Nirbhaya and Asaram Bapu

Recently Asaram Bapu, a self styled godman also commented on Nirbhaya. Bapuji claimed, in the horrible rape, Nirbhaya also had a role. As a result, she had to share part of the blame. Nirbhaya did not look if bus was full of passengers, Nirbhaya did not call her rapists as brothers and did not fall to their feet begging forgiveness for being a woman. These are not exact translation, but one can get the gist of it. Predictably, the statements created a storm. Eventually, Asaram Bapu retracted his statement and said sorry.
Asaram Bapu has many contradictions. He claims to have entered samadhi. Yet he married and procreated. He is an ascetic yet he has property worth multiple of crores. He is supposedly a practioner of bhaki yoga, yet there was allegation of two boys died in his ashrama. Never mind he go acquitted, but a shadow of doubt persists. Let us understand his credibility when a man full of so many contradictions makes a statement on a girl who was brutally raped and tortured by six animals. 
Asaram bapu probably wanted to preach power of mind over matter. However, for ordinary people is it easy to influence people that are drunk and high on hormone? Does bapuji has power to tame such wild beasts? Does bapuji’s followers have courage of conviction to dissuade these brutes? If bapuji is so convinced of his power, let he or his disciple show how they can tame a raging bull. If they cannot, they should not add insult to injury.
In society, we need to follow the rules of society. That is how common people will be able to move around freely without fear. To enforce this rule, we have police. If bapuji wants to remain in society, then he has to follow the rules and regulations of society, that include not making outrageous statements about criminal activity.
Why not bapuji advice our government not to have police, and let everyone embrace criminals and crooks claiming they are our brothers? I think there is a wide chasm between what bapuji practices and what he preaches. If he is sane, he should stop making this kind of statements. Should a siddha yogi not try to bring succour to aggrieved people, instead of flaming the fire of controversy? God save us from such yogis.

Nirbhaya Gone : India a Long Way to Go


Think about this. A girl tries to reach home after a movie. Takes a bus. She is raped by six men, her intestines ripped apart, while she is alive. She is thrown out to die without any clothing. No one calls a police for nearly an hour.

Police argue about jurisdiction. She is sent to Safdurjung hospital as per police manual. Chief minister to score point over police, makes the girl repeat her statement. Remember girl was in so much pain that morphine was not making her drowsy, it was keeping her awake. Yet chief minister of Delhi had to play politics using the girl as pawn. Home minister, Home Secretary decided to transfer the girl to Singapore. Why, because they wanted to show they care. Why not put the girl in a private hospital in India? Why Safdurjung, a dirty cesspit of a hospital? I think these people knew she will not make it, why not get some goodwill at her expense, after all elections are coming. If anything bad happens, always pass the buck onto Singapore hospital. These are our leaders. They do not do their job. But they will suck up last bit of electoral mileage out of a dying person.

Then there are people, well meaning committed, who want the most brutal of the six be tried in a juvenile court. They want to reform this person. This monster who raped the girl twice, who extracted her gut when she was alive, is beyond reform. He did this activity with full consciousness. He drank tea and watched music video after committing the crime. He ran away to his village knowing fully well the gravity of his act. Yet this devil incarnate to be tried in juvenile court because his birth certificate says he is 17.5 years and not 18 years. Firstly we should go by the gravity of crime and not by the age of criminal. Was he thinking that a living breathing humanis nothing different from a rag doll? Secondly, is there a lot of difference in mental age between 17.5 and 18 years? Law must be read by both letter and spirit. In this case if we go by the letter, then we would do great injustice to Nirbhaya. If we release this animal on the street after 3 years, we shall send wrong signal to people like him and endanger others. We all know anyone can produce fake certificate unsung money and / muscle or simply report wrong age in school to get benefit later.

There is a debate what should be the punishment of a rapist? There is no denying that it has to be stringent. Many have suggested death penalty for rapist. It has been argued that a rapist may kill the victim if death penalty is likely to be invoked on him. I find this argument hollow. I think if victim is killed, the rapist will likely be charged for both rape and murder. Obviously police should not rely on the testimony of deceased alone, never mind how crucial. Police should rely on DNA matching, cellular debris matching that of accused, hair samples, biological secretions etc. these will never lie if analysis is done in an accredited lab along with appropriate controls. One can very easily nail a culprit/s using proper forensic evidence. Any argument on the contrary is our incompetence in changing law, our ignorance of bio logical science and its power. However, I think death penalty is too easy an way out for rapists. These brutes must be locked up for rest of their lives, without parole. I am glad many states are recommending life in prison without parole for rapists.

