7 years ago, we said Enough is Enough. Indians came out into the streets to protest and seek justice for one of India’s bravest daughter – Nirbhaya.
Again late last year, we gathered our courage again for the Kathua girl.
But recently, Gaya’s 16-YO-girl was found beheaded with her face doused in acid and her breasts mutilated. And, then we realised how our country is still failing miserably at keeping her women safe.
The country has not just failed that 16-YO but every daughter of this country. The depressing discovery of the girl made the protestors flock to the streets of the holy city of Gaya, Bihar.
There are hundreds who have taken part in the protest and in candlelit marches to demand justice for the murdered innocent teen.
The teen was reported missing on December 28 according to a report filed by her father, NDTV reported. But, senior police officer, Rajiv Mishra shared how her mother and sisters shared the details of her return. But, later, the father sent her away with a man known to the family.
Though the teen’s family claim she was raped, the authorities suspect this is a case of ‘honour’ killing, with parents themselves being the culprit. Police are waiting for the autopsy report that will confirm what really happened.
Out of many people seeking justice for this teen, one is Rituparna Chatterjee – the leader of India’s #MeToo movement.
A few days ago a 16-year-old girl was kidnapped, raped, her breasts cut off, beheaded, and face burnt with acid. In Gaya her family is running from pillar to post to get justice. People have marched. The national media has not picked up the case. Please help get word out. https://t.co/EQoUXtPfxV
She not only raised an issue about national media not picking up the case but also demanded action from PM Narendra Modi and local politicians for a speedy investigation.
Though we wait for the speedy investigation to seek justice for this 16-YO, we wonder why no one focuses on the root cause so that we don’t have to seek justice for any other innocent teen. With every heinous crime against women, be it was Nirbhaya or Asifa, our outrage follows a dangerous pattern.
We get up from our slumber to show our outrage. And, then turn indifferent and slowly go back into a slumber. Then we wait for another Nirbhaya to wake us up.
Why are we not holding our leaders accountable for women safety?
Why are we not talking about actions that the government should take to prevent these crimes?
Are we getting inured to the horror of women abuse?
Are we telling ourselves this isn’t a big deal? It keeps happening in every country!