I don’t have any words of sympathy. Quite frankly, all of this “oh, we failed” and “shame on us” self-soothing guilt that’s going around on social media sickens me. But nothing and no one else could disgust me more than my own government, my Sarkar. Once, maybe, Sarkar was supposed to be a cabinet of ministers who served and protected the people of the Republic of India. But today all that Sarkar means to me is a group of people who have the power to bring change but not the will to do it.
While Sarkar relies on us to ask God, “Why?” every time something like this happens, I don’t think any of us are going to be doing that today. Sarkar is the only one, except for the six vermin who have lost their right to be called human, who is answerable here: not God, not the doctors, not the victim or any ‘clothes’, ‘body language’, ‘lifestyle’ etc.
Why was the victim sent to Singapore? No, I am not a doctor but I do know that one does not simply airlift a patient half way across the world when said patient is missing her intestine, is susceptible to multiple infections, has failing organs and has gone into cardiac arrest. Was Patient X shifted to a ‘better’ medical facility because it was good for her or was she shifted because it was good for Sarkar?
Why does it put up these barricades around law-abiding citizens who are protesting peaceful? Why has the Metro in Delhi been shut down? Why won’t Sarkar come out, take responsibility and start working towards deterring crime against women – just as we, civil society, are ready to do? Is Sarkar so afraid? Is Sarkar so blind?
It could be argued that Sarkar has no responsibility at all since we are the ones who elected Sarkar. But then, do you blame yourself when your domestic help does not clean well? No, you stand up, you grow a spine and you fire him/her. Then why this exception for Sarkar? Just because Sarkar is more powerful than us individual people? The moment we stop holding it accountable, we stop doing our job as responsible citizens.
There is absolutely no reason to protect Sarkar and no need to make excuses for it.
While it is absolutely imperative that we, ordinary citizens, take steps to overhaul the rape culture that exists within our society, it is equally imperative for Sarkar to either step up or shut up.
Strong gender sensitive and gender neutral laws are not only the need of the hour, they are our right as citizens of this Nation.
Please, when holding ourselves (rightly) accountable, let’s not give Sarkar another chance to say, “Theek Hai.”