The Delhi rape case has been the talk of the town and has everyone talking and thinking. Everyone and anyone is taking the topic places and gyrating attention while doing the same. Blogs were full of it, newspapers have articles of it, social media and networks were buzzing about it and more so protest marches are held condemning the rape on the victim and pressing for stricter laws to help create a safer atmosphere for women.
According to 2011 National Crime Bureau report, 256,329 cases of violent crimes have been reported and 24,206 are of rape. This, however, could be rapes on women, girls and boys. So the question here is, are only women in India unsafe? What is being done for the safety of children? For those blaming clothing, timing and character of women who are raped, how do you explain children getting raped?
Why is all this being ignored by the mainstream media and the people who are on the streets holding rallies, candle light vigils? Also, why is it that we are angry and praying only for Nirbhaya and all other rape cases are mere statistics? Do we not feel anything for rape victims that are merely listed on 2nd and 3rd pages of newspapers and not got media attention?
In 2011 alone, 228,560 crimes against women were registered. Maximum of these are by the woman’s family members, husband, relatives or other member the woman has known. So are only the streets unsafe for women? What is being done for curbing household violence? Are we going to protest and get angry on this only after it has been made into a media story?
In no way do I solicit the rapists and criminals. I do not condemn the people who are outraged and angry either. But this year, most did not celebrate New Year’s because they said, “How can be celebrate when women are being raped and the victims are dying. Do we have no conscience?” To the same people I ask, “Why did we celebrate it last year? Weren’t 24,206 victims of rape who were ignored by the mainstream media ignored by our CONSCIENCE as well?” Now talks are of not celebrating Republic Day as well. For this however, I ask, “Did you ever celebrate it? Wasn’t it just another day off for you?”
Lastly, I would like to ask why we never ask so many questions. Why do we silence our conscience by voicing our outrage and then going back to our normal routine because it did not yield anything? Why do we not think and if we do think and get outraged why don’t we act? Why do we feel sad only when the media make it headlines? Why did we ignore all those news of rapes that were on page 3 or page 2 or just a few lines in the newspaper? Had we been outraged and angry and on the streets much before, would Nirbhaya be alive and safely living amongst us?
Where does our conscience lie?