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Why do criminals in India believe they will get away with their brutal crimes against women? Simply because there is precedent for it!
Well-known perfumer Monika Ghurde was found murdered last week at her Goa residence where she was living alone. The alleged murderer Rajkumar Singh, who worked as former security guard at her building revealed chilling details of the gruesome rape and murder.
Trigger warning: This post contains explicit descriptions of rape and other crime against women that could be disturbing for some readers.
Rajkumar entered the flat forcibly and held Monica at knife point. He overpowered her and covered her mouth with his hand and took her inside the bathroom. He then tied her to the bed, binding both her hands and legs. He also demanded money from her.
“She told Singh to take whatever money was there in her purse. He found Rs 4,000, which Singh told her was not enough for him,” said Goa DIG Vimal Gupta. Monika even asked him to take her ATM card and gave him the PIN. But he refused to spare her. He showed her 3 pornographic videos before sexually assaulting her and smothering her with a pillow.
In July this year, Rajkumar was fired from his job as a watchman of the building where Monika lived, based on complaints from residents, including Monica. His employer had refused to pay him two months’ salary totaling Rs 20,000. He planned to take revenge.
Allegedly, Rajkumar had gone to the terrace of Monika’s building and hid there for three days and two nights monitoring Monika’s movements. He was so cold-blooded that he even boiled eggs and had snacks while Monika was lying unconscious in the house!
What makes these men plan such brutal attacks on women?
The fact that they get away with it! The murder of Monika Ghurde reminds me of the murder of lawyer Pallavi Purkayastha in Mumbai whose killer recently escaped from parole. Despite stabbing Pallavi 16 times, the judge (who was a woman) felt that this was not a case of “extreme cruelty”.
Monika’s murderer had absolutely no fear. He was caught in Bangalore when he posted a picture of himself on Facebook. The police was remarkably efficient in cracking the case and nabbing the suspect. I just hope that the judiciary does not fail us, yet again.
What stops our legal system from awarding capital punishment to these beasts? Why do we have so much tolerance for crime against women?
For all the people who advocate the rights of these criminals, what kind of awakening are they waiting for? Can they imagine what it must be like to be killed so brutally? Or how torturous life must be for the surviving members of these women’s families? If they empathise so much with these criminals, why don’t they keep in their own homes? We will see if they still care about their ideologies on human rights and rehabilitation or just run for their lives.
Why are these delinquents unleashed, and given another opportunity to commit further crimes? I believe that they do not deserve to live, not in jail, nor in a remand home. It does not matter how old they are or whether they are first time offenders.
I believe that the death penalty is not at all harsh for the crimes that they have committed. They should be killed in the same manner in which they took away the lives of these women, so that nobody would ever dare to even think of hurting a woman.
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My house-help asked excitedly, “I am going for wedding. Can you let me wear your red & black saree? To be honest I was stumped for a moment; I didn’t know what to say but I still said yes.
I lent a gorgeous saree to my house-help for a wedding in her family. Soon I stated getting questions if I would wear that saree again or if I was okay to be seen wearing the same saree my house-help was wearing?
We are all so conditioned to give our used clothes to our house-helps but are we okay to wear the clothes they were wearing?
A few days ago she came excitedly to me, “I am going for a family wedding. I want to wear your red & black saree, Ill wash and give it to you after the function. Please can you let me wear it?”
Beauty is a very clever, very evil capitalist tool. It traps those who have it into hanging on to it for dear life and those who don't into mutilating, torturing themselves to achieve the unachievable.
I recently wrote a piece about MP Shashi Tharoor’s tweet in which he had shared a pic with six women parliamentarians tagging them and saying “Who says the Lok Sabha isn’t an attractive place to work?”
There was a rash of comments on the post shared on Instagram, which ranged from “chill, it’s just a compliment” and “stop overthinking compliments”, to (worried) men lamenting about “these feminazi”.
Here’s my answer to all those comments.
Confident women in India are not welcome. Sometimes, when they ask uncomfortable questions, the hurt male ego even results in murder, as the case of Monica Ghurde shows.
Confident women in India are not welcome. Sometimes, when they ask uncomfortable questions, the hurt male ego even results in murder, as the case of Monika Ghurde shows.
In the past few days, the murder of 39 year old celebrity perfumer Monika Ghurde has been in the news. The accused, a young man, committed the heinous crime as he nursed grudges against Monica for filing a complaint against him. While there were more than 20 complaints against the security guard, Monika’s complaint filled the 21 year old man with such angst that he decided to take revenge. The brutal torture of nine hours which she went through before death is very disturbing.
Just a month back, it was in the news as to how the man who murdered Pallavi Purkayastha had escaped from parole. To refresh your memory, Pallavi was a young, successful 25 year old lawyer living in Mumbai. Pallavi had scolded the security guard after she noticed his lewd gestures towards her. Back in 1990, a 14 year old girl was murdered and raped in Calcutta after she refused to give in to his obscene comments at her. He crept into her flat, raped and murdered her.
The fact that Johnny Dada murdered three people, including a woman he 'loved', is tragic, but not surprising. After all, cinema has long glorified and normalized such violence in society, intentionally or unintentionally.
The fact that Johnny Dada murdered three people, including a woman he ‘loved’, is tragic, but not surprising. After all, cinema has long glorified and normalized such violence in society, intentionally or unintentionally.
Movie magic, they call it. Cinema, with its powerful visuals, evocative background music, and ability to pull viewers into an embrace, can influence how things play out in real life –for better or worse. If Taare Zameen Par sensitized individuals and organizations to the struggles of children with learning disabilities and caused them to take policy decisions, a lovers’ joint suicide in Ek Duje Ke Liye, prompted many couples to do the same, with one case as recent as 2009.
The recent murders committed by Ashwani Kashyap, aka ‘Johnny Dada’ have once again prompted people to bring up the need for movies to be more socially responsible.