Here, the “she” being referred to, is a 10-year old girl, who belonged to an aboriginal community in Australia! The little girl was gang raped by 9 men, who supposedly belonged to the upper caste. A case was filed and the offenders were either placed on probation or given suspended sentences.
The woman judge in the hearing, by the name Sarah Bradley, was reported as saying “she probably agreed to have sex with all of you”.
This enraged me beyond anything! What kind of a ten-year old would actually agree to consented sex, and that too with nine men???
A little more information on Judge Bradley’s background and you shall be shocked that she was the one who announced this verdict!!
A UNICEF estimate says about 2.50 lakhs children have been recruited as soldiers in various capacities worldwide. In India no such studies have been done to document the life of these child soldiers. The main reasons the children take to guns being extreme poverty and they see rebels leading well-off lives. To them joining the rebels seems like an opportunity to get out of their misery. When the child soldier learns the tricks of the trade and starts getting money, the parents also enjoy a better life style. While the government doesn’t give enough support and compensation for victims, rebel groups step in to act as guardians.
Whats worse is that in most countries, including India, there is no government mandate on what should be done of these children, once they are found during raids or encounters. Can their childhood be returned? NO!
In over twenty countries around the world, children are direct participants in war. Denied a childhood and often subjected to horrific violence, an estimated 200,000 to 300,000 children are serving as soldiers for both rebel groups and government forces in current armed conflicts. These young combatants participate in all aspects of contemporary warfare. They wield AK-47s and M-16s on the front lines of combat, serve as human mine detectors, participate in suicide missions, carry supplies, and act as spies, messengers or lookouts.
Medicine is one of the most noble professions in the world. I personally rate medicine and doctors, next to men in defence services!! Doctors are the ones who, at one point of time, were treated with the reverence of God, the life giver! Such is the impact doctors have, in a normal man’s life! No wonder then, that the grill and patience required to become a doctor and attain that level, is gruelling!
When you see such people, the so-called-doctors, abusing the sanctity of their profession… The life-givers indulging in practices which may take away the lives of people who believe in them blindly… bestow upon them, the faith akin to God – You lose faith in everything!
More I come across domestic violence, more poignant feelings I have. This time watch this brief 30-sec youtube video:
Warning: The video has violence. With a message.
This video is part of Canadian anti-domestic abuse campaign that never went on air.
(Letting out a long and deep breath !!)
I just saw this Web site called AbuseAware. It is a Web site dedicated to sensitive about the abuse related issues. This site also promotes a book related to the subject called Living With The Enemy. Home page of this Web site has some really poignant pictures with captions. Sample these:
Visit AbuseAware to see more.