I never understand this line!! And I guess, I probably never will!!
We are slowly realizing that justice is not something every Indian citizen deserves. Justice needs to be claimed, whatever (legal) way possible. Shout from the roof-tops, get into the print media, gather news channel's attention, prepare petitions, get into the eyes & ears of the home minister (centre and state), tweet about it, Facebook it and
request plead for likes and shares. Do everything and more. And it's all for something our constitution has given us - right to justice. It's shocking that every party that has come to power had evaded this topic.
Case in point: Aarushi Talwar, Jessica Lal, Priyandarshini Mattoo and the most recent Keenan Santos - Reuben Fernandes?? They are all victims of certain sections of society (politics & power are also part of the society). Their families / closed ones fought for justice. Had there been a preventive mechanism, all of them would have been alive, healthy and more importantly, proud of our society!!
Justice for Keenan and Reuben is trending on Twitter and the petition is being shared on Facebook. Here is the link and I request everyone to atleast sign the petition and be a part of this movement. Please click here to sign the petition. The petition is not to bring the culprits to justice. That will surely happen. The petition is for a bigger cause.
Look at the bigger picture. We need to understand that this is just one of the many cases that happen in our country. Millions of such cases go unnoticed, few hundreds of them gets local media coverage - result is just sympathy and nothing more. Only a hand-full of them (with complete support from social media / news channels) get noticed. We need to make this count - not only for the families / friends of the deceased, but for the overall betterment of our country!! If the people in power cannot provide us with proper support and security, we need to take matter in our own hands - albeit legally. The millions who lost out on the fight for justice just because they had no access to social media / powerful contacts / public support should also be provided justice!!
As far as justice for Keenan & Reuben are concerned, the culprits (some of whom have been arrested) should be punished severely - no doubt about it. But that's just the short term objective. The long term issue is that of eve-teasing. How do we tackle it? Honestly, I don't know!! Girls are taught to ignore it and move on. Guys, encouraged by their friends, feel it's cool and since the girls are ignoring it, it's harmless too!! We have sections (354 & 509) but is anyone aware of it? Nopes!! Which means we just don't know how to implement it.
I am not blaming the government (centre or state) - as it is the norm now-a-days, the police, the judicial system. I am blaming each and every one of us. Because we are responsible for this mess. Through this cause, we need to correct it. Bring the perpetrators to justice, set an example for millions of guys who think eve-teasing is cool, show the government / media that we, the citizens of India, can stand united - despite our religion / language / caste. And when we do stand united, things "happen"!!
I wish I can tell this lady to open her eyes and look at this world!! Blind-folded justice?? C'mon who are we kidding here??
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