Whose honour ?
11 July 2007. Shraswasti, Uttar Pradesh.
A Hindu girl from one village elopes with a Muslim boy from another.
Next day, scores of Muslim women from the boy’s village are raped, made to parade naked…
Get the message?
If I choose to marry someone out of my own free will, as the girl who is a major did,
then the men from my community will be offended.So much so that they will go out of their houses and brutally rape (even minors).
Because their , not my , honour is at stake.And after brutally raping women from the ‘other’ community, their honour will not be harmed.
The disgust that prompted them to get offended does not come into picture when they will rape another human being.
Whose disgrace are we trying to safegaurd? All authorities and police remained silent in UP.The police, in fact are chasing the poor couple who are in hiding.
And in order to safegaurd another version of the same honour, the incidents will get hushed, and justice will never be done.
Whose honour is honour?
What about the pain that you inflict on someone else in trying to avenge some notion of morality?
Shame.Shame on us. On our silence. Shame on the media.On the police. On UP.On our State.
This event surprisingly does’nt find coverage in the news, because the journalists are too busy blaring accounts of terrorrism. None of this surprisingly qualifies as terrorism.
Or terror. I’m terrified.
Details about this case at Dhaiakhar, from the Hindi Blogosphere, here. The English blogosphere remains silent as of now.