Delhi Gang Rape: Important Aspects Totally Overlooked By The Paid Mainstream Media

Rape Is A Social Issue!

Rape Is A Social Issue!


India’s braveheart girl must have begun a new journey in some other mysterious world. Back in India, the land of her birth and also death in such a tragic fashion, after being gang-raped and sexually assaulted in most barbaric manner, leading to severe multiorgan failure, the protests have begun to lose momentum. That’s a typical course of action for any movement in India. It sooner or later, becomes part of fading memory and, after some years, many find it hard to recollect what exactly happened! Even in this case, eyewash gesture of setting another committee had been done, ignoring  Supreme Court’s previous directions, which talked about safety of  citizens, especially the women. In fact, constitutional provisions and Law Commission recommendations, if implemented with total sincerity, are suffice to take care of safety concerns of women, always left vulnerable to such cruel turns of destiny. One Lakshmi, researcher related with women’s issue, made a fitting remark in The Hindu: “She didn’t die of multiorgan failure, but it was the multiorgan failure of this society and the state which killed her.” 

For instance, in this case, how was this bus with illegal tinted glass windows, allowed to move freely on the streets, and that too, when it passed through many police check-posts? What were the cops doing? Even in UP, cars with illegal glass windows, usually having, illegal blue/red beacon lights are in fashion. So why is the Traffic Superintendent, a mute spectator in this regard,  when the policemen from the same department are so damn conscious about ensuring regular hafta (a form of bribery) at every crossing from the truck drivers? That’s because no body is interested in annoying the political goons, occupying the high posts as Ministers! The government and High Court wish that common citizens should act as guardians of democracy but have they ensured safety of  the whistle-blowers? Before this case,Assistant Sub Inspector Ravinderpal Singh, was shot dead allegedly by Akali Dal leader local secretary (Urban) Ranjit Singh Rana and three of his associates on December 05, 2012, in Amritsar, Punjab, who had resisted the harassment of his daughter. In the same state, a gang-rape victim committed suicide on December 26, 2012, nearly a month after alleged gang-rape, which took place on November 13, 2012, being pressed upon both by police and the society to compromise. In this alleged gang-rape, a woman, identified as Shinderpal Kaur,  played a key role. The point that’s being suggested is that popular anger which has got focused on “hang the rapists” or, for that matter, demand for more stringent punishment  is absolutely misplaced. That’s not going to yield any better result.

The paid media, having struck unholy nexus, with the government, is constantly projecting  rhetoric or misplaced popular sentiments. In United States and in other nations, despite having tough provisions, the rape incidents are quite frequent, even as the better implementation of strict provisions have ensured  lesser victimization rate. The point worth considering is that they have given to wider considerations side-by-side stricter laws, which includes concerns related with widespread denial of women as potential sexual aggressors, female-female rape, distinction between forcible and non-forcible rapes, rape of males by females and etc. The researches there also included the impact of drugs, especially alcohol. Even though timing of entering into contrasts with United States is not okay, especially at this point of time, I am but compelled to do since angry people have given way to demand for tougher laws, forgetting that stricter laws can only work wonders when we have sound and sympathetic government machinery in action. Is that the case in India, wherein all sorts of legal provisions have got limited to law books alone?  

Against this backdrop, before I deal specifically with the Delhi gang-rape, I wish to clearly state that it would be fatal to confine the urge for changes to “safety of women alone” or, for that matter, demand for stricter provisions to prevent rape. This line of action is being deliberately highlighted under pressure from feminist wings, tactically supported by Congress government, which hopes to regain power with female voters and minority card in next Parliamentary actions. The mainstream media is also singing the same tune, because in wake of fear to lose government’s aid,  it has no other option but to toe the stance taken by government. This whole drama which captured the nation’s attention from December 16, 2012, until death of gang-rape victim was a well-orchestrated show managed perfectly well by the paid media and Congress government. There are enough circumstantial evidences which give proof of it that the real story is something else and it’s more horrible than what we all came to witness in these past turbulent fifteen days. I will deal with this aspect later in this article but first let’s not ignore these pertinent points. 

Had the protests been genuine and intentions of government honest, the demand would have not been focused on safety of women or rights of women alone, it would have been focused on better safety concerns for every citizen, irrespective of gender. The most horrible thing is that this time politics was done in name of this unfortunate girl, victim of brutal gang-rape, who is no longer in this world. This protest was given vulgar and aggressive shape by the vested interests with immediate and  long-term gains in mind. The news of  nuisance created by agents of Congress, belonging to NSUI wing, at India gate have now surfaced, and this confirms the suspicion that real story is something else. Three main reasons could be deviating attention of general public from its recent failures on all fronts, diminishing the impact of victory of Narendra Modi at national level, and, above all,  an attempt to keep intact the female votes, by emerging as champion of female rights ( the way it tries to emerge as protector of minorities) in long term with some immediate steps in this direction right now.

