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INDIA (TODAY)

Debjit sinha

The socio-economic condition of a nation pre-dominantly depicts the nation’s current state. If that is so, then India is in deep trouble. News of rape is not a new thing to us, but the recent gang-rape in Mumbai once again proved that we still live in a medieval society where these kinds of barbaric acts would be carried out in spite of much hue and cry. This incident once again brought back the memory of the “DECEMBER 16” incident that stigmatised the whole country.

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The second incident was that of a “colourful tale” of a self-styled godman Asaram (should I need to call him BAPU?). He made a mockery of our judicial system and pinpoints the loop holes of our prevailing law and order system by literally playing hide & seek with the police after an alleged sexual assault case was lodged against him by a minor girl. He was eventually nabbed last night.

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The third incident is that of the juvenile who vehemently raped a 23-year-old girl and literally murdered her with his associates and yet got away with 3 years of imprisonment at a correction home as per the Juvenile Justice act.

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Law & policy makers of our country should pay heed to these issues. Reformation is the need of the hour, not empty rhetoric. There are numerous cases of rapes and sexual assault of differently-abled, dalit and minority girls. We seem to remain mute spectators. Women cut across the class and community have been the subject of depredation. It is even more surprising that petty things such as “size of the clothes” and “timing of their stay outside home” are upheld for their fateful consequences. If that is so, then what reason could be applied when a 5-year-old child was raped by a married man as well as when a newlywed bride got gang-raped by her in-laws as her family was unable to pay the dowry demand. Shockingly, in the last decade, the number of murder and dacoity cases has come down but the rate of rapes has increased exponentially. Lack of jobs and moral degradation could be held responsible for this.

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If macabre images on social front haunt us then dismal state of the economy would leave us in such a situation where there is no way out. As I am sitting down to write this note, the Rupee has touched 65.70 marks against the dollar. There is a serious chance of crossing 75 marks barrier as per the eminent economists of our country. Continuous depreciation of rupee has led to the hike of prices of diesel and petrol which will cast its effect on price rise of basic commodities and inflation. It is the common people who have to bear the brunt. As the gap between rich and poor section of the society gets wider day by day, it is getting tougher to purchase the basic sustenance of life for the under-privileged section. As elections are coming, the government is rolling “welfare schemes” one after another, thus bringing even more burden on the exchequer and frankly they are tangled in a “catch 22 situation”.

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With this senseless vote-bank politics, we cannot expect betterment from this ruling incumbent. So what is the alternative? “NA MO” and his chant ‘YES WE CAN”. But my sincere question is ‘HOW’? Even if Narendra Modi has the plans, he has to maintain a distance from communal colour. You have to be secular in a secular country. We cannot afford to lead our country to 1991 or a Gujarat scenario!

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It is very gloomy out here in India. The only smart person is Shahrukh Khan who seemed to be the luckiest man after churning out a huge moolah thanks to his brainless flick ‘CHENNAI EXPRESS’. Can we hope the same for our very own “INDIAN EXPRESS”??

 

 

 

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