While our media was busy capturing how royally Priyanka tied the knot or how much Deepika Padukone’s mangal sutra cost, a common woman was struggling for her life because she dared to fight for her dignity.
Lacking celebrity names, glitter, and glory, this story reflects the ugly reality of our society. When a woman who dared to stand for her rights and dignity, she was made silent. And, sadly no one cared about it.
The shocking incident happened when the two men accused of trying to molest a 20-year-old woman set her on fire, two days after her filing a complaint with police.
Her brother, Vinod Kumar, shared the details of the shocking incident with the Reuters.
The incident happened in the Sitapur district of Uttar Pradesh when the two men, both neighbors, accosted her and tried to drag her away.
She managed to escape as she bit their hands. When her father filed a complaint with the police, no action was taken. Hence, the family lodged a second complaint.
Vinod further added:
“We waited for the police to come for inquiries the entire day but no one came.”
The next day, the two men returned to the field and what they did is shocking and heart-breaking. They put kerosene on her and set her on fire, Regional police superintendent Prabhakar Chaudhary told Reuters.
The woman has suffered burns to 40 percent of her body and is hospitalized.
Prabhakar also mentioned that the suspects were arrested and three policemen were suspended for dereliction of duties.
But the question that keeps haunting us is why a woman has to die or get burnt for demanding justice. Why is justice delayed so much that women either lose the hope of getting justice or die before seeing her culprits behind the bars?
Indian Women, irrespective of her education or her profession, have been struggling to seek justice for sexual abuse. We hoped things would change after how humanity failed Nirbhaya or Asifa or Jessica, but nothing has changed.
After the Nirbhaya gang-rape case, India launched fast-track courts and a tougher rape law that included the death penalty.
But crime statistics indicate sexual assault on women has risen, not fallen, since then.
Its never about stricter laws, it’s always about the execution of those laws that makes any country civic and law-abiding.
We can ignore this story or inaction of police because it was not our daughter or our sister. But, we shouldn’t because it could have been ours too.
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