Aamir said thoughtfully right at the start of the show that the Nirbhaya case shook him to such an extent that talking about the increasing number of rape cases in the country became imperative.
Aamir said thoughtfully right at the start of the show that the Nirbhaya case shook him to such an extent that talking about the increasing number of rape cases in the country became imperative. Statistics and pie-charts, the experiences of rape victims, the tragic stories of the survivors may not appeal to the naysayers, but after all is said and done, it is important to create a platform and discuss issues. This is not a boring corporate meeting we are talking about wherein you are loaded with heaps of pointless info about how to make profits for the organization. This is a platform created to empathize, sympathize and talk to the victims, listen to them and share their pain. Tangible solutions may or may not emerge out of this discourse, but how can one say that without trying.
The brave Suzette Jordan from Kolkata spoke about how she was tortured inside a car, punched in the stomach several times and raped at gun point. Another victim revealed that she was raped 21 years ago and the interminable wait for justice has ruined her whole life. She imagines that the rapist is perhaps happily settled somewhere by now with kids and a wife, and she’s still dealing with the stigma and patiently doing the rounds of the courts.
It’s important to hear such stories rather than being all frail-hearted and switching off the TV and going back to your own comfort zone. The least we can do is be a li’l compassionate and try and fix at least one loophole in our own tiny way; for starters maybe making people realize that girls don’t get some kind of pleasure in getting raped and someone who wears short clothes or parties isn’t doing that with the intention of attracting some sort of troublesome attention.
Aamir spoke to the parents of the victims, people from the medical fraternity and turns out that a lot of rape cases go unnoticed because of corrupt cops and irresponsible medical professionals; half of these cases are brushed under the carpet very conveniently.
The least we can do is report these cases if we smell something fishy. A lot of women are also sexually abused by their own relatives, and in some cases even the immediate family tends to back out from helping. If a girl needs immediate help, the least we can do is refer her to an NGO or help her out with approaching the cops. It’s no big deal.
I will say Kudos to Aamir for putting up whatever he could together and covering how much ever he could. And no he didn’t sound preachy at all…!