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Tuesday 28th January
by SALIL GEWALI
We have had enough of intellectuals who shed their tears for anarchists, terrorists, insurgents and rapists.
Gender discrimination is at the root of many evils. While keeping the aspiration of females down, certain males have committed many wrongs in the past. Apart from various kinds of physical tortures, the mental torture undergone by defenceless females is endless. Within the confinement of four-walls innumerable sins are still being committed which mostly go unreported. However, it was Nirbhaya’s rape incident in Delhi that was “instrumental” in bringing about a kind of gender awareness renaissance in India.
Post the Nirbhaya incident, a lot of changes in the law have been made. The safety and security of women have been prioritized, nation-wide the whole police departments have been sensitized, to a greater extent the road transportation has been made women-friendly.
Thanks to the countless number of protests across the country condemning the six rapists. The people from all walks of life came together and relentlessly pressurized the government that the Nirbhaya convicts must be awarded capital punishment. Media’s contribution to the campaign is immeasurable. Alas, India’s judiciary is so annoyingly slow it has taken over 7 years to pronounce the death sentence.
However, nothing is as mind-blowing as the flood of condemnation against the comments by a veteran advocate and social activist Indira Jaising. Without a sense of guilt and potential backlash, she suggested that the convicts be “forgiven” by the parents. Jaising’s idea has clearly touched a raw nerve of the major population in the country. People’s anger spilt over social media. What is most noteworthy is the scathing condemnation directly from the horse mouth — the mother Asha Devi. A very bold lady, who determinedly fought for justice for so many years, thunders –
“Who is Indira Jaising to give me such a suggestion? The whole country wants the convicts to be executed. Just because of people like her, justice is not done with rape victims,”
Asha Devi aptly further adds —
“Can’t believe how Jaising even dared to suggest such this; I met her many times over the years in Supreme Court, “not once” she asked for my well-being and today she is speaking for convicts. Such people earn a livelihood by supporting rapists; hence rape incidents don’t stop,”
The latter comments by the Nirbhaya’s mother clearly hint the doubt at the “integrity” of the advocate Ms. Jaising. How on earth that one who has not spoken a word of sympathy in spite of many encounters in the court can reserve the right to suggest that which offends the distressed victim party. Asha Devi deserves a salute for her boldness. Yes, Indira Jaising is one of the advocates who knocked the door of the Chief Justice of India in the middle of the night in July 2015 in order to seek the mercy for the dreaded terrorist Yakub Menon. Ms. Jaising and other reputed and so-called intellectuals who knocked the door of the Chief Justice of India in the middle of the night in July 2015 seeking mercy for the dreaded terrorist Yakub Menon. We have enough number of intellectuals in the country who shed tears for the anarchists, terrorists, insurgents and now rapists. Where are we heading towards?
Again, here is another bombshell to drop which many of us may have forgotten. Can we ever “forgive” the shocking proposal in 2015 by Delhi Government to award the Nirbhaya juvenile convicts with Rs 10000/- and a sewing machine? Who has approved such bizarre ideas and which leaders are responsible? What kind of lesson should the citizens take from this?
I think the public is right and more sensible to point out the “hard cruelty” with which the gang had sexually tortured Nirbhaya that night. They had used an iron-rod to inflict deep injuries upon the girl which is unspeakable and unpardonable. So, given the increasing cases of rapes and subsequent inhumane cruelty and cold-blooded killings, capital punishment could be the answer and “one of the deterrents”. Before divine retribution, the hard rod of punishment should not be spared.