A World Where Safety is a Distant Dream

Winter has set in, very abruptly. One morning, when I woke up, it was unusually cold. Like, very perceptibly cold. And when the same happened the next day, it was supposed to mean that winter had arrived. Well, winter or not, there is no respite from the sweltering heat during the rest of the day!

Anyhow, I don’t intend to delve deeper into small talk. Getting straight to the point, all of a sudden, I feel like I’m being pelted with news/stories of brutalities. First, I was emotionally perturbed since I was reading Lucky. And then, there was the Connecticut

Victims of the shootings at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut and Nancy Lanza and her son Adam

Victims of the shootings at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut and Nancy Lanza and her son Adam

massacre last week. To say that I was shocked would be an understatement. While reading the news article, I felt confused, helpless and terrified. Not terrified by the incident, terrified by man. Has the world come to such a situation that any random person (mentally unstable or not) can just go around killing innocent people? Kinda makes you wonder how sane the person next to you is. Just in case they decide to pull out a gun and shoot you down (and NO, I am not joking…James Holmes & Adam Lanza should serve as enough evidence). [Another recent incident I found while googling]

On Sunday, I watched Talaash, a new Bollywood movie starring Aamir Khan, Rani Mukherjee and Kareena Kapoor. It is a mystery thriller, revolving around the red-light district in Mumbai. Apart from having an excellent script, acting, dialogues and cinematography, the movie was emotionally gripping for me. Even after nearly a week, it still hasn’t left my mind. It led me to think very deeply about sex workers and their lives. Like Kareena’s character mentions in the movie, they are not even counted as part of the population and nobody cares about what happens to them.

And, just when I was slowly getting over it and falling back into the routine, I hear of this gang-rape that happened in Delhi. A 23-year

Follow the image link to read another moving post

Follow the image link to read another moving post

old girl was gang-raped in a moving bus in India’s capital city, brutally tortured, stripped and thrown out of the bus, along with the male friend who had been with her. The doctors testify that they have never seen such brutality on a victim of sexual assault. The girl has undergone a few surgeries, doctors hope she will recover but then, even if she does, she won’t be able to lead a normal life. Thanks to a bunch of demons who were too blind to see the suffering they were inflicting on another human being.

When I read about this incident, more than hurt or anger, I felt mentally weak and numb. Like I was weary, fed up, irritated at the government, people, everyone for letting it happen over and over again. I hadn’t known much of the gruesome details but happened to come across this FB post. I’m disgusted, appalled and numbed by shock. I try to create the situation in my head but, whatever I do, I cannot understand how a man could do something so destructive, let alone the thought of 5 others supporting and joining him.

I don’t know much about the girl. I don’t even know her name. But, like me, she was a young girl, who had dreams and aspirations for her life ahead…all of it shattered within hours. I can imagine the pain and torment she must have gone through, even though my imagination would be nowhere near what she actually endured. Come another controversy, and we might forget this girl, she will recede in our memories as the victim of the Delhi gang-rape. But I hope she pulls through, lives (in the true sense of the word), and does it with a strength that will put her rapists to shame. I hope she fulfills all those dreams that seem broken now, and retrieves the happiness that seems lost to her now.

I’m not vain enough to think that my blog post or FB update or heated discussions can actually make a big impact. But whatever impact it may create, I need to react. And this is my way of reacting, raising my voice against such atrocities and supporting the girl.

Hoping for a safer, better, brighter future ahead…[sounds too cliché? I haven’t completed the sentence]…for every girl in the country! 🙂

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12 thoughts on “A World Where Safety is a Distant Dream

  1. Greetings and warm regards!!

    Talaash was surely an excellent theme gone a bit wrong in places. I did like the focus on parapsychology that the film had.

    The incidents you have mentioned are chilling. I have had a very tough time myself coming to terms with these events!

    Take Care!

  2. I seriously can’t believe people like these exist. Where is the humanity now? Don’t these people have any mothers or sisters? I feel disgusted!

  3. Numb, Shocked, Appalled , Disgusted, Angry,Fed up …All at once…The world didn’t end in 2012 but humanity seems to be ending with such incidents happening all over…Such disgusting people are not worth being called humans …

    • Exactly my emotions. Even animals would behave better than this! I don’t see any sense in humans being called higher intelligence beings.

  4. hey rosh,
    i agree we all should voice our reactions, its very shameful that such an incident took place. I wonder why is it so hard for our governments to take strict actions. i doubt the decision making would have been this slow if that girl was related to some minister
    If the rules are strict,no one will even think of committing such an inhuman act. And if there is still no justice then it would simply mean that we are allowing men to sexually harass any girl without worrying about any severe punishment. I would personally wish the world to end before such atrocities become common…..deeply hurt

    • Saba, you’re right. If this had happened to a celebrity or a prominent person/relative, the proceedings would have been immediate. And this isn’t the first time something so brutal is happening in India. I think that’s enough proof to show how weak our judicial system and rules are.

  5. I certainly agree with you about these horrendous events. It disturbs me greatly to know that there are such inhuman creatures out there who think that abusing and defiling another human being, (whether man, woman or child) is acceptable behavior. It is NOT! People need to understand that ‘Love thy neighbor’ and ‘Treat others as you wish to be treated’ are not secular ideas. They should be accepted by ALL people. We inhabit this world together and should learn to get along with each other, not think up atrocious acts to inflict upon those we deem unworthy.

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