B. Tech (Delhi Technological University)
Someone asked me why are people waking up to this gang-rape? How is it different from the other heinous rapes that we have had in the past? At that moment I had no answer and I just said, people had to wake up one day and this is the day that they decided to wake up. As I answered this, I myself wasn’t convinced with my words , how could I then convince the others.
And in those question I got the answer to the fortnight-old question. How is this rape different? This rape is very different because here a girl was not lifted from a secluded place, she wasn’t picked up drunk from a bar, she wasn’t gagged and taken into custody, she wasn’t travelling alone in an auto, she wasn’t alone. This rape is different because here the girl had not committed even the smallest of the fault that the society always holds the girls responsible for. She wasn’t travelling alone, she was with her friend. She didn’t choose a deserted travel medium, she took a bus. She wasn’t dressed ‘provocatively’, she was draped in layers in the chilly winter night of Delhi. And most importantly, she wasn’t in a village, not in a sub-city. She was in the heart of the capital of the Nation.
She was raped. Six men took time to rape her one by one while the bus moved in the city fearlessly.
After days of unconsciousness when she opened up her eyes she said, ‘I want to live’. A very trivial statement for one to say but for a girl with multiple organ failure and infection running in her blood, speaking a word itself is battle won. But to the war of her life she perished. Seeing her spirits I always picturised that she will get up from the bed and see the goons being hanged for their cold blooded crime. But she has died. A medical student brought up by a middle class parents who had put every penny of their earning and wealth in her education couldn’t fight for her life.
The world out there is dangerous. It’s hard to trust the police , how can I when they themselves insensitively taunt that girls should remain indoors at night? They even throw water cannons and tear gas and beat the peaceful people who gather for demanding their protection , be it on orders of their superiors. The only solution at the moment is perhaps that I should equip myself well enough if God forbid someone comes to attack me with a lusty mind. I have to be strong enough to scratch out his eyes if they dare to look at me in a way I don’t deserve to be looked at. I will have to learn all that there is to protect myself . No-one can protect me but me. This is the awakening that all the girls out there have to wake up to. It’s our body and we only have to protect its sanctity.