It’s really ironical that on the one hand sponsored protesters, and foreign funded women’s organisations,  are demanding for tougher laws, and, on other hand, this case is now being under the vigilance of Delhi High Court since it has taken suo moto cognizance! Now that’s pretty disturbing! What was the need to do so? May be its apprehensive that government machinery might play foul and delay the justice, and thus, it’s intervention becomes necessary to ensure fair and speedy justice! Without debating the merit of High Court’s decision to take suo moto cognizance of this case, I wish to know will superior courts always take moto cognizance of such cases to ensure fair trial once tough laws come into operation? In other words,  we are mindlessly asking for tough laws in a nation, wherein  monitoring of cases by superior  court becomes necessary to ensure fair  justice. In the United States, we have a fair system which not only ensures that tough laws operate within a perfect apparatus but also that cases be dealt in scientific manner. Imagine the consequences of tough laws in corrupt and biased set up which India entertains, wherein right from investigation to trial stage, everything is shoddy and flawed. Does our system has ensured that those abusing the process of law do not go scot-free?

We have already witnessed what has been the fate of tough dowry provisions and SC/ST provisions and still dare to believe that tough provisions would stop rapes in current set-up? Isn’t it was the fear of misuse which led to scrapping of POTA provisions? I am afraid it would only lead to further deterioration of men-women relationships, which is the agenda of foreign sponsored feminist  institutions (weakening the institution called family and marriage) and also of secular parties, which breed on chaos and disorder. I mean we are living in times, wherein rape has become some sort of tool to settle scores, a weapon to blackmail, to an extent that even consensual sexes, after love gone sour, gets projected as rape. I am sure a little commonsense, instead of expecting everything to be achieved with the help of laws, would yield better results.

We should not forget that we are living in times, wherein, an actress, Maria Susairaj, can enter in one of the most macabre murders, ever intercepted by world of crime. That’s why instead of a knee jerk reaction, a conscious approach which ensures that cases are dealt in light of merit, not governed by biases for any particular gender shall create better days. Mere strict provisions, with ample scope of their misuse shall only make females become natural enemy of males. There are many MPs and members of state assemblies,booked under rape charges, and if they are asked about it they would let you know that they have been falsely implicated! Their versions may or may not be true, but it does give you an idea that either legal system is being used to settle scores or it’s not being used at all! Against this backdrop, how would you ensure that tough provisions would ensure justice?    Let’s have a glimpse how this system functions. The death of constable Subhash Tomar, amid the violent protests at India Gate, is now shrouded in mystery. The autopsy report suggests, that death was caused by a sharp object but the witnesses claim that death was a natural affair and no such attack was involved! See the contradiction.

But we are living in strange times. The mere appeal to women to dress properly or maintain right visiting hours is seen as some sort of curtailing their rights or independence, and not as commonsense. That’s because so-called lust for absolute freedom, on par with corrupt theories sponsored by feminists, have robbed of their ability to think in simple terms, making them see every such sound advice as insult of their beings. For instance, I  am sure even a men, however strong may he be, run the risk of being attacked and killed, if he dares to move on streets all alone during nocturnal hours! So is there any point in seeing a crime in a gender specific way and demanding safety of women alone? Check the data and you would find more number of men killed in tragic way. So should I start campaigning for safer world of men? Attack and getting killed is more failure of law and  order, instead of something born out of  gender specific cause. Another idiotic argument presented by the feminists, and modern girls, is that wearing provocative dress is no invitation to rape. That’s true and I agree whole-heartedly with the counter offered but what I totally disagree is that provocative dressing creates no impact. That defies psychological laws. It’s a common phenomenon that both female and male physiological responses i.e. erectile responses are involuntary in wake of anticipating atmosphere surcharged with sexual stimulants. 

