Aruna Shanbaug was assaulted brutally for 5 minutes of pleasure, for which the inhumane predator, Sohanlal Bhartha Walmiki spend 7 years in jail (yes you read it correct, just 7 years) and she is in vegetative state for past 38 years. The inhumane scoundrel is roaming free amongst us. Is this what we call justice? IT IS PURE SHAME. SHAME ON OUR JUSTICE. SHAME ON US. It is high time the society feel angry and rewrite the punishment for such heinous crimes like this.
Recently I read my blogger friend, Pallavi Subramaniam‘s post on this subject. It reflected my anger and the anger many of us would feel too. We thought more and more people should feel the anger, show the anger , so I am republishing her post. (with her permission, as she wants the anger to spread) Anger can be good too. I hope the collective anger brings a change in the society and our legal system and the change the way justice is delivered.
Every time I read this:
‘He (Sohanlal Bhartha Walmiki) choked her with a dog chain and sodomized her. The asphyxiation cut off oxygen supply to her brain resulting in brain stem contusion injury and cervical cord injury apart from leaving her cortically blind‘
… I feel nauseous.
Rape is an indescribable violation of both BODY AND SPIRIT. Being so brutally attacked, and left to die, is living hell.
PLEASE, DO READ THIS VERY STRONG POST. The tears won’t stop. The poor woman was menstruating, so Brute-Rapist-Sohanlal committed anal rape, and left her bleeding to death.
PS: Our esteemed rapist’s name is hardly mentioned by media. So I am taking the liberty of calling him ‘Brute-Rapist-Sohanlal’. Earlier, I had typed ‘Rapist Sohanlal’ but that sounds quite filmy, almost entertainingly trivial even!
A lot has been said about the ‘Brute-Rapist-Sohanlal’ case.
Now why did I choose this title ‘What a wonderful life’ for this post.
This is why:-
(1) Our WONDERFUL Indian culture sweeps ‘rape’ under the carpet. You can steal, punch or even murder someone. But RAPE? Oh no! Now Rape is taboo. We can DO it all the time, but we just DO NOT TALK about it! Praise be to Indian culture!
The most bizarre part of the story is, however, the accused getting away with a seven-year sentence for robbing and attacking her. Why? Because no one was ready to be the complainant for the sexual assault. Her hymen was intact, so her rape was “unnatural”, which is severely punishable by the law.
This is exactly why women do not often lodge a complaint about rape. If the rapist has raped her ONCE, our precious MEDIA involuntarily RAPES HER IMAGE MULTI-FOLD. She is left with ‘no face’ to show to society. She and her family are either pitied or scorned. Either way, they become a disgrace.. a black mark!
Indeed, media does help to fuel ANGER against the ‘incident’. But at what cost? The victim is left with no privacy and no respect, while the rapist remains anonymous!
THE ONLY WAY WE CAN CHANGE THIS CULTURE IS IF WE BEGIN TO FOCUS ON THE CULPRIT RATHER THAN THE VICTIM.
Every article that the Internet throws up talks about ‘Aruna being attacked by a subordinate‘. The rapist is a nameless entity. A man, without an identity, name or description. There are no pictures of Brute-Rapist-Sohanlal. There are only those of the victim.
Why are we, as a society protecting our rapists? Why don’t we expose them??!!!
There is only one way forward – Every time media flashes ‘Breaking News’ about a rape, they should bombard us with pictures and history of the RAPIST, not of the poor victim. Instead of interviewing the tear-stricken face of the victim and her shame-faced family, they should focus completely on the inhuman rapist and his family/friends!!
LET US SHAME THE CULPRIT, NOT THE VICTIM!!!
This, should not be ‘Aruna Shanbaug Case’. It should be ‘Sohanlal Brutal Rapist’ case!
(2) Our wonderful society very often seek to explain and justify WHY Sohanlal raped the victim.
Almost every link from the internet has featured this sentence:
No offence to any authors/websites please. I am MERELY WONDERING, if our SOCIETY SEEK TO JUSTIFY RAPE?
All the articles try to explain WHY Sohanlal raped the victim. It is almost a Cause and Effect scenario. So somewhere, in the darkest recesses of our mind, we are probably trying to ‘UNDERSTAND WHY HE RAPED’.
That, to me, is dangerous. There is NO REASON, NO EXCUSE for a man to rape someone!(3) Our WONDERFUL judicial system convicted the rapist, of what had been legally proved. Robbery, and ATTEMPTED murder.Take a look at the justice meted out:.‘He was sentenced to seven years imprisonment for stealing, and another seven years for having tried to harm her fatally. Both sentences were to run concurrently. As he had already spent a year behind bars, six years later, he was a free man. He took up a job as a wardboy in a Delhi hospital.’.(Link: timesofindia.indiatimes.com)Honestly, what was that all about? Sohanlal was convicted of minor offences, and was awarded two sentences that ran PARALLELY?!.Today, he lives a free man! While Aruna serves a rigorous life sentence!Wonderful! I have nothing to add..(4) And lastly, to all our WONDERFUL self-righteous-humanitarians – Why are we jubilant about keeping the poor woman alive?.What are we celebrating? The spirit of life? The wonderful selfless service of the nurses who are keeping her alive? Or is this a tribute to a ‘survivor of rape’?!!.Wait a minute – In all this, WHERE IS ARUNA???Read this excerpt from Blogher.com: The author has written to.Pinki Virani (the journalist who brought Aruna’s story to light) and received the foll. response:-‘she (Aruna) does not need food or clothing. the mashed food she is fed, ironically, is what is keeping her alive. her new clothing tends to get stolen. she can’t control the theft because she can neither see, nor speak, nor move from her hospital bed.
Please watch this quick interview with Pinki Virani:
She asks a simple question – ‘Would YOU be willing to spend even a moment in Aruna’s shoes?’
The Supreme Court has now legalised PASSIVE EUTHANASIA. So someone in Aruna’s place NEED NOT go through the hell she is still living. A patient’s blood-relations can move for passive euthanasia. That is a minor victory, no doubts. But is it enough, atleast for Aruna?
Life! Wonderful Life!!!
You know what would REALLY BE WONDERFUL?
1- Media HUNTS DOWN Sohanlal, shames him enough to last a couple of lifetimes, and then hands him over to the judiciary!
2- The judiciary re-opens the case, and awards him punishment that is fitting, for his crimes! It is never too late, is it?
It would be wonderful to see Sohanlal hanged in public, on the same day that Aruna might die!!!
3- Going forward, we must jointly expose rapists rather than the victims. Let us stop embarassing the poor victims, and make them feel they are still part of our society, and that it is the rapist who does not belong!!!
What do you think?