How Many More Lives Will It Take Before There Is Justice? #JusticeForJisha

Posted: May 15, 2016

Once again there has been a horrific rape and murder incident that has rocked social media. When will there be justice and when will it all stop?

Jisha, a young girl was brutally raped and murdered inside her home in Kerala.

I wonder what the politicians will now say to justify this incident. She was not roaming alone in a secluded area and she was not out till late in the night. She was sitting quietly inside her house and going about her life.




Maybe she was dressed ‘provocatively’ inside her house which incited these men to break into her home and commit this heinous crime? The point is that there is absolutely no justification for such crimes!

What scares me is that these criminals are obviously depraved individuals who should not be allowed to roam free in the society, and when they are allowed to get away with crimes of such grievous proportion it only encourages them.

I personally believe that when one of Nirbhaya’s torturer was given freedom, it put a lot of girls in danger. It basically gave strength to the belief that no matter what crime you have committed, even if it is murder, you can get away with it if you are juvenile. Because after all ‘boys will be boys’.

I do wonder sometimes on the motivation behind such acts. What kind of rage and anger simmer inside these men to push them to inflict injuries on a young innocent person. Someone who in all probability have never met them, and even if she has, never done anything to invite such wrath upon herself.

Jisha was a law student and the only daughter of a single mom. Their lives must have had their own ups and downs, little joys and challenges. Nothing could have prepared them for this terrible incident headed their way. What’s more frustrating is that the media did not deem this incident important enough to be reported for atleast 3 weeks as they were busy reporting the elections. Only after social media started flashing this incident did they pick it up.

To be fair to media, there are thousands of such incidents happening across our country. It is impossible to cover all of them. But why should a case matter only if media is reporting it? The law should be equal for all, whether or not the incident is getting air time.

I hope for an ideal world, a world where a girl can go out at anytime of day or night without worrying about her personal safety, without looking over her shoulder, without being scared of monsters that seem to be lurking in every corner. Maybe this dream of mine will never be realised. There will never be an ideal world. But we can surely have a world, where justice is meted out, where if a wrong was done, the wrongdoer is caught, where punishment acts as a deterrent and stops someone from committing crimes against innocents.

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