So why are we trying to create a system, which mainly tries to accommodate demands of one sex, not in tune with common sense and  psychological aspects? Mind you even “gun-culture” would not ensure a safe scenario if some basic sociological principles get avoided. That’s the reason why gun-culture in United States has not ensured desired result. Anyway, I am not suggesting that following such simple steps, rapes would become a rarity or, for that matter, decently dressed woman would altogether be free of sexual assaults, but these simple steps would ensure a significant drop in crime against woman. That’s exactly what  Vrinda Grover, lawyer and women’s activist, is trying to say when she  says that: ” There is no evidence to suggest that the death penalty acts as a deterrent to rape…….Certainty of punishment rather than the severity of its form could act as a deterrent.” (The Hindu)

It’s also strange that gang-rape of this girl is being projected as awakening of this nation but it’s really baffling to understand what exactly are we trying to say when we say so? Are we trying to say that had this girl been not gang-raped we would have never awakened? That’s why I feel this huge protest is orchestrated or it’s totally redundant. That I say so since Delhi has already attained the infamous title of being “rape capital of the country'” long back ago. There were 568 cases of rape, registered in 2007-2011 period. So was Delhi and whole nation sleeping? The Times of India news report from where I picked this data, quoting a police official, stated:  “Former IPS officer Y P Singh said the police informally classify rape into two categories: technical and violent. ‘In case of technical rapes, there is an element of consent involved and there is no violence. Some examples are a lady caught red-handed in an act and then alleging rape; a man inducing a lady with a false promise of marriage and having intercourse. There have also been cases where departmental seniors have called for wives of suspended juniors to stop the husband being dismissed from service,” said Singh.”  

At the time when this case caught the limelight, an unfortunate mother in Uttar Pradesh, was struggling hard to get  justice in a case involving suicide of her daughter, after being gang-raped. However, neither the media nor the concerned  higher authorities including District Magistrate paid any attention to her grievances. That makes it even more important to understand the true elements constituting the protest at India Gate and Jantar Mantar. That I say so because in past we have witnessed murder most foul like Naina Sahni murder case, Madhumita Shukla murder case, Jessica Lal murder case, and brutal rapes like one involving Aruna Shanbaug and rape of a twelve year old mentally challenged girl by a drunkard in Mumbai local train even as the others remained a mute spectator, and now we pretend that after December 16 gang-rape, nation has awakened, and, thus, demand greater safety of women! 

How can we forget the brutal gang-rapes of  two Mizo women, abducted from Dhaula Kuan, Delhi, and repeatedly gang-raped in moving vehicles in 2005 and 2010? Why we did not then gave way to such awakening? In fact, they were too dumped on the street, unconscious and without clothes, very much like the December 16 tragic episode? They were not subjected to injuries of grave nature but they are still facing emotional trauma.”The condition of this woman is worse as she seems to have lost her mental balance after the incident. “I have been told she still flows into a fit of rage, bangs her head against the wall and keeps on inflicting injuries on her private parts,” informed one of the members belonging to the  Northeast Support Centre & Helpline while narrating the normalcy report of  2005 case victim.

That’s why it becomes more than necessary to intercept this December 16 gang-rape case under the lens and scrutinize its each aspect very deeply. The moment you do so, you realize that this tragic episode, was used very shrewdly to serve some vested interests and there are many dark aspects, which have not at all surfaced despite being vast media coverage in sensational way. One might differ with my conjectures/hypothesis but the very facts point towards well-planned conspiracy to first blow out of proportion such episode and later conceal or destroy the evidences so that real picture never surfaces. Let’s deal with such dubious aspects one by one. First of all, many who had gathered at India Gate/Jantar Mantar were people belonging to women’s rights association and as per unconfirmed news reports there were disturbing elements from one political party to make the protests go out of control! The same thing happened. So that means less number of people from general public-the cattle class- and more people from dubious sections of society were mourning at the India gate and Jantar Mantar -the two spots which got maximum coverage by the mainstream media- demanding safety of women, which led to killing of constable Subash Tomar! 

Secondly, we need to know who was behind the decision to carry her to  Singapore based hospital? Why was that considered necessary and that too when it not only involved additional risk to patient but also involved huge expenditure involving taxpayer’s money? Medical fraternity is absolutely sure that there was no need to get her shifted to any other hospital, involving flight journey, when she was on ventilator, struggling hard to overcome multiorgan failure  Since it appears to be more a political reason than a medical reason, isn’t  that  shows lack of insensitivity on part of political class?  And secondly, a government claiming to ensure safety of woman, entered in such a cruel gesture when the whole nation was watching! It speak volumes about the decision making ability of Congress leaders, ironically, one of them is Lady Chief Minister of  Delhi! Agreeing  that Delhi High Court had remarked about shifting the victim to a super-specialty hospital but that was subject to  advice of medical experts and limited to extreme conditions. And the medical team has already  denied that they had no role in that decision! So who made this decision and for what reasons? It’s also curious  that electronic media channels, who covered the initial sensational phase of the tragic episode, were the ones, who abstained from covering the last ceremony of the victim, wherein it’s learned that government acted with undue haste to get the last rites done quickly, much against the opposition of parents of the victim! 

