Why Ram Singh does not have my sympathies


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15 Mar 2013

 
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Why Ram Singh does not have my sympathies

Ram Singh, the prime accused in the Delhi sexual assault case was found hanging in his prison enclosure inside the country’s most secure prison Tihar jail. The case in question is the same one that took the country by storm and made international headlines. Singh, apparently, prepared his own noose with threads pulled out from his sleeping mat. Does this paint a picture of despair? Yes. Do I feel sorry for him? No.

I’m not a barbarian. Nor do I to have my picture hanging on the inhumans’ wall of fame. Death is death, and it is never pleasing. I do not derive pleasure out of Ram Singh’s death. Yes, a stray thought of poetic justice does fly by for a moment but flits past soon enough. I am not overjoyed by his death, but I would have hoped for it even if he hadn’t killed himself (which again, is debatable). Capital punishment for a crime as heinous as the one committed by Singh, after all, is only fitting.

Human rights and human compassion, you say? Alright. An unsuspecting young woman is fooled into taking a bus run by frauds, is brutally gang raped by six men who took turns on her and shoved an iron rod into her causing her intestines to spill out. The woman later succumbs to her injuries and dies. Human rights and human compassion here, yes?

It infuriates me that we even know who Ram Singh is, and why we do is what makes me cringe. Why does what he did hours before his death even have to make a news headline? Of course I will hate him, abhor him to the extent of wishing he got a death sentence, if he had lived. In my anger, maybe I won’t be wrong in calling this a coward’s death. The law is increasingly becoming a joke, but it does deserve a right to run its own course.

Ram Singh, I will not pray that you rest in peace. As a citizen of this country, I feel  horrified. As a human being, I feel ashamed. As a woman, I feel cheated.

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  • http://twitter.com/pradyumnaMadhav pradyumna madhav

    From ‘The Ides of March’:

    Interviewer: But you’re against the death penalty?

    Gov. Morris:Yes, because of what it says about us as a society.

    Interviewer: Suppose, Governor, it was your wife …

    Gov. Morris: …and she was murdered. What would I do?

    Interviewer: It gets more complicated when it’s personal.

    Gov. Morris: Sure, well if I could get to him I’d find a way to kill him.

    Interviewer: So you, you Governor, would impose the death penalty?

    Gov. Morris: No. I would commit a crime for which I would happily go to jail.

    Interviewer:Then why not let society do that?

    Gov. Morris: Because society has to be better than the individual. If I were to do that I would be wrong.

    In a nutshell, capital punishment reduces society to the level of the people we are punishing. That a society does not lower itself to its most primal level is a benchmark of civilisation. Also, anyone who says they would willingly volunteer to flick the switch or tighten the noose is – in my mind – no better than the punished. They are just a murderer who has been waiting for permission. It is understandable if an individual wants to seek revenge, but the state has to set the example of what is considered decent behaviour and not endorse murder in its name.

  • aatish jadhav

    Because society has to be better than the individual.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1701695458 AAtish Jadhav

    Because society has to be better than the individual.1

  • http://twitter.com/aatishj aatish jadhav

    Nice topic

  • Rajalakshmi

    Rape is a crime. No one is disputing that.

    Why pick on this particular case alone as if rapes & similar crimes have never occurred before in India going unpunished ?

    What about the case of Aarushi Talwar where all vital facts were wantonly suppressed & Justice itself manipulated to protect the parents? The entire fraternity of dentists stood behind them.

    Several malpractices have been bypassed by this alleged “suicide” of Ram Singh. That his license was not valid. That the bus itself with tinted glasses had no right to be plying. What about the influence of alcohol , mind altering drugs & movies of India?

    ” Shoved an iron rod…intestines spilling out” is indeed very gruesome.

    In Calcutta one Mr.Mehta & his Nepali bodyguard were gruesomely tortured & put to death at the behest of Forward Bloc’s Kalimuddin Shams & Jyoti Basu the chief minister. They were never punished till end. Their eyes were gouged out & genitals mutilated & both were LAW ENFORCERS. They were tortured excruciatingly when they were discharging their duties.
    Who punishes The Establishment then?

    Psychiatry drugs atrophy various organs inducing premature menopause & affecting foetus. Children are born most often mentally retarded and / or physically deformed. Psychiatry drugs make a person suicidal. Cause cancer, baldness , affect eyesight, gait , heart leading to premature death.

    Recently Nithyasree Mahadevan a playback cum carnatic singer’s husband jumped into Coovam river & died. ONLY because he was under the influence of psychiatry drugs. Many mainstream psychiatrists & microbiologists have long exposed the dangers. The psychiatrists themselves KNOW the fatal risks involved but DO NOT CARE.

    When you focus only on this particular rape sensationalise harping on “intestines spilling out & iron rod inserted ” I can only think of qualified heavily paid terrorists called psychiatrists & various kidney harvesters WITHIN INDIA.

    They ALSO stand in the QUEUE. WELL ahead this Ram Singh. MERITING PUNISHMENT.

    Katju was quite right when he pointed out much worse crimes have been taking place all over India for many years. Nobody bothered. Nobody bothers.

    Why “eliminate” Ram Singh so hurriedly instead of letting all facts come out. This is the only way lasting solution can be found out for rapes.

    Without addressing drug trafficking , drug peddling , alcohol & impact of smutty movies are we not obsessed with symptoms ?

  • Rajalakshmi

    This particular rape was NOT a PREMEDITATED rape / crime.

    Whereas many orchestrated premeditated crimes including RAPES have taken place in India. What does the unduly self righteous author have to say about them ?

    I have written in detail the TORTURE I underwent at the hands of various NURSES all female in India & Kuwait. Not only I but all those who were admitted were treated similarly. All have their heads shaved by having their hair pulled out; we are stripped totally NAKED & strapped to a spartan cot left to float in our own urine. And have various psychiatry drugs injected. I had non vegetarian food including chicken SHOVED into my mouth by a nurse from Philippines & asked to “cooperate” to let me walk to the bathroom. Another patient had her leg fractured by them by repeated brutal beatings with a rod. INDIAN converted christian COMPASSIONATE nurses very much actively involved Stuti Srivastava. Very much including nurses from Kerala, Goa , Egypt etc. Should they meet with such a gruesome retribution GOD WILLING I would be quite GRATIFIED.

    I request Stuti Srivastava to ingest & assimmilate all the facts before being so peremptorily cocksure.

  • Rajalakshmi

    Stuti Srivastava thunders ” I’m not a barbarian. Nor do I to have my picture hanging on the inhumans’ wall of fame”.

    Well, Dr. Sabyasachi Nandi ,Dr. MM.Mazumdar & various others ALSO don’t have their pictures in “inhumans’ wall of fame” & they call themselves doctors hiiighly qualified psychiatrists.

    You Stuti Srivastava with all your pathetic persuasive polemics will never make them commit suicides or identify themselves as nothing short of “barbarians”.

  • Rajalakshmi

    Seriously , I would never want such ill informed impetuous Stuti Srivastavas
    to be decision makers in any matter. I detect female Idi Amin in the making.

  • http://indiaunbound.wordpress.com Vikas

    @pradyumna madhav You say, “It is understandable if an individual wants to seek revenge, but the state has to set the example of what is considered decent behaviour and not endorse murder in its name.” You misunderstand the motive behind Capital Punishments. The state does not seek revenge. Capital Punishments are meant to act as deterrent. Whether it is an effective deterrent or not, is another debate.
    Secondly, what you consider decent behavior, need not be a universal standard. For example, some rural folks consider girls dressed in western outfits to be indecent, but that does not mean that the girls are indecent.




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