Yes, I realise that title is harsh, but this week India really is just making me feel sick.
Today I read this article about a woman who is 7 months pregnant, and when her in-laws “accidentally” found out she was carrying a girl (because pre-natal sex determination is illegal in India) they started injecting her with HIV infected blood and telling her it was treat her anaemia. It is not yet known if the child has also contracted the disease, but regardless this kind of behaviour is just sickening. I cannot even begin to understand what kind of sick and twisted person comes up with that plan of action and follows through with it.
Then of course there was the much publicised rape case where a five year girl in Delhi was not only locked away and raped for days, but doctors found pieces of a candle and a bottle inside her. Allegedly the police tried to stop the parents from registering the case by offering them Rs2,000 ($36) and some tea. Trying to defend his state the Union Home Minister Suhsilkimar Shinde said in Parliament on Monday “such incidents (of rape) have been reported from other parts of the country also”.
Yes they have. In fact another five year old was brutally raped in Madhya Pradesh this week too, she is now fighting for her life in hospital. Just because rapes happen all over India doesn’t make it right.
Then again, a woman is stomped on by her in-laws because she was believed to be carrying a girl (according to a “godman”). She lost her baby.
And the list goes on and on……………………
So what is about India that makes people behave like this?
Personally I believe it occurs because a significant population don’t even see women and children as human beings. I have written before about how women are treated here, but it seems that children also get the same raw deal. I am yet to read hundreds of stories of men being brutally raped or abused by their in-laws.
Much of the protest and social comment seems to be pointing the finger of blame on the police and lack of law enforcement or control. I find this argument to be a dangerous one to make. It assumes that people want to behave like this but need to be controlled so they don’t.
In my opinion it assumes that many people are intrinsically evil, because I can’t even imagine having the frame of mind where I would want to shove a bottle inside a five year girl or step on the stomach of anyone (let alone a pregnant woman) or inject a terminal disease into another. This isn’t just lack of control, this mind-set is pure evil.
So what is it in this population that makes it possible for this behaviour to continue at the rate that it does? After all we aren’t just talking about once-off incidents, but ones that happen every single day. What do you think?