The daughter of Kashmir
She is in pain, what are we all doing?
Rukya is Kashmir’s daughter. She is a victim of acid attack by some frenzied youth, who thought that throwing acid on an innocent woman would make him hero. He might have congratulated himself that he has taken his revenge on an unprotected woman.
A far greater self introspection is needed than just condemning the incident or observing two-hour shutdown. Kashmiri women are brave that they have shown time and again. There were many occasions, when they threw a human wall to protect their men from the men with guns, be they militants or security forces.
But what the men are doing to the women in Kashmir, forcing them to commit suicide. Often there is a sad tale of a girl committing suicide. Believe it or not, there are men behind this. They commit atrocities or spoil the life of a woman by not owning them after making merry. There is a consistent deterioration in the moral values in Kashmir, like many other parts of the world. This culture of a perverted lover turning into an attacker is not something unheard of. These things used to happen in the past, but that kind of culture was restricted to some parts of the country, and Kashmir had only heard of it on its soil when some organizations would issue threats of disfiguring the faces of those who would not wear “ burqa”. That was more of a threat, in reality that kind of moral policing, hardly translated into action.
Here, it is important to pose a question: what was the fault of Rukya? That she spurned the offer of someone who was stalking her for long. When the society asks for freedom, didn’t Rukya have her freedom to choose the person, whom she would have liked to marry. This personal freedom, which of course, she exercised with the consent of her family should not have been curtailed. But, now as she is struggling to regain her original self, there is a great deal of politics being played over her. Consequently the real issue has been lost somewhere: Why such incidents should take place in the Valley, which is known for best of its traditions and where men and women are an emancipated lot.
The government has decided to bear all the expenses for her specialized treatment outside of the state of Jammu and Kashmir and also promised to take stern action against the guilty. This has to be seen that, whether Government would remain committed to the pledge that it has made at the moment. Its seriousness would be judged in the days to come.
Civil society of Kashmir is very active, and aggressive when it comes to criticizing the non-Kashmiris for doing anything wrong. That should be the approach because the wrong doings committed by anyone should be governed by zero – tolerance attitude. It is not to suggest that there should be some barbaric response to such incidents. That will not help any one, and least of all Kashmiris. There is a need for reawakening, and all points of view should converge and there should be a consensus that how this problem can be dealt with in a firm manner, so that there is no recurrence of such type of attacks, and also ensure that no one should ever think of committing such a crime, whether it is rare or rarest of the rare one, the one which happened in New Delhi and the victim after having suffered the trauma of gang rape, died.
Social awakening is a must. It should take into account the fact that the rich and influential people commit crime and get away with it. This should start with the road accidents too. No one should be spared who by his reckless driving causes physical infirmities on women. There is a lot of money around with such people who exercise their influence, purchase witnesses and the cases are buried.
Media should play a role. It cannot do its duty just by showing some anchor pounding on a panel at TV shows, nor can this menace be curbed with one odd editorial or opinion pieces. That there is an urgent need to protect women and the media should be alert to all this. There is no harm in launching a campaign against such evils in society. But, that is missing.
Lastupdate on : Mon, 7 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Mon, 7 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
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