A country is angry again. People are seething in disgust at the apathy of the situation. But the woman in power does not care. She believes it is all a "misconstrued" plan by media and her opposition to tarnish her party image. That's all.
So when a 20 year old college student gets gang raped and murdered in West Bengal's 24 Parganas District, the chief minister of the state- Ms. Mamata Banerjee's first reaction is to shrug off the matter as a one - off incident. But when that does not work, she claims it to be a "concocted" event, plotted and schemed by her opposition, all in the name of slandering her political image.
Unfortunately, her claims are false and the rapes are real.
The recent spate of horrific sexual assault against women have put the state back into the spotlight. According to the figures released by the National Crime Records Bureau ( NCRB) , West Bengal has recorded the highest number of crimes against women for the second consecutive year in 2012. According to the report, the number of cases of crime against women stands at a staggering 29,133- the highest in the country, including 2,317 cases of rape alone. So even after looking at these figures, the minister remains in denial and fails to take any action..
A question which seems befitting to ask now is - Does a woman in power, help to stop the crimes against women in her own state? Does a woman in power care about her own clan being brutally attacked and murdered, while she watches in absolute silence?
In the case of Ms. Banerjee, she continues to remain indifferent. Being a woman and living in West Bengal right now, i feel ashamed and helpless right now. My state has failed me. I hope she is reading this right now. I hope she realizes that this 'macabre' against women has to stop. I hope she rises above the petty politics and reassures us punitive action against the offenders. I hope my faith in humanity and my dream of a better society remains intact.
I hope you are listening Ms. Banerjee.