JUSTICE LOST IN POLITICS
The Indian tricolour might rustle proudly against the wind when we destroy to win. Next to it, is the innocence and dignity paraded amidst politicised perception of “justice”.
Reactions to child rape cases highlight how we turn a deaf ear to the stories, to the problems, to the status quo. Incidents like those happened in Unnao, Uttar Pradesh and Kathua, Jammu and Kashmir are heart-wrenching and show us the exploitative mindsets of the accused and arrested.
In 2017-2018 period, national attention and sympathies were drawn towards two cases in particular – the Unnao rape case and the Kathua rape case.
The former was of a 17 year old girl being raped by a Member of Legislative Assembly in Uttar Pradesh. She was abducted, gangraped and even “sold”. Child and gender sensitive policy-making comes to a standstill when the authorities themselves are guilty.
In the latter case, an 8 year old girl went missing and was later found to be raped and murdered. Religious tensions were on a high since the girl belonged to a religious minority group and was held in another place of worship. This case in specific drew attention and calls for action from the international community, including from the Secretary General of the United Nations.
The intricacies of cases would be forgotten, the candle marches would be dimmed out amidst the religious conflicts, corrupted officials and immoral people. However, what remains in our hearts and our conscience are their stories, their struggle, their innocence. We stand for bachpan, so should the authorities.
Written by : Ridhima Singh (K.R.Mangalam World School GK2)