The latest political slander going on in UP is one of the many plays that Indian netas enact for their audience. For one thing that the Indian netas have understood is that Indians need to be fed emotionally often to sideline real issues facing them.
Women being raped is a crime, if the victim is a dalit or not. The crime there is against humanity and not against a caste or creed.
Financially compensating women against rape is not to pardon the act of rape or promote the act of rape, but to provide sustenance and livelihood support that results from the repercussions of rape. As it is an act of penetrating not just the body, but the soul, the repercussions of rape is not that simple that it can be wiped off with money. But still money plays some part in lessening the sufferings of women victims.
It is strange that in India, when women are raped the debate itself is not on the punishment to be meted out to perpetrators of this violence or methods to prevent it, but the debate is on the quantum of compensation for the rape victim.
And not just that.
Instead of focusing on the rape, its victims and perpetrators a whole drama is being enacted in which the victim and perpetrators roles are played by political leaders.
In every act, the Indian neta wants himself/herself to be the hero and/or villain. That is what it is now.
Rita Bahaguna throws herself in the ring and demands higher compensation for rape, as if higher compensation is the ultimate solution. She projects the compensation issue with so much force as if the perpetrators of rape can deposit an advance amount with the State Government and rape whomever they want.
Her remarks against Mayawati actually means just that. That for a higher compensation anybody can rape anybody. What could be any other logic in her statement that if Mayawati is raped, will this compensation be enough..?
This is A woman leader of a national party led by a woman speaking..
This is what Mayawati has been dreaming for. The whole incident takes a new turn. Mayawati becomes the victim and Rita Bahaguna is the perpetrator. And then Rahul Gandhi jumps into the stage.
A new round of political battle starts. Depending on the person, caste and the channel you are watching Rita, Rahul and Mayawati are the herioine or villain. The centre-stage is with them.
The act of rape, its victims, its perpetrators all go to background. Poor rape victims can leave the stage. They are no longer required.
If our political leaders are really sincere they would run to ensure that a system is devised such that perpetrators are bought to justice immediately.
They would run to ensure that honor and respect of the women raped is no longer compromised and ensure that they live a better life from atleast now.
They would run to ensure that these acts are controlled and eliminated through proper systems combined with stringent laws across the nation.
But this is the modern India, where every act is politicized by politicians to gain political mileage.
Where ‘Leaders’ feed emotional fodder to poor supporters, drug them periodically with irrelevant stupid issues so that supporters can be kept poor always.
Where ‘Netas’ keep their flock like cattle and herd them into voting booths to vote for very same drug-pedaling netas based on emotional issues.
Where ‘Leaders’ and ‘Followers’ alike feel crimes such as rape are common-place and not something big to hurt a society. Where media feels ‘rape’ is one more statistical item and focuses more on politics around rape.
How do one make these people understand they are raping the already raped women by exploiting their hapless situation for their own pleasures and that is what is actually rape..?
How do one make these ‘leaders’, ‘followers’ and the ‘media’ to feel the pain of being raped..?
How do one make these people experience the feeling of rape-victims, feeling of a toilet-paper thrown into a dustbin after use, when raped and let off by monster men..?