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The heart weeps

Globe and Mail reader Maggy Carter astutely comments on the death of the New Dehli gang rape victim.

According to the hospital head, the victim “passed away peacefully”. A curious phrase to describe death from such a horrific, violent, depraved, evil, inhuman atrocity. Is it the passage of time, the fact that she was heavily sedated, or some other intangible, that allows people in authority to downplay – to publicly sanitize for some reason – the end result of an act that is in diametric opposition to the meaning of peaceful. To be fair, it is a euphemism that has found increasing acceptance in the vernacular of an english speaking culture seemingly eager to blunt the harsh reality of a world, significant corners of which appear at times to have evolved only marginally beyond the life form that crawled out of the primordial ooze.

One can only speculate on the mental anguish, the psychological shock, the emotional turmoil, the futile attempt of one’s brain – even sedated – to come to grips with an unexpected, unimaginable, incomprehensible, interminable act of violence against one’s person. Multiple unwanted breaches of the female sexual organs by male appendages, intermingled with physical beatings, and culminating with a long metal rod rammed into the bowels. Not visited by a conquering vengeful army from antiquities, not by a Vlad the Impaler, not even by a pathologically brutal member of the SS. No, this hails from modern day, ‘civilized’ India.

Clocks tick, calendars turn, millennia pass but when it comes to the ability to repress, if not forever displace, the visceral violent traits of human nature – the mills of the gods grind exceedingly slow.

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5 comments to The heart weeps

  • Mattyb719

    I’m not a christian. I don’t believe in a god even.

    Things like this make me question myself. If acts so evil, vile, and disgusting can happen… isn’t there something on the other side of the coin? I wish I could believe in some righteous christian god that would punish the evil. I’m, quite literally, weeping as I respond to this post.

    This is evil. I don’t have any other word to describe it. It’s things like this that make me lose faith in humanity. I just don’t understand how people can do things like this. When one demented person kills a bunch of kids, like what happened recently, I can sate myself with the fact that it was a single mentally ill person.

    When a group of people commit an evil act it’s different. It wasn’t a mentally ill person acting out. This was a conscious act by multiple people. I hope they die slowly and painfully.

  • adrena

    Heartbreaking!

    In one of her conscious spells, Nirbhaya had told her mother even as she waged a grim battle with death in Safdarjung Hospital, “Save me… I want to live.”

    RIP Nirbhaya

  • adrena

    BuzzFeed offers Powerful Photographs Of India Demanding Justice For Women

    Personally, I like this one best as it speaks to patriarchy’s atrocious habit of victim blaming.

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  • Mattyb719

    This isn’t even a 3rd world country thing. This shit happens in our country. Most sexual assaults don’t get reported. One of my ex-girlfriends was raped in her freshman year. She didn’t report it because she didn’t want to be “that girl” and have everybody know. Women that are sexually assaulted are afraid to report it because it gives them a stigma. How fucked up is that?

    He told her “If you tell anyone about this or report this I’ll kill you”. I never asked her for a name because I knew the road it would lead me down. I would have killed him and I would have enjoyed it.

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