July 05, 2010


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”?!


Tina said...

I am from Tumkur and this incident has left me speechless. Please make sure these men get proper punishment for their heinous behaviour. Ours is a land which worships female gods and respects women in all its holy scriptures. The lady, whatever was the point of contention was, never deserved to die such a horrible death. Hope our media gives this enough space without resorting to sleaze. Please do the needful, sir.
regards, Tina

ನಾವಡ said...

ನಮಸ್ಕಾರ ಸಾರ್,
ಇಡೀ ಘಟನೆಯೇ ಕ್ರೌರ್ಯದ ಪರಮಾವವಧಿ ಎನಿಸುತ್ತದೆ. ಇದು ನಮ್ಮ ಮಾಧ್ಯಮಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಎಲ್ಲೂ ಸುದ್ದಿಯಾಗಲೇ ಇಲ್ಲವೇ ? ಸಣ್ಣ ಘಟನೆಯನ್ನೂ 24 ಗಂಟೆಗಳ ಕಾಲ ತೋರಿಸುವ ಟಿವಿ ಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಎಲ್ಲೂ ಸುದ್ದಿಯಾಗಲೇ ಇಲ್ಲ ಎನ್ನುವುದು ನನ್ನ ಅನಿಸಿಕೆ. ಇಂಥ ಪ್ರಕರಣಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ತಪ್ಪಿತಸ್ಥರಿಗೆ ಶಿಕ್ಷೆಯಾಗುವುದಷ್ಟೇ ಅಲ್ಲದೇ, ಜಿಲ್ಲಾಡಳಿತಕ್ಕೂ ಒಂದಿಷ್ಟು ಜವಾಬ್ದಾರಿ ಹೊರೆಸಬೇಕು. ಇಲ್ಲದಿದ್ದರೆ ಇಂಥವು ತಪ್ಪುವುದಿಲ್ಲ. ಸಿನಿಮಾಗಳಲ್ಲಿರುವಂತೆಯೇ ಎಲ್ಲವೂ ಮುಗಿದ ಮೇಲೆ ಜಿಲ್ಲಾಡಳಿತ ಸಂತ್ರಸ್ತ ಕುಟುಂಬ ಕಣ್ಣೊರೆಸುವ ಕ್ರಿಯೆ ಬಹಳ ದೊಡ್ಡದೆನಿಸದು.
ಅರವಿಂದ ನಾವಡ

Prashanth said...

It's very Simple...In today's republic of India, there is no value for Life( and that of Comman man)!!! People started loosing the ethicas and morals....No Social responsibility, ethics followed! Every one are running towards "Naanu","Nannadau"....the selifishness thing.

We have Law and order clearly defined in books, but followed mostly nowhere....and enforced mostly nowhere. Pls see that "enforcement" of Law & order is equally important than just having them in books. Had this incident been in US, the culprits would be identified, and snetenced to minimum a life time(yea a life time) impriosnment....ireespective their social status, caste, region or religion.

It's also to a greater extent the politicians, under whose shadow such criminal elements growup and enjoy the freedom of performing anti-social activities.

Just curious, as a minister...what actions could you take to punish the victims of this incident?