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Politicising rape case is not good

The 71-year-old nun was gangraped by dacoits, following which a CID probe was ordered into the incident. Christian council alleges conspiracy behind this incident. BJP accuses ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) and in return TMC blames ‘Ghar Wapsi’ agenda of ‘religious hate mongering’ of VHP and RSS. A senior citizen, who should have kept in utmost protection by church, was alone when she faced this incidence. There were none around in the church to take care of her. The incident took place in the early hours when a group of dacoits barged into the Convent of Jesus and Mary. The nun was raped when she tried to resist them. The police have announced a reward of Rs. 1 lakh for anyone who can provide information on the accused.

Firstly, church should be blamed for ignoring the safety of the senior nun. Secondly, how can no one notice about the dacoit and rape act, when it was happening inside the Church? That means rape happened in close doors of church with utmost privacy without noise? Where should this hint lead? That means nun was left alone to her fate? Eight persons were detained in connection with the rape of a 70-year-old nun in a school at Ranaghat in West Bengal’s Nadia district. Police officials claimed that it was not a case of gang rape. Nun told them that only one person raped her. According to other local authorities, the gang broke into the convent after midnight and around four of them raped the nun after gagging her. They also decamped with Rs. 12 lakh kept in the school almirah. The bottom line is that, a senior citizen was raped and that should be the matter of concern for every Indian.

Actually, it is a matter of shame that the citizens of this country have fallen so low that an elderly and helpless lady is beleaguered. People on responsible positions are the ones who create this hate campaign and they are condemning the incidents also. Its pity sad, how they will answer to God for their misdeeds, will they have eternal regret for this.

Nowadays, many organisations are spreading hatred among others’ faith, which is increasing religious intolerance in the country. This is causing stirs inside the country. Some organisations have even gone a step further by arranging local goons to finish off suspects who happen to be a Muslim, as we have seen an example of Dimapur, Assam. Again in Maharashtra a young Muslim man was lynched because they thought he is planning to rob. Dabholkar and Pansare are other great examples of such activities. In West Bengal Nun was female, so they raped her and left to death while these two men were brutally murdered. It is really very sad that Indian society which was known for its respect for elder persons are stooping low.

Even, the conversion statements regarding Mother Teresa have exasperated some religious extremists who thought the best way to teach the nuns are through this gruesome act. It is very sad that the targeted nun who chooses to remain single throughout her life to serve her Lord through humanitarian services has to meet this disgrace. India doesn’t need dozens of laws to protect women’s dignity. The immediate requirement is to speed up the judicial process in cases of rape and acid attack on women and convict the offenders as early as possible.

Citizens of this country want justice vis-a-vis want culprits should be punished irrespective of their caste, creed, religion, mother tongue and political affiliation. The problem lies with the TMC Government is that they are reluctant in such cases. Few instances are Park street rape where the main culprit Farad Khan is still untraceable, Kamdhuni rape case where TMC role is questionable etc. We have also seen how Mulayam Singh Yadav supported ‘rapists’ just for few votes. However, Ranaghat case belongs to West Bengal and not from Uttar Pradesh.

After so much chaos over rape and attack on church, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed his ‘deep concern’ over the gangrape of a nun and the vandalisation of a church in Haryana as he sought immediate reports on these incidents. At the same time, Haryana’s Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said in the assembly that the priest of the church that was demolished in Hisar’s Kaimri village had been luring Hindu youths to his faith by promising to get them brides. The CM, who raised the issue in the House himself, told the MLAs that Kaimri villagers were opposed to the “so-called church”. On the other hand, right wing organisation Vishva Hindu Parishad, aggressively defended the demolition of a church and called rape as an action to the reaction.

Our political system is very dirty. Such heinous crimes are taken as a topic of debate and allegations and counter allegations will happen on this. However, no one will reach to conclusion or become serious in solving these issues. Media is playing its role in keeping the topic in discussions by provoking the sentiments of people. Let’s see where this leads to?

Dr. Vaidehi Taman
Dr. Vaidehi is an Investigative Journalist, Editor, Ethical Hacker, Philanthropist, and an Author. She is Editor-in-Chief of Newsmakers Broadcasting and Communications Pvt. Ltd. Since 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 she caters for her sister-concern Kaizen-India Infosec Solutions Pvt. Ltd.

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