The story so far:
Ward boy rapes a nurse, in the hospital, and gouges out her eyes when she tries to resist.
“the girl, a nurse, was on duty at the hospital at Karkari mode in East Delhi looking after a comatose patient in the intervening night of September 7 and 8, 2003. She woke up in the middle of the night to find the convict attempting to force himself on her. When she tried to shrug him off, Bhura plunged in his fingers into her eyes gouging out her right eye and wounding the left. He then dragged her to an adjacent bathroom, raped her and locked her in.”
The Criminal Justice system, surprisingly moving fast, arrests and brings the accused to trial. The accused is convicted and awaits sentancing. On the day of sentancing, he proposes marriage to the victim.
“In his application, Bhura pleaded the court to take a lenient view as he is now a reformed man and said since no one would be ready to marry the young victim due to the stigma, he would like to tie the knot with her. ”
The court then asks the girl and her parents to respond to this proposal before sentancing. What is our system coming to? How can the judge even consider asking a girl – who has been brutalized, had her eyes gouged out, and raped – to marry the rapist. Is it that the Judge believes that marriage sanctions rape? Is it that he believes that marriage absolves the rapist? In any other Democracy, the Judge would have lost his job by now and been hung out dry.But, not here. Our archaic and closed door approach to judicial appointments ensures that dinosaurs continue siting on the benches. And making pronouncements that make one cringe.
The victim rejected the offer and has
“…. urged the court to give the severest of punishment to the convict so that such a “horrendous act” is not repeated. “He has committed a horrendous crime, which should not be repeated. He was found guilty and now is trying to save himself with such a bogus proposal… He should be hanged,” the victim said in a petition filed before the court through her counsel.”
Way to go girl. The only stigma in rape is that of the rapist. I am so proud that this woman has stopped playing victim and has decided to fight back. The rapist getting away with rape by marrying his victim is not new in this socirty. It is in fact encouraged in many cases. IT is seen as a way of erasing the shame of being raped. The poor girl in question gets sentanced to a life time of rape. The man has a legally and socially bound victim on whom to exert his power. I am just so glad that someone has taken a stand and said that it is not going to happen to me.
The man was convicted this morning to life imprisonment.
It’s a pity that we can’t publicly hang him as a deterrant. Maybe a few examples in various parts of the country would act as a better detterent to rapists, than women being covered head to toe.