This latter document showed how little the state cares about women and how unseriously it took the massive protests that persisted for over a month, from the end of 2012 well into January 2013.
From the Tarun Tejpal case to the Justice Ganguly case, from the to the Homen Borgohain case in Assam to the Khurshid Anwar case, men have not only abused women but turned vicious and violent when taken to task for it and heaped insult onto injury, with no real outrage from any quarter.
Women remain the most abused minority in this country and 2013 offered a stunning array of examples to prove that.
The economically poor Muslim women in Muzaffarnagar who were gangraped and brutally assaulted remain mostly silent. They are very unlikely to get any justice.
This shows how much has changed for Dalit and adivasi communities in India and the caste character of the middle class and the so-called intellectual class in India. The most criminal class in this great democracy is undoubtedly the middle class.
An articulate and sincere adivasi woman who came to the centre to demand her rights was jailed, tortured, sexually abused, deemed mad and finally let out only on bail with half of her life destroyed. This is how this great democracy treats its indigenous people.
Kashmir remains the gaping wound it is and all the Indian state seems able to do is open the wound wider.
The dismissal of Zakia Jaffrey’s petition is the icing on the cake made of Muslim blood and bones that the Hindu state loves feasting on.
The most chilling thing about the Supreme Court judgement that rejected the Delhi High Court judgement’s reading down of Section 377 in December was the fact that the minority status of homosexuals made them irrelevant.
The term used was “miniscule fraction.” This is the idea of a democracy where the numerical value of a community will decide their fate.
The countless untold stories that unfold every day, relentlessly, form the silent backdrop to this noise. But both the silence and the noise appear to mean nothing to us.
It is business as usual for the world’s biggest democracy. While the growth in technology and media and were touted to usher in stronger accountability, all they appear to have done is create a spectacle for middle-class consumption.
The great democracy and its great sold-out fourth pillar of democracy, the media, will never let us see those. Our democracy is the story of the largest unit. All smaller units, from almost half the population to a miniscule fraction’ don’t matter at all.
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Ashley Tellis a is a freelance editor, journalist and academic-at-large based in New Delhi