This is my effort to give voice to my reflections. Having abandoned the idea of writing a blog, on several occasions, this is my perhaps a seriously serious attempt while welcoming 2013. I hope my musings here resonate with you.
At the outset, let me all wish you a very joyous twenty thirteen.
Those of you who know my evangelical zeal for appreciative inquiry will identify why my blog is called celebrate the right. However to chose the same as a title of this posting may appear paradoxical; particularly today, when urban India is grappling with sadness brought about by the demise of the most widely reported and covered rape victim that incited millions across the country to voice in unison.
What's there to celebrate? A lot. The black bindi (the dot) to begin with... perhaps for the first time in several decades, a symbol created by people has united the so called -- urban irresponsible youth, the couch potatoes, and away-from-ground-realty citizens into taking up a just cause very responsibly. They have demonstrated ability to create a level playing field between leaders and followers.
They have taken up a cause that impacts tens of women every day and ruins thousands of spirits every year. The sheer energy of protest pushing 'the powers that be' towards the righteous path is worth celebrating. The fact that comatose political and administrative powers have been stirred is worth celebrating.
The earnest effort of media to debate various aspects connected with the issue - encompassing collective social psyche, punitive law, efficacy of policing, mindset of power & role-holders, plight of victims and slackness of judicial system is worth celebrating.
My wish is 2013 becomes the watershed year for India in addressing the root-causes and remedial steps in eradicating the heinous acts of eve-teasing, molestation and rape. I hope the momentum achieved over past few days is sustained by us and we do not forget the events leading up to today in the din of new year party music and Indo-pak cricket.
I conclude by adding following three specific wishes:
- The law enforcing agencies could lay ambush (aided with video cameras and voice recorders for evidence) to trap the perpetrators, proactively. Volunteers of social organisations must come forward in support of this and offer their resources.
- The VIP security and forces deployed for the same could be drastically reduced and diverted for the safety & security of common folk.
- The speedy justice can be achieved through court-room interrogation being carried out by eminent citizens panel (say comprising of lawyers/ university law professors etc) and the same could be video recorded and presented to the judges. The judges may of course carry out additional interrogation/ examination. This will save time of judiciary and hasten awarding sentence to the culprits.