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The many shocking incidents that have emerged in recent times, are testimony both to the way rape is used as a tool, and to the apathy of ordinary citizens like us.
The list seems to be unending
This particular picture haunts me.
How a father who died pleading for justice for his wronged daughter, comforted his child who was brutalized beyond belief and finally finds peace in the Lord’s abode.
How can one not be moved by this tragedy? Cocooned as we are in the comforts of our sterilized isolated zones!
Here there is no religion, no faith, except absolute disbelief at the degenerate levels to which a human can fall. The sheer brazenness of it all!
Those innocent eyes of an eight-year-old seem to wonder, ‘how does one go back to serving God, after committing a crime which even a devil would be frightened to be a part of’
As a mother of a young girl, I am shaken.
Sometimes I talk about my churning to the seasoned and wizened. They utter so matter of factly, “Well, these things have been happening since time immemorial! The breathless, restless 24/7 media, report these incidents ad-nausea. They too need some material to fill up air-time!”
Really? Are these heinous crimes just mere incidents, waiting to be reduced, to be read finally on scrolling ticker tapes? Are we all in sleep mode, trying to make sense of our own moribund existence?
Sri Reddy is an aspiring Telugu actress, who has stripped publicly to garner attention to her plight. Casting Couch, the eternal miasma afflicting the movie world! Some of the scathing criticism has surprisingly come from her fellow female-co-stars. Apparently, ‘Support Sisters’ is a diminishing trait. There is no #MeToo happening in Tollywood.
All three shocking incidents have two threads in common where rape has been used as a murderous weapon, for subjugation, for submission and to prove a bloody point. They also have the abject apathy of citizens in common.
Yes, life is tough, but terrible times call for like-minded people coming together.
At least to acknowledge that this isn’t kosher!
Who knows who is next?
Anupama Jain is the author of:
* ’Kings Saviours & Scoundrels -Timeless Tales from Katha Sarita Sagara’, listed as one of the best books of 2022 by @Wordsopedia. Rooted in the traditional storytelling of Indian legends, warriors, read more...
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Rajshri Deshpande, who played the fiery protagonist in Trial by Fire along with Abhay Deol speaks of her journey and her social work.
Rajshri Deshpande as the protagonist in ‘Trial by Fire’, the recent Netflix show has received raving reviews along with the show itself for its sensitive portrayal of the Uphaar Cinema Hall fire tragedy, 1997 and its aftermath.
The limited series is based on the book by the same name written by Neelam and Shekhar Krishnamoorthy, who lost both their children in the tragedy. We got an opportunity to interview Rajshri Deshpande who played Neelam Krishnamoorthy, the woman who has been relentlessly crusading in the court for holding the owners responsible for the sheer negligence.
Rajshri Deshpande is more than an actor. She is also a social warrior, the rare celebrity from the film industry who has also gone back to her roots to give to poverty struck farming villages in her native Marathwada, with her NGO Nabhangan Foundation. Of course a chance to speak with her one on one was a must!
“What is a woman’s job, Ramesh? Taking care of parents-in-law, husband, children, home and things at work—all at the same time? She isn’t God or a superhuman."
The arrays of workstations were occupied by people peering into their computer screens. The clicks of keyboard keys were punctuated by the occasional footsteps moving around to brainstorm or collaborate with colleagues in their cubicles. Most employees went about their tasks without looking at the person seated on either side of their workstation. Meenakshi was one of them.
The thirty-one-year-old marketing manager in a leading eCommerce company in India sat straight in her seat, her eyes on the screen, her fingers punching furiously into the keys. She was in a flow and wanted to finish the report while the thoughts and words were coming effortlessly into her mind.
Natu-Natu. The mellifluous ringtone interrupted her thoughts. She frowned at her mobile phone with half a mind to keep it ringing until she noticed the caller’s name on the screen, making her pick up the phone immediately.
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