Nightmarish Days


A youthful woman and her teenaged sister-in-law are gang-raped for a whole night and then brutally done to death and thrown in a dry river; a girl is abducted, raped, killed and then consigned to the waters of Jhelum; another teenager is run down and crushed to death by two car-borne desperadoes; a student is gang-raped by six men in a Delhi bus and succumbs to the brutal injuries caused to her; a young school teacher is assaulted by two stalkers who throw acid on her face and damage it, together with an eye, irreparably. Another incident of the same nature at Jammu and so on and so forth. And now it seems that these gruesome incidents were the first drops of a torrential down-pour which has set in to make such tragic events uncountable.
The life that we live seems to have become a frightening horror film, a nerve-racking nightmare. And yet what are we doing to stem the tide that seems to swallow us? Just trying to treat the symptoms – legal measures, fast-track courts, more effective police presence. All these measures are urgently called for but treating the symptoms will not root-out the disease.
Talking about the root of the disease – this is what we are doing at the moment. In our homes where values were imparted once upon a time through religious instruction we feed our children on films which are what they are – sex and violence with superadded charm. Apart from them we din into their ears day-in and day-out that they have to become earning machines – career! At school (college, university, any seminary) they naturally opt for vocational education. These are necessary things – career and vocational education – because we have to eat in order to live. But we should live like human beings and for this we need humanisation, nurturing of the moral sense in us, which forms no part of our domestic training and curricula.
In short we totally neglect the human side of our children and take all care to nourish the animal in them. Having sown this seed what surprise is there if we have a crop of beasts on our hands:
They have hearts and minds wherewith they do not reflect; and they have eyes wherewith they do not observe; and they have ears wherewith they do not hear: they are like animals, nay worse. (The Quran 7:179).     

Lastupdate on : Thu, 17 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Thu, 17 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Fri, 18 Jan 2013 00:00:00 IST

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