Abhishek Dutta

What does a nation obsessed with a porn star do? — RAPE

What was India obsessed with in 2012? It was hard to answer such a question a decade ago. But now it is surprisingly easy to peek into the thoughts of a nation after Google decided to release country-specific search keyword trends in 2012 [1]. India was obsessed with Sunny Leone, a pornographic actress [2], who shot to a sudden fame beyond closed doors after appearing in a reality TV series [3]. Right after flushing this short lasting but frequent obsession, India tried to seek some solace in Nirmal Baba — a controversial self proclaimed “spiritual leader” [4] — who appears fifth in the same list of trending people.

It is not surprising that the nation is battling with rampant cases of rape. Recently, a medical student was raped [5] and the perpetrators of this heinous crime threw her off the bus she was raped in as if she were a condom that one always wishes to get rid off after use. Ironically, by virtue of her profession, she was looking forward to take the Hippocratic oath [6] to dedicate her “life to service of humanity”. But it turns out that humanity cared less for her service and more for the pleasures that can be sucked out from her body.

Many women are raped in India every day and when some of the strong-willed rape victims make it to the police station, the police have no shame in questioning her character or wilful motives behind an act in which pleasure is always shared by both — so think the police. Recently, a 17 year old victim of a gang rape committed suicide after the police refused to register a case and forced her to reach a financial settlement with her attackers or marry one of them [7]. The police seems to be eagerly looking forward to a world in which men married only after raping their future wives. The people charged with safety of men and women have no remorse over their shameful action because several low cost self proclaimed spiritual leaders are at their disposal to help them overcome the feeling of self guilt inflicted by a wakened conscience.

The Indian Prime Minister’s words are his most treasured possession. He spends them judiciously by only talking about big political issues or the ones that are confirmed to be less controversial. So he decided not to address the nation right after the Delhi gang rape incident that shocked the world. He was worried that if he created a tradition of speaking after a rape incident, he would have to stick to his conference chair for the rest of his tenure as rape incidents are too frequent in India. The Prime Minister preferred to express his condolence to the Delhi rape victim over twitter which allows only 140 characters in a message — hence less chance of a controversial remark that might help the “unruly” opposition party. Tragically, the opposition party leaders are not sure if they should further ignite this issue as rape victims suffered equally in their reign too.

The inhabitants of social networks were quick to wish for death penalty to the perpetrators of such a crime while¬†melodramatically naming the Delhi gang rape victim as “Damini” [8] (a Hindi movie protagonist whose life depicted the post marriage exploitation of Indian women). They had little time to justify such a wish of death penalty as they were quickly gripped by the sad news of “untimely” retirement of Sachin Tendulkar from one day cricket.

The media is content with airing such concerns only when a inhumane form of rape takes place. Several rape incidents do not even make to the radar of news media because they lacked the severity or inhumanity of recent Delhi rape. An Indian news channel report on the Delhi gang rape incident was headlined, “We will not forget you”. I think that a majority of the countrymen were misquoted and should have been headlined, “We will not forget you — until the next cricket match with Pakistan”.

The plight of woman in neighbouring Nepal is no better either. Recently, a woman was robbed by immigration officials at the country’s only international airport and later raped by one of the immigration officials who assured her to help her board a bus to her village. The Nepalese government shamelessly announced a financial compensation while turning a deaf ear into the demands of carrying out a speedy criminal investigation. In an another incident, a girl in western Nepal was reportedly burned to death by her parents just because she revealed her thought of marrying a boy of her choice.

The Mayans predicted end of humanity on Dec. 21, 2012. Were they wrong?

References:

  1. Google Zeitgeist 2012: Country specific trends for India [Accessed on Dec. 29, 2012]
  2. Sunny Leone: Wikipedia page [Accessed on Dec. 29, 2012]
  3. Big Boss reality TV programme: Wikipedia page, [Accessed on Dec. 29, 2012]
  4. Nirmal Baba: Wikipedia page, [Accessed on Dec. 29, 2012]
  5. 2012 Delhi gang rape: Wikipedia page, [Accessed on Dec. 29, 2012]
  6. Indian Medical Association: Hippocratic Oath, [Accessed on Dec. 29, 2012]
  7. NDTV News : Teen who was gang-raped commits suicide, cops refused to help her, [Accessed on Dec. 29, 2012]
  8. Damini 1993 Hindi Movie: Wikipedia page, [Accessed on Dec. 29, 2012]

Written by abhishekdutta

December 29, 2012 at 2:45 pm

Posted in Random Thoughts

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