Last year when we were in Brazil for our MBA classes, my classmate read the news about a five year old girl’s rape … By a neighbour who pushed a candle up her vagina. The child died and I don’t know what happened to the rapist. Yesterday a colleague of mine told me of a similar story in Haryana.. The rapist in this case is out on bail and was this little girl’s uncle. There is a home full of little girls in an orphanage run by the Sisters of charity (Mother Teresa’s organization) who have all suffered physical abuse … And then two days back we hear of a 6 year old being raped inside a school in Bangalore. Is this the world we are bringing our children into ? I am deeply distressed, just unable to let go of the image of some little girl who is being abused …. It’s barbaric. These molesters and pedophiles who prey on little children do not deserve to be treated as human beings, because if they were human, they could not have molested innocent children.
These children are scarred for life. Their sense of right and wrong broken and misplaced. It is difficult to let go of deep trauma as an adult, but for something like abuse to happen as a child just starts out in life is cheating the child out of a normal life. India also doesn’t have good psychiatric support for these children and with all the stigma associated with these incidents, parents and other folks try and hush everything up. And in some cases, the family tries to make a living by peddling the gory story and the worst perpetrators are the fathers and uncles and cousins :(:(:(:(
These are not stories happening in India only …remember the news item on that Polish guy who had raped his daughter over 15 years getting her pregnant several times and keeping her under lock and key ? Rapes, molestation and abuse are universal.
You never know, if your neighbour is a good person or the sleeping cell of a terrorist outfit… You never know, if the swimming coach is a decent man or is molesting your little girl.. You never know if that superstar performer on your team is actually an abusive husband… You never know if the shy colleague is a pedophile … You never know, if you are shaking hands with a rapist, murderer or a pedophile :(. That’s the unnerving part of our society today. Trust levels are at an all time low. A passenger aircraft gets shot at and innocent lives are lost just because “someone” thought it was a military aircraft !! Another flight disappears ??? Unbelievable. In this day and age where google is able to zoom in on this post as I am writing it, a regular airplane goes missing.
I think the phrase “you never know” frames the 2000’s… So you never know, when women will retaliate and brutes will be made to run for cover, you never know when pedophiles will be publicly stoned… You never know when, rapists will be tattooed and paraded naked before being castrated… You never know when, tolerance for terrorism will be lost and the cowards will be ambushed !! Well, you never know… Right ?
Just sad, very sad right now thinking of the next little girl or little boy who is being abused by a monster as I write this and another one as you read this… We live in a sick world, that needs cleansing.