Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The Good, The Govindachamy , The Kunhalikutty


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.

11 comments:

LovkynÄ› said...

you make rather good points here. a shame how people with power can get away with treating other human beings as objects and potentially ruin lives for a few moments of their own gratification.

Rachna said...

Both are dangerous. Life is increasing becoming so dangerous for women. Just a few days back, there was a road rage incident in Bangalore. A woman -- a mother was traveling with her friend in a tempo, which brushed against an Indica. The men in Indica were goons who demanded money and then abducted both of them. The man escaped from the car somehow. But, the woman was taken to someplace and brutally gangraped. What kind of society are we living in? And, this happened in broad daylight!

simply me said...

both of them are disgusting....

jane.healy said...

Jon - it was ever thus, those with money able to buy the silence of their victims or hire such good attorneys that the victims are made to look like foolish liars!

RGB said...

It's difficult to digest the fact that we coexist with such in-human and disgusting people who would go to any length to satisfy their whims & fancies, at the cost of somebody else life!

Praveen said...

Seems like every 2nd male in Kerala is a sex maniac...or rather the media makes it looks so..

and regarding which of those two are maniacs...Its like the devil and the deep sea

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OtienoHongo said...

Both are disgusting but how I hate politicians who use their position and wealth to prey on helpless victims. The fact that he gets away with it makes it even more disgusting

sm said...

its again failure of media and machinery.

Alka Gurha said...

Is there a serious will to nab the culprit? Though police is responsible, safety of women is also a social issue.

Destiny's child... said...

These days it's just getting too much. You would find a sexual harassment case every day in the papers. The age of the victims is anything between 5-50. Seriously, where are we heading to?