Blacken their faces for a public ride



I am not a great fan of Congress leader Renuka Choudhary. She comes out as a leader completely confused on most of the issues. But the compassion and the passion with which she suggested ‘parading the culprits with their faces blackened and heads shaved’ compelled me to think over it. I was also impressed when she said in the Lok Sabha that we cannot allow the Delhi gangrape case to turn into a statistic. May be the punishment of social ostracisation will work till the time the people sitting in power enact laws to hang rapists.

I heard Sushma Swaraj forcefully pleading for the same in the Lok Sabha. But is that enough? When did we last see any politician visit the bereaving family members? When did we last hear Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, BJP giant Lal Krishna Advani, youth icons like Rahul Gandhi, Akhilesh Yadav, Sukhir Singh Badal and Omar Andullah take up such burning social issues? The politicians, when outside parliament, merely give bytes on the camera and that’s the end of their duty towards the society.

Compare the scenario with United States. The US President Barak Obama had time to attend the memorial service for the 28 victims including 20 children in Connecticut. I would like to quote him here. “No single law, no set of laws can eliminate evil from the world or prevent every senseless act of violence in our society. But that can’t be an excuse for inaction.” Our politicians are too caught up in the their divisive politics to find time to make such home visits, to share the grief and show their resolve to stamp out such crimes.

Yes ‘inaction’, for which our country is becoming notorious. Perhaps the government should cross-check its record to know how many rapists have been punished enough, how many times senior citizens have been battered and children abused with no action whatsoever against the perpetrators of crime.

Parliament condemned the rape on a moving bus in Delhi; it may announce some compensation also, but is that enough? This is not the first incident of its kind. Everyday, someone, somewhere in the country is raped and murdered.

It’s time to ponder over what has gone wrong. The fear of law has disappeared. This needs to be reinforced irrespective of connections and clouts, and this can be done by meting out spine-chilling punishments.

I know many may condemn me suggesting the same but it’s time we have a re-look at our serials and the cinema also. It’s not the semi clad actors gyrating their bodies to suggestive songs, it is to do with the respect for women. How do we expect people to respect them when they see her only as an item number or a scheming over-dressed doll and now as ‘chudail’ ( evil vamp) in serials?

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