She stared into his eyes, her face smudged with dried tears. Her blue eyes were filled with pain, with hatred, with ANGER. The agonising pain made her scream, but no voice came out of her already strained throat. She closed her eyes for the last time in her life and pleaded to God to punish all the sinners……
Rape. What does this 4-letter word mean to you? Is it just a word? The amount of pain which a girl suffers during this atrocious act is just too much to imagine. The people, who have the guts to even think about doing this to a girl, are the most barbaric people in this world. We can’t feel what the victim feels, we can’t ever know what she goes through, but one thing we can do is to PUNISH THE WRONGDOERS. By punishing, I mean, making them suffer. If they are only tried, and then killed (by hanging), it would be equivalent to liberating them. A quick death is not what such people need. If they TORTURED the girl, then they should at least be made to suffer till they die. But even punishing them will not suffice for their brutal acts; bathing in the Holy Ganges would not wash away their sins. But NOT punishing them for what they have done, will add a huge sin in our karma list. And anyways, overlooking a crime, is just plain WRONG!
I have heard this comment a lot when ignorant people talk about rape-“That girl must have worn exposing clothes. Why else would he be tempted to touch her?” This seriously makes me want to yell at them! First of all, rape does not mean just touching a person. It means that the person is SEXUALLY HARASSING the girl. Secondly, rape does not depend on what the girl wears. A person, who wants to rape her, will do it, even if she is covered from head to toe! More importantly, if a girl is wearing these so-called ‘exposing’ clothes, the man should learn to respect her choices and keep himself from being ‘tempted’.
Something we should always try to do, if we know a rape victim, is to empathize with her as much as we can. By that, I don’t mean sympathize, I mean EMPATHIZE. Also, we should try to give her all our support. That girl goes through a lot, and mental trauma is just one of the consequences. I would like to end this post by writing down two lines from a poem I wrote, which I hope will force you to think about rape in a different manner.
“What about the girl who lost all her dignity?
That can be given back, but what about her virginity?