Sita can be saved from Ravana, but what about society?

Chitti, the robot, saw a building caught into fire. He climbs the 10th floor where a girl was struct as she was taking bath. Chitti amid all the fire saves the girl and brings her out. What followed next was the reflection of society we live in. Since the girl was taking a bath, she was naked. And by bringing her out as such in public, he stripped off all her izzat (respect). The girl’s mother curse the robot that he should have instead let her daughter die. The media persons kept clicking photos of girl. And the girl was so embarrassed, that she jumps on in front of a vehicle and kills herself!

A country where girls are killed even before birth, a raped girl is forced to commit suicide or killed, it was heartening to see such large numbers praying for the life of that girl and a nation wide mourn of her death. But does that mean that things have now changed or will change any time sooner? The answer is, I DOUBT!

The most worshiped God in Hindu religion killed the rakshash Ravana to take back her wife. But when it came antics of the society, he was forced to give up and had to send her wife into exile.

Cursing government, blaming police or demanding capital punishment are one thing, but more difficult than this is to teach society to respect women!

One incident has put upon the whole system- government, police, judiciary, society-under scanner. With so many things, incidents, so many debates, so many voices-I just hope this movement does not meet the ending like that of Lokpal Movement.

Below I have discussed some points, not the repetition of points we are hearing everywhere, but some other aspects which, I feel, we also need to consider.

  • Even Saudi Arabia has capital punishment!

There were so many facebook posts and posters praising Saudi Arabia for having such strong laws against rape and demanding the same in India. Yes, Saudi Arabia has capital punishment for rape but you really want a Saudi Arabia like law? REALLY?? A women in Saudi Arabia can’t move out without her husband or father! Even the McDonalds of Saudi Arabia have separate entry-exit and sitting place for women! A raped women is also punished in Saudi Arabia if she is found to have done any act which “got her raped“! You REALLY want such laws?

On the contrary, US does not have any capital punishment for rape crimes (Yes, all those facebook posts were baseless, see here) and still their society knows how to treat women.

So if you believe a capital punishment will resolve the issue. I DOUBT. Infact, several lawyers and judges feel that having a capital punishment will make prosecution tougher and  also a fear that rapist will then kill the girl after rape.

Then whats the solution?

Increase the prosecution rate and reduce the prosecution time! When you have prosecution rates as low as 26% and over 1 lakhs of pending cases, no punishment can stop rapes! Fast track courts, better prosecution procedure and a better, well equipped and independent investigation agency is what we need.  Capital punishment or not is a matter of debate, but by making capital punishment as top most demand, we are diverting from the main issue and also making it a lot easier for the government.

 

  • We Care about India, but what about “Bharat”?

Lakhs of children die in India because of malnutrition  But who cares! I have enough resources to feed myself and my family. Lakhs of Indian women are beaten up, assaulted in their house. But who cares! We are sophisticated ones and nothing like this happens in our family. Rapes are conducted in police stations. But who cares! I don’t live in rural India. Rapes are conducted every half an hour in India. But who cares! Such heinous things happen in villages, slums or with girls low on morality. A rape is conducted with a modern girl, in the capital city of Delhi, in public transport and all of a sudden! Oh God! This thing can also affect me.

And this is not limited to this case. Thousands die in naxal attacks every year, but its an attacks on 5 star hotels like Taj which makes headlines.

The protest has again highlighted the growing divide between (urban)India and (rural)bharat. We are working on making Delhi safe, but can Delhi be safe without providing any safety in Haryana or UP? I DOUBT. There was a Delhi police officer who pointed on this issue. He said that when most of our constables come from the land of khaps where women all so ill-treated, how can we expect them to have a mindset to handle crime against women. Till the time our focus will remain on urban society, we can’t get rid of this rape, or any other issue.

  •  A word for Mrs. Bachchan

Ma’am are you really serious about crime against women? Does that really hurt you?  REALLY?

Mrs. Jaya Bachchan is a MP from Samajwadi Party– the same party whose 3 MLAs (Sribhagwan Sharma, Anoop Sanda and Manoj Kumar Paras) have rape charges against them, the same party who rules UP- the state where rapes are conducted inside the police stations!

Ma’am if you feel so much about women, pls first do something in your own state, in your own party! And yes, I must say, you are a great actor.

  •  Izzat lut gyi“. What?

Sex is still very much a social taboo in India. Virginity is considered equivalent to the respect of a girl (however not in case of a guy!). So when a girl is raped, it is said that “ladki ki izzat lut gyi“(the girl has been ripped off of her respect). But I want to ask, does a person loses any respect if he/she is robbed, beaten or killed? Then how come a rape victim? A rape was an accident that happened with that girl. Why should it affect rest of her life.

The law provides that the identity of a rape victim should not be disclosed. But when I see a rape victim with her face covered or blurred, I found it weird and somehow, pathetic! The existence of such law shows that society still doesn’t accept the rape victim. Agreed, if for privacy reasons she doesn’t want her identity revealed, but if its because of fear of social acceptance- no one will marry her– then we need to correct it. A girl is absolutely normal after rape-she can have sex, she can conceive a child. Then why an apartheid-like treatment to her?

