Sopore Rape Shame

Co-Written by Meer Abass & Aurangzeb Arif. Dated: 5/12/2019 12:27:43 PM

"It is important to raise our collective voice against rape. But rape is not something that occurs by itself. It is part of the continuing and embedded violence in society that targets women on a daily basis. Let's raise our voices against such violence and let's ask ourselves how we, in our daily actions, in our thoughts, contribute to this, rather than assume that the solution lies with someone else."

"to ask the victim what lies beneath the misery"
"They say, I was never a part of this world"
Ever been to lanes of mockery, then you find what it takes the decorum of disgrace. The infamous rape of a girl child by the demonic 50 year old beast has made me confused, how to jot down the lines of my anger. I wish to write but it is choking my veins, I try to vent my tears, but they don't profuse due to the shock. The temporal of Sufi tagging to this land has become a notion of namesake only. People curse the technology and modernization for such disgraceful activities, but within deep everyone knows these brutal structures of rape have a history of purchase from the time of legalized enslaved minds. What makes a old soul to rape a new bud, what tag of lust angle one will put for it, shall I call it a deprived sexual intimacy of old account beast , shall I call it conservative estimate of such doings , shall I call it manic depression episode , shall I call it bad luck of a girl child. I don't know what to sum or what to put for it, but one thing is that history has been created in the hall of shame in this land. From provisions of Intifada to galore of unfurling Islamic flag in this region, how many of we in actual are prepared for such law dominance here, presumably the laws of humanity doesn't need an introduction for being a religious soul, it needs a simple orientation of mind analysis as what is the supreme goal of one's soul. I imagine the burst of pain with which that girl child would be having psychologically and the abuse of social norms inflicted on her by the society in coming times. The rabid dog might be punished for such doing, but who will pay for the loss of such child's life? A society that gambles and watches porn in the lanes of their lonely planet, a society that rugs the shovels of phone sex and assumes the slogans of religious fervour in the morning. Time has come to take a stand on child rapes where a male and female child is raped either on the pretext of exorcism by the saints of disgrace or by the beasts of such society. There is no difference between sex incest rape mongering activities and rest of India, where the only difference is, that in Kashmir it is crept under the carpet and in rest of India it is raised in open. Introspection is needed for the good riddance of such manic insane beasts from the society.
The incident that sent shock waves across Kashmir came to light on Tuesday when a Sopore minor girl narrated her harrowing experience to her family when she was raped by a "Shaitan Numa insaan" who is of his grandfather's age. As per the complaint, the accused took the minor girl, a Class 8th student, in his Rickshaw and raped her.
Women in Kashmir too are not safe anywhere - at home, the workplace or on the streets. And this is despite the fact that incidents of violence against women regularly make the headlines now a days in newspapers, especially since the brutal gang rape of Asiya and Nelofar.
Rape is completely forbidden in Islamic law and is a crime punishable by death
In Islam, capital punishment is reserved for the most extreme crimes: those that harm individual victims or destabilize society. Rape falls into both categories. Islam takes very seriously the honor and protection of women, and the Quran repeatedly reminds men to treat women with kindness and fairness.
Some people confuse Islamic law by equating rape with sex outside of marriage, which is instead adultery or fornication. However, throughout Islamic history, some scholars have classified rape as a form of terrorism or a crime of violence (hiraba).
During the lifetime of the Prophet Muhammad, a rapist was punished based on only the testimony of the victim. Wa'il ibn Hujr reported that a woman publicly identified a man who had raped her. The people caught the man and brought him to the Prophet Muhammad. He told the woman to go-that she was not to be blamed-and ordered that the man be put to death.
At a time when every politician, no matter what colour, is crying foul, every judge and lawyer, no matter what their loyalties, is joining the chorus, every policeperson, no matter from where, is adding his/her voice, it is worth remembering some key things. First, more than 90 per cent of rapes are committed by people known to the victim/survivor, a staggering number of rapists are family members. When we demand the death penalty, do we mean therefore that we should kill large numbers of uncles, fathers, brothers, husbands, neighbours? How many of us would even report cases of rape then? What we're seeing now - the slow, painful increase in even reports being filed - will all disappear. Second, the death penalty has never been a deterrent against anything - where, for example, is the evidence that death penalties have reduced the incidence of murders? Quite apart from the fact that the State should never be given the right to take life, there is an argument to be made that imposing the death penalty will further reduce the rate of conviction, as no judge will award it.
It is important to raise our collective voice against rape. But rape is not something that occurs by itself. It is part of the continuing and embedded violence in society that targets women on a daily basis. Let's raise our voices against such violence and let's ask ourselves how we, in our daily actions, in our thoughts, contribute to this, rather than assume that the solution lies with someone else. Let's ask ourselves how we, our society, we as people, create and sustain the mindset that leads to rape, how we make our men so violent, how we insult our women so regularly, let's ask ourselves how privilege creates violence.
It is important we raise our collective voice for women, but let's raise it for all women, let's raise it so that no woman, no matter that she be poor, rich, urban, rural, Muslim, Hindu, or whatever, ever, in the future, has to face sexual violence, and no man assumes that because of the system and people's mindsets, he can simply get away with it. And let's raise it also for men, for transgenders, for the poor.
- (Countercurrents)
Meer Abass, Assistant professor, Govt Degree College Handwara
Aurangzeb Arif, Freelance writer.

 

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