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August 25th, 2017

The highs and the highs, and then the lows of India.

Just 2 days ago, I shared with you the news that the Indian Supreme Court had ruled that the triple talaq (used in Islam to divorce a woman) is unconstitutional, marking an amazing success for Muslim women in this country.

Here’s the link, if you missed my original post.

Continuing the fabulous news, today the papers were full of another huge decision by the Supreme Court.

In a unanimous decision (yaay!) a 9 bench court of Supreme Court judges ruled that privacy is a fundamental right, and is part of the freedoms guaranteed by the Indian Constitution.

This ruling is huge, and will have major ramifications.

In a country where homosexuality is still illegal, in a country with a government trying to dictate what people should or should not eat – essentially we’re talking about beef here – such a ruling is fabulous news.

The Indian judiciary is on a roll and to complete this feeling of euphoria, this afternoon a court in Panchkula, a town in the neighbouring state of Haryana, bordering on Punjab, charged a 50 year old cult leader with rape.

This is an ugly, distasteful story even beyond the vile crime of rape itself.

The accused, Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, heads an organisation called Dera Sacha Sauda & according to Wikipedia he is “an Indian spiritual leader, social reformer, actor, director and singer.”

Just let’s leave it there, shall we?

This case has dragged on since 2002.

2002.

15 years to bring a rapist to book.

This man delivers a vote bank.  Does that explain things?

So the poor women who were raped have seen his power and influence and money grow, as successive politicians cosy up to him.

Where was the justice for the women he exploited and brutalised?

This afternoon, shortly after 3pm, a special CBI court in Panchjula charged him with rape.

Finally.

A rapist is charged.

And his supporters promptly went on the rampage.

Because their leader has been charged with rape.

I am writing this blog post with a heavy heart, a little before 8pm.

Already 29 people are dead, Panchukla is burning, and there have even been a couple of incidents here in Delhi.  The army has been called out and the whole situation is one of political expediency, lax policing in allowing his supporters to enter the state in the first place, and a dereliction of all notions of civilised behaviour.

Here is a link to NDTV, with nasty images of men vandalising fire engines and TV vans.

Because that’s what real men do to protest a rapist being sentenced.

After such stunning highs, some sections of India have plunged us all into deep despair again.

3 comments to The highs and the highs, and then the lows of India.

  • Kuch log desh k liy mare!
    Kuch log desh valo k liy!!
    Aaj vo uper se dekh kar bolte honge ki!
    Ham bhi kin nalaye or nararo k liy mare!!
    #JustSaying

  • There is no concept of privacy in India nor even a proper word for it. Unfortunately I think the court’s rulings will have little ramifications. Like so many other rulings & laws that are largely unenforced in India. Try explaining the western Idea to the average Indian and at best you’ll get a puzzled look or it will be interpreted as selfishness.

    Now if Muslims did what these Dera followers did they’d be called terrorists and we’d be hearing kill’em all!

  • OOPs!
    That should have read:

    There is no concept of privacy in India nor even a proper word for it. Unfortunately I think the court’s rulings will have little ramifications. Like so many other rulings & laws that are largely unenforced in India. Try explaining the western idea of privacy to the average Indian and at best you’ll get a puzzled look or it will be interpreted as selfishness.

    Now if Muslims did what these Dera followers did they’d be called terrorists and we’d be hearing kill’em all!

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