The death of Delhi: How humanity, police, political class, law & order died
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- 2 of 8Insensitive policeThe girl's father alleged that the police had offered the family a bribe of Rs 2,000 to "keep quiet". He also accused the police of being insensitive in their investigation."They were reluctant to register our complaint (that she was missing) when we approached them the first time. Then the police asked us to be content with the fact she was at least found alive," the father of the girl said."On Thursday night, a policeman came and asked me to come out. He told me nothing will happen by involving the media and public. He told me that you should take care of the child and be with her. Public would not help you and he also handed me Rs 2,000 and left. He said I should cover my pocket expenses from this money," the grieved father alleged.Girl protester slapped, ACP suspendedAssistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) B S Ahlawat on Friday slapped a girl protester at least four times inside Swami Dayanand Hospital where she and others were protesting against the brutal rape of the five-year-old.When the shameless system felt a bit ashamed, Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar suspended the top cop with immediate effect.Kumar termed the slapping incident as "unfortunate". He said, "Let me assure this incident is an aberration. Delhi Police is not known for such high-handedness and we have now taken a prompt and strict action of suspending the ACP."The Delhi government will now hold an inquiry into the issue.Ironically, the Home Minister of the country has not come up with a statement as yet.
- 3 of 8A day earlier, a six-year-old girl was strangled to death after being sexually abused at Nagla Kalar area in Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh. Shockingly, her body was left to rot on a garbage pile.The incident triggered a protest in the area. Inefficient in handling the mob, the police brutally lathicharged women protesters. The video footage of the police crackdown shows officers thrashing and hitting women, including the mother and father of the victim, with lathis and dragging them away.What was even more shocking was the police reaction in the aftermath of the incident. The police seemed to be justifying the brutal crackdown.Aligarh Division DIG Prakash D said, "The dead body of a six-year-old girl was recovered. We went there for investigation and postmortem of the body. The locals were agitating there. They tried to attack the police team without any provocation. We had to use little force against them."After a series of such incidents, we are not surprised, outrageous or even embarrassed. Rather, we seem to be numb, helpless, silent and hopeless. Perhaps, our all efforts and protests went in vain.
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A total of 706 rape cases were reported in the national capital in 2012. Around 393 cases of rape were registered from January 1 to March 31.
As compared to the last year, Delhi has witnessed an increase of 160 percent in the cases of sexual assault.
On an average, four rape cases are being recorded everyday this year. A total of eight cases of sexual abuse were recorded from April 1 to till date in Delhi and National Capital Region (NCR).
- 5 of 8Just a day before the brutal rape of the five-year-old girl came to light in Delhi, a Nepali woman in her early 20s was allegedly gang-raped and dumped on a flyover in the national capital.The woman was found in half-naked and semi-conscious condition near Nanakpura flyover in south Delhi around 7.30 a.m. Thursday.A day before this incident, a minor girl was gang-raped in a moving car and thrown on the road. The incident hit headline in the morning but found no place in the evening bullitein.A rape victim, who had gone to a police station in Bulandshahr in Uttar Pradesh to ger her complaint registered, was detained and kept in lock-up. The sisters were thrown in a well after being sexually assualted in Bhandara in Maharashtra.After the Delhi gang-rape case, we were at least agitated and ashamed. Now, we lost even that shame and anger.
- 6 of 8New anti-rape law has been implemented on the recommendations of Justice Verma committee, which was formed after the Delhi gang-rape. The new law has described sexual assualt as a henious crime and has provisions of death sentence for those who are found guilty.But the latest incident shows that people are not even afraid of this 'stringent' law. In this situation, it seems that there is neighter any hope of a change in the society nor any option. What should we do in this condition? Should we get down on road, raise slogans, face lathicharge and go back to home with a hope of reform in the society?Why do police officers hesitate in registering an FIR on rape complaints? Why do they try to hushup the matter and offer bribe to keep mum? Why is there such a high-handedness in the police that an additional commissioner-rank officer slaps a girl in full public view?Is it not the height of insensivity that instead of taking cognizance of the brutal incident, the chairperson of the National Commission for Women (NCW) says that she will take action after the Ramnavmi holiday?
- 7 of 8The question arises here is in which society we are living. Have we lost all moral values in this materialist society?The Prime Minister says he is "deeply disturbed" over the rape of the child. He asked the society "to work to root out the evil of rape and other such crimes".He also voiced anger over the police treatment of some women who demonstrated against the incident, saying it was "completely unacceptable".But there is a great difference in the government's statements and actions.
- 8 of 8This time again, an innocent, who even does not know much about this brutal world, is battling for her life. Let's come forward and pray for the girl.