Is justice being served?
“Jahanvi was, as in the language these days, a nerd. She didn’t talk much to people around her and would put her nose in books rather than in other’s matters. Not that it mattered, anyway. She was quite invisible in class, and was only needed when something was to be taken out from the cupboard. Always sat in the front, upright, in a suave manner unlike the back benchers who had too much on their minds to take notice. Seems like a straight Science kiddo, right? No. What most people didn’t know was that she was a daughter of a superintendent. And herself aspired to be one. Watching those shows of Castle and NCIS and Criminal Minds gave her adrenaline rush. She was mmarveledby being the sturdy shield of her country and donning the pale brown uniform every day. Up until recently. Now she is disgusted by the thought of being one. Why?”
For the past two years, I have been studying democratic politics in my favorite subject: Political Science. But after the after recent dance of our judiciary, the line: India is the largest democracy in the world, fails to bring a feeling of patriotism in my heart. That feeling had evaporated in the Delhi air a long time back. Why?
16th December 2012. 22nd April 2003. These two dates may just seem ordinary days. But these days changed the lives of two women. One in a tragic way and the other which made me believe that hope isn’t a mistake. Nirbhaya didn’t really do anything wrong, apart from using public transport which is promoted so that you decrease you carbon footprint and make the world a tad bit pollution free. Sonali Mukherjee didn’t do anything wrong, apart from wishing to sleep on her terrace because the wind that day was pleasant. Who knew that that wind would lead to a few men barging in and disfiguring her face forever? And who can forget those countless dates on which pregnant women are taken to remote locations and their entering of motherhood is taken away, just because they carried a girl? All this is all the more shocking in a country where three major newspapers (Times of India, Hindustan Times and the Hindu) are bearing the headlines: “Girls outdo boys in CBSE class 12!”
And to add to the long list of crimes committed by our very own judiciary ( Pun intended), Salman Khan’s 2002 hit and run case files were mysteriously gutted in a fire in Mantralaya and the Maharashtra government doesn’t even have any information about it! Ignoring the fact that he was given bail, ignoring the fact that there exists ‘fact’ that his ‘driver’ was with him, ignoring the fact that shortly after his bail, which by the way was a big surprise, his new movie was released, well ignore everything. Just marvel the fact that people like him are given bail just like many such rapists are allowed to freely walk away.
All in all, I just hope that Jahanvi makes the right decision for herself. And gives you an insight on everything that is going around you.