The daily news in recent months has become nauseating. For months, it is nothing more than violence, hatred and rapes that dominate the news. First, it was cow vigilantism. The “gau rakshaks” were busy paying tributes to their “mother” by taking the law into their own hands lynching the members of the minority community on slightest suspicion of indulging in any kind of insult to the “mothers”. Then the unending story of Ram Rahim about his rapes and murders hit the channels. The channels were busy describing in most horrifying details how the “Bhagwan” was using his “powers” to rape his “sadhavis” and murder “the renegades” without being challenged by the law enforcing agencies and the media channels. The sena of the “Bhagwan” could not tolerate the verdict by a worldly High Court against the Baba and indulged in a game of death, leaving several dozen “martyred”. Then the gory murder of Gauri Lankesh shook the nation. Allegations and counter allegations still keep exchanging between the two extremist ideologies of Left and Right. The story had not yet died down that the murder of a schoolboy at Gurugaon and the rape of a school girl in Delhi shocked the country. For days now, the media is hunting Ryan School and is holding it responsible for the ghastly murder of the child. Every single detail about the “lapses” on the part of the School and the “illegal” businesses of Pintos are being discussed. But in all these sensational stories of murders and sexual assaults, what is missing is the debate altogether on or any criticism of the legal and social system that are primarily responsible for creating conditions in which murders and rapes abound.
Those who have created and are sustaining the current social and legal system are always busy pinpointing the blame on individuals. They would never debate the absolute paralysis of system in stopping violence, sexual assaults and diseases. The truth however is that if the crimes are on the rise all over the world, the three most responsible factors are absolute failure of modern judicial system, a social system which promotes sexually provocative atmosphere and addictions of all kind. Needless to say, the masters of the system are more concerned about their economic and political hegemony rather than the health and security of the people.
The result is that the more “advanced” a nation, the more the number of all forms of crimes including murderous assaults, sexual assaults and suicides. And if India is in the race of joining the club of “most advanced” nations, why should it remain behind in the crime and rape rates.
The murder rate in India has increased by 7.39% (from 9,803, a rate of 2.61 in 1953 to 32,481, a rate of 2.81/100,000 in 2006). I came across an interesting article, which has argued on the same lines which I have been trying to highlight for several years. “Murders, and Not Terrorism, Make India a Really Dangerous Country” by Shobhan saxena says,
“In 2012, some 252 civilians died in terrorist and insurgency-related violence in India. The same year, 43,355 people were murdered by criminals or ordinary people known to their victims. The number of people murdered was 170 times more than the figure of terror victims. The year was not an exception. This has been a pattern since 2000. The figure puts India at the second place in the list of countries with most intentional murders – homicides. With 58,000 murders in 2012, Brazil tops the chart.
“Though terrorism dominates all media coverage and public debates on violence in India, the chances of a citizen being a victim of homicide are much higher, according to a “murder map” prepared by Igarapé, a Brazilian think-tank which tracks homicides across the globe. In the interactive map, which shows the countries where people are most likely to be murdered, India is in the dangerous zone. But the issue is hardly discussed in the media and by policymakers in India, according to Robert Muggah, the founder and research director of Igarapé. In an exclusive interview with The Wire at the think-tank’s headquarters here, Muggah said that in contrast to well-known gun violence in the Americas and Africa, the problem of homicides is absent from public security and development agendas in India. “It’s a common narrative that its terrorism or insurgency that is responsible for most violent deaths. It’s the same in the US, where mass shootings animate debates on the issue of guns despite the fact that homicides claim 20 times more victims. Often the public gaze is seized by — and the media contributes to the view — the sporadic, highly visible incidents of violence that are more dominant,” says Muggah.”
Despite such huge statistics of murders, the absolute failure of legal system is never debated. There are millions of policemen and lawyers and there are thousands of judges. But the crime rates are going higher and higher. The lawyers are making money, with the Law Industry growing leaps and bounds and the prisons have become big industries but hardly 10 percent of murders see the convicts being brought to justice. Where convictions take place, almost none gets death sentence. Others enjoy their lives in prisons with ever-growing facilities. The prison population is growing and the suppliers of food, clothes and all the other items of necessity are earning from the tax money paid by the masses. Since the Ryan murder, the industry of CCTV cameras has become overly busy in counting the cash.
The same is true of rapes. Official sources show that rape cases in India have doubled between 1990 and 2008. According to the National Crime Records Bureau 2013 annual report, 24,923 rape cases were reported across India in 2012. Though since the famous Nirbhaya Case, the media debate rapes at length, but again the three real culprits – Legal System, Provocative Social System and Alcohol are never targeted. Newspapers, TV channels and Internet are full of sexually provocative material and yet individuals are expected to control their provoked organs. They are however welcome if they satiate their desires with willing partners (friends or prostitutes) in the hotels. Despite the fact that alcohol continues to be major accompaniment in a large percentage of all types of crimes including murderous and sexual assaults and road accidents, alcohol industry continues to thrive. To decrease deaths in road accidents of course, the ideal solution is forcing people to wear helmets. Baring legs is “personal right”, which none can challenge but baring head while driving bikes is a crime.
Unfortunately, the ruling party exhibits its love for Hinduism only by targeting Muslims and Christians in one way or the other and forgets the Dharma when it comes to eradicating social vices, which are inimical to all the religions including Hinduism – addictions of all kinds, relations outside family, gambling and violence. Religious Identity, not Religious Morality brings votes and money. Still more unfortunate is the fact that Muslim organizations too hardly work for the promotion of religious morality. They keep on indulging in reactive politics with their agenda almost always confined to counter the moves of the anti-Muslim lobbies. The Media too thrives on polarizing issues and sensational stories. Day-today crimes including murders and rapes, economic disparity, health issues and other issues of the masses hardly ever bother them. They take up the issues of violence and negligence only when they have political implications. The coverage of the issues including political leanings of course go with the choices of their money masters in the Corporate World.
Disclaimer: The views expressed in the article are Author’s own and do not necessarily reprersent the policy of the Institution he is associated with.
Author is India based thinker and writer and Head of Chair in Islamic Studies & research, Yenepoya University, Mangalore, with over a dozen books including his latest, “Muslim Vision of Secular India: Destination & Road-map” and “Qur’anic Paradigms of Sciences & Society” (First Vol: Health), “Muslims Most Civilised, Yet Not Enough” and Other works include “The Devil of Economic Fundamentalism”, “The Essence of the Divine Verses”, “The Killer Sex”, “Islam means Peace” and “Rediscovering the Universe”. Read more about him at http://www.worldmuslimpedia.com/dr-javed-jamil. Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/javedjamil2015; alsohttp://javedjamil.blogspot.in/. He can be contacted at doctorforu123”yahoo.com