Unnao Case Victim Dies & the Govt is Busy Covering Its Failure!
There are certain attributes that one must demonstrate in order to be a top-notch criminal in India. You need to have zero conscience, a questionable character, no regard for morals, a despicable upbringing and connections with political parties. As long as you have these ingredients, you will give media the best masala story. We are witnessing the same in the infamous Unnao Case.
In order to befool the innocent public, there are certain attributes the government must also showcase. Such as, the government must have no shame in disposing Rs. 25 lakhs as compensation that goes from the taxpayer’s pocket, a government job for one of the family members of the victim that thousands of deserving candidates have been preparing for since months and a house under Pradhan Mantari Awas Yojana (ye wala to ultimate hai). The PM must start a new campaign called BETI GAWAO, MAKAAN PAO, considering what we are seeing in such cases of late. As long as you have this, crime against innocent people is sorted, the government’s duty is fulfilled and justice is served to the victim’s family.
This is what has happened in the Unnao case, a woman merely 23 years old gets gang-raped by the people who have a certain position in their village, she gets kidnapped and raped for 9 days, the police give a hard time even filing her case. The villagers almost boycott the entire family of the victim because a girl raised her voice against assault. Had she remained quiet and accepted the atrocities, everything would have been okay and people would have continued living their superficial lives, but, this wasn’t the case. She stood against injustice, demanded what should have been ensured in the first place, she fought and got shame and death as a reward. She was beaten and burnt on the way to the court and she succumbed to her injuries in a hospital in Delhi.
An alleged attempt to kill her had been made a few months ago too but her uncle became a victim of that plan and landed in the hospital instead. However, this time, their plan was infallible and they succeeded in killing the woman who was going to get them to justice. She was burnt alive. She walked for about a mile, seeking help, while on fire but what she really got was 90% burns, a so-called safe green passage in Delhi so that she could die in a hospital in Delhi or who knows perhaps she was dead before even reaching Delhi.
This is the India of 2019, where a six-year-old child gets locked in a room and gets gang-raped, where a 23-year-old girl gets gang-raped for days and dies while seeking justice and a 26-year-old doctor doesn’t even get the opportunity to demand justice. She too gets gang-raped and burnt under a bridge in a jungle by the people who promised to help her.
Disha, Unnao or Nirbhaya are not just names but ugly failures that look in the eyes of the Indian Judicial system every day, mocking its sanctity and smirking its impotency. Promising jobs for victim’s family members is not a solution, giving them licenced arms won’t solve the issue, giving them a house cannot hide the failure of the system and giving them money is like a slap in the face of people who end-up losing their beloved family members because of such incidents.
Every time we hear something like Unnao Case, Nirbhaya or Disha case, we know how it would end. Some politicians will give heated statements, the news channels would run the news for as long as they get the TRP, the police will run around the bushes, the accused would enjoy lavish meals maybe inside the jails or in their air-conditioned bedrooms and the victim will make the rounds of the courts, seeking justice or they would have a run for their life, just like the victim in the Unnao case.
In some bizarre turn of events, we might get to hear about police suddenly having a conscience and doing faisla on the spot but that happens once in a blue moon. Otherwise, we always have to wait for decades for even one of these victims to get justice.
My question is ‘what is justice?’ Is it justice when the victim is advised to marry her rapist? Is it justice when she is offered a job or some money or a new identity? Is it justice when politicians visit the families of victims and assure them government jobs? Or is it justice when the convicted is sent to jail?
Can money help a survivor forget the moment when she was touched against her will and forced? Can a job help her attain the same status in the Indian society where rape is a victim’s fault and it is enough for the rapist to just have the urge and justify his actions? Can the licence to carry weapons eradicate her fear of being chased, beaten, kidnapped or burnt? Can housing scheme tenements justify the slaughtering of the dreams of a female?
I believe, justice is a shallow and meaningless concept. When a person goes through the pain because of an external source’s act, there cannot be any relief to that pain. The only way we can save our generations from going through this pain is to educate them when they are still growing, giving them the right upbringing. Men are not gods, they must be treated as an equal member of the society, girls are not inferior to anyone and they must be given the confidence to have that trust in themselves. The system must give all an equal opportunity and gender must not be the criteria for giving preference of any sort. I know this sounds like a dream India but it is indeed a dream we ought to start seeing in order to save our daughters from our sons.