I did not make this illustration. I got this from the WhatsApp circuit, and this is an artist’s representation of the map of India in light of the latest incidents of rape in India.
There are some in India who believe that the Prime Minister, Narender Modi, cannot be responsible for every rape in India. They are correct.
Yet, if you follow the news of India, you will note that the perpetrator of the Unnao rape is a member of the ruling party – the BJP. He also killed the girl’s father, and wandered around without a care in the world, until the pressure from an indignant nation forced the PM to act.
Worse, the repeated gang-rape of an 8 year old girl in Kathua, Kashmir. Members of the BJP came out in support of the rapists, and flew the National Flag in their honour.
Yes, the Prime Minister cannot control every rape.
Yet, he can control the tongue of people like one of his Chief Ministers, who went on to say that the gan-rape of the little girl (in a temple) was a Pakistani conspiracy.
So, we ask the question – have we, as a Nation, lost our soul? For our politicians, it is about Muslim men raping Hindu girls, and Hindu men raping Muslim girls.
Rape is not about religion. It is about a deliberate, depraved act of violence perpetrated by men against women.
Men who sedate, gang-rape a little girl in a temple for days, and then smash her face against a brick to kill her, are beyond depravity and redemption. Many of us believe that they should be lynched, and then hanged in public.
While we need to search deep into our souls, we also need to act.
This is where the law & order machinery needs to act, and discover its soul.
It cannot be said that these men behaved like animals. Animals don’t sedate little girls, rape them and smash their heads.
What can be said of these men? What can be said of the men and women who display callous insensitivity towards such acts? Is power all they care about?
Yes, the Prime Minister needs to act. It is the leader who sets the tone and the culture.