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Raped, Then Jailed..!

Raped, Then Jailed..!

A young student files rape charges against a former Union Minister, and even as the alleged rapist is led off to prison, we hear that higher ups have retaliated by jailing her!

A poor girl from Unnao sees family members killed and injured as she fights another powerful rapist who even tries to mow her down with a truck!

Is this what happens when we decide to fight the powerful?

Should we then like Rahul, call it a day and retreat to the Backwaters of Kerala?

No!  

Remember, you who are weary with the fight; trolled, put in jail, humiliated, that it’s through your lonely battles, through your bravery and courage that huge positive changes have taken place in our world.

The last president of the US, Barack Obama was an African-American. Fifty years ago, such a possibility would not have existed in the imagination of even a storyteller. But it happened and it all started with a woman, a tailor by profession, and her decision to say, ‘enough is enough’!

Called "the mother of the civil rights movement," Rosa Parks invigorated the struggle for racial equality when she refused to give up her bus seat to a white man in Montgomery, Alabama.

After a long day's work at a Montgomery department store, Parks boarded the