09 March, 2021

Rape Doesn’t Have A Colour

Kathua was a barbaric crime. Don’t drag politics into it.

Rape Doesn’t Have A Colour

The rape and murder of eight-year-old Asifa in Kathua is one of the most macabre, gruesome crimes in a long list of atrocities against women in India. Such incidents have become a daily nightmare, and some reactions make us wonder if we are descending into an archaic tribalism.

It is shocking that some found a chance to play politics and inject religion into this crime that stirred the nation’s psyche. The PM was right when he said the incident had shamed the whole country. After Modi proclaimed that none would be spared, two BJP ministers in the J&K government (both recent Congress defectors), who’d defended the accused, lost their jobs.

The rape of a young girl in Unnao, UP, allegedly by a BJP MLA, and the murder of the girl’s father in police custody, hit the headlines simultaneously. It seemed that only criminals could make it big in life, and that such success was merely licence to further their profession. The BJP again took tough measures: the accused was expelled from the party and is now in CBI custody. The PM spoke out at the earliest...

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