The devastating Nepal earthquake shook the entire world on the 27th of April 2015. When I look at all the pictures and news posts being constantly and randomly published on the social media, all that comes to me, is to think with awe, that no one could have ever imagined this beautiful nation residing in the cradle of the mighty and magnificent Himalayas would be brought down to such debris.
The killer quakes which haunted for the following 3 days in Nepal and adjoining nations like India and China were felt all over the world. Innocent lost lives & distressed families were just figures now, charting up the score calculator. In hardly no time could I read how the entire world had become one. Relief in the form of army, medicine, food & clothing and millions of dollars were routing to Nepal. Every probable social media site were doing their best to attract consumer contribution that would end up in the Nepal Relief Fund.
As a common citizen of the ‘civilized world’, its amazing and commendable to see how the world united when one of its nations and its people were hit by such a disastrous dream.
Well along the same time, I did also come across some other socially disturbing elements, to run my eyes through.
The merciless kidnapping of 200 young school girls by Boko Haram fighters in Nigeria marking its anniversary by now, and the rage that nobody cared about it enough until then, was amuzing. Political attempts at dialogues and negotiations had been in vain as these young girls were being sold off, killed or converted, randomly like no other commodity.
Brutal and sickening rape cases of young girls who aged somewhere from 3 years and up (ages immaterial) kept knocking the charts like the sensex figures in my country and a saturated piece of information which is now tired of seeking any relief. Be it at the nursery or schools, homes, offices, public places & transports or any other place for that matter, is now a war ground. Ages, decades and years have passed and yet there is more time for implementation of some ‘legal’ rescue operation. All we do is compare such cases around the world and remain satisfied knowing that, at least India does not top the list.
The upsurge of stories of hundreds and thousands of Yazidi women & children who are leading a life of sex slaves forced upon, by the ISIS fanatics is horrific. The ‘some of them’ who managed to escape back to their homeland and were going through the remaining part of their nightmares of acceptance & restoration of their virginity by their families and society, lie in some corner of the media publicity. I at times loose the link trying to understand whether at all, the life saved, was even important or not because all that eventually seem to matter is men, husbands & society accepting them on the certification of their ‘virginity’.
The Indian law makers are still juggling with some pre historic thoughts and ideas, that junks the idea of marital rape in our ‘civilized’ society as a criminal offense. It makes me go numb and lost. “If a women agrees to marry, she probably gives her consent for everything” or rather say, she need not have any consent at all. In the eyes of the our legal system, it is not big a crime that would sentence the offender for more than just 2-7 years of imprisonment and likewise we blame our society for social backwardness on dowry or gender prioritization. On the whole, it makes complete sense now.
And there is so much more that goes unnoticed each and everyday because they may not be so important to us. Women and children all over the world in a bigger or smaller way, whether educated enough or at the least, are treated as just mere properties and with no surprise, such real time stories have been considered as a part of the world we live in.
I wish, at least, at some point we get to live in a place where exploitation, slavery, brutality and ignoring them is also considered as an international disaster where the world could unite to rescue mankind.