Ambassador SURENDRA KUMAR | 20 OCTOBER, 2020
A Requiem For a Daughter!
What is the truth..!
Satyameva Jayate ! Truth alone triumphs! This line is inscribed on the national emblem. It means what it says.
But is this true today? Which is the real truth? The one seen by us, the bystanders? The truth captured by cameras? The truth as experienced by the victim? The truth as narrated by the perpetrators? Or the truth as manufactured by the authorities? The truth as presented by the spin doctors to save the guilty?
Are there multiple versions of truth on account of play of Maya? Why should truth be wrapped in mystery? Why should it unravel in so many facets as the murder in Kurosawa's masterpiece Rasoman ?
Or truth is like an onion, as one peels off layers after layers; one inhales pungent smell and gets tears in eyes but find nothing! Or truth is like an elephant that eight blind persons try to describe by touching different parts?
Well, truth is always one .Those who want to present it, describe it as they see it: seeing is believing! But those who want to hide it for their own reasons, obfuscate facts; rather manufacture facts to weaken the case of the victim and strengthen the case of the perpetrator!
A rape is the most heinous crime against women. It's humiliating and traumatizing beyond words. Dalit women are raped in rural India at will and left to die as they are most vulnerable. Their complaints aren't registered in normal course, they are pressured and threatened with dire consequences including harm to their families which are intimidated, manipulated and offered monetary swap for hushing the case.
The men in khaki and other investigating agencies have no interest in getting to the bottom of a case; unearth the truth and getting the culprits punished .Their modus operandi and whole narrative unfolds as per the directives of their Puppeteers: Political masters.
And political masters' entire endeavour is to protect their supporters, save their skin, save their kursi and save the image of their party and garner political mileage even out of a rape case. Finding truth is farthest from their minds.
A rape is not a rape as there is no evidence. Advocates of this theory disregard the known reality that vaginal evidence of rape can't be found after 12 days. Dying declaration is deliberately ignored. All chances of recovery of any forensic evidence are burnt in a wee hour cremation of the dead body of the rape victim.
What could be crueler than stopping a wailing mother from seeing the face of her dead daughter?
Political leaders who could do nothing to save the rape victim descend at her village, squat on the ground with family, shed some crocodile tears, mouth some practiced platitudes demand the dismissal of the government of the state. Those who show much stronger solidarity are booked under draconian laws and accused of receiving funds from abroad and hob knobbing with the enemies of the nationand declared anti-national!
When a Nirbhaya is raped in Delhi, it shakes the whole nation, a slew of laws are enacted .The courts continue their proceedings at snail's speed; the Rapists are eventually punished after 8 years!
But the rapists of the Dalit Nirbahya of Hathras might never be punished as there was allegedly no rape! Even if it was proved, who cares? After all, she was a Dalit !
In the meanwhile, we continue shouting from the roof top:
Vasudhaiva kutumbkam! Mera Bharat Mahan!
Beti bachao! beti padao!
Ambassador Surendra Kumar is retired from the Indian Foreign Service.
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