Recently the Arushi Murder case made quite a sensational headline. All the major news channels flashing the headlines. Honorable minister of Women and Child Development, Mrs. Renuka Choudhary also took the police force to task for not handling the case properly and using derogatory language for Arushi and demanded a CBI probe into the same. But what everyone conveniently forgot here is the fact that there were two murder victims, the second one being the male servant, Hemraj. But barely do we hear any news of the unfortunate invisible male victim in the twin murder episode in Noida.
But whilst there has been a lot of gung ho about delivering justice to a 14 year old Arushi, which is fairly acceptable as well, but such a provision does not mandate depriving a male victim his share of justice as well. People, society, authorities, government, media, all and sundry involved have conveniently forgotten the invisible male victim in the whole episode. Also the father has been made the easily sellable scapegoat accused as per the convenient male victim theory. Even the CBI taking custody of the father Mr. Rajesh Talwar for about close to two weeks now, has failed to find any evidence against him and he has spent 2 weeks in jail.
For how long will the males in this country be dammed in the name of justice and duty? One girl dies and so much of a euphoria is created, will the same be created had Rajesh fathered a male child and that child would have met the same unfortunate fate? There are so many boys murdered in the society and there is not even a mention of those unfortunate deaths let alone imparting justice to them. If this the era of Gender Equality then why are the males in this country always dammed and denied a fair and impartial chance let alone justice. What is the definition of such an equality which is suffering from biased standards?
An adolescent child studying in class XI / XII involves in rash and drunken driving and instead of punishing that child, amendments are proposed to cancel the driving license of the Father. Why not of the mother? Is it not a mother’s role to imbibe values in her children and when the attempt fails, the father, a male has to pay the penalty, why?
For how long will the society remain oblivious to the woes and blues of the INVISIBLE MALE VICITM? And consider their harassment as an honorary service? Psychologists have time and again warned against cornering and now Indian men are facing the same cornering and this phenomenon has led to the development of severe distrust amongst male towards the system.
Yesterday a man in UP who was arrested on charges of illegal liquor trade and was being sent to jail, was beaten up black and blue by the police when he pleaded innocence and resented being sent to jail as he feared more violent treatment in jail. He kept crying and re-iterating his stand that he was falsely implicated, but the policemen beat him up in full public view and in front of the media. There was no one to save him from the draconian clutches of the inhuman policemen who were acting like goons in uniform. Is this a form of treatment the civil society is going to adduce to males?
The civil society needs to wake up to this alarming trend of the meaty treatment meted out to the males of this country who do the most risky jobs, pay 82 % of taxes and yet do neither have a Men’s Welfare Ministry nor a National Commission of Men to redress their grievances and that is the reason the unfortunate males in this country have to resort to suicide to end their woes as is reflected in the suicide statistics as published by the National Crime Records Bureau. Every year on an average 75, 000 men are ending their lives as opposed to 35, 000 women. Yet these figures never make their way to the public. The fourth pillar of democracy, the media has to take this responsibility to highlight the plight of men in this country who are living in a very delirious situation at the point of being target to injustice any moment.
Men need to understand the scenario and they need to highlight their woes to the government to get their grievances redressed.