If I go a step ahead and pls don’t take me wrong but rape, as a crime, is somehow an over-rated. Agreed it is a heinous crime, but so is if a guy a murdered or beaten to make him handicapped. Whats serious about rape is the social phenomenon around it, where a large section does not considered it as a crime or where a rape victim has to face so many hardships from society.

Stop sympathizing them. Let rape victim lead a normal life. And you will find venom is lost from the bite.

Edit: On the latest debate on revealing the name of that girl, my personal opinion is yes it should be revealed. Of course, with due permission from family members.

Also Read: Are You a Rapist- Answer these questions to find out?

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“Women in India do not need security. They Need Respect.”

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Are you a Rapist?- Find out by answering these simple questions.

If you laughed down your way reading this. Read it again! Its non non-sense. Its what you, me and everyone are. Our whole society is a RAPIST.  Be it their education, their marriage, their clothes, their friends, their activities- all we know is to put restrictions on them as if its all their fault. Women in India are raped everyday, every second, physically as well as mentally- raped of their freedom, choices and right to live.

Women do not need security. They need RESPECT.

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Hats off to Dhoni & Co: Players who made the India proud!

14 players and 1 God scripted the the BIGGEST moment in Indian History. Can anything on this planet give so much happiness to over 1.2 billion people of this earth? Hats off to each and every member of this team.

 

Hats off to our captain cool, Mahendra Singh Dhoni. He is the best. He has brains, he has got the temperament and he has the guts. I can’t even imagine how a man with so much pressure can perform his task so fearlessly. Coming in before the inform Yuvraj and leading from the front at the biggest platform, he surely has the mettle of steel. What more substantiation you need when the God himself stamps him as the best captain ever. And as Ravi Shastri rightly commented after the triumph, its time for his critics to SHUT UP!

Hats off to the Yuvraj of India, Yuvraj Singh. Struggling with his form, with his fitness. Demoted to grade B and finding it hard to maintain a place in the team. What a turnaround he has had. When was the last time did we see him diving and throwing himself in air? He was our hero in the T20 win and he was the hero in this triumph also. But while the T20 was for his flamboyance, this time around he showed his desperation. With bat, he was the pressure-soaker and the anchorer, and with the ball he was the pressure builder and the partnership breaker. With batting average of over 90 and 15 wickets, he was indeed the Man of the Tournament.

Hats off to our bowling spearhead- Zaheer Khan. Whenever India needed a wicket, he was the captain’s man. Apart from him slower ones and reverse swingers, he was also the guide for other pacers. Indian bowling attack could have fallen apart without him. But he kept it intact. For a country not known for its pace attack, he is one legendary fast bowler.

Hats off to the Wall II- Gautam Gambhir aka Gauti. He was the top scorer in 2007 T20 final and yesterday he did that again. Unfortunately, on both the occasions he didn’t get the man of the match. With the fall of Sachin, the hearts of 121 crore people had stopped beating. But Gauti gave them life. The way he soaked the pressure and kept the scoring rate up was incredible. He is the new wall of Indian batting line up.

Hats off to the most dangerous batsman of the world- Virendra Sehwag. On filed the most explosive, and off-field the calmest of  all. He was the igniter. Hitting 5 consecutive first balls of innings for four, he always provided us the start giving other batsman the time to set. Those 5 fours in Umar Gul’s over in semis were outstanding.

Hats off to Powerplayer Ashwin. He was one player who was talked more for not being in the team. But in whatever games he got the chance, he proved why everyone wants him to be in the team. His powerplay bowling was outstanding. Unfortunate to miss the semis and final.

 

 

 

 

 

Hats off to gritty Virat Kohli. The highest ranked Indian batsman. He proved why he deserves to be amongst the likes of Sachin, Sehwag and Yuvi. His 35 were the most crucial runs he would ever score.

Hats off to agile Suresh Raina. In or out of the playing 11, he always contributed with his field and saving those crucial 10-15 runs in every match. His innings against Australia and Pakistan were so crucial.

Hats off the fighter Bhajji. He was not at his best. But he always maintained the pressure and never gave away easy runs.

The Turbunator

Hats off to consistent Munaf. He is not the best. But he bowled best in his limitations and kept a consistent line. Supported well to Zaheer Khan.

Hats off to rhythmic Nehra. He was there at 2003 final. Then he disappeared. And then was back into the squad. The SA match was a debacle. But he bowled beautifully in semis against pakistan. (Please, no more PJs now!)

Hats off to Sreesanth, Yusuf and Chawla. Well, they are the members of a World Cup winning squad. So hats off to them also.

And now from the men in blue to the GOD IN BLUE.

TAKE A BOW Sachin Tendulkar. You are the one who lives in the heart of every Indians. Its you whose one straight drive makes us forget all our worries. Its your passion which inspires everyone around. We Indian don’t love cricket as much as we love you. You are our God. Thank you for serving our country for so many years. And please continue to do this always and forever. This World Cup is for you. Love you Sachin!

