Criminality at its worst, editorial Kashmir Images
It is extremely painful to see the valley of saints dipping into the abysmal depths of criminality. The extent of criminalization of the Kashmiri society can be gauged by just perusing the news pages of the local newspapers. Only yesterday three heart wrenching incidents happened that tell it all. A five year old girl child was raped by a teenager in Budgam district. The ill- fated girl is undergoing treatment in a hospital where she gazes at everyone as if all the elders of this society are criminals and scoundrels. In second incident, in a remote village of the same district, a man, his wife and his aged mother were all paraded naked and forced to walk the entire village before the village Sarpanch urinated at him. In yet another shameful act, a father killed his son over a petty land dispute.
Three heinous crimes on a single day manifest the waywardness and lawlessness in the paradise on earth! Equally shameful and dastardly is the reaction of the society towards such inhuman incidents. People watch and see all this without actively trying to arrest the delinquent trend that has almost devoured the society. Our elders do not get tired of the ethics that Kashmiris posses but on the streets there is some other things that are happening in the broad daylight and which bring notoriety to the nation. The law and order machinery has almost lost its gear to control the criminalization of society by letting the culprits roam scot free for trivial pecuniary interests. Had there been any deterrent, the whole society would not have been helplessly watching all the obnoxious things. The civil society unites only on the petty issues like reservation of seats in the mini buses and like that leaving the all important issues untouched, deliberately or otherwise. The central theme of all the activities by the civil society, if there is any of that in real sense, is their own publicity to gain some sort of mileage. The religious leaders are involved in the discussions which made Muslims leave Spain in the most disgraceful manner after ruling the south European country for several centuries. They are using the religion just to alleviate their status in the society so that they can call the shots. Only few days ago one such discussion was to be organized in Anantnag where rival factions were to debate as to which of them followed the true path of Islam. How pity is that! The so called leaders and claimants of virtuous lineage also are busy in asserting Pidram Sultan Bowad and have left the nation to wander in the darkness of faithlessness and criminality.
For quite some time Kashmir needed a strong social reformation movement but the intervention of and hijacking by the vested interest has made it a distant dream. It is not that this land is devoid of good and God fearing people, but the stage has been set in such a manner that the truth speaking has become almost impossible in the present circumstances unless some daredevilry in brought into action. The only remedy to rid the society of the criminality is to take the present crop of religious, societal and political leadership head on and discard them like the used tissue papers. The nations prosper by having best leaders and guides but here the present lot has failed and it is time for them to quit and leave space for the younger generation which will choose the pious among themselves for leadership. In present scenario, no leader can claim to be on the offside of exploitative politics or gimmickry. The hypocrite lot is all responsible for the current rot in the society. Similarly, people have to start mob justice for those matters that demand immediate treatment as put forward by first woman IPS officer Kiran Badi some years ago. She had said that people must act at their own when a woman’s chastity is tarnished. Had people acted in the same manner at Budgam, the innocent girl child would not lift complaining gazes at every Kashmiri man. Had masses shown bravery, the culprit Sarpanch would have been torn to pieces while parading a man and two women naked. It is time to act or else time is running against us.