Recent death of a rape victim named Aruna Shanbaug has compelled me to pen down my ideas and understanding over the heinous crimes against the women in India along with the social reason behind that. Violence against the women has been the easiest thing in the human civilization right from the very beginning of the world history. It has been mentioned in the holy book Bible as well. If you go through the ancient, medieval and modern history , it is very much prominent that with every war the winning side use to capture the women of the losing side along with their kingdoms. Even in Ramayana it has been mentioned that Bali made captured his brother Sugriv’s wife as his keep and a symbol of superiority.
I did not study the crime psychology and never interviewed any rapists as such, but when I re-collect my childhood memories and observations then I have a very certain and definite reason behind the brutality against the women in India. Due to the powerful presence of media in our lives these days , we are able to get some of the most disturbing crime reports against the women in our country. You might not have forgotten the incidence of Nirbhaya in Delhi, then recently a 70 year old nun was raped in West Bengal as she tried to oppose the robbery in church , recent death of a girl in Moga(Punjab) in her attempt to protect herself from the molesters in a public bus owned by the Badal’s family.
Aruna Shanbaug was into a very noble profession as she was a nurse and her job was to cure the pain of a person with love, care and compassion , but what she got was the 42 years of sufferings with her mortal body. When I read the entire incidence then it makes me think that what kind of animals we do have in our society who can dog latch a women and that too a nurse(whom we call sister in our society) to quench his sexual thirst. And the latch was so tight at her neck that it blocked the blood supply to her brain making her paralyzed for entire life. And our judiciary found just 7 years of imprisonment for the convict named Walmiki in that case. Anyways my focus today is not over the judiciary probe into the matter rather I would be focusing more into the root cause behind such incidence.
Its sad to say but when you check the stats for the convicts of all those cases then you will find one thing very common. All such reported crimes has been mostly committed by those guys who come from a very pathetic and ugly backgrounds. I am not making a caste based comments here but if you check the national level reports and stats then you will realize all the convicts in such cases are having similar backgrounds who are mostly illiterates and have seen their mothers being beaten and sexually exploited by their drunk fathers and that’s all they understand about a woman.
In Nirbhaya’s case all the 6 convicts including the juvenile was from a very poor background and they were all living in a slum of Delhi. And such breed of humans consider a lone woman on the street as their prey and that’s how they treat them and no one is to be blamed. We talk about the culture and civilization that we have a great legacy of cultural heritage then how come we have such barbarians roaming around over the streets.
So, where is the root for all this? Lets go back to the history and check!! We all have heard that caste system in India has made the people falling in lower caste category suffer at every front of life and upper class people always exploited them. And then post independence the messiah of sufferers Dr. B R Ambedkar created the constitution of India with lot of provisions like reservations in the government services, free education, non-bail able warrant under harizan acts and all for the economically crippled people in our society like . And what was achieved out of it? A good percentage of that section got good education and got respectable jobs to support their livelihoods but a larger section chose to remain illiterate and continue as the parasite over the civic society.
I remember during my childhood I use to be in a very small town of Bihar which was mostly settled because of Railway Employees and Marwaris(Businessmen) . And the remaining population was of sweepers who were janitors in railways and hospitals. Their kids were given free education in railway’s schools and other government schools but what they use to do? Most of them were having the highly abusive language, they started smoking and drinking right from the age of 11 or 12 and they use to pass vulgar comments over any school girls passing in front of them. All the educated class was under the population control program by the government but the population of those sweepers was growing like virus to damage the society. And unfortunately there is no provision to curb this in constitution as of now.
And most of them were not at all encouraged to study, rather they were sexually educated in a very small age because of the kind of upbringings they had. I remember one incidence in which five 12 or 13 year aged guys from those families went to hill top to celebrate new year, and after drinking four out of them raped the fifth one and left him in blood and ran away. When they do some crime specially against the women then they are very much aware of the consequences after being caught, but somehow they are not afraid of. Because the kind of life they live everyday is of lesser standard in comparison to the jail. They are not afraid because they got nothing to loose.
About a women all they have been taught is that ‘ you are guy and you got a dick and so go and drill down the girl you find on the street’. Dr. Ambedkar himself might not be knowing that what damage he is causing to our society in long term by introducing so many privileges to any community in the constitution. His vision might have been towards the brighter side but in reality women of this nation is paying the bigger cost of the mistakes done by him. Whatever logic and argument our politicians may pass but end of the day we as a nation are getting degraded day by day in the matter to provide safe and secure environment to our women over the street.