Yesterday afternoon, as I traveled to Chiknaykanahalli of Tumkur dt, a little dog was unexpectedly hit by a car travelling in the opposite direction. Oh! It literally shook my conscience.. When that mongrel was running amok shocked, confused and weak, after it was hit, I could literally feel its pain. Although it was an “accident”, it left me wondering, as to how innocent helpless creatures get hurt for no fault of theirs and doesn’t have voice to protest.. and doesn’t have voice to revolt either.. It really took some time for me to get back to my moods.
In fact, I was on my way to Gopalapura village near Huliyar of Chiknaykanahalli taluk where a “voiceless” female was beaten to death on that fateful day of 28th June. Honnamma was a dalit woman who identified herself with a Political Party and was earlier known for her rather fearlessness and rude behavior. It obviously attracted many rivals for her throughout the time. But anyone would agree, that shouldn’t have resulted in her brutal assassination. Do you want to know how the female was beaten to death? Her rivals who were around 15-20 men, dragged her out of her place, dumped her in a drain, dropped heavy boulders on her ,enjoyed her screaming with crucifying pain for quite some time.. When her screech became more and more feeble and down, those “mighty men” presumed, she was dead and started leaving the place. Honnamma who still had little lifeblood left in herself, regained consciousness and pleaded for water. Realizing that she was still alive, the “mighty men” came back, dumped her in a larger pit, and threw stones at her till the wind was taken out of her sails.
It looks like a scene straight out of an action movie..But it was not to be. Police getting in to the scene afterwards and taking those involved in to custody is a different matter altogether. But if one comes to know it’s real and done, the affliction and the discomfort it leaves in an emotional heart is really upsetting. How helpless people get hurt for no fault of theirs and doesn’t have voice to protest.. and doesn’t have voice to revolt either.. Where is our Society up to? Can it be dared to define this as “stone age”?!