Anyway, the most sensational aspect happened while recording the statement of victim in the ICU. The Sub Divisional Magistrate Usha Chaturvedi was not only prevented from video recording of the victim’s statement by three senior police officers but also  asked by them to ” use a questionnaire they prepared”. Now that says all. The episode took a serious turn, making the SDM report the matter to Deputy Commissioner (East) B.M. Mishra. The questions we need to ask and think over are: Whom was Delhi Police trying to protect? Why was it not interested in having the videography done? Who were the backstage people involved, who influenced Delhi Police to act in that fashion? As per news reports, the people involved, the six men charged with crime, are people from lower section of society and so it’s highly impossible that top level police officers would react in that fashion and be head on with a superior authority unless some big fish is involved! And that too, at a moment, when right from Prime Minister to whole nation, everyone appeared  to be damn conscious about ensuring justice for this lady! So what was the need for Police officers to prevent the SDM from following her own way? Isn’t it a stunning blow to the claims that tough laws would ensure better environment for women? With this sort of functioning style, it’s anybody’s guess that only innocents would be behind the bars, leading to weakening of the societal structure, which in turn would help the foreign agents, in tandem with anti-India forces, to create more space for their direct control of affairs in India.

Anyway, I leave upon conscious readers to frame suitable answers for these disturbing questions. Right now I just pray for that departed soul: May you always rest in eternal peace. Hope Lord gives you all, what you failed to achieve in this ephemeral world, governed by human sharks, promoting their deadly agendas. Angels like you have no room for survival in this world.

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35 responses

  1. You have very valid questions.. as usual political hyenas hijacked the students protest at the cost of a few lives. Well written. BTW, you have got tricked too as far as American Gun Culture is concerned. Majority of gun violence in America occur in Gun-Free zones where there is zero resistance. Guns are not allowed in schools; Had those teachers allowed to carry guns in schools the causality could have been much lower. All the major influential media is owned by 5 major corporations! Don’t blame capitalism please, capitalism = free market; American market is highly regulated and controlled in a way that the chances of a small business entering the market and getting successful is close to zero!!!

    1. Thanks Prassoon..Your words mean a lot..I referred to Gun Culture merely to stress upon the fact that a change in mindset would bring better result than carrying a gun in hand!!…”Violence begets violence”….So let’s first begin a change with a change in social conditioning…Rest would automatically follow…

      Anyway, not happy inside, but still wish you on the arrival of new year…With Open Eyes, Open Mind :-)

      1. Thanks and same to you…

  2. Kezia, Canada, said on booksie.com:

    Wow this is just…I hate these rapist bastards right now…

    Author’s Response:

    We as a nation remain shocked and trapped in grief, anger and sorrow…Hope these sorts of barbaric crimes become lesser in coming days once there are relevant changes at all level.

  3. Aravind Sivaramapanicker, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, said:

    568 rape “cases” out of 5000000 women, that is one in 10000…that is 0.01%, after taking out false accusations, its even less…its per capita which matters not absolute number…..15 crimes in a population of 1000 is better than 10 similar crimes in a population of 100….It’s a crime against man unless specifically mentioned its against woman. By default, crime is a crime against man.

    Author’s Response:

    This scenario would only change when we shatter the prevailing stereotypes, which view male alone as the perpetrator…

  4. Shubhranshu Pandey’ Butul’ , Advocate, Allahabad High Court, said:

    मशाल जलाने को एक चिंगारी काफ़ी है…..जब से जागो तभी सवेरा.. सारी बाते पहले भी कही गयी है इसका मतलब ये है कि ह्रुदय परिवर्तन कभी भी हो सकता है. अंगुलिमाल को जब तक बुद्ध नहीं मिले वो दरिंदा बना रहा. आज सारे देश में आंदोलन हो रहे हैं. सरकार के खिलाफ़ नारे लग रहे हैं. लेकिन सरकार ने तो कम से कम समय में सारे बलात्कारियों को पकड़ लिया जो स्वागत योग्य है. सबसे पहले तो नये साल में ही एक बार हम सभी अपने सीने पर हाथ रख कर अपने आप को तलाश करें कि क्या जो मोमबत्ती हमने हाथों में ले कर यात्रा की है उसका प्रकाश आन्दर तक आया है .या फ़िर जहाँ थे जैसे थे की तर्ज पर बने रहते हैं…

