There seems to be politics when you raise your voice on social networks. A word of warning : Do not ask me to shut the fuck up. It never works
It seems that in today’s India raising your voice in outrage brings about a few reactions that are very interesting.
1. Oh come on, lets talk about cheerful things
2. Stop talking and do something about it.
3. Yeah, this was bad but there are far worse cases
4. So and so social strata has it worse
5. Don’t you have anything better to do?
And yes, I am talking about the recent rape case.
I’d love to talk about cheerful things, but somehow this news item has freaked me out. I do not have a daughter but deeply fear for girls and women on the roads. Yes it has affected me.
What has disgusted me is this insidious competitive spirit that has crept into expressions of outrage. Certain women have taken to social network with enthusiasm in the spirit of “Uski sari meri sari se safed kaise?”
One status was :
oh plz jst stop updating ur status against ds DELHI RAPE KAND.if u really care dn side ur expnsive laptop n cozy blankets….come out n protest.v 9 v cant change it by protestng bt atlst v can slap ds govt in public..
I completely empathize with the sentiment but would like to put certain things on record
a) This is not a competition. People who can not travel (since they have jobs to do, dinner to cook, children’s homework and needs to attend to) are not doing any less. They are raising their voices.
b) As citizens of this country their voices are valuable too. Remember it is one vote per person, so their voices count.
This case came into lime light coz’ the girl is brutalized and is struggling for her life in the national capital. Everyday numerous gang rapes take place in tribal belt, who talks about them? Soni Sori is beaten and then a staff is shoved up her genitals did you even hear about her? There are many Sonis out there. She hails from middle class thus showing middle classes how vulnerable they are as women and families of women. No body cares what happens to tribals and dalits, middle class speaks only when it is about them.
I humbly beg to submit that I care, but since the media did not cover it and since I am an ordinary middle class person who is not a social activist, there was no way I could have known or raised my voice about it.
And does my not raising voice against what happened to Soni Sori make my raising my voice on this case any less effective? Is this a *&^%$* competition?
And dear readers, is my raising my voice in protest not important? How in this crazy skewed climate that I find on social network have I deserved to be termed as
arm chair debaters who want a change without actually doing anything about the change it self.
A girl is struggling for her life and if one feels outraged others try to act superior and shut our voices!