She was my SISTER!

“India is my country and all Indians are my brothers and sisters.

I love my country and I am proud of its rich and varied heritage.

I shall always strive to be worthy of it.

I shall give my parents, teachers and all elders respect and treat everyone with courtesy.

To my country and my people, I pledge my devotion.

In their well-being and prosperity alone, lies my happiness.”

What I have stated above is the pledge of my tricolor flag owned nation. Yes, I’m an INDIAN. A democratic country which is rich in its tradition, culture, rituals, food, education and all, among the world nations. Well, I’m not interested in mentioning about the conversant attributes of my nation. What actually I have to reveal about my nation is this story which touched every Indians heart for the past few days.

I don’t know how will you react to this crooked incident after hearing the story! I’m bit feared about your approach and expectations in the near future towards my nation though. What I’m going to tell you is all about the thoughts and responses by a common being against an illogical incident happened by the mid of this Christmas month and finally ended up with the death of a 23 year old girl who had enough dreams to achieve in her life. Let me briefly describe the incident at first.

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December 16: The victim, a paramedic student, watches a movie with her friend and heads home around 9 pm. She and her friend get on an illegal bus (a common sight in Delhi) whose conductor indicates that it is heading towards her home. 

On the bus, six drunken men, including the driver, first taunt her and used an iron rod to beat her friend, who tries to defend her, unconscious. They then rape and torture the young woman for over 40 minutes. 

In an attempt to hide their crime they strip the woman and her friend and throw them, naked and unconscious, out of the bus. 

They are discovered by the police and admitted to Safdarjung Hospital.

December 17: The police begin their investigations. Using CCTV footage and other clues, they identify four of assassins. Meanwhile her doctors disclose the extents of the woman’s horrific injuries.

December 18: The first protests begin, carried out by students of the Jawaharlal Nehru University. The day also sees a drama-filled day at Parliament where Sushma Swaraj calls for the death penalty and Jaya Bachchan makes an emotional speech.December 20: Students protest directly outside Delhi Chief Minister Shiela Dikshit’s house. After they try to storm the police barricade they are chased away by the Delhi police in the first of many such clashes. The victim’s friend gives his statement. December 21: The victim continues to be critical. Her friend identifies Mukesh, one of the accused, at Tihar jail. One more of the six are caught by the police.

December 22: Protests begin to get larger and start to center around the India gate and the Rastrapathi Bhavan, where thousands assembly and protest peacefully. 

December 23: Protests continue. Some elements begin to attack the police barricade and damage some vehicles. Delhi police retaliate with water cannons, tear gas and indiscriminate lathi charges. The reaction leads to chaos around India Gate and causes a severe backlash against the police. 

A police constable, Subhash Tomar is found collapsed at the scene of the protests. The police immediately arrest eight protestors for assaulting him.

December 24: The infamous ‘Theek Hai’ day. After demands by the protestors to be addressed by the leader of the nation, PM Manmohan Singh makes a statement. He asks protesters to go home and assures them that measures would be taken to improve the safety of women in the country. His lackluster statement quickly passes out of memory. 

However, as he ended his speech, he asks the question ‘Theek Hai?’ (Was it fine?) to the technicians off-screen. 

This part of his speech is accidentally broadcast and raises fresh protests and a stream of comments as to why the entire situation was ‘Not fine’. 

Meanwhile two of the accused are produced in a Delhi court where they ask to be hanged for their crimes. 

December 25: The victim appeared to be getting better with her doctor hoping for an optimistic outcome despite having to remove almost all of her small intestine due to gangrene. She manages to give a statement to a magistrate. 

This statement lead to an ugly political spat with CM Sheila Dikshit complaining to Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde that the police were causing interference with the process. 

The Delhi constable who was found collapsed at the scene of the protests on December 23, Subhash Tomar, dies. 

December 26: The protests continue in Delhi and only get larger. Constable Tomar is cremated with full state honors – a rare service for a constable and seen as the Delhi police making a point.

However the victim’s condition deteriorates drastically and she is flown to Singapore’s Mount Elizabeth Hospital.

December 27: The victim remains critical in the ICU of Mount Elizabeth Hospital. The Delhi police, along with other paramilitary forces, clamp down on the capital in a desperate attempt to stop the protests. 

They stop metro services, close roads and essentially turn the heart of the capital of India into a fortress. They even impose curfew, forbidding more than five persons from assembling. 

December 28: Despite the efforts of the Delhi police the protests continue. The victim’s condition deteriorates further. Her doctors in Singapore announce that she is suffering from multiple organ failure and is ‘extremely critical’. There were hopes that the super-specialty hospital might yet save her life. 