    Author’s Response:

    भाई आपकी बात सर आँखों पर।। लेख को अंत तक पढ़े ( धैर्य सहित क्योकि लेख लम्बा हो गया।।। सब बातो को कहना जो पढ़ा तथ्यों/तर्कों के साथ) तो हमे जरूर बताये अंत के पैराग्राफ में दिए प्रश्नों के उत्तर। उस पर भी कुछ कहे जरूर। जहा तक शुरुआत करने की बात है ये भी समझना पड़ेगा कि किन मूल्यों और किस लक्ष्य के साथ हम चल रहे है। वैसे ये मामला जो दिखाया जा रहा है वैसा है नहीं। धौला कुआँ दुष्कर्म के सन्दर्भ में देखे, SDM और पुलिस के बीच जो हुआ वो देखे, एक ऐसे शरीर को आपने दूसरे देश में भेज दियाजो भेजने लायक नहीं थी, ये सब क्या था ??? जंतर मंतर/इंडिया गेट पर कैटल क्लास से कम अराजक और स्वार्थी तत्त्व ज्यादा बैठे थें? क्यों ? ये सिर्फ जागने का हसीन भ्रम था।।। चलिए मान लेते है कुछ शुरुआत हुई है ( नाउम्मीद रहने से बेहतर है आशावान होने का भ्रम पाल लेना) पर डर है सफ़र अन्तहीन न हो जाए।।

  5. @Rajesh Vakharia, President, Save Family Foundation, Nagpur, Maharastra, said:

    Have these links:

    1. Most Rape cases are false…..

    http://www.scribd.com/doc/118414109/Most-Rape-cases-are-false

    2.Refusing to Marry is Not Rape. Paranoia around rape issues does not help.

    https://www.facebook.com/notes/rajesh-vakharia/refusing-to-marry-is-not-rape-paranoia-around-rape-issues-does-not-help/461982483850011

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    Author’s Response:

    Thanks for the links…They are quite informative…

  6. Many thanks to them as well for not ignoring this critical issue….

    Raoul Depreche ; Himanshu B. Pandey, Siwan, Bihar; Kusum Upadhyaya, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh; Deewakar Pandey, New Delhi; Ratan Parija; DrManoj Agrawal, Senior Resident Doctor, Dehri-on-Sone, Bihar;Sivan Suresh, New Delhi;Indu Upadhyaya; Anand G.Sharma, Mumbai; Lalita Jha, New Delhi; Manjoy Laxmi, Nagpur, Maharashtra;Abhay Singh, Director, Vedic Limited, Patna, Bihar Zainul Abdeen, Bangalore, Karnataka;Ramaiah Kanathasan, Singapore; Swami Prabhu Chaitanya, Patna, Bihar; Arvind Sharma, Indore, Madhya Pradesh;Rahul Patil, Pune, Maharashtra; Rekha Pandey, Mumbai, Maharashtra; and Sudhir Gawandalkar, Bangalore, Karnataka.

  7. Arvind Sharma, Indore, Madhya Pradesh, said:

    Happy New Year dear Pandeyji. How could one — like me — ignore this kind of soul provoking article, when entire nation is long suffering from this kind of paap. The cries of other unknown rape victims have till date fallen on deaf ears of administration….

    Author’s Response:

    I have already communicated my intentions to the people sitting in high places. ..Hope the dismal scenario gives way to bright faces in coming years… Thanks again for the wishes…And yes, I have deep faith in Lord, who I am sure will resurrect all proper values in His own mysterious way..

  8. Sudhir Dwivedi, New Delhi, said:

    Nicely said Arvind K Pandey Bhai…there r so many Victims like Damini who are unnoticed by Media,in most of the cases even their FIR r not registered by our police.Even after Damini’s incident 7 rapes happened ……what is happening now a days??

    Author’s Response:

    It’s entirely a new set of facts..The more you know, the more you come to curse the Indian political landscape which has guts to even cash-in-on rapes!!!

  9. Very well articulated article Arvind Bhai,You have mentioned so many things related to this incident which are not known to common people.Even I was not aware about the fact Gathering at India Gate…..Jab tak hum nahi sudhrenge Desh Nahi Sudhrega.

