A few weeks back the people of Kerala woke up to the shocking news of sadistic rape and murder. A girl working in a small time firm was found battered to death and raped on her way back from home. Until the postmortem we weren’t sure which came first- rape or murder. When the picture unfolded it was in such a way that she was alone in a train compartment. The villain attempted to molest her. She jumped out and made a run for it. He gave a chase battered her head and raped her multiple times- while she was semiconscious and dead.
When the culprit was caught, we shook with disgust. Govindachamy was one handed and he had battered the girl with the stump of a hand. Mothers grew concerned of their daughters. Pepper sprays were distributed for free. The TV channels relayed clips and clips of the victim’s wailing mother. Appeals were made to shoot, hang Govindachamy without a trial. And then there were the familiar argument on how the girls should ‘abstain’ from provoking men.
About the same time a scandal broke out on a former minister, Kunhalikutty. His brother-in-law cum ex-confidante alleged Kutty paid huge amounts to judges, policemen and everyone in authority to quash a sexual harassment case against him. The history says that he called up a under-aged call girl. According to the law of the land, it’s considered as rape. The news was a headliner years ago. But the girl dramatically changed her testimony and case was dismissed. You didn’t have to be Albert Einstein to figure out there was a foul game played.
When the controversy came up again, he did play the cards very well again. He rallied some of his party workers and the major part of media and went on claiming that calculated efforts were made to malign his name. His strategy worked well. He confused the people and we were silenced.
I wonder who is the dangerous sexual maniac- the one who has the possibility to get caught or the one who has enough money, power and people to twist the arm of law and minds of people.