What happened on December 16, 2012 on a moving bus at Vasant Vihar in New Delhi sent shockwaves not only throughout the country but across the world as well. The question that stared at the humanity is how can some people who live in the same society can be so cruel, barbaric and inhuman against a person of the same society. Nirbhaya, the name given to the braveheart girl, became a revolution in itself. People came out on the streets in protest against the heinous crime not only in Delhi but all over the country.
This kind of protest against rape and murder of a girl was never seen before. People were up in arms and could not believe how some people living in this so called civilized society can stoop to this level to commit such barbaric crime against a woman. The gangrape and murder of the 23-year-old girl Nirbhaya was so horrific that it shook the inner conscience of the people at large. Reams of paper were filled with the details of the story every day, hours of debate were held on prime-time news channels following the incident, but there was only one question in the minds of the people â when will Nirbhaya get justice. The law to decide such cases were there for a long time.
A number of pronouncements were precedents to decide the case. After the police investigation was over, hargesheet was filed, the arguments began. The trial court finally gave the verdict that the guilty will be hanged to death. The matter went to the Delhi High Court which on 13 March, 2014, upheld the judgement of the trial court. The decision was challenged in the apex court which after due deliberation upheld the decision of the high court and pronounced the death penalty for the four convicts, thus upholding the dignity of the humankind. I congratulate from the bottom of my heart to Justice Deepak Mishra, Justice Ashok Bhushan and Justice R Bhanumati for upholding the dignity of a woman. While pronouncing the judgement, the supreme has not only taken into account the diabolical act of the culprits but also given credence to the sentiments of the masses that emerged out of this horrific incident, thus setting the precedence that anything done in true spirit will ultimately prove to be auspicious to the society.
The way three judge bench showed sensitivity towards the rights and liberties of women and punish those who violate at the slightest pretext has tried to send across a message to the society that this kind of barbarism cannot be tolerated in a civilized society. Justice Deepak Mishra, who headed the three-judge bench, said, âthe casual manner with which she was treated and devilish manner they played with her identity is humanly inconceivable. It sounds like a story from different world where humanity has been treated with irreverence.â He went on to term the incident as tsunami of shock while describing the nature and gravity of offence committed by the convicts. He also said that there is no need to alter the verdict of the high court and dismissed the petition of the four convicts. Justice Bhanumati, in her judgement said that the incident not only shook collective conscience of the people in Delhi as evident by street protests in the city, but there were similar protests in other parts of the country as well.
Referring to some data she said that the respect for women has declined and violence against the female gender has increased manifold. Gender justice should not only be on paper, but effective steps should be taken for awareness in the civilized society. Children should be taught to respect women. Justice Bhanumati also proposed a slew of suggestions to ensure gender equality in our society. It should be a part of school curriculum also. The court hoped that sending the four convicts to the gallows will not only ensure justice but will also serve as deterrent to the society at large. This is also shocking to know that such people with devilish mindset live in the same society as we do, but we never identify them until they commit heinous crime like this.
How can we identify them is a big question before us? Osho, while speaking on sexual desire of a person, had narrated a story that once he was passing through a village when he saw some people protesting against a vulgar and indecent photo. They believed that it was because of this poster that people were suffering from extreme forms of sexual deviance. Osho told the group of people that this is not the case. It is because they are suffering from sexual frustration, so they are looking at these posters with lust. Those who see lust in those posters have suppressed their sexual desire for long. People have been taught that sexual desire is bad for them, so they suppress it.
They have not understood the biological aspects of their body. Traditionally, Indian society has prevented men and women from being naturally attached with each other. The end result is the sexual frustration which leads to people watching porn, reading vulgar magazines, etc. This is why pornography is a trillion-dollar business today. All over the world â whether it is Europe, America or India, sexual frustration turns into sexual depression that causes perverseness which ultimately leads to people committing such heinous crimes. Recently a report appeared in a newspaper which said that more people die of love and sex related disputes than terrorism related incidents.
How can we get rid of this riddle? This is possible only when the wall that divides between men and women is demolished. We have been conditioned from childhood that men and women are different and proximity between them often produces sins. This is the real problem of our society â the raising of barrier between two human beings â men and women. The day we decide to demolish this wall between men and women, a new society will come into existence which will be without any discrimination on the basis of gender of a person. When this wall is destroyed, distinction blurred, a new society will emerge which will be free from depravity and perverseness. That should be the ultimate goal of the humankind.