Kathua Rape – Murder: Selective Social Activism

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Rape and Murder of Asifa Bano
Rape and Murder of Asifa Bano

On 16th Dec 2012, a 23 year old Jyoti Singh was brutally raped and murdered by 5 in a moving bus. We all came out on streets, raised slogans and changed our Facebook profile pictures to a black dot in protest. Millions of Indians signed the petition and we all stood on one side. We were all against rape. The message was clear, “It is not okay to rape.”

Similar incident occurred in the state of J&K last month where an 8 year old girl was brutally raped and the police found her disfigured body a week after she went missing. The police did not take any action when the First Information Report was filed. They found her body at Rassana Forest a week later.

Confession of Rape

“We have arrested SPO Deepak Khajuria for his involvement in the case of kidnapping and killing of the minor girl,” Additional Director General of Crime Branch, Alok Puri said. The police had assigned a special branch and investigated the crime. They found all the evidence they needed to nab the accused and put him behind bars. When the team confronted him with the evidence, Kathuria confessed to the crime.

Social movement of a different kind

Asifa’s traumatized family is struggling to come to terms with the incident. But this time we have left out this family to fight this brutality on their own. Social Activists who like to bring up and fight for social issues have discarded this case as unimportant. Journislists don’t find it worth fight for. There are no sympathizers for this family who have lost their only child.

What is more disturbing is that few organizations held a march to protest against the arrest of Kathuria. They demanded release of the accused. Some online media outlets have reported that there have been attempts to oppress the minority community by cutting off their fresh water supply with demands to lay off.

As reported by Rising Kashmir, “Whosoever will be found even giving them fodder will have to face social boycott,” said one of the leaders of Hindu Ekta Morcha, who have been actively protesting against the arrest of the SPO.

Moment of Introspection

When we ignore or invalidate the issues that certain groups face every day, we do not show our empathy and support. We become part of the crime.

It is not okay to pick and choose. It is like scolding a child for doing something wrong one time and letting it go the other. This clearly gives mixed signals to the perpetrators. We ought to come out strongly every time to show same kind of discontentment. That will possibly send a clear message to all that we will not just sit and watch.

We must stand up against every single form of social injustice regardless of any religion or region That is how we can leave a better world for our children.

The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing – Albert Einstein

Edited by: Himesh Saraf

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