December 29: At around 3 am IST, the victim passes away.

The End

Most of you would feel ashamed after reading this real incident happened in my country 2 weeks back! Yes, I belong to a country where brutal acts and sexual abuses against women and children are increasing day by day. But why? I had been regularly taking the pledge mentioned in the beginning along with my mates from my kindergarten days onwards till my Higher Secondary School Level. It was almost around 12 years of my life, I had raised the same pledge in every morning sessions before the class starts. One among the assassin included in the list is a minor, who is legally an immature guy. How come he also added up in the gang? Did it show that I wouldn’t be able to walk along with my sister or mom in a public path during late night?

My personal opinions:

As a fellow Indian being, I couldn’t resist myself after hearing this heart-rending news in late today morning. My expectation for her come back from the brutal cause to life was keenly an affable one. Even her determination and wish for a comeback in such a bad condition made me excited as from a manly sight. I have also a family consisting of an elder sister and mom. If this is the case, how could I at least walk in the darkness of night with my mom or sister to a nearby shop or home which is at a distance of 10 or 20 minutes walk?From my point of view, India lacks well blatant rules and justice against the murders who are committing unbelievable crimes of this sort. I do remember the strictly engaged rules in Arabic nations against this kind of atrocity by the human pests. 
* Sudden actions must take against such shindy acts in the public.
* Every woman should take their own responsibility in keeping them safe from impassable conditions. 

*Be always cautious in taking every step when you’re either in a crowded or strange independent area. 
* Hold a mobile or at least tell your parents when you’re out during night schedules. Be always in touch with them.
*Avoid using modern and faint dress materials when you travel alone at night.

What I have seen from the responses of common people over here is just WORDLESS! Hoping for a peaceful and apt justice from the legal authorities against the murderers and convey it as a lesson for those who’re still in the crooked paths of doing injustice and uncultured events. May the assasins think about themselves what they did to their sensitive sister and remorse about the sins they put on her and the family. ATONEMENT! It must be the final result which should elapse through their mind with the punishment they are going to face. 



57 thoughts on “She was my SISTER!

  1. Very nicely put words, Rahul.
    This is a shameful event for our country because of the way this was handled by those who are supposed to impliment law and order. Our country remains the same in princicples and will have its founding principles deteriorated if the present scenario continues. Just like the way we clean up our house and get rid of trash, we have to clean up our nation and get rid of the insects that we do not need… I just pray that this will be a first step…

    • Thank you so much, Manu Cheta!
      I don’t think the cause via this issue wouldn’t make any relevant changes to the rules and justice related aspects in our nation. We Keralites had already faced an issue like this before! Do you remember that state renowned ‘Kilirur Incident’? Where are those murderers and politicians who put swipe over 2 families? What was the punishment they had faced?


  2. You write passionately on a topic that is worthy of passion. As an American, I would not be aware of these incidents in India without your post. Your love for your country is obvious, as is your passion for justice. I learned so much about your country from the words and the pledge you shared. I am so sorry for this young woman and for all those hurt now by fear because of the actions of several men. Thank you for sharing.

      • As a proud Indian, I must do something as a reaction against the cause you know? She was also a normal gal who has vibrant dreams to achieve in life. Not only her! What would be the mentality of a parent whose daughter got fiercely attacked by a group of uncanny beings? We all are expecting for the germane punishments for the murderers. Thank you so much for expressing your thoughts about the issue, Lori. It doesn’t matter whether you’re an American or I’m an Indian resident. We all are human beings according to the Laws of Nature. Have a good time ahead. Cheers. 🙂


  3. The French media have informed us that more than bestial brutality. I think this is thanks to people like you who speak out and rebel against such violence, that things can move towards a better future. I hope that all the demonstrators of your country, will be heard.

    • Oh, yeah! We all are expecting for the recommended justice put forward by the people in a democratic nation like India. Join with us, Igyslaine. Thank you so much for the obvious response ya give. Have a good time ahead. Cheers.\m/ 🙂


  4. Hey, great piece- really glad I stumbled upon your blog. I do agree with everything you said, I also feel that this case illustrates that some of the values our society is built on (patriarchy) are at fault. Harsher punishment of rapists needs to be accompanied by a complete overhaul in attitudes towards women at home, school and in the workplace- and this needs to be taught right from childhood

    • Hey Tanvi! We all are passing through a shivery century that these events can be considered a part of it. In India, recent stats shown that one woman got raped in every 22 minutes. What will be the number if we take a day? Hope you already know about it. We must have to take deeply extended studies in this sort of uncultured incidents happening all around the world. South Africa and US can be considered as two among them who had done detailed studies about it. I’m glad to find your humble response in my little space as well. Have a good day ahead. Cheers.\m/ 🙂


  5. I think it was so sweet how you started the introduction! Your words were so touching, I felt myself united with your nation and that Indians are my brothers and sisters ❤
    Just an idea for you – write us more articles about Indian lifestyles, from the reflection of a local! I love to atune with that indigenous spirit!

