So, I resign to the fact that I am born in a country where rapes are more common than thefts. Where there are innumerable enterprises set up by flouting laws and operating with truckload of loopholes, but are noticed (read: banned) only when those law lapses give rise to heinous crimes as rapes. A country where the year simply cannot end without having a horrific rape case to its end credits.
This time it’s a cab driver! News has been doing rounds about how a female was raped by a cabbie after she booked one with the help of the Uber software. And no prizes for guessing that the Indian capital is again in news…all for wrong reasons. What is it with Delhi and rapes? I fail to understand. I do not intend to taint the country’s capital but it is now happening far many times to dismiss it as a coincidence. The horrific Nirbhaya rape case that shook the nation still stirs my insides when I recall it. And to think of it… It has been 2 years to that instance now and things haven’t improved yet.
The government has taken a decision to ban the application due to this reason. I agree with the ban, but the reason behind the ban is not justifiable. The Uber application has flouted many laws and should have been put on radar since long. Why does it take a rape case like this to make the authorities sit up and take notice? Can’t we take precautions beforehand and prevent such instances from happening instead? Sadly, we have taken no measures to ensure safety of women even after so many instances daily.
If you go through the statistics of the number of crimes committed against women in India, specifically rapes, you will be appalled at the figure. I do not really want to go in a fit and so I am saving myself the agony, but if you are curious and can prevent yourself from the trauma, use the Google search engine and have a look yourself.
What is it that does not deter rapists? They are not scared anymore. The accused in question, in this case too, did not seem to even minimally repent the crime that he had committed. Apparently this wasn’t the first one for him. Are we a country of morons? I gape in horror! I have written so much on this blog about rapes that the tag cloud bolds it the most. Each time I write about a horror story, my skin crawls and I am unable to think straight. I cannot even imagine what the victim who has undergone this would be going through.
One more horrific instance, one more post, one more case in the ever pending list, one more shameless accused, one more round of court hearings, one more media circus…. And only one more minute when someone somewhere else is getting raped! Sign! Some things leave you so dejected but you have to accept the fact that it may never change!