    1. @Sudhir Dwivedi

      The mainstream media is guilty of suppressing the facts and misleading people. The primary task of media is to make commoners informative the right way. However, it has become a medium to spread lies, sponsored by people sitting in high places. It’s really tragic that even heinous crimes are being used to create political impressions.

  10. I join my prayer with yours, “May you always rest in eternal peace.”

    1. @Laurie Buchanan

      Yes, that’s the need of the hour..

  11. It is true that political bodies are likely to use the gang rape to sway popular opinion toward their own parties. Unfortunately that is the way of politics and there are few sincere politicians who can act in any regard without appearing to be attempting to use the situation to their own benefit.

    What must happen is for reform to be brought forward and this must occur from grass roots organizations that are not politically affiliated with any specific party. All organizations have their own agendas, so you cannot dismiss any one group with a blanket condemnation on that basis. Groups of, and for, the people must be the ones that bring forth the needed reforms to truly ascertain what the populace desires and not what is simply political expediency.

    While it is also true that there are rapes in Western cultures, it is not a fair comparision to simply say that. In the West police take accusations of rape seriously and investigate the cases. When, in conjunction with prosecutors, they determine that there is sufficient evidence, perpetrators are tried, and either found guilty or innocent. Many different factors come into play before a conviction or dismissal is achieved. This is where India deviates from the West.

    At the heart of the matter is overwhelming effect that the Indian caste system plays in all parts of society, but specifically in the case of rape. Seldum are cases investigated if the woman is of a lower caste; an “untouchable”. This is the aspect that must be addresses before any other reforms can be expected to show favourable results. Without the elimination of the caste system, there will continue to be laws that are applied differently (if at all), depending on what caste one belongs to.

    Only when all are treated in an equal fashion can there be any reasonable expectation of true and lasting reform in India.

    1. @Ianpaulson…

      Many thanks for dropping by. Just like to clear the air that I have not shown Western nations in wrong light as far as rapes are concerned. In fact, I have almost taken a similar stance as the one adopted by you in your comment, when I say that in United States “the better implementation of strict provisions have ensured lesser victimization rate” and that they have a” sound and sympathetic government machinery in action’. It’s another thing, that despite tough provision, rapes are frequent. But when I say so, it does not mean I am criticizing their approach or handling of the issue.

      Secondly, it’s a myth spread by the secular media that lower caste people in modern India are a tormented lot! That could have been the case in previous eras but in modern India their situation has improved a lot. After the introduction of draconian provision, SC/ST Act, the atrocities committed upon them, real and imaginary, have been reduced to great extent. The reservation policies have ensured them a great deal of equality. So it’s no longer the case as perceived in the Western circles!

  12. Subu Subramaniam, said:

    There have also been cases where departmental seniors have called for wives of suspended juniors to stop the husband being dismissed from service,” said Singh.”

    ————Now….Now….All these Army Seniors would be castrated ?? right ?? Well…Well… the Pakistanis must be having a good laugh….

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    Author’s Response:

    Well said…..

  13. Darnell Givens, Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States, said:

    I personally don’t believe the whole rape thing for a variety of reasons: 1) Rape nowadays can even mean looking @ a woman, so those “rape” cases could be based on that definition alone. 2) Sex crimes are not what the media makes them to be. Often times, statistics are poorly made to produce exaggerated claims. Well Arvind K Pandey, I certainly hope that true justice prevails over misinformation such as this. Take care.

    Author’s Response:

    Yes, the concept of justice should be given new heights instead of being turned into object of ridicule..

  14. * No protests when over 7000 people in India die of hunger every day.
    * No protests when a 16 year SC girl was r@ped by 12 FC men in Haryana.
    * No protests when Haryana DGP, Rathore r@ped and killed a 14 year old girl.
    Now media/students are protesting when a 23 year FC girl is r@ped by 6 BC men in Delhi.

    I believe this a COVERT agitation sponsored by FORWARD CASTE BJP/AAP against SC/ST Reservation Bill.

    1. @4thAugust1932

      That’s far-stretched imagination, lacking substance..

      1. I compelled to say same thing about your article.

        “That’s far-stretched imagination, lacking substance..”

      2. @4th August….

        Such reactionary approach on your part says all..Now it’s time for you to demonstrate your retarded skills somewhere else..Just spare me from reading your insipid, off the mark, comments on this post..

      3. Take your ‘retarded skills/insipid’ Caste share of land as per 4th August 1932 Round Table Conference Resolution (Communal Award) and go build your own nation.

  15. Rajesh Pandey, Jalandhar, Punjab, said:

    Make sure that this new proposed law is not misused by some sick minded and black mailers….

