Skip to main content

"With the death of innocent children, died humanity" It's time we rise










Asifa, an eight year old was abducted, gang-raped and brutally murdered in Kathua. Along with her, died humanity which we are devoid of; if nowadays societies consist of those who prey so heinously on little children then stands to reason that there's something horrid within our souls. The Unnao rape case, another incident which refers to the rape of a 17 year old girl, as well as another very recent case concerning a two day old baby girl being flushed down the toilet both help paint the never-melting portrait of crime in our country.

Another tale tells of two men having dug up the dead body of a lady who was buried there two days back. Why did they do this, you ask? Well, they did so to rape her. In Assam, a rape victim was found with 86 wounds on her body. Goes to show how diverse our country truly is, so much so that every form of crime is dangerously diverse.

As you must have seen, that as of now I have just been mentioning facts. Because as soon as the perpetrators are named, religion and politics gets involved and the real issue of rape, injustice, and bringing about change gets sidelined.

Let me make a pertinent point at this juncture, rape is rape; injustice with an innocent life is unfairness and a crime like any other. When politics or religion is dragged into it, its severity is not lost.
When a rape occurs, not only is the victim raped but so is the entire human race. The whole of humankind loses a part of it's soul with the woman/man who has fallen prey. Our very essence of humanity is crushed and subdued when such horrific crimes occur. According to a survey, every hour 39 women are raped. So now is the time to make this our issue; to rise and curb these incidents of inhuman acts. If we keep dili-dallying, these monsters will keep hurting people close to us or someone we may know, and all we'll be able to do is sit and watch it happen.

All the rape victims deserve justice; the ones who have wronged them deserve punishment. But the supreme justice will reign the day our country becomes rape free. We need to feel their pain. We need to realize the need to revive humanity. Let candle light marches, posting of pictures and write-ups not be the only path of our struggle to fight for justice, let us battle all the way to achieve the objective of a country devoid of any malice; a country clean of rape. We can keep on getting famous personalities to speak on issues and spread awareness, but only calling people to come and listen, eat and then sending them off with some fancy, wise words doesn't do it. You have to put the food, plates and spoons on the table as well. You have to show the fruits of what you just heard, or else it is no internalization. Just like you prove how much you've learnt during your semester in the end term exams.

A short poem which I wrote on the current issue and the need for us to resume to our very essence of humanity:

Today I rise
In the name of my power
The power of being a human
The honor of being an existence
Transfixed vision
Is now met with unflinching gaze
Bare hands now wash the blood,
Sealed mouths now vipe the silence,
Dormant swords now advance for war,
Raging a battle to reborn humanity.

A simple way to stop rape culture is to model good relationship behavior. We need to rise above petty issues and be an example, this is bigger than us. Raise good men and strong women. Please, the world needs them now, more than ever.

By: Shivalika Singh
Co-written by:- Aritro Ghosh

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

What Daniel Fernandes's Shadows Is All About

Shadows: A Revelatory Special

I walked into Terna Auditorium on Sunday Night expecting a special set by a comedian I had seen perform live on a previous occasion and had seen videos of on YouTube. Daniel Fernandes went above and beyond that. At the outset he cautions the audience, that his self admittedly social commentary centred style of humour that has gained an instant association with him would not be a feature tonight.
His piece is a reflective one, touching upon self-doubt, his journey of self-discovery, his moment of truth and his foray into comedy. He discusses at length the various paradigms and notions of success that pervade society without sounding preachy. And how while non-conformity can be a lonely place, it isn’t the worst.
Fernandes’ takes on the mantle of a voice in our head and says everything that naturally occurs to us but social conditioning prevents us from expressing vocally.   Through an anecdotal and a canonical sense of humour, he narrates his evolving len…

Paanchphoron 4

Paanchphoron 4Organised by : Urotaar UROTAAR, are a socio-cultural organization, working on socio-cultural upliftment, awareness & motivational activities through Street Theatre, Short film, Workshops, Exhibitions, Cultural Events etc in various Locations of India.
Till date we have achieved More Than, 360 Street Theatre Performances across India 2 Short Films 21 Cultural Events comprising various Art Forms 8 Exhibitions of Paintings & Sketches Motivational Theatre Workshops for many Organizations Art & Culture related promotions
Besides all, for the last 3 years (2014-2016) & this year our Annual Live Art Festival 'PAANCH PHORON' has been one of its kind. It’s a combined presentation of Street Theatre, Folk Dance, Folk Music, Live Sketching & Live Handicraft Making from different parts of West Bengal. It is one such festival which promotes the talents of our State, highlighting the Making of various Visual Arts, and till date we have never disappointed our audienc…

"We create music, we do it with the purpose of enlightening people’s lives." An enlightening conversation with the band Alo

ALO- The Band
IT IS NECESSARY THAT PEOPLE ARE MUSICALLY EDUCATED TO ENJOY IT, IN ALL ITS FLAVOURS. –ALO-The Band talks about their journey right from its inception till today.
Alo is a six member band rooted in urban Kolkata comprising Syamantak Sengupta(lead vocalist), Sarthak Paul(drummer), Aritrya Sadhu(keyboardist), Ranadeep Sen( bassist), Arko Roy(guitarist) and Eric D’cruz (guitarist) aspiring to educated the humongous musically so as to bring a change in their tastes.
Interviewer – Who is the founding member of the team? Is this your core team?
Syamantak- Sarthak(the drummer), and I are the ones who founded the band, and no this is not the core team. We became so, eventually with time as we got hold of the other talented musicians to add up to us.
Interviewer- Why according to you is the name “Alo” suitable for your band?
Syamantak- Alo, means “light” in Bengali and when we create music, we do it with the purpose of enlightening people’s lives, because light is like a ray of hope …