Let me begin by asking you a simple question, Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Now answer this, Where do you see your country in 5 years? Does these questions make you think in two different routes? Do you think your personal ambitions and growth in the coming years is more attractive than that of your country? And are you actually fine with it?
Recent events from my country – India:
As most of you are probably aware, I am a citizen of India and have been living in the US for the past 7 years. When we get together with friends, I sometimes like to portray my country as a technologically advanced nation which is on its way to a bright future with amazing talent and will soon be on par with any other developed nation in the world.
But it is sad that some events that happen in our country actually make us bow down our heads with embarrassment and disgust. The old saying is actually true – ‘One bad apple can spoil the whole bunch‘. Due to some miscreants back there, who haven’t had a decent upbringing, who have resorted to heinous crimes, we are all facing such a major setback to the entire country.
1. 16 Dec 2012 – Delhi Gang Rape – Read more
Now who doesn’t know about this most unfortunate incident that happened late last year, and made us all feel so angry and enraged about it, and yet remain helpless. It simply shows that these men are some wackos who have got to be put in an institution of some sort. How can anyone be so cruel and yet remain a human being (or are they?)
The poor girl who was the victim of endless assault, actually passed away while being treated in Singapore, God rest her soul in peace, and I am actually happy that she died instead of having to face our cruel society which has a deaf ear for such misdeeds.
The incident lead to several protests from people, demanding proper justice for the victim, and corrective punishment for all those involved. The protests went on, the culprits were caught, and they are being tried in our law courts.
2. 15 April 2013 – 5 Year Old Raped in Delhi
This is just un-believable!!!!! After all the hoopla about the above incident, several protests and anger shown by people against such harassments, here comes another shocker.
The girl is just 5 years old, and I just cannot comprehend what she might have gone through those 40hrs locked up and abused repeatedly. What is wrong with these people? They are not sane enought to live among us for sure. Is there a punishment worth this crime, I really do not think so. I cannot think of a punishment which will bring this person to justice or even make him suffer the way the victim did.
So another protest? Another arrest? Another case in court? What next? Is this what we as Indians like to portray about our country and culture to everyone else?
The 5 year old girl is reported to be undergoing treatment at AIIMS and is recovering (from what??) – Read More. Are you kidding me? This whole incident will leave such a mark which is sure to haunt her entire life.
These might actually be two of the several such assaults on women and girls that have actually been reported. How about those that go un-noticed and hidden off by use of “power” and “influence”?
3. 20th April 2013 – 10 year old girl raped by HeadMaster – Read More
How unfortunate it can be if parents are second-guessing whether or not to send their kids to school because the teachers themselves are sexually abusing the children in the god-forsaken place!!! I cannot fathom the fact that a learned and educated person who is actually eligible to be heading a school can get to this level as this person did.
So what does this say about our education programs and our country boasting of the best known schools with international standards? Will anyone ever send their kids to study in one of our schools with such bad reputation? What about the teaching community and how this has affected them in general?
The first incident on a public commute system, the second one right next door neighbour, and the third one at a school. Where is it safe for our kids then? It is with great difficulty that I have restrained using any ‘swear’ words at these culprits, just to keep my article clean. Does our legal institution allow for capital punishment or death sentence for such crime? But on second thoughts, is that the ultimate punishment for them? If it was me, I would have made them suffer for their entire life and they would have rather hoped to die than suffer.
4. Back in October 2012 in the US – Saanvi (Read More)
Well, one should not assume that we Indians are bad-asses only in our country. There are some of them who actually come here to live the American dream, but end up showing their true colors. This was sensational news late last year, when the Indian born immigrant killed and abducted a baby for a ransom of a mere $50000!!!!!.
Just a mere 10 month old Saanvi was abducted and later killed and stashed in a sauna by this heartless criminal. In the melee of kidnapping, he also ended up killing the baby’s grandmother who stood in the way. Of course, he was stupid enough to get caught and is behind bars now, but what about the family he left behind in grief ?
I sometimes wonder what goes on in these people’s minds when they even plan such an act, because I feel if you have 1% humanity in yourself, you wouldn’t even be able to come up with such thoughts. I feel very bad for these helpless victims who have fallen prey to such predators who have taken their lives for granted.
Over To You
Are you an Indian, and if so, what do you feel about these recent crimes by our citizens all around the world? What more can we do about it except maybe talk about it and condemn such acts? Is there anything that we can do which will make another person not even think of repeating such crimes?
I also want to make it clear that there are several people in India who have given their lives to bring about peace and advancement to our nation, and we should not judge the entire population by looking at a minor few like the ones who performed such horrendous criminal acts. Our nation is growing at an exponential rate, with IT industries contributing a major part to our economy. But somewhere in our path to progress comes along an act of immense distress which pulls us back a couple of steps.
I would love to hear from you of your thoughts on the same, share your line of thinking to make life better and bring peace to this world. Thanks for reading.