I have been hearing about rapes since the time I started reading newspapers..Initially it looked like such things happened only in the lower strata of society.. When I grew up and started hearing more I brushed it off thinking it happened to only those girls who went out with bad drunk boys in the ungodly hours of night.. Later when Nirbhaya incident happened, it hit me hard..Because it was then that I realized that rapes could happen to anyone..You, Me or just anyone!! Yet I never wrote or talked much about the incident here or anywhere because I had no hopes on our judiciary system. I knew the case would forever be on the table, Nirbhaya’s parents walking in and out of the courts and justice would never be served. In a country like India where every single thing is a political gimmick, every single move or judgement is just a step to draw more votes, I felt there is no hope left for people like us..
Mere mention of Nirbhaya shivers me down my spine..I often think about her parents, that helpless father who sold his land to educate his daughter, watch his daughter die in front of his eyes..I suppressed all my emotions- anger, frustrations, sadness..Even after reading about the juvenile being let free after 3 yrs I silently hoped atleast death to the other 4 would bring some respite.. Like a school kid waiting for her board results I kept refreshing TOI page, dying to see what the verdict was…And finally I saw this:
It’s death for all four!!