To Damini - From Asia and Neelofar
We all were ravaged, but your pain was felt, ours not
You are no more now. In the recent past you were the part of the galaxy of your family and friends but they tarnished and stained you and you fell down somewhere in the area we are living in. We are writing to you just to share your pain because what befell on you has already struck us years before. So we can feel the pain you are going through better than anyone else. We can easily read your state of mind after your soul was tortured and then torn into shreds of helplessness. We were as helpless in the clutches of those vultures as you were in the midst of those howling wolves that assaulted you. However, on your heart-breaking incident the whole of the mighty India is mourning and protesting. They are lighting candles, shedding tears and pressing the government to ensure that the law of the land takes its own course. How hypocritical? They deem your death a great loss whereas on our turn only the Kashmiris thought so. They erupted like a ferocious volcano and caught hold of the authorities just to compel them to book the culprits but ironically the rest of the India remained tight-lipped. As a result our killers got a safe passage as our case was declared a routine incident by those who probed it.
You yourself were young enough then to raise the voice thinking that it would be a voice raised against the cold-blooded rape/murder of your sisters living in your own country. Alas! You didn’t because politics played its role. Had, in our case, Indians voiced their concern like they are doing it thoughtfully right now; you and many others like you would not have been ravaged like this. The authorities in Delhi did their level best to save your life but we were left unattended simply to perish. We perished as you did but ways and consequences are different. Your death is a national loss while as ours was deemed an issue irrelevant to national interest. Unfortunately it might be that we belonged to such a piece of land the people of which are not treated as Indian. Delhi is not officially declared a disturbed area but the Kashmir valley is. Does any decree like Disturbed Area Act licenses somebody to interfere with the chastity of a woman? Daughters of the Eve wherever they are and in whatever conditions they are, they are and must be a respectable constituent of social set up.
Ours is now a closed case whereas yours is a fresh one. There would be speedy investigation of your case and as of now every Indian hopes that the culprits would be brought to justice. But who knows who would be punished and how? Can politics play its role to make your case the one like that of us? Though there are least chances of such an outcome, yet such criminals succeed to gain underground support somewhere from the corridors of the rank and file of the country. Yes, if there happens some miracle and your killers are dealt with steel hands, can it bring you back to life? Can it calm your bruised innocent soul? And can it make sure that no other Daminis and the daughters like us would never ever meet such a shocking fate? Of course not. They will keep doing so ruthlessly and fearlessly because the system provides them the breathing space wherefrom they start afresh.
Lastupdate on : Thu, 3 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Thu, 3 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Fri, 4 Jan 2013 00:00:00 IST
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