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Ever wondered, what is wrong with this country?

Yes, I am sure, people would say that system is entirely corrupt and much more. However, the fact is, we need to get down on basics, the very basic things. Something like bidding a smile to a random stranger that we see daily in local trains, shopkeepers who sells our daily stuff, vegetable guy who lets us bargain, everyone are so self-centric and so self-important! People run every single day, either with their physical body or with their thoughts in search for coins, more and more coins, more like life of a temple run character, who just has to collect coins and dodge obstacles, use the lucky escapes and collect opportunities at the right time as they appear. Speed of run increases as time passes and stamina increases too and there is nowhere to stop or look around the second version which life has given us after every update made by the God himself. Yes, updates in the world are life what surrounds you, something that you call your habitat. The mobile phones have come up and now we even have glasses with computers on them, habitat has changed and we are evolving, evolving to the next generation. But, many people still do not prefer this change and like to cling to what has been there before. We are humans; we should move on, that is what we are supposed to be doing! New habitat awaits us, new opportunities and thus new horizons to explore.

The 2012 Delhi gang rape case involved a rape and fatal assault that occurred on 16th December 2012 in Munirka, a neighbourhood in South Delhi. The incident took place when a 23-year-old female physiotherapy intern, Jyoti Singh, who was manhandled, gang raped, and tortured in a private bus in which she was traveling with her friend, Awindra Pratap Pandey. There were six others in the bus, including the driver, all of whom raped the woman and beat her friend. Eleven days after the assault, she was transferred to a hospital in Singapore for emergency treatment, but died from her injuries two-days later. The incident generated widespread national and international coverage and was widely condemned, both in India and abroad. Subsequently, public protests against the state and central governments for failing to provide adequate security for women took place in New Delhi, where thousands of protesters clashed with security forces. Similar protests took place in major cities throughout the country. Since there is a law in India that does not allow the press to publicise a rape victim’s name, the victim has become widely known as Nirbhaya, meaning “fearless”, and her life and death have come to symbolise women’s struggle to end rape and the long-held practice of blaming the victim rather than the perpetrator.

On 05th May 2017, The Supreme Court rejected the convicts appeal saying that they had committed “a barbaric crime” that had “shaken society’s conscience,” and the court upheld the death sentence of the four who had been charged with murder. The verdict was well received by the family of the victim and the civil society. According to legal experts, the convicts still have the right to file a review petition to the Supreme Court. That means there are still chances that they can escape the death. Meanwhile the most cruel and brutal rapist, who pulled her intestine out of her body the juvenile defendant was declared as 17-years and 6-months old on the day of the crime by the Juvenile Justice Board (JJB), which relied on his birth certificate and school documents. He is already scot-free.

All the accused were arrested and charged with sexual assault and murder. One of the accused, Ram Singh, died in police custody from possible suicide on 11th March 2013 in the Tihar Jail.

What took so many years to hang these culprits? Is punishment a justice? Where is that rod that they inserted in her private parts? Where is that pain they gave her? Why the same cruelty is not meted to them? Who is responsible for all this? The thinking and narrow mindedness of people reminds me of a bad stink that corrupts the atmosphere. Whilst we are on the verge of solving the basic problems, getting over with gay marriages, these people are still fighting over issues like caste and tribe! When such people come under power because of the power hungry philandering politicians, people can never live in peace, irrespective of whether BJP or Congress rules the country.

The cries for new development can be heard from across the nation but the basic change has to start from the self. Are we realizing it? When will government start the schemes to educate people about how un-important caste and religion is to consider them as a major obstacle resulting in evil deeds? Why is it that there is a budget for war but why not to invest in educating for harmony and peace in the country? Why aren’t rape victims convicted, why the juvenile get benefit? Why the lives of woman are so cheap and why the justice always delayed? What are we waiting for?

Tweet to me on Twitter @vaidehisachin and let us discuss about the possible steps for a brighter nation.

Dr Vaidehi Taman
Dr Vaidehi an Accredited Journalist from Maharashtra is bestowed with Honourary Doctorate in Journalism, Investigative Journalist, Editor, Ethical Hacker, Philanthropist, and Author. She is Editor-in-Chief of Newsmakers Broadcasting and Communications Pvt. Ltd. for 11 years, which features an English daily tabloid – Afternoon Voice, a Marathi web portal – Mumbai Manoos, monthly magazines like Hackers5, Beyond The News (international) and Maritime Bridges. She is also an EC Council Certified Ethical Hacker, Certified Security Analyst and is also a Licensed Penetration Tester which caters to her freelance jobs.

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