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Rapes, Politics And Sensationalism

Rapes, Politics And Sensationalism

Suddenly, the T.V. channels have gone silent over Hathras. There were unexpected developments after Yogi appeared on the T.V. to report of the conspiracy to trigger riots, that he claimed to have been unearthed by enforcement agencies. The mighty waves of raging storm that were threatening to shatter the peace of the entire region, calmed down to mere ripples as the winds of blame shifted. The flocks of the press reporters that had gathered like the seagulls over the wake ready to pounce upon every fish tossed up the disturbance vanished. Some were caught in the net of the police and their identities revealed that they were having links with PFI.

I am not making it up. The U.P. government has filed and affidavit in the court, in response to the status report that the Supreme Court asked for. It is also in the news that foreign funds to a whopping amount of one hundred crore had been mobilized to incite the violence. Out of this it is alleged that as much as fifty crore has come from Mauritius. The latest that I have read about the news from Hathras is that the four people that have been jailed for the heinous crime have said that they were having friendly relationship with the girl for many years, indicating that they have been falsely implicated. I won’t be surprised if the narrative gets turned upside down and the family of the girl is charged with her murder.

Republic T.V. carried a sting operation in which Rahul Gandhi’s Hathras assistant and holder of key party posts Shyoraj Jivan Valmiki  can be seen confessing on tape that he provoked people to riot in Hathras. He can be heard saying that he was plotting even more violence. He was picked up by Uttar Pradesh Police on Wednesday last and taken to an undisclosed location after having been summoned and grilled by the police at the station in Aligarh. In a WhatsApp post shared by a friend on our group a doctor from Medical college of Jabalpur is being investigated for posing as a kin of the Hathras victim

https://www.indiatoday.in/india/story/medical-college-to-take-action-against-jabalpur-doctor-posing-as-hathras-victim-s-kin-1730410-2020-10-11

A teenaged Dalit girl is brutally assaulted. She struggles for a fortnight at Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi and finally loses the battle for her life. The police while taking her body back to the village cremates her in the fields outside the village at night- something that is not done in Hindu culture.

All this is happening in modern day India.

Whether the truth behind her brutal killing will ever come out? It’s a million dollar question that the nation wants to ask. First of all, from the cacophony about the gang rape of the girl before battering her, came a surprise news from the authorities, who produced the doctor’s certificate to substantiate their claim that, she wasn’t raped. If it were so then, who spread the news of rape?

“The teenaged victim of the gang rape at a Hathras village in Uttar Pradesh gave a dying declaration to a magistrate in Aligarh on September 22 before her death a week later. In it, she reportedly named four men – Sandip Singh, Ramu Singh, Ravi Singh and Lavkush Singh, who have been arrested – and alleged that they raped her, besides physically assaulting her on September 14.”

Source:- https://thewire.in/law/hathras-victim-dying-declaration

I do not know if the dying declaration is considered as truthful or it needs to be corroborated but why after the woman had died, her body was consigned to flames secretly at night by the police outside the village allegedly against the wishes of the family. Was there something the police wanted to hide or there’s truth in their line of argument that this was done to avoid the possible eruption of riots.

The role of the police often comes under scanner in India. Rapes are happening in this country at a frightening regularity. While the issue of Hathras rape was raging, many others were making the news but one that needed much attention was of a gang rape by some men who kidnapped and raped two  minor sisters in Rajasthan

“The two minor girls, aged 13 and 15, were reportedly taken from Baran to Kota, Jaipur, and Ajmer and were raped for three days. Initially, the two sisters had even admitted on camera that the two boys had abducted, drugged, and raped them for days.

The father of the girls reportedly told the police that the two accused (who are also minors) lured his daughters on the night of September 18 to leave with them. They were then taken to Kota and Jaipur where they were raped by the duo, he said.”

 Source:- https://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/2020/oct/01/amid-hathras-outrage-two-teenage-sisters-gangraped-in-rajasthans-baran-district-2204492.html

While all rapes should be condemned and the country should come out with strict laws for dealing with the rapists. True, in some cases it is difficult to prove rape, but the guilty shouldn’t get away with it. However, I think it is more urgent to bring in some laws to stop media from sensationalizing the news and restraining the political parties from turning it in to an opportunity for playing vote bank politics and thus giving a handle to the anti-national forces to pitch in to disturb peace and harmony of the society.

As I am not a press reporter who has to file his report every day, my pace of writing the articles is very slow. In the last week since this article has been sitting among the incomplete files on my computer another 4-5 rapes have at least made to the news columns, of some newspapers though they have failed to get any attention from the news channels, because they don’t have the potential of winning them some TRPs. And there must be many other occurring all over the country, which don’t even get noticed and even the policemen refuse to register FIRs for them.

This indeed is a very serious and worrisome state of affairs from both morality and law and order aspects.

After the Hathras incident I on my FB Post wrote just two words “Castrate Them” and I firmly stand by these. I think if this punishment is given to a few, it will serve as a big deterrent. It is high time we seriously think about revisiting our laws on rape.

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RAMARAO Garimella
RAMARAO Garimella
1 year ago

I think this problem has become acute because the ratio of men to women has gone low for the latter. This was due to parents aborting the girl child a few years back. Men or boys finding too few girls to marry are getting desperate. The political parties should stop politicizing this crime.

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