The eminent psychiatrist Judith Lewis Herman once said, “In order to escape accountability for his crimes, the perpetrator does everything in his power to promote forgetting. If secrecy fails, the perpetrator attacks the credibility of his victim. If he cannot silence her absolutely, he tries to make sure no one listens.” The words said years back once again became a heart-chilling reality in one of the state notorious for a heinous crime like gang rape. The death of the gang-rape survivor’s father in Unnao; Uttar Pradesh has showcased once again the pathetic situation of gang rape survivors in our society.
A society which considers itself a moral guardian whenever a lady from immense past is defamed just pushes the current girls into an Avernus of tyranny after the horrible incident. Undoubtedly they are an object of mockery, sarcasm, social outcast and a hell lot of other things rather not to be mentioned as if they are the rapist, not the rape victims.
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Indeed! This has been the basic modus operandi of our so-called society to humiliate who has already been on the mercy of fate and circumstances but when these designated guardians of our society act far worse than the society itself it becomes a matter of shame and disgust. The approach of the police and the government while handling this case has been so much disgusting that even the head of a demon would be hung in shame. No matter these so-called keepers of the law consider themselves above the law, they should have the basic conscience to at least not to put them above humanity. Could it be more shameful that they not only framed the survivor’s father but also put them to a third-degree torture which led to his custodial death? Is it a complete chaos or indifferent attitude that even the Chief Minister, when requested to take action, didn’t make it a matter of prime importance?
Is there anything more to be ashamed of that the indifference of a CM towards such a sensitive case has added agony and writhing pain to the already tormented soul? Wasn’t it imperative for a CM to take the matter into his own hands rather than just putting it in the hands of those corrupt officials whom he has suspended with immediate effect? Had the CM maintained the dignity of his position not only the life of that person would have been saved but also the gang-rape survivor had not tried to end her life by immolating herself.