Shameful Indeed!



Kudos to Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav for instantly cracking the whip. Without any loss of time, he suspended the IAS officer who had molested a girl on a running train. He even ignored the overwhelming support of the IAS officers’ peers who felt the suspension should have come after a probe. I wonder if they would have taken the same plea had an ordinary person molested a young girl on a running train.

What an irony! His colleagues from the elite Indian Administrative Services rushed to the Charbagh railway station in Lucknow to pressure the cops against lodging a complaint against Shashi Bhushan Lal Susheel, special secretary in the state’s technical education department. Caught in ‘my fraternity syndrome’, they forgot that they come from the country’s elite service which trains them to provide succour to people in distress. Here their own cadre guy was accused of rape bid.

Some brains worked. In his bid to cover up the repulsive act, the officer accused the victim of making casteist remarks against him as if she knew him and his caste. Here he is only attempting to turn the tables on the poor victim by levelling equally, rather more, serious charge against her that could even invite action under the all mighty SC/ST Act.

The country must rise and ensure justice is done as by now the victim’s family must have been pressured from various quarters to withdraw their complaint. Some of my male colleagues disagreed with the officer’s suspension without a probe.

But I strongly feel that he should be punished such that it would become a deterrent for those who came in his support. I demand so because higher the position, the higher should be the punishment. According to some, ‘molestation’ is not big enough a charge as they abashedly ask, ‘What could he have done in an AC II cabin?.’ I am sure the victim will be forced to go through the embarrassing rigmarole of unpalatable questions.

This is the male chauvinist voice as for them passing lewd comments is common, touching in a train hardly an offense to attract action .

For those who missed the news beamed on major channels, Shashi Bhushan Lal Susheel was arrested for allegedly molesting a girl on board an AC coach of a train at the Charbagh railway station in Lucknow on Monday morning. A probe is on. The fact that he tried to apologize, that he tried to escape from the scene and was finally found in a First AC coach raises doubts about his ‘I am innocent theory’.

I am sure the incident would soon acquire political overtones. He and his family had some connections with the Bahujan Samaj Party. But somehow I have a gut feeling that even Mayawati would not have spared him for his disgusting behaviour, quite unbecoming of an IAS officer.

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    Were it not for the need to keep the government in Maharashtra going, the Congress would concede even less to Sharad Pawar. After him, the NCP will be ripe for a takeover by the Congress. Praful Patel will be the first to return home.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Pooran-Barman/1446845229 Pooran Barman

    Shame on IAS and they can all hang their head in shame.

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  • http://twitter.com/Farrukhabadi Praveen Saxena

    A good blog and none could disagree . But we are living in cynical times, and because Sunita Behen pointed out the caste of the accused officer , I wonder if Akhilesh would have shown the same swiftness if the accused would have been from a caste or religion which constitutes the core of Akhilesh ’s support .

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    Impi Reply:

    I think the guy was smart enough to bring his caste into it. Otherwise no one would have noticed.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/rkjias.9999498845 Ravindra Kumar

    ladki ka medical kraya jana chahiye. agar rape nhi hua hai to mamla kesa?

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    Prabha Hegde Reply:

    Kindly read the piece more carefully. He has been accused of molestation, not rape.

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    Priya Reply:

    Pl read the charges carefully it is IPC 376 I.e. Rape.

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    Prabha Hegde Reply:

    He has not just been booked under Section 376 but under Section 354, 511 and 506 too…

    Priya Reply:

    So coz he is an IAS officer u will also use 376without going into details n medical check up. Why ppl r so cynical?

    Impi Reply:

    Sicko

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  • Rash

    The self conscious thing isn’t just you. It’s many of us. And you are right. Banal, everyday stuff won’t work in a movie. Apparently in Argo they highlighted Ben affleck’s character more than the Canadians and everyone else’s as that made it more thrilling. And included an airport chase scene :)

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  • Abhi

    “Clearly backing dictators and sultans without question was backfiring.”

    Clearly backing terrorists like Ishrat Jahan will also backfire in India.

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    Sha Reply:

    We will ask u the same when ur innocent sister is rounded and killed in cold blood then called a terrorist. Brainwashed heartless fool.

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    Raj guru Reply:

    But left to you terrorists you would r@pe her and then slaughter her, a religeon based on murder, r@pe ,loot the list is endless should be wiped out and the world will be a better place to live.

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  • Shah

    Islam has enough material in its text to show decisively that terrorism is a major sin. Islam also has enough clerics to enforce that view and make terrorist recruitment almost extinct given the West supports them from backdoor. But then how can u demonize Islam and eliminate Muslims? West has never ceased war against Islam since the Middle Ages. It is very much in their power to eliminate so called ‘Islamic terrorism’ but they won’t do it. Democracy has nothing to do wt it. Look what happened in Libya? And y US removed Morsi? Sharia laws make democracy unnecessary except for making Traffic laws maybe. That’s why West is scared of Sharia laws.
    Muslims know very well what West is after. They cannot be herded like goats. West should know it, if they don’t they will. Look how Taliban brought US to its knees.

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