    And that is a devastating story 😦 I can't describe how I feel about it..:'(

    • Hey Sofia! I’m so glad to have a Ukranian sister like ya. 🙂
      I would definitely work out on the humble suggestion you gave. Join with your fellow Indians and let’s wait for the proceedings of genuine justice from the court. This must be a lesson for everyone and shouldn’t happen ANYMORE in our manly communities. Thank you so much for expressing your views about the topic. Have a good day ahead. Cheers.\m/ 🙂


      • One thing for sure – each one will always get his own.
        Sooner or later. I firmly believe it.
        What people give away is what they will get back in one form or another.
        There is a record for everything.

      • Oh! Yeah. We had discussed about this much recently you know? The logic is too short and simple!
        “For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction”


      • Hmm! The same advice is applicable for you as well. The whole world is changing day by day with unbelievable events and I’m confused, whether this was what we termed as the independent WORLD END? It’s almost started, uh?


      • It’s true, the end of of 2012 and the beginning of 2013 will be a bit complicated period, full of unexpected events (both good and bad, unfortunately) 😦

        But it’s not the end of the world, literally, no.
        It is some transitional phase happening in the world right now, there are a lot of planetary activities happening that are affecting us directly – some ppl get daily enlightments and some will go brutal. None’s psyche is stable right now.
        We’ll have both: local messiahs and brutes manifesting themselves allover now for a while, till the planetary transitions are done and settled.
        It won’t last long though. 2013 will make a significant shift towards peace (and i really hope so).

    • Well, what you had mentioned in the beginning of the comment are all new information for me, Sofia. I don’t know whether these environmental changes could cause or harm the way of life we all are living in the world now. Natural disasters and all can be considered as a part of it. I do agree with it. But the logic is not working well with me. It pitches interesting though anyway, Dheedhi!
      Let’s hope that 2013 will be definitely an innovative year for all of us which enlighten peace and grave hopes for our existence. Happy New Year to you and your family. Have a good time there. God bless. Cheers.\m/


    • Awww…! This one would be definitely a great gift from you, Dheedhi. Thank you so much for this reputed link, dear one. I’ll definitely check it out. My final cheers tag to you for this year! See ya on 2013. 😀 😛 🙂


  6. Such incidents are indeed a wake up call for us, to realise as to where we are exactly headng to…
    Only a silent prayer for that brave girl, her family and a wish India wakes up to to the call of its people for JUSTICE.. To win back its lost morals and values!

    • Thank you so much for stopping by my little space and commenting activity! Let’s unite together and react against this sort of sanguinary acts happening in our world. Fingers crossed. Have a good time there. Cheers. 🙂


  7. Thank you for talking about a problem that exists not just in India but WORLD WIDE……the atrocities against women are deplorable and many are punished for being raped or even killed. It has to stop!! Where in the world has our humanity gone??

    • I don’t know, Lisa! Is this what we termed as “2012-World End”? As ya mentioned, the whole nations around the world is facing sardonic challenges like this! I’m so ashamed to tell ya that, a mom exposed her 14 years old daughter in front of a gang of men for sexual practice. This is also a recently reported news from India. How dare it would be? 😦
      Thank you so much for stopping by my little space and for sharing your views about the issue. Keep in touch. Have a good time ahead. Cheers. 🙂


  8. We have seen this in the news and all of us were speechless of such brutality and talked about how India treats its women…
    And the next day a young woman was raped, tortured and set on fire on the porch of her house, here, in Greece…. I can’t even begin to believe what some people are capable of, regardless of their country…..

