We failed as a society – not the first time
We are ashamed of ourselves – damn right, we should be
We will never forget – until the next time it happens again
And we fail, we feel ashamed and we forget
How about we try something different? How about we really show our elected govts how concerned we are and how desperate we are to address these concerns?
How about we stage a #NationalWalkout on April 23rd, Monday @ 10:00am?
What is a #NationalWalkout?
Simple answer is no matter where we are, who we are and what we are, we can just decide to walk as an individual or as a group, leaving aside whatever work we may be doing at that point in time
Walk to where?
If we are in the city, closer to the parliament or the state assembly hall, walk to that place
If we are not, we can walk to the nearest court or the nearest district headquarters or the nearest police station or nearest any office dealing with public welfare.
Why a NationalWalkout?
This is a problem concerning not just a village or a town or a city or a state or a child or an adult but a problem concerning an entire country and the entire humanity, because what we are witnessing is a rape of our consciousness.
Why April 23rd, Monday at 10:00am?
Its the following Monday giving us a weeks time to prepare and organize.10:00am because its the time when its not too early and not too late, but just about the right time to cause inconvenience to us and to send the message to our elected govts
What do we demand?
- No more victimization of the victims and the guilty should be punished
- Nirbhaya Law should be implemented in spirit
What after the Walkout?
We can chose to continue the fight and keep the pressure on the elected govt and may be even the rest of the political parties. Let this be the beginning of the end of our inaction and indifference.
What kind of preparation is required?
Prepare placards, banners, invite ministers, press, media, organize events around these themes and basically try and do everything to rally people and create pressure.
One week may be a bit aggressive for a #NationalWalkout, but may be it isn’t after all – it may be a bit late.
Would it be worth it?
Remember the last time this happened, the result was the Nirbhaya act. Yes its another issue that the act itself is yet to be implemented, but without the public pressure, the law makers would not have done what they were forced to do. So yeah its totally worth trying, but one thing is for sure, if we don’t do anything other trending on twitter or sharing on facebook, we are just fooling ourselves.
If this still doesn’t convince you, I will let the data do the talking
520 kids all below 6 years of age were survivors of rape i.e. Five Hundred and Twenty. I repeat Five Hundred and Twenty. And if we include all the kids below 18 years, this number rises to 16863 i.e. Sixteen thousand eight hundred and sixty three.
- 16863 children will carry these scars for the rest of their lives
- 16863 children may never get justice and may never get a closure
- 16863 children may never get a chance to heal their wounds
- 16863 children and their loved one’s may forever try to move on, only to dragged into with every single incident that makes it to the news headline
- 16863 children may never know what a normal childhood feels like, what growing up feels like
- 16863 children may be living in constant fear for the rest of their lives
22,205 women i.e. Twenty two thousand two hundred and five women. As these horrific numbers prove, rape crimes are beyond any age groups, beyond any cultural divides, beyond the norms of society – yes beyond the norms of society, since
94.6% of the offenders are known to the rape survivors i.e. Ninety Four percent of the offenders are known to the rape survivors. Some of the offenders are family members who include grand fathers, fathers, brothers, sons, relatives and neighbors. Not implying everyone is an offender here, but what the data is proving, yet again, year after year, that the offenders are amongst us. They could be from our family, from our neighborhood, not some random person on the street and not some random person in a desolated place.
So what is the police doing? Well, what can the police do? What can the police do when most of the cases don’t even get reported and even when they are reported, there are so many backlogs, the police can’t possibly afford to investigate the cases.
And what about the courts? Well, its no secret, the courts have been buried with cases pending from several years, in fact, several decades now.