Spineless

Like every normal family, my morning starts with my father listening to the news channel loud as an alarm, my grandfather sipping his morning tea while reading the newspaper, my younger brother wasting his time scrolling through social media and my mother waiting for our house help. Strange! today was a little different because she is never late. I just entered the kitchen to help Maa when the doorbell rang, has to be my house help. As I open the door it was her 7-year-old daughter standing in front of me with few flowers she plucked for me on her way. My maid rushed in and went straight to the kitchen, I took her daughter’s hand to take her inside, let me tell you I love this kid she is the sweetest. As I held her she asks me to carry her inside which I generally enjoy doing as I pick her up she was warm as if she had the flu. I ask jyoti my house help if she knows about her health, she said that is why she brought her along and got late today. My mother scolded her saying she should keep her at home to rest in such health. What my maid said next left me numb. I took her daughter to my bedroom and put her to sleep. I rushed in the bathroom and quickly stood under the shower. It was just 20° outside but we Mumbaikars start shivering in this temperature but still, I was standing down the cold running water and my body was all heated up.
My house helps voice kept playing in my head.
“Madam voh hamare chawl mai naa ek 80 saal ka budhe ne 14 saal ki bachi ka balatkar kar diya, kaise chood ke aao isko gharpe akele?Kiska bharosa kare?”
(madam where I live an 80-year-old man raped a young 14 years old girl, how could I leave her home alone? whom to trust?)
Now there was this NEWS my father was watching started running in my head, a 43-year-old mentally challenged woman raped by the social worker. And the voice of my grandfather reading the newspaper 7 students held for raping minor before hanging her up from the tree. And my brother sharing the post that said:” Nirbhaya convicts to live a little longer”. I had never understood the phrase ‘my blood is blowing’, until today. Ice cold water running through my body and yet the heat kept increasing in me. All this started a debate in my head because come on which better place than under a shower right?
I remember waking up to the news of candle marches and protest happening all over the country when the nirbhaya case broke out. While everyone was praying for her survival, my mother who was very disturbed had taken me to church to pray. She couldn’t survive but the Indian law and government promised justice. Nirbhaya’s mother knocked on the doors of the court for help. It was 2012 I was in school then today 2020 I have started working 8 years, 8 effing years have passed. In school we were taught “Justice delayed is justice denied” isn’t the law and the government aware of it? So many questions How are these merciless demons even having lawyers to fight on their behalf. Is humanity dead? What will be the Nirbhaya’s mother condition who is still waiting for justice? Is there no one who can feel her? Hyderabad police encountered rape and murdered accused. Wasn’t it right? MLA challenging the high court conviction of life imprisonment after being guilty of raping a 17-year-old girl and set on fire. Can we feel safe and trust our government? Fast track courts were formed for expeditious adjudication of case related to sexual assault. How fast is 8years? Countries lesser developed than India having stricter laws and faster action taken towards such cases. Are we seriously more developed than them? 20 mins under the shower I won a debate and come to the conclusion that we have failed Nirbhaya and all other pure souls there. You deserved better and these dark evil souls should be tortured till death. Still, I feel spineless do you guys too?
Stepped out of the shower drying my hair in the balcony where the voice from my TV reading ending news for the day *Married woman raped on her way back home, while I am still standing there thinking when all this heartbreaking news will come to an end.
INDIAN COURTS HAVE A BACKLOG OF MORE THAN 100,000 PENDING RAPE CASES.
EACH DAY CLOSE TO 90 RAPE CASES ARE REPORTED IN INDIA AND HUNDREDS UNREPORTED.
THE CONVICTION RATE IN RAPE CASES IS JUST 32%
IT IS IRONIC THAT THE CRIME RATES AGAINST WOMEN ARE HIGHER IN A NATION WHERE NEARLY 80% OF THE POPULATION WORSHIPS GODDESSES.
WITH A LITERACY RATE OF 74.04% WHERE ARE THESE EDUCATED SMART PEOPLE WHO ARE ALWAYS UP FOR FIGHTING OVER BASELESS TOPICS FOR DAYS AND MONTHS IN A ROW? ARE THEY AWARE THAT THEY ARE SPINELESS?

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