By: Hafsa Gundroo
A private bank staff in Kerala has been reportedly sacked for pouring scorn on the eight-year-old victim of Kathua rape and murder case.
The former staff identified as Vishnu Nandakumar, an assistant manager with the Kotak Mahindra Bank, had posted a comment on Facebook in Malayalam stating, “Better the likes of her were done away with now. Or else she could have come with a bomb against the country tomorrow.”
But is that the end to the insensitivity and the loss of empathy that all of us have fallen into.
The Rape and murder of Asifa, apart from exposing the extreme mental and physical perversions of some of the elements of our society, yet again exposed the overall moral decadence that our society has plummeted down into. Asifa Bano, an eight year old girl, who had gone to graze horses, was taken a captive and was gang raped, tortured and murdered by the most appalling creatures, who hardly qualify for the word, ‘animals’, but why aren’t we castigating yet bigger criminals of our society, our own selves.
Except for her lawyer, a few Gujjar activists and a handful of youth from Kashmir, how often did we hear people talking about her, or seeking justice for her before the case became a primetime news? Ironically, not even once.
The Gujjar Family was boycotted, the whole community was isolated, the lawyer Deepika, according to her own admissions was threatened, how many of us took the courage of speaking about it. Or was it that Asifa did not matter? Was it that she came from a community that we already have sidelined and undermined with our disgusting racial slurs of being, ‘Gujjer’.
It takes a society of, ‘supposed upright values’ two long months to realise the fact that the girl belonged to them, she was young and it could have been one of their family members.
Even now when most of the people with a beating heart and breathing conscience are standing up for Asifa,there are audacious people spreading negativity by asking questions so that the truth is somehow repressed,
“Asifa got a media hype,not all victims are treated same way by the media” is one of the appalling questions that I came across.
Asifa was a Bakerwal girl, being poor is unfortunate in our set up and society, she wasn’t among the likes of Timur Ali Khan,whose mere diaper gets the media rolling into action. If she got media attention, it was because of those very few people, that I mentioned and yes she was fortunate, in a dead society like ours, there were a few who kept on shaking our dead souls.
The children who you talk about, not getting media attention, I feel miserable to what they were subjected to, at the hands of the perpetrators but I feel worse for them being born among such spineless people who don’t bother to stand up and fight for them,instead saving them as weapons, to be used to justify ridiculous crimes committed by a group of beasts. If they didn’t get media attention it’s neither their fault nor the media’s fault,it’s your fault.
Having said that, seeing their pictures makes all the sane people stand by this cause even more firmly,because our children are suffering in amounts much greater than we could ever perceive. We realise this should stop because it was Asifa today, could be an Amrita tomorrow ,and an Ashley after that.It could happen to anyone.Do you feel any rapist,who travelled a thousand kilometres overnight for his lust, would have the time to ask the victim her name or religion? And let her off if she is of their religion??
The second argument put forth, with an attempt to dissemble the truth is that of the Nagrota Molvi accused of raping a 7 year old in a masjid:
When some of us come up with this as a justification for what happened to Asifa, in addition to questioning their thinking capabilities, I feel like reaching for their pulses to check if they are even alive. Hiding one rape in the garb of the other, does that make any sense to a human with an alive conscience?
We are talking of a human life, we need to show some sensitivity, kissi ki jaan gaye hai woh bhi itnay bhuray tareekay se ,koi aloo,pyaaz,bindhi nai bik rahi hai. The human life has some value I guess? Or are we already too inhuman to consider it valuable. Rather than making the incident an alibi, why don’t we lessen our work, lets tag him along in the group of Asifa’s murderers and have them hanged together, same place same day same time, because if crime knows no religion,justice doesn’t know one too.
At last comes the master stroke of nonchalance and insensitivity, “Asifa and her Bakerwal community were involved in Pakistan sponsored drug peddling and to cover all that up,this crime was staged”:
To the enlightened soul who came up with this, I would just say, you have my sympathies. I shall pray for you, you are in dire need of prayers for your insanity and mental debauchery.I also feel you are a miracle in every sense, capable of not only surviving this long but reading and writing WITHOUT A HEAD. You should hang a board in your neck and put yourself on an exhibition,you are one in a zillion
Above everything,they saybachay bhagwan ka roop hotey hain, and seeing them in a state that we are sending them back at such a tender age even the Bhagwan would be ashamed of having created the human race. Us bachay k liye naa Sahi apne BAGHWAN ke liye Zara soch k baat karo.
(Writer is medical student)