Today, on the second death anniversary of the poor girl, all the news channels have been running hour long shows on her and the incident.
Aaj Tak stood out, as it talked to the concerned family and friends and tried to recreate the whole scenario once again. The channel glorified their pain and poignant memories of the incident for the immensely commercial reason. Of all the grudge that I hold against the over commercialized media, one that I could not control was the Herofication of every thing possible.
Nirbhaya or Damini or whatever the media houses name her, was not a single girl. It was supposed to be a concept. Nirbhaya was put through the most heinous of crimes in the most dreadful of ways imaginable. It still sends shivers down my spine to just think about it. But I am sorry, she was not a hero but a victim.
A hero by definition is a person, who is admired for their courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities.
She was courageous, much more than we can be most of the times, but for her own self – she didn’t have an option. The rape was not her achievement but her tragedy. Being a girl was not her quality but her curse! I am sorry but she was not a hero but a victim.
Ours is a very strange country. In India, One death is a tragedy. Million deaths become a mere statistic.
We love glorifying people, things and events. Much often, only to isolate them.
We created ‘the 26/11’ we created ‘the Jessica Lal murder case’ and we will now create the ‘Uber driver rape case’ or something similar to isolate and forget the incident.
We created Nirbhaya so that we could remember that one rape, that one girl and forget the other million rapes per year. Nirbhaya deserved every bit of attention and uproar we did, but so does every other girl.
The Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, 2013 was just a knee jerk reaction the public unrest. So was the recent Uber ban and so will be the steps that will be taken after another high profile rape!
We as a society are to be held responsible for what we have become. We cannot keep of switching channels, having debates over the dining table and keep on doing the things we have been doing for the rest of our lives.
We should remember the girl for the pain she endured and the monstrosity she went through. We must feel the pain she felt, to act upon it. Making her a hero would justify the pain. Was it justified by any means?
Nirbhaya was not a hero but a victim.
Image Credits: Jamal Aftab