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    Author’s Response:

    Let me inform you that I have already sent my suggestions to committee headed by Honorable Justice J S Verma, Former CJI, formed in the wake of recent heinous episode. Therein, I stated very clearly that we are not against the amendment or, for that matter, tough laws, but first ensure us that these laws would not be abused by the wrong people!!

  16. Nice review. We have to learn much from India about how to come together defend the victims of rape. In our country, rape victim has never been received support as the case in India. Thank for the article.

    1. @Rina Y….

      Thanks for dropping by..More than laws, we need a change in mindset to prevent crimes of this nature…

  17. Jill Campbell-Mackay, Editor & Writer of http://www.redcactuspost.com, Cyprus, said:

    EXCELLENT PIECE Arvind. Kindest Jill….

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    Author’s Response:

    I am really happy that this post managed to elicit attention from some of the best minds across the globe! Before writing this piece, I spent many sleepless nights gathering news from credible sources besides assimilating as much as I could the news which appeared in foreign press. To my surprise, I found most of them either being biased or adopting a certain premeditated approach while narrating the sequence of events.

    That’s why I had to come up with this post so as to enable conscious souls like you people to give way to a different perspective…And I am happy that my efforts did not go in vain!!

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    P.S.: Her remark first appeared on Linked In’s Online Journalism Forum.

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  18. Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey ,Director e Chefe de redacção/Director and Chief Editor Portuguese version Pravda, Portugal, said:

    Thanks for this piece Arvind!….

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    Author’s Response:

    I have sent my recommendations/ suggestions to a high-level committee formed by government in the aftermath of this tragic episode. This committee is headed by former Chief Justice of India, JS Verma, to amend the laws related with sexual assaults…My main emphasis, while making the suggestions, has been on the fact that if you are going to amend the laws, do make it sure that there is no abuse of stricter laws, which is usually the case, when such laws become a convenient tool to punish the so-called offenders and not the actual culprit! If that happens, it’s anybody’s case that it would further shatter the pillars of society!

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    P.S.: His remark first appeared on Linked In’s Online Journalism Forum.

  19. Many thanks to these distinguished people including Ian Shalapata, Editor/ Photographer, New Media, Greater Detroit Area, United States; Mehdi Khan,Journalist at Chelcheragh weekly magazine &amp, Iran; Alessio Mannucci, Giornalista independente presso World Wide Web, and Greg Chandler, News correspondent at Grand Rapids Press, Greater Grand Rapids, Michigan Area, United States, for appreciating the post…

  20. Khushi Sharma, New Delhi, said:

    Good Point…

    Author’s Response:

    Thanks for validating the content!!

  21. Very well written. However here are few comments I wish to make:
    The idea of branding the protest as one run by only feminist group is factually incorrect. Being a journalist, I personally paid a visit (when the protest was at Rasina Hill). There were several activist groups, students, And NGOs that dealt with both children and women sexual harassment. Just because those who come on television are activist doesn’t mean the protest lacks students and general public. I am not sure if you happened to visit the protest during the time it was at India Gate, because then you would have had a much clearer picture.
    Yes, there were unruly political elements there. However, I am a witness to the fact that a minority of the protestors were time and again trying to control this goons. In addition, police decided to act as lame duck in such situation as it could have played in their favour.
    I find little logic in the statement that this is sponsored movement from UPA. If you would have said AAP or BJP, I would have still tried to make an attempt to believe. Just because NGOs and Feminist group join a movement, I believe it would be wrong to jump to a conclusion without hearing if they were making a valid point there or if they were trying to promote feminism.
    Quite contrary to the way feminism is looked at these days, the philosophy is different.
    You have mentioned an example of how males run the risk of being killed at night. I second you view here till halfway mark. My only question here being, how many times do we hear statements like why did he leave home at that hour, why was he carrying an smartphone, cash, wearing a chain etc?? after a guy is gruesomely murdered.
    I believe I read that you are an advocate. The right that these protestors are seeking is the right to life, dignity and also equality. All three are fundamental rights guaranteed without any sort of bias under our consitution. This should not be misconstrued as a fight of superior and inferior sex.
    The logic behind saying that skimpy clothes cause knee jerk sexual stimulation is okay only till the time it does invade the fundamental right of life and dignity. Your freedom (including sexual) stops right before you invade my rights. Also, such statements give an indirect support to those man-hating voices who believe that men don’t know how to control their urges unlike women.
    Finally, you question: why wake up now?? Well, sometimes it takes time to fill up the glass to the brim. I am rather amazed that you could pose a question like that. For the record, if Raja ram mohan had not objected to sati and fought a battle against it, we might still have it on a large scale in India. The question is not why now… The question we are facing is what now.
    Stricter laws are being asked for (even though it might not prove statistics wrong) so that there would be at least a percent increase in fear. And if even after studying law you feel that stricter punishments don’t deter criminals from ghastly acts, why have strict punishments for murder too. Lets scrap them as well. What say? Capital punishment for rape is being asked because the girl/ victim suffers a life imprisonment. The demand at the protest site is not just for justice again rape against women but involves the broader gender neutral definition for rape and sexual harassment.
    There are several laws which are bended, broken and misused. That doest mean we can do away with them. It’s more of a failure on the part of the police, and to certain extend the tortoise judicial style of delivering justice. Which had to be corrected. And that we both know is not happening in next few dawns.
    Lets face it, our society cries for the victim, sympathises with her but never let’s her forget the trauma.
    Rape is also a sociological and psychological issue that has to be dealt at different levels.

