Nirbhaya has been delivered justice as
the four men are sentenced. Neither do I want to debate the ethics of capital
punishment nor human rights as much as the time frame in delivering the
sentence versus the mass national reaction. Especially to those ranting ‘closure’.
What is that which has closed. The
case? The family’s pain? or The menace called rape?
The case will drag the
appeals route, the family can never overcome her memories and, most
importantly, expecting all sick minds in India to having learnt their lesson with
one case is wishful thinking. It is a landmark judgement with regards the time within
which the guilty were sentenced. I beg to disagree with all those who claim
this to be a landmark case. No rape is less gruesome than the other.
And that raises the ugly question of
how many times the young girl was tortured by the public in the last nine
months. Every time the details of brutality were described and explained she
was being maimed yet another time. And so her friend, who is alive to receive
the wounds afresh over and over again. If at all anyone has received a
‘closure’, it’s the people who discussed and debated and rallied for the accused
to be punished.
Closure will come when each such case
is dealt with in such earnestness. When all the cases languishing in the courts
and in police files are served justice, suggesting there will be no more such
cases. Can we hope the latter point is no wishful thinking?
The laws need more stringency. Such
fast-track measures cannot be applied to all cases that erupt in the nooksand corners of the country. And, most
importantly, morality and consciousness of each individual should rise. Pray at
least these are not wishful thinking!