for the future there will be no such a news and having a daughter will be treated as a blessing. i wish this future for all Indian Daughters.

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    1. Good for you to be so Optimistic, Anuja.. AFA I am concerned, I feel we have a jungle raj.. Everyone for themselves..

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  9. I agree - I am glad the documentary was made. Jyoti and her parents deserve justice. It is shocking that it is now 2 years and her rapists / killers are still alive. If this documentary triggers another fast track then it will have at least achieved one thing.
    Dropping by from the WT linkup. My post was also on India's Daughter.

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  10. A post straight from heart with the questions that many of us carry! Closure indeed is required.. that's the least to be expected.. :(

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    1. And I see nothing happening in that direction, Shashank..

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  11. I shudder even today Roohi, remembering her. :-(

    The thing which baffles me more is no one utters a word that there has been no hearing on the case ( the appeal which the devils made) for about one year! Our judicial system seems to forget the fact that 'justice delayed is justice denied.'

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  12. I've been hearing, "Justice delayed is justice denied," Do we need quick justice like Dimapur Lynching even before confirmation by medical report? Medical report didn't confirm rape. But arguments could be given that medical reports could be manipulated. Well, rape is a very sensitive issue. It's very difficult to identify who is culprit & who is victim in initial stages. It's also easy to get emotional & have revengeful attitude. I've watched that video. The video wasn't about culprit's interview, It was also not for demeaning Indian males. It was Nirbhaya's story & rape in broader aspect. I always wonder, could there be any justice for rape victim! Giving punishment to culprits cannot be justice for victim. It didn't bring victim's dignity back. I hope you remember my detailed article on the subject, I wrote long time ago.

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    1. You became one of my fav blogger after I read that post, Ravi. Justice in rape cases or for any crime order is not about seeking revenge for victims, but creating a social order that such behavior is not acceptable. Its about sending right message. In Nirbhaya's case where there is no doubt who is culprit, sadly our system has failed terribly in setting up the example. My concern here is that our slow and inefficient judiciary is actually punishing the victim and her parents and leaving a very bad impression on society that's why people loose trust and choas like Dimapur happens.. Law and order is solely on luck here.

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