Cowed Down Again. And again.

How can the law of the land be so weak that it creates no fear in the minds of twenty men who groped, kicked, dragged and punched a minor girl just because she had come out of a pub at night and was dressed in a t-shirt and skirt?

Why do some men think they have the right to be beasts, to be monsters who can assault a girl, a mere teenager?

It doesn’t matter if it a thriving metropolis like Mumbai, or a city like Mangalore (link opens a video) or Guwahati or a town like Baghpat. It’s not one part ofIndia which is afflicted with the disease of – ‘I am a man and I am all powerful’. It runs across state, cultural and religious barriers.

As a woman I am supposed to feel angry, even outraged.

But when the ‘news’ breaks, I look on with detachment, lacking emotion. I know how the news cycle works. A top news on prime time, the 10 second footage repeated in a loop, a hyperventilating news anchor, a phone interview with someone in authoritative power either denying the incident, or accepting that the culprits will be brought to book. The next day, the story continues to be top news peppered with opinions of activists, sound byte experts and vox pop of the ‘janta’. There is a prime time discussion. And the third day, all is forgotten.

Except that the traumatized victim will never get justice, the legal case will continue for decades, adding to her ordeal and eventually her character is likely to be questioned. And what about those men? They will roam around the streets. Free. Empowered. Ready to pounce again on another woman, ready to rape them, ready to treat them like dirt.

And so we, the women, will be cowed down again. And again.

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2 responses to “Cowed Down Again. And again.

  1. Things like this make me question myself, is India really shining ? And it forces me to think if it is right for people like these to be hanged upside down and then their skins ripped off. But then after that moment of spiked emotion, I feel what is the difference between me and them. The saddest part for me is to see the media using such incidences shamelessly just for TRPs and nothing more and the viewers watching it just to get the kicks out of it showing fake sympathy 😐 It makes me feel ashamed and guilty for being called a part of this society.

  2. LO,
    I know what you mean. It’s was quite disgusting. But last I heard, the main accused has got caught. The Assamese journalist who covered it has resigned (apparently he instigated the mob for good visuals!!). And more incidents have cropped up after that. There is no end to this misery.

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