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Sunday, March 8, 2015

A Lynching of a Rapist and "Nirbhaya Rape Case": A Connection Cannot be Ignored

Lynching of a Rapist in Imphal and the "Movie Daughters of India"

Two incidents have shaken India as never before  and both incidents concern crime against women. Firstly, one can remember the ghastly  gang rape and murder of a a 23 year old girl in a moving bus in Delhi on 16 december 2 years back. The rapists have still not been  executed despite the high court and trial court having awarded the death sentence.  The Supreme Court has no time to decide their appeal which is pending for over a year. This is the state of justice in india
On top of this a film 'daughters of India " has been made by a British national with interviews the rapists murderers  now in Tihar jail. Now Tihar jail is a high security central prison and this lady producer was allowed to make a film by the then Congress government. Necessary permissions were accorded , why ? I cannot fathom. Whoever granted the permission did a grave injustice to the raped and murdered girl. Giving a platform to a criminal murderer rapists to mouth his views is not what "Principle of Natural Justice " is all about.

In connection with this is a incident in Dimapur a fairly large city in Nagaland. Here a rapist was pulled out from the jail  by a large crowd of some 2000 persons and lynched to death. Perhaps exasperated with the law, the crowd took this step. It did not help that the accused was a Assamese Muslim and the girl a Naga tribal. Here the police showed complete apathy and incompetence and allowed  the crowd to take the man from the cell. It is a matter of regret that the jail is guarded by Central forces

Both incidents are interlinked and the Supreme Court and government must awaken. There is a lurking undercurrent of exasperation and despair bordering on cynicism in the Indian masses. Firstly the rapists are not punished as in the December rape  case and secondly a rape accused is lynched to death. One must see that both incidents are interlinked. Such incidents also give anti -social elements a chance to exploit public anger. I wonder if the venerable Supreme Court is listening. It has no time to hear the december rapists case. Where is India heading ? I am afraid such inaction can only lead to more people taking the law in their hand. Delay also gives anti social elements a handle to exploit the people.  All I can say is 'beware'. the bell tolls for all.