International Day for Elimination of Violence against Women
These days both electronic & print media outlets are filled with the efforts made by the government to protect female foeticide / infanticide or observance of the days like ‘International Day for Elimination of Violence against Women’ as an attempt to ensure “safety & protection” of women. But let’s analyse whether these efforts could make any impact on the society or it’s someone else who could do the real work by making the “actual impact” from “within”.
Last year media’s bread & butter was based only on news coverage on Sant Shri Asharamji Bapu (hereinafter “Bapuji”) and he was portrayed as rapist, bootlegger, the one involved in land grabbing, murderer of kids, paedophile and never-ending series of allegations one after another. This made the venerable saint as a villain in public opinion. Many mysteries were resolved by media and judiciary by granting bail to those accused in fodder scam, disproportionate assets case, raping of young journalists & interns and involvement in bomb blasts etc.; without much effort by the legal eagles. And the case of Bapuji is still lis-pendens. Why it is so that a renowned saint, to whom media depicted as God-man; worshipped & printed, published & aired his motivational quotations as well as precepts during his golden period; once ensnared in a case, is not granted bail and is all of sudden discarded, hated and his inspirational quotes are being scoffed at?
Media and judiciary became very sensitive in the case of that particular alleged rape victim, supposedly a “minor” girl (which actually is not the case at all as per the evidences available) but where does their sensitivity go on the issues as occurred in Bhilwada and Bara districts of Rajasthan where girl-children starve due to malnutrition, or other cases in Rajasthan (and other states as well) where girls abandon the school due to boys creating nuisance for them or when the girls screaming on the streets of IT hub – Bangalore were publicly molested by boys and media and judiciary hardly took a note of it?
So many incidents are happening in day to day life, but media covers those in dark light who respect the decisions of court and are civilized & innocent enough like Bapuji.
The alleged rape victim in Bapuji’s case was given such an importance by judiciary that it appears as if the “Goddess of law” has become blind to see and provide justice to other screaming girls (Bapuji’s female disciples who suffered due to defamation of Bapuji) whose roars are overlapped by such conspirators that no justice is being given to them.
Can judiciary imagine as to how a 5-7 year old minor girl can chant ‘guru-mantra’ taking rosary in hands, that too thrice a day, doing trikal sandhya in ashrams in order to pray that Bapuji be liberated soon from the loops of the laws with loop-holes?
Is electronic and print media even capable enough to make such things as headlines? No, definitely not. May be its scared of such conspirators or perhaps gets paid by such conspirators, due to which it cannot publish the “truth” on front page or air as genuinely as possible.
We give Saadhuvad (a way of expressing heart-felt thanks by “Saadhaks”) to the administration for running so many schemes to prevent infanticide, but can this administration ensure the safety of those girls at young or later stage after birth, when molested by the boys in every nook and corner at every state? Do they ever call for any written complaints to file a case for such a girl? Probably they will be overburdened by the number of such complaints or literally, they aren’t event efficient enough to take cognizance without filing complaints by aggrieved girls in petty cases of day-to-day teasing by boys or males? Can they give protection to those girls who, due to social and moral obligations, are unable to lodge any complaints and have been dying in dowry cases or becoming a victim of violence by husband or the members of his family in matrimonial house, and in number of other such cases, thereby assuring that women safety isn’t a day dreaming ?
Only saints like Bapuji can give values (sanskars) to his disciples that by themselves ensure female security and prevent infanticide without requiring any 3rd entity or “superficial” imposition of any law as such. If such an innocent saint (Bapuji) remains in prison for so long, government’s policies incentivizing girl’s birth to improve the gender proportion would make no sense.
Let’s pray to the God for Bapuji’s sooner release without hurdles and nurturing the nation thereby assuring women safety and overcoming humiliation towards them. Probably then the purpose of celebrating the days like ‘International Day for Elimination of Violence against Women’ will be achieved.