Delhi Gang Rape: Harvesting Public Outrage!

The spontaneous protests that erupted after the brutal and tragic gang-rape of a 23 year old woman in a moving bus on the roads of India’s capital on 16 December drew worldwide attention and media coverage. Centre and State governments want to “cash” some of that “publicity” for their own good. In fact, there seems to be some sort of competitive bidding on to out do each other and to corner the rape victim’s and her family’s misfortune to portray themselves as knights in shining armour out to do good. UP government wants to bear educational expenses of both the brothers of rape victim, while Delhi government wishes to give a job to elder one and to find a seat in a Delhi college for the younger, who is still in school. UP chief minister was reportedly at Medawar Kala, the village from where rape victim’s family hails, to attend ‘terahi’ (ritual related to death) on January 12. IBN Live carried his photograph with its story on CM’s visit. CM’s countenance hardly suits the occasion, though eminently suitable for “harvesting sorrows”.
Medawar Kala 12 January 2013 [IBN Live/ The Hindu].
  • The Uttar Pradesh Government will bear all educational expenses of the two brothers of the 23-year-old Delhi gang-rape victim.
  • During the visit, the Chief Minister gave a cheque of Rs 20 lakh to the parents of the girl and assured them all possible help from the State Government.
  • He also asked the district authorities to ensure development of the village which has been selected under the ‘Lohia Samagra Gram Yojna’ this year, the DM said.
  • The Chief Minister had also announced construction of a Primary Health Centre (PHC) in the village.
  • Local MP Neeraj Shekhar said a road would be constructed linking the Ballia-Buxar national highway.
New Delhi 08 January 2013 [India TV News].
  • The Centre is planning to provide an MIG (middle income group) flat to the family of the Dec 16 gangrape victim and has asked the Delhi government to provide an appropriate job one of the brothers of the victim. A newspaper report said, instructions have been issued at the highest level to identify an MIG flat, preferably through the Delhi Development Authority, for the family to move in to.
  • For the younger brother, who is still in school, the effort is to secure a seat in a Delhi college.
New Delhi 31 December 2012 [Indian Express].
  • Keeping in view the extreme exceptional circumstances and barbaric nature of the crime, the Cabinet decided to sanction an amount of 15 lakh to the surviving members of the victim. The decision has been taken by effecting relaxation in rules, a statement issued by Chief Minister’s Office said.  The Cabinet also decided to offer a government job to one member of the family. It also observed a two-minute silence in memory of the victim.
  • The Cabinet also deliberated on the broad contours of the publicity campaign to be launched by the government as part of gender sensitisation programme.
Earlier, the poor woman, who was already staring in the face of death, was shifted to Singapore by air ambulance at “great expense” only to avoid wide scale condemnation and protests that would have engulfed the national capital had she died in Safdarjung Hopsital. When she died in few days of arrival at Mount Elizabeth hospital- Singapore as was expected, a special Air India flight was arranged, again at “great expense”, to bring her back along with her family; and to receive her mortal remains not only Prime Minister Man Mohan Singh, but even all powerful UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi were allegedly present at the airport. In her death, the rape victim received the “rare honour”, which is not accorded now a days to even visiting head of states or head of governments. All this “attention” and “largesse” it seems have started yielding desired dividends to powers that be. 
The rape victim’s family has reportedly given “clean chit” to Delhi police and has taken exception to the inadequate efforts made by the male companion of the rape victim to save her.
  • Contrary to the claims made by the girl’s friend, the family of the 23-year-old Delhi gangrape victim on Thursday said the girl had “never complained of any laxity” on the part of Delhi Police in rushing her to hospital.  “During the treatment, she never complained of any laxity on the part of police in rushing her to hospital… In fact, after the incident, the Delhi police had extended its cooperation,” brother and father of the victim said. [The male friend of the Delhi gangrape victim on January 4 had severely criticised the Delhi Police for its tardy response and bemoaned public apathy after both of them had been badly injured and thrown out of the bus after the girl was gangraped by six men].
  • On a TV channel launching a drive for awarding the male friend of the girl for his bravery, they said that though he showed courage but it was not enough.  “Had he done something more like breaking the window pane of the bus and drawn the attention of the passersby the incident could have been averted,” they said, adding that it was the deceased who had displayed immense courage and bravery and battled with the accused.
The comments of the readers on above Indian Express report show that unlike the family they have not been taken in by the wily moves of the governments. A few those comments are given below.
  • Family comments similar to Asaram Bapu comments By: Vikram Salone | Saturday , 12 Jan ’13 7:27:07 AM Reply | Forward Bapu wanted girl to do more- invoke god, chant mantras, call goons ‘bhaiya’. Now girl family wants boy to have shown more courage, broken the hard glass of window when he was already bleeding, unarmed & unconscious. Will we expect media-outrage for girl’s family now? Remember the boy is also the victim!!
  • Rediculous By: kanika | Friday , 11 Jan ’13 9:53:05 AM Reply | Forward Its a complete nonsense and shame on the family to give in to 15 lakhs and a government job … what motive the frined would have in all this.. he could have easily been out of all this.. what would they had done if he did not indentify the culprits.. Its uter shame and Delhi police thinks we aer stupid to not know whats right or wrong….tell Delhi Police to completely shut up now….
  • ARE THERE DROPS OF TEARS FOR THE DECEASED? By: ANIYAN | Thursday , 10 Jan ’13 17:49:31 PM Reply | Forward THE PARENTS OF THE GIRL NOW TALK OF BUSINESS. THEY DO NOT WANT TO ANNOY DELHI OR CENTRAL GOVT NOW; AS SO MANY ‘GIFTS’ ARE WAITING FOR THEM. THEY OFTEN TALK LIKE HEROES, SUCH AS, “DISCLOSE THE NAME OF OUR DAUGHTER”, “GIVE NAME OF OUR DAUGHTER TO THE NEW LAW”. IT DEFINITELY APPEAR TO ME THAT THEY ARE NOT IN GRIEF AND MOURNING PERIOD. THEY DO NOT SAY THAT WHATEVER YOU DO, THAT WILL NOT BRING OUR DAUGHTER BACK. NEVER HEARD THIS.
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