A friend put a link to this post on her Facebook today and I was deeply saddened – but not surprised – by what I read. I thought it fitting that I offer this link as the first of my posts for the new year. Whilst we are all looking forward to a better, brighter 2013 it is important for us all to remember that there is still an awful lot that is wrong with the world.
I wonder if our New Year Resolutions – with the aim that our lives will be better, healthier and happier – should be to try our best to make the world a better, healthier and happier place instead. It seems to me that if everyone put their efforts in towards others we’d soon be reaping the benefits for ourselves in more ways than one.
When I read a post like this I feel saddened to realise that tragedy builds on tragedy. It is not enough that two young Asian women were raped and murdered – in the case of one, her suffering had to be ignored by the state and world too. The girl mentioned in Rangamati was a marma girl, one of the many tribal or adibhasi peoples living in Bangladesh. A good proportion of my Bangla friends are adibhasi (most of them Santals) and I have some inkling of just how many ways they are mistreated and oppressed in the country. Adibhasi girls particularly live in danger. In a hierarchical society it is difficult to imagine any kind of person who ranks lower.
Where is the justice? What will change in 2013?
- How to Stop the Rape Epidemic in India (onefinalblog.wordpress.com)