Let the rest of the world call us brutes. No one thinks of us very highly anyway. It is important to show people Indian law has some teeth. If we do not punish the most brutal juvenile, then we shall be failing Nirbhaya. Ideally punishment should be so severe, that criminals would think twice before such act. But we are what we are, lock up the animal for rest of his life. A person of the inclination of the present juvenile, will never reform.

It is good that distraught family of Nirbhaya is getting some succor financially. Nirbhaya was a good soul as her sad demise has shown . She has touched so many lives totally unknown. I hope government announcement actually materialises, and does not remain as lip service. I shall also hope and pray that government does not assume that by giving financial hetlp its reponsibility ends. Actually, government must go extra mile to implement police reform, to ensure effective policing, efficient conviction, speedy justices to victims of sexual offence. Please ensure no other Nirbhaya has to sacrifice her life in the alter of male lust.

There are many Nirbhayas dying everyday throughout India. They are not wearing revealing clothes and asking for it, as many apologists of rape will tell us. They are not partying all night. They simply are trying to reach home at the end of the day. They are from middle class and lower middle class familiies, who do not hire a cab or whose family do not own a car. For them, our government does not think it is important to improve public transport system. Police do not listen to them. Their cases are not registered, people simply ignore them and go about their business. Next time you vote, think about this.

Nirbhaya : Punish the Guilty

A girl goes out with her boy friend to watch a movie. She never returns home. Her body mutilated, raped and discarded like used paper napkin by the roadside. After thirteen days of struggle with death, she passes away. Society debates, what should be the punishment. Most of us are angry. We want exemplary punishment. But no body knows what is this exemplary punishment. I wish we were following Sharia law, so that we could stone these people to death. Or remove certain body parts, and let these people live. Alas, we claim ourselves to be a liberal democracy. We even tried and fed Ajmal Kasab. So these six monsters will also be tried and hopefully convicted. 
Many have suggested death penalty for rapists. It has also been argued that a rapist may kill the victim if death penalty is likely to be invoked on him. I find this argument hollow. I think if victim is killed, the rapist will likely be charged for both rape and murder. Obviously police should not rely on the testimony of deceased alone, never mind how crucial. Police should rely on DNA matching, cellular debris matching that of accused, hair samples, biological secretions etc. these will never lie if analysis is done in an accredited lab along with appropriate controls. One can very easily nail a culprit/s using proper forensic evidence. Any argument on the contrary is our incompetence in changing law, our ignorance of biological science and its power. I, however, think that death penalty is too easy an way out for rapists. These brutes must be locked up for rest of their lives, without parole.
Another twist to the punishment debate comes from the fact that one victim is 6 month short from adulthood. It is being reported that apart from the leader of the gang, this person was one of the most brutal in his treatment of the girl. Yet there is debate that this person should be treated as a juvenile. In case that happens, this brute will be out in 3 years time. I think, it t will be cruel joke. Irrespective of his age, the act he committed was done under full consciousness. He was aware of the gravity that is why he absconded. He inserted an iron rod inside the victims body. How can this monster get away serving only 3 years? If he is unleashed on the society more women are likely to fall prey to his behaviour. He is a sadist. He gets pleasure when his victim cry in pain. He must be locked up for life or castrate him before release. Society must go by the spirit of law not by letter alone. Irrespective of age, if someone is inclined to commit adult crime they must be punished accordingly.

It has been argued that present hue and cry about the rape is because the girl is from a middle class family. However, I think the girl is actually from a low middle class family that had modern outlook. The family wanted to educate their daughter and aspired to get out of rural poverty. Reason society could identify with her torment and grief was because she represents any or all of us in some form. She represented a normal young woman looking forward to her life, minding her own business. No body should have anything to object to her life style or way of thinking. She could be anyone of our daughter or daughter in law or wife. In India, if women cannot walk free, then India need not call her a democracy.