    • Nope, Anna! We’re not comparing the abeyances existing in our nation and I don’t care whether you’re an American or European or Indian citizen. We’re strongly bonded towards each other through this inexplicable humanly cap. The whole nations around this world is facing callous challenges of this kind. India can be considered ONLY as one among them. Be always cautious as women in every step ya move. Let’s hope for the relevant CHANGE of peace to spread around this deeply extended planet soon. 🙂
      Happy New Year to you and your family, dear one! Have a good time there. 🙂


    • Hey Kim! We all are living in century of this far erratic and vulgar unbelievable incident happening day by day. What we could actually do is to face these bad issues as a real human being and take action supporting the rules and justice of a lawful nation. Let’s hope for the generation of a hopeful and peaceful nation. Thank you so much for your humble comment, Kim. Have a good time ahead. Cheers.\m/ 🙂


    • You’re most welcome, Andrew. I’m glad to share this informative piece of share with ya all even it was little nasty one though. Hope you had took it in the right sense itself and consider it as one among the major incident happening all around the world. Have a good time there. Cheers! \m/ 🙂


  9. This is a good post about a horrific incident which could have happened anywhere in the world. It starts with men showing respect for women, and when this happens a whole society can be changed. My prayers go out to the girls and their families.

    • Hey Malby! I’m glad that you accepted the facts behind this topic in the right sense. Thank you so much for expressing your profound thoughts regarding it in my little space. Have a good day ahead. God bless. Cheers.\m/ 🙂


  10. rahul…though it was hard to read of such ugliness, i appreciate your clear presentation of what happened and your thoughtful response and ideas. just in this you have taken action to make something wrong lead to right.

    • Yes, I knew that it would be a creaky post to read about. But I do it as an Indian for my own country’s sake itself. The whole world nations must take it as a sign of coarse situations of the century in which we’re living now. Thank you so much for stopping by blog and I’ll definitely have a look at yours as well, Kris. Have a good day ahead. God bless. Cheers.\m/ 🙂


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  12. Hello Rahul, I’m very sorry to hear this happening to women in your country. This is an outrage which will lead to more hate and fear. I could only pray these protest will raise awareness and send a message to everyone in the world that this is evil, rape will never be tolerated again! I pray that citizens will take safety precautions, to protect and care for one another more. The future will be different. So sorry…

    • Thank you so much for expressing your views related to the topic, dear one. Let’s cross over hands and fight for a peaceful and hopeful future coming ahead. Have a good time there. God bless. Cheers.\m/ 🙂


    • Yup, dear one! Let’s hope for a better FUTURE coming ahead and work together for those wonderful days.
      PS: Hope you had a great New Year start with your family! I’m happy to see you back. Have a great time there. God bless. Cheers.\m/ 🙂


  13. This is a very well-written article on the cause! A stand is necessary and you did a fantastic job as a responsible individual citizen of India and above all as a human! Before any religion, language or country unites us, people across the world are bonded with the spirit of Humanitarianism ! Congratulations for realizing your responsibility!
    With best wishes,

  14. Rahul. The conciseness of your outline makes the outrage all the more powerful. In America every 2 minutes someone is being sexually assaulted and 97% of the rapist will never see a day in jail. I applaud your countries outrage.

    • Hmm, yeah! When it comes to the whole world statistics, we wouldn’t be even able to stand upright as a human being cause of the nasty do’s of this genre I guess. Let’s cross our fingers together and wait for the final moment of peace to spread all around this planet. Thank you so much for expressing your thoughts about the topic, Sheri. Have a great time there. God bless. Cheers.\m/ 🙂


  15. Rahul, change begins with small sparks from many people that ignite into a great fire. It is sad it happens all over the world, but we are growing more tired of what authorities do not accomplish! Change is coming is a very large way. You words were like that of a great journalist…keep sharing and moving forward…be safe, but continue to be strong! Much love to you my brother!

  16. The latest turn of events ( you know it) has left me heart broken & depressed beyond words. Here’s hoping that with this new year, a ‘new’ India shall rise with zero tolerance for violence against women, with new reforms in our almost obsolete judiciary. Very well written, my friend, India needs more guys like you, who are out there to ‘protect’ not ‘exploit’!…

  17. It’s horrifying what happened and i really hope she gets justice. The way the politicians are going about now with their numerous, useless debates…i have become doubtful again. 😦

  18. Rahul! its great that you feel strongly about this incident just like most of us, but i have to disagree on the point ‘Avoid using modern and faint dress materials when you travel alone at night.’ Be it day or night, whether you are fully clothed or not – as long mentally ill people exist in our society, the place is not safe for women.

    • The answer for your objection is there in your opinion itself, dear one! If ya already know it, why couldn’t you adjust for yourself as an objection in related with this faint dress usage at night schedules?
      PS: What I had mentioned above is the situations in which you may travel ALONE in night schedules. 🙂


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