When we watched movies, containing inhuman scenes, we probably would have thought about how could be someone so cold-hearted. A thought must have crossed our mind that if we were in place for them, we could have done something. We are living in a paradoxical state of mind where on the one hand we talk about technology, science and better lifestyle and on the other hand we are losing to ourselves, lowering those values which make us more human. We call ourselves superior species dominating the earth, we live close to one another because we are made to protect and help each other. We were meant to live together in harmony all along. There are emotions and feelings attached to what we do. Guess that is what makes us human but, what happens when ‘We’ ourselves devalue those human factors, what happens when we lose our humanity? Someone dies, someone loses hope, trust and most important we lose our soul and the very essence of our existence.
Past few years, India has portrayed this inhuman ignorance. We bring you the 5 of many countless incidents (this does not mean other are unimportant) where people lost their lives because people decided not to come forward. One step could have made a difference.
1. Delhi Gangrape in 2012: The victim was brutalized by few monsters in a moving bus. She was tortured and raped to her inner soul. They wounded her to such extent that no normal person could think of and when they were done with her they threw her and her friend in cold wintery roads of December, naked. But the bigger monsters were those passersby who stood there and did nothing to help. None of them couldn’t even spare a cloth to cover the cloth-less bodies. Maybe their souls were frozen, maybe it’s because the victims shared no blood with them. The news of this heinous crime made quite a stir in the country. People united in protest. Candle marches were carried throughout the country. The country, for the first time, was witnessing a revolution like movement. The change was the demand; strong punishment was the sound. But, that didn’t turn out so well for us. That’s what we do, we get angry when in mass and then without any conclusion, we calm down. Why? Keep reading.
2. Dadri Mob lynching of Akhlaq 2015: A small village in the vicinity of Ghaziabad. Mob arrived and tore apart a family beating the head of the house to death. Why? Because they found out the guy was consuming cow meat and which they claim to find in his fridge. It was titled as mob justice by many hypocrites. If killing a cow and consuming its meat is not permitted in a religion, does that give the people belonging to the religion a right to kill a human being? Couldn’t they have gone the right way seeking justice from law and order or was the life of a mere human being is less important compared to a dead cow? You kill goats and eat but if someone touches a cow you go mad.
3. Karuna Stabbed to death in broad daylight 2016: It was another normal day in Karuna’s life when suddenly it took a drastic turn. In a very busy street of Delhi, she was stabbed to death by a guy. People passed by but did not come to aid the girl while the killer stabbed her more than 20 times and then hit her with a stone. Had the people intervened, she would have survived such unwanted fate. All these cases observed cowardice of people. They would strike for their rights, for the reservations so that they can get a job they don’t deserve because you know 20% seats… but will not arise to assist someone in trouble.
4. Gau Rakshak Extremism 2016: Past 1 or 2 years have witnessed mob beating people because either they consumed cow meat or were involved in it. The group identified as Gau Rakshak, they claimed to have their roots all across the country. Print and electronic media often showed news related to gau rakshas making a mockery out of the Judicial system. They even raped women in the name of justice! India is considered a sacred land for cows, the animal is depicted here as the mother. Yeah, we get! But, is it a reason enough to turn into a less evolved being and act primitively? You can bet even stone age people wouldn’t have done killing each other. Mob justice they say, maybe that is not why we have a legal system. Let’s not forget the people accused were ‘humans’ too or were they really? We have been focusing solely on it since the beginning. Keep beating aside for a sec, aside not forget. What is the strength comparison of 20 people against of 4 or 5? If few people lose their mind and decided to do wrong, isn’t it our moral duty to stop them? Perhaps not, because we are too busy filming that stuff and clicking pictures because the likes on Facebook and views on YouTube matters more.
5. The death of 4 kids in Ludhiana 2017: The most recent incident that is as shocking as it could get. 5 Kids were riding their car. Due to rainfall road was slippery and the car was over speeding which was a terrible mistake and all of sudden the car got out of control collided with a tree at the side of the road. The accident was so extreme that it almost split the car in two. The teens were stranded and probably unconscious. The area wasn’t secluded so onlooker gathered. What was dreadful is that instead of calling for help or police they engaged themselves in taking photos and videos to post it on social media. By the time help arrived it was too late for the 4 out of 5 kids who were marked dead and the other was left paralyzed. If only the public had done something to help, they could have survived, they would have survived the accident.
These episodes exhibit only one thing that with time we are losing our very basic nature. The humbleness Indians were known for worldwide is dissipating at a rapid pace. This is not the dream of digital India we would want. Social media and the internet are made for entertainment and information and educational purpose. Please do not trade it with someone’s life. It only takes an initiative to help others. We all are here for a purpose and it definitely consists of looking out after people. Once a great man said that ‘burning a hut to brighten your lawn blackens your heart’. It is about time we wake up our inner self and the very soul and listen to what your conscious has to say. And let us not forget, if it is they today, it could be us tomorrow and no one would come to rescue. Be a savior and above all, ‘BE A HUMAN’ because humanity had this world going in the first place.