Staple food of India :
If someone asks a question, “Which is the staple food of India?” The answer to it could be, “Rapes, molestation, acid attacks, sexual abuses”, violence against women and children, trafficking for prostitution and illegal human organ transplantation to name a few.
The statistics are terrifying. The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) says, there are more than 35,000 rape cases in a year in India i.e. 3000 per month; 100 per day; 4 per hour and 1 every 15 minutes. Many of us may not be aware of this data. But, we all know that rape is a very common occurrence in India.
Every 3 minutes, a young Indian girl is abducted into sex slavery – often with the consent of her parents, as horrible as that sounds. Traffickers prey on those girls and women who are poor, vulnerable, marginalized, uneducated. So often they don’t know that they have been lied to. 8 million women and girls are held in prostitution across India. Every year 2 lakh Indian children are sold in to prostitution. Only 1% of the girls are rescued.
Today in the world we have over 45 million slaves. 25 percent of these slaves are in sex trafficking. Sex slavery is a 150 billion business. 75 percent is forced labor working for companies. The companies have massively outsourced their production in the developing world. This is where the cheap labor is available. This is where slavery has flourished.
Sooner or later, our country is going to become the world capital of crimes against women and children. But, who cares? We really don’t. We don’t understand the magnitude of the problem. Except little online participation in the facebook, twitter, whatsapp groups and other social media platforms, we hardly do anything to get rid of this ever-increasing epidemic.
We are always interested in knowing how much collection bollywood movies like ‘Bahubali’ (बाहुबली) or ‘Dangal’ (दंगल) have done; where does Virat Kohli or Indian cricket team stands in one-day, test and 20-20 cricket international ranking; when are we going to have ‘Ram Mandir’ (राम मंदिर) in Ayodhya; where has a Muslim fellow been caught carrying cows (गौ-रक्षा) to be lynched by a mob and thus uphold our religious supremacy; how well bollywood actress Tapsi Pannu got shamed on social media for her short bikini suit; how warmly the Japanese or US President hugged our prime minster during his world tour; how Pakistan, Chinese goods (चीनी सामान का बहिस्कार) and Islamic terrorists are the root causes of all our problems in India.
The list goes on to include many which win our due attention, concern and lengthy debates on the ‘round table conferences’ in facebook, twitter, chai-thela, dominos, café coffee day, restaurants and any other public and private ‘adda’ (अड्डा).
“What can we do to stop rapes and other crimes against women and children?” This is the most common answer to a question which is often raised to our educated conscience whenever we read or hear news of a rape, sexual abuse and other crime against women and children. To an extent, ‘our helplessness’ is genuine but to the limits when we don’t want to take up the responsibilities which are nobody else’s but our own.
We may blame the people with sick mentality towards women and children. We may hold our whole social and political system responsible for being too elastic to take action against the culprits; the poverty; low quality education among the haves not; the dog-like barking fights among politicians of different political parties for pieces of meat (government) in the streets (local, state and centre).
Once in a while we raise our voice when a grand protest against rapes like ‘Nirbhaya’ or the murder of a seven years old international school kid ‘Pradyumn’ in the school premises take place. All of a sudden, we get alarmed and wake up for a while and then again go back to our slumbering indifference and insensitivity towards such widespread pathetic atrocities against our women and children.
We got too worried when the news of ‘Pradyumn’ was flashed and hotly debated on the news channels. Since our own kids go to high society heavily paid private schools, we got afraid about them and thus participated in national protest against school, public administration and governments demanding strict action against the careless officials in the system. We act only when there is a potential danger to us. Otherwise, we are too busy scrolling screens on our favorite facebook, counting ‘comments’ and ‘likes’ on our ‘selfies’ posted on instagram and twitter handle.
The biggest challenge in India is awareness. A vast majority of people are unaware of the fact that millions of our children are being stolen and sold into human trafficking. Our representatives in state legislature and central parliament are no different from us. They too are always busy in designing policies, schemes, posters, advertisements, making coalition with their outright rivals for upcoming elections in local bodies, state legislatures and winning majority in the general elections in 2019. They too begin to display some heroic actions of welfare for poor and common people only when the election bell is chimed.
Why do not government pass strict and unappealable laws to punish perpetrators of inhuman crimes like rapes, women and children trafficking, forced slavery and prostitution, sexual abuses, acid attacks, illegal human organ transplantation?
Like our families and society, all our political parties and state and central governments are patriarchic. The meager percentage of woman leadership that we all see in local, state or central government, except few, is nothing more than a puppet in the hands of her husband or head of the political parties. This is why no government has yet dared to pass a women reservation bill in the parliament. Even if a considerable reservation is provided to women in the legislature and parliament, behind the curtain, the same is likely to be run by their male bosses or husbands.
The rapists can be deterred only when there are strict laws like capital punishment for rapes (Hang the Rapist), life imprisonment for acid attack, women and children traffickers, perpetrators of forced slavery and prostitution etc.
The truly educated youth (both men and women) have to step forward to assume leadership in the much neglected and ignored field which is the sole driver of our lives in the society, i.e. politics. Contest elections independently and run election campaign without taking donations from anyone who has remotest connection with political parties, mafia or business tycoons. Meet people door-to-door and request their votes from citizens instead of selling it to 70 years old political bandits, cheats, thieves, robbers and frauds.
Our present and future both are threatened. The rivers are depleting. The environment is dying. Industries and cities are throwing sewerage and wastes in to rivers. The illegal mining of river banks has dried up all major and minor rivers. The uncontrolled cutting of trees and deforestation is making our land barren and desert.
The ever increasing and widening gap between haves and have not, religious communities, an upper and lower caste is threatening our peaceful co-habitat. The time is not far away when we will have ‘the dollars’ but with no power, affordability or potency to buy pure water, fresh and unpolluted air, organic food and vegetables, peace & brotherhood in society.
Not all will be able afford and settle down in US, Canada, London, Australia, Europe or any other so-called safe lands in the world. Even if they do, there won’t be any such places which will be free from dangerous and life-threatening conditions. Every part of the world, rich or poor; developed or developing; east or west; Africa or America, north or south; is suffering from all those deadly ‘social, political, economic, environmental diseases’ which are tightening their grip on all of us.
More than 50 innocent people were killed and 500 injured in shootout at Las Vegas casino by a gunman who acted alone and was not believed to be connected to any terrorist group or particular faith. Re-think before you declare any place safe to live in. No place in the land is safe unless you make conscious effort to make it so.
Our comfort zones are making all our land unsafe and vulnerable to all kinds of danger. Come out of your comfort zone before it is made uncomfortable. You may not have come to know as father, brother, husband or friend but know it for sure that your daughter, sister, wife or friend must have been teased or molested in the past or may be sometime in future will. Are you sure some mad and one-sided lover or street ‘majnoo’ (मजनू) will never molest or attack your daughter, sister, wife or friend with acid?
If not, then demand a strict law. “Hang the Rapist.”
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