Accept it or not: feudalism had actually never left India. The feudal forces of exploitation, abuse and criminal offenses still flourish, especially in the northern belt of the nation including, prominently, the most populous state of India, Uttar Pradesh (UP), with its 200 million people. This state has been the hotbed of criminal offenses versus ladies, communal violence, maximum custodial deaths, fake encounters and so on for decades, although its crime rate does not still top the list thanks to its huge population.
The effective upper castes here continue playing the controling functions as property owners, political leaders, crooks, rapists and mafias. And they work in tandem forming a big empire of beneficial interests that percolates down favourably to the regional authorities, including the cops in specific. Naturally, there has constantly been an overpowering spirit of mutual defense between them. Whenever any of the feudal lords is under a cloud of doubt or danger the corresponding forces get into movement by engineering cover-ups or the like, lastly guaranteeing their protection versus all chances.
All low-caste residents are untouchable for them, except their women. The upper-caste men or their off-springs or their domesticated goons prowl constantly for a chance to torture, rape and kill low-caste females, often as measures of penalty for what they decide is incorrect, and often just for carnal satisfaction. The bad down-trodden low-caste menfolk, suppressed in a constant process of oppression, see dumb and numb, and if some dare to protest the feudal counterparts in the local administration act instantly, suppressing them ruthlessly. Naturally, there would be exceptions constantly when low-caste individuals manage to penetrate the upper-caste bastion, presuming important positions of power.
During the last few COVID-19 plagued months the infamous state has actually been witnessing a series of harsh rapes and rape-murders, one after the other as if those beasts accomplished obtained immunity to possible action by the administration or the justice system. Among such inhuman acts took place on the 14 th of September 2020 at Hathras in UP when a 19- year-old low-caste woman was waylaid, abducted, gang-raped and physically brutalized by 4 upper-caste monsters, nearly to the point of death. With her bruised-battered body, her spinal column broken and her tongue cut the victim simply managed to reach house, and was instantly admitted in the regional hospital. Later on, as her condition became important, she was transferred to a medical facility in Delhi. Details of her treatment there are unclear as the media that time were head-to-foot participated in the examination of some glam gals.
The media or a few of it, hopelessly polarized as they remain in India, awakened just when the unfortunate girl died on 29 th September. They were forced to stay awake as the UP police fast removed the body to Hathras, and cremated it around 2.30 -3.30 AM on the next day, without the victim’s household’s desire or approval or consent. And after that just, the media decided to make it a national outrage remembering, justifiably, the horrors of the Delhi Gang-rape case in 2012 that shook the country causing a mass movement versus the rapists and extreme modifications in the legalities of criminal offenses against ladies.
The UP authorities happened with its brazen act. A few of their top polices even said that it was not a case of rape at all: the lady passed away due to a neck injury the intensity of which made her bit her tongue. Their expressions were apparently based upon tests done one week after the occurrence, and the last autopsy report. More acts followed in evident haste: the victim’s family was isolated, their phones being supposedly took away; the whole village of Hathras was sealed not enabling anyone to go into or leave; politicians of the opposition parties were obstructed, detained and even manhandled; the now-desperate media were likewise not permitted to go into Hathras.
Initially, the authorities gave the COVID-19 excuse for such coercive procedures, and then, as the state Chief Minister announced an Unique Investigation Group (SIT) probe, they said no one would be enabled to get in till the probe was over. The family must be secured from outside impact and any possible tempering of proof should be avoided, they likewise preserved. The top polices even more strengthened the evident cover-up by saying that it was a conspiracy to fuel upper-caste versus lower-caste neighborhood stress.
The country exploded then: people, females activists and political parties coming out on streets protesting; the High Court providing a notice to state federal government to explain the hurried cremation; Human being Rights groups asking for explanations and so on. But criminal offenses against females in the state continued unabated, a minimum of 2 more women being brutalized and killed in the last 2 days. The feudal status-quo and the brazenness just got increased, with the state being ruled by the most powerful national political party. Instead of promising stern action and preventive steps the ruling dispensation picked to make mockery of opposing opposition leaders and others. In many circumstances of rape-murders in the current previous leaders of that political party were found to be involved, sometimes straight. A popular previous judge included more fuel to fire by building up a theory regarding why males rape women, the COVID-induced unemployment being the main factor for such crimes, according to him.
In spite of the fast-tracking justice system in regard to crimes against females that was established post 2012 Delhi case and the current executions of 3 of the wrongdoers, there seems to be no deterrent to the enemies of humanity who continue to wreak havoc on the society as they wish. This problem is apparently beyond laws and the justice system. The society at big should take the last call, to avoid more horrors like Delhi-Nirbhaya, Hathras and others in future. The society needs to break out of the exploitative feudal worths and the beneficial interests’ nexus. Federal governments can only supply more reliable laws, if at all; the society just can execute to make sure a protective environment for ladies.