Fallen grace: No humanity, no mercy

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Fallen grace: No humanity, no mercy

Harshita Himatsingka | June 08, 2019 12:10 hrs

Recently, a two-and-a-half-year-old girl was brutally murdered by two full-grown men in a town in Uttar Pradesh. Her body was found in a dumping ground near her house in a mutilated condition. The incident occurred when the toddler’s parents could not repay a loan of Rs 10,000. 

Following the incident, the first question that people asked was if the victim was also subject to an additional inhumane act. Was she raped in addition to being murdered? 

If that’s the first question we ask, then it’s imperative to understand where we are heading as cognizant human beings or as a society in general. 

Are we cognizant? Or do we just not care anymore? Is human life so frugal? 

If you are 2, 12, 20, 52, 82 or 102, it doesn’t matter. If you are a girl/woman, you are always unsafe. Sadly, that is just a given now. Unsafe from the moment you’re born, or maybe not even then, because who knows if you’ll even be allowed into the world.

Don’t paint me as a feminazi just yet. Do you know how rampant sexual assault and rape have to be in a society for a collective group of people to even have that thought occur, that a child can be raped? A very large group of people, since we continue to grow in numbers every day, and maybe, just maybe, that’s part of the problem too. 

I can include multiple statistical data that proves my point, but I’m sure that would end up being skimmed, and not read, because no one likes big numbers unless it’s in their bank accounts. 

I had once read a piece of writing. At the end of her article, the author wrote, “Every 36 minutes, India records a case of sexual assault or rape, it took me 40 minutes to write this. Are you okay?” 

Oh, and FYI, the statistics for this have gone downhill. 

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