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April 23, 2018 , Dr. James Kottoor


Recent gang-rapes and our reaction to them tell us how far we’ve descended in six years after Nirbhaya

Note: Ever since the famous Nirbhaya gang rape in Delhi, December 2012, which produced the landmark judgment to stop it with stringent punishment, how far have we made progress or deteriorated abysmally?

James photoIf the whole exercise was counter productive, it was due to two reasons: 1. The punishment proposed were never given; 2. There was no serious intent on the part of law makers to change the mind-set of the people. We have no dearth of laws to deal with any crime, only the law makers routinely fail to implement them for the sake of vote-bank politics.

The culprits in this case are we ourselves, the voting public, who consistenty vote in our favorites in our caste, class and creed circle, instead of candidates with vision, conviction, courage and action as our political leaders.

And so the lesson is: Nothing is going to change until we change our mindset to vote in only stesmen, not looters of the national pie for five years at a stretch. If we can’t do that, blame no one except ourselves. To achive that we have miles to go to upgrade the quality of our educational system. james kottoor, editor ccv.

Read below the report by Namita Bhandare in Hindustan Times , Apr 20, 2018


Advocate Deepika Singh Rajawat, lawyer of the Kathua rape case victim, talks to media after filling a petition in the Supreme Court, April 16. No action has been taken against the Kathua Bar Association lawyers physically trying to prevent the police from filing a charge sheet. (Sushil Kumar/HT PHOTO)

When we allowed our anger to spill over into the streets following the December 2012 gang-rape of a physiotherapy student, we didn’t ask about her religion. We didn’t put labels on our fellow protesters’ ideology. And we certainly didn’t entertain any of the usual questions about what she was wearing and why she was out after dark.

Our collective anger resulted in a new law and while we believed that mindset change would take longer, we trusted that it would inevitably follow.

Yet, how far we’ve descended in six years became clear as news of the premeditated gang-rape, torture and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua began to gain traction.

At more or less the same time, another rape, also of a minor girl was making headlines in Unnao, Uttar Pradesh, the state presided over by a man who swore to unleash anti-Romeo squads to curb sexual harassment.

In Surat we have learned about the body of a child found with over 80 injury marks on her body — raped and tortured for days before being strangled to death. In Kulgam, Kashmir, news is trickling in of yet another minor girl being drugged, raped and sold for sex. In Nagaon, Assam, an 11-year-old was gang-raped and then burnt alive.

In the long course of a brief fortnight, there is the realization that rape and its attendant brutality is now an everyday crime, grotesquely ordinary in its routine-ness, recounted in almost dull, pornographic detail. This is the India we now accept.

The following is a letter CCV received from Varghese Pamplanil, as we were about to post the article above.

Non-education in India – George Pamplanil

Namita1This is with reference to the article in CCV about the dismal state of affairs of education in India. Let me look back at the education of my two sons.

In the 1970s, self and my family were residing at Chembur in Mumbai near OLPS school. When I sought admission for the LKG for my first son, the comment of the Principal was “ Why waste the money and wait for admission to the 1stStandard”. Since I showed interest in LKG, the only question asked to my son was “What is your name, Sunny?” On approaching for LKG admission for my second son, the same comment of the Principal and admittance without any question.

On my shifting residence to Santacruz West, admission to the 1stStandard at the Sacred Heart School was rather easy but for the 3rd Standard was tricky. But l insisted on my first son also to be educated at the same school and the Principal obliged. The only subject for which tuition given was Marathi, in which my son stood second in the class.

On my transfer to Trivandrum in August 1981, Loyola School with a well known educationist C. P. VarkeyS.J. as Principal obliged. Fortunately during the educational careers of my sons, no donation was required to be paid . My first son has M.B.B.S from Trivandrum Medical College and M. D. from R.C.C. Trivandrum and the second one B. Tech from IIT Chennai and PGDM from IIM Calcutta.

Instead of clamouring for ranks and marks, what may be ideal is all round development of a child, extra-curricular activities such as sports, music, painting, public speaking, group activities. I still remember C. P. Varkey’s observation “My best students are voracious readers”.

The situation of the educational institutions run by the Zero Malabar Church has reached the lowest depth of corruption, favouritism, cronyism and what not! Ethics and moral behaviour is confined to ritualism and obedience to the arbitrary diktats of the clerics.

God, if any, save the faithful “goats/cattle”. Luckily my sons and their families have escaped from the “DOGS Own Country” and this Mad Mad part of the World.

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