Do you know what a kangaroo court is?
For those who don’t know, a “kangaroo court” is a judicial tribunal or assembly which is held in rural villages that blatantly disregards recognized standards of law or justice, and often carries little or no official standing in the territory within which it resides. [Source: Wikipedia]
This story is about two girls Meenakshi kumari (23) and her younger sister who (15) belong to a Dalit family from a village in Uttar Pradesh. They were ordered to be raped and then to be paraded naked with face blackened through the streets by the village council, and the reason being? Wait, here’s the most shocking part of the incident, the reason behind this unacceptable and violent attack was the eloping of the elder brother with a married woman belonging to a higher caste (Jats).
After the order was passed the two sisters did manage to run away from their village and file a petition at the Supreme Court to protect their family, and thankfully they were given protection after 100,000 great souls signed the petition for their safety. Still it didn’t end there. The family is still being ill-treated and often harassed by the police.
More than the pain and shock, I am also dumb founded by the fact that how can people dare to ordain such a ridiculous punishment, that too on the ones who are innocent.
Quarrels and fights over caste and religion are a common occurrence in our nation, but the cruel punishment of rape and naked parade, just to avenge their brother’s ‘crime’ is something which angers me the most.
After so many years of independence, the question of absolute freedom still looms over us. With freedom comes a responsibility, but how many of us actually know what this actually means. Women have been given a high pedestal in every religion preached and practised in our land, but it is time to think do we really respect them? Or are they mere objects?
According to an article over the internet, the kangaroo courts consists mostly of unelected members, mostly of the high castes – the Jats, who practically rule the village in most rural sections of the Northern part of the country. However it does raise many questions in my head. One, so what if they are from a higher caste, who on earth has given them the right to decide other people’s future? Being from a higher caste doesn’t mean they own everyone. Where there is law and order in our country, how do they even dare to pass out such punishments? And if there is law and order why are these “Wack Panchayats” still in practice? Why do the courts act after the damage is done? I mean what good does it bring?
And this is not one incident, but there are many others incidents similar to these which involve the Kangaroo court. In August 2010 a woman was told to walk naked as a punishment. In May 2011 a couple was stoned to death. And in 2012 a woman was gang raped by 13 men and all these were done under the orders of the elders of these Kangaroo courts.
My God, the very thought of it gives me chills still now. In my opinion, the government should stop everything else and first pour in some proper education of humanity and proper justice to these scums who call themselves the so called high cast.
Note: Image used in this post is only for representational purpose.