    1. @ A S Supreeth

      Thanks for your viewpoint. Instead of offering a rejoinder of sorts in point-wise manner, I need to state that inherent glaring contradictions in your views, skewed conclusions, forceful attempts to balance seemingly opposite stances at the same time, make me feel that it’s not the case, wherein someone is offering new facts or correcting the facts to rope in more clarity. It’s more about someone determined to argue for argument’s sake only! That makes the intent of the reader, making such comment, bit doubtful. Anyway, you have a right to say what you feel, and I really honour your views, but, at least, let me be more interested in clearing the confusion caused by your views!

      Anyone, who has read the post consciously, would realize that nowhere the author has inserted forceful conclusions. On the contrary, readers have been left to arrive at some conclusion in light of possibilities, indicated in the post, backed up by facts. So a comment filled with twisted logic and hasty conclusions surprises me! You seem to suggest that this movement is not controlled by feminist bodies ( being movement of students and general public in your eyes) yet you feel that I should ascertain what they are saying about it! The point is not whether I should ascertain who is controlling the show or what the feminists are saying, but it’s more about who is corrupting or deviating the movement for their vested interests. And so it becomes necessary to target feminist bodies because it’s their view which gets highlighted in print and electronic media, which in turn, gets quoted by the foreign press in prominent way. The problem is that this unholy nexus, between sponsored protesters and feminist/political bodies, is so subtle that you just cannot truly ascertain what’s the fact are even if you have visited the spot many times! Just have a look at the placards, displayed by the students. They were not expressing their grief but very cleverly promoting the feminist concepts! So why should I believe that they were protesting independently and were not hand in glove with feminist bodies in covert way?

      You are also not ready to believe that this is Congress sponsored movement but at the same time asking me to use far-stretched imagination to believe that manipulation belongs to BJP! A clever attempt to not only make the issue petty political issue but also an attempt to dilute the real issues. However, I am not interested in looking at the whole thing political way. That will do no justice to the cause of victim. The reason why I suspect that this protest is sponsored by Congress is because it has history of corrupting genuine public movements by using unethical means or, for that matter, using concocted episodes as attention diversion. You can see the fate of India Against Corruption protest launched by the Anna Hazare and others! That’s why I have every right to be concerned about all those elements which in no way represent the cause of general public in ideal way and that includes feminist organisations! It’s not right time to talk about “battle of sexes” but to ensure that Indian citizens come to lead a safer life- a life that’s devoid of attacks from goons and other anti-social elements.

      Lastly, you have tried to ignore physiological and psychological concerns by exaggerating your concerns for fundamental rights. In fact, the ideal way is not to promote one concept at the cost of other but to provide suitable space to all necessary concerns. And that’s why I feel it was useless for you to talk about fundamental rights when one was explaining the psychological factors, which is indicative of someone trying to gain an edge over other than an honest attempt to understand what’s the author trying to say. Although I am ready to ready to acknowledge your views as additional input but when meditated upon they are, in sensible eyes, merely an attempt to suppress the real concerns.

      Anyway, thanks for letting me know your views ….

  22. Thanks “halfeatenmind” for dealing with the post in a conscious way! !!!

  23. […] The piece that I wrote immediately after the Delhi gang-rape incident stated:  […]

  24. […] में आप घटना के तुरंत बाद ही लिखा गया ये लेख पढ़ सकते है जिसमे मैंने उसी वक़्त ये स्पष्ट कर […]

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