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I belong to a World Cup winning nation! INDIA!!

You know is it something special, when SACHIN TENDULKAR, after spending 21 years of his life as GOD, declares this to be the THE PROUDEST moment of his life!

The feeling is yet to sink in. It still seems to be a dream. It is infact a dream. A dream that has come true. It is no doubt THE BEST moment of my life. No superlatives can express the feeling.

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People say this is after 28 years that we have won the world cup. But for my generation, it’s the first time! I have faint memories of 1999 world cup when Tendulkar lost his father, came back to India, but rejoined the squad and scored a century in the immediate match. I remember the 2003 final where even the heart was refusing to give any chance to India against the mighty Aussies and with Tendulkar’s wicket, it was all over. And lets just forget the 2007.

This time around in 2011, not only did the 1.21 billion people dreamed the World Cup for India, but also for their GOD. And last night, they all lived their dream.

With the target of 275, the stage was all set for Sachin’s 100th 100. But when he got out, it was a heartbreak and hopes began to fade. But credit to Gauti to Mahi for soaking up the pressure and giving us this euphoric triumph. On 2nd ball of 49th over, Dhoni, not only the ball, but sent the whole nation to a flyer!

The feeling at that moment was beyond any words. We all were jumping, dancing, hugging each other, shouting and it was just the beginning of the party! The images on the roads were unbelievable. People were dancing over their cars, on the bikes. Screaming!! Chanting INDIA INDIA!! The decibel level was deafening. All the roads were blocked. The dhols were beating, the beer was flowing and people were going mad! A police car came and people made those policewallas also dance!!

It was the BIGGEST PARTY EVER ON PLANET EARTH with 1.21 billion people going mad on the tunes of 10 players and 1 God.

Thank You Dhoni & Co. for giving us this World Cup.

Cup for Sachin!

Every four years, I support India, I cheer for India, I pray for India. I hope that this time India will win the World Cup. This time also, I am supporting , cheering, praying and hoping, but not for India,  for SACHIN!

 

SACHIN TENDULKAR!

2nd APRIL 2011, Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai

Its the World Cup final. India vs Australia. Will the Aussies make it a 4th time in a row? Or the prayers of 1.25 billions will be heard?

If you thought you have seen the best of Sachin, that day he will prove you wrong! He will bat like no one has ever batted before, not even he himself. He will bat in such a manner that even the likes of Bhogles and Tony Gregs will fall short of words.  The soul of Bradman will be there to watch him bat. And even 50 overs will appear such a small period.

And in the post match presentation, after Dhoni completes his “Well of course” speech and asked to lift the World Cup, he will step back and give this honour to the Sachin. Sachin will proceed to the Cup and not just the Wankhede stadium, the whole nation would be chanting “SACHIN SACHIN”. With his every steps, the chant will go louder and louder, SACHIN SACHIN. And then moment will come. He will touch the World Cup, take it in his hands, lift it and then bring it down to his lips and kiss it !!!

WOW! I can clearly imagine everything happening in front of my eyes. And mere imagination can charge me so much, don’t know what will I do when this all will actually happen! That moment, the World Cup will thank his fortune to have the GOD!

I can’t write more. Let me enjoy the moment in my imagination. “SACHIN SACHIN!!”

Thanks for reading. Bye.

Dear Soldiers

To

The Soldiers of India

SUBJECT: A simple Thank You message

I am one ordinary citizen of the country you protect. Few days ago, while I was enjoying my holiday,I saw you all marching along the Rajpath, and a lady, whom we call the President, was accepting your salaami. I was so much impressed, that you were doing overtime even on a holiday, that I have decided to write a Thank You letter to you.

1. I would like to Thank You all for providing such a secure environment to our politicians, that they don’t have to fear once before doing any crime.

2. I would like to Thank You for fighting all those Kargil and other wars, so that we can enjoy movies made upon them.

3. Thank You for ensuring security at a cricket stadium, so that we ordinary people can show our real patriotism by cheering for those 11 real heroes of our country.

4. Thank You for bearing the stones thrown by public in any protest, when those stones are actually meant our ministers.

5. Thank You for ensuring that no other country men can kill us, so that we can kill ourselves through drinking and chewing tobacco.

6. Thank You for using substandard weapons, so that we can top as a nation to have maximum deposits in a Swiss bank.

7. Thank You for being the peons of your high ranking officers and cleaning their houses which they have got in societies like Adarsh.

8. Thank You for protecting people like me who can only think and talk, but never DO anything.

9. Thank You for giving company to the inmates of Tihar, to the chickens at a butcher shop and to the dogs on the street, that they are not the only ones who live in inhuman conditions.

10. Thank You for giving up your lives in an already populated country.

 

Please accept my Thank Yous for an otherwise thankless job.

 

Yours and only because of You,

The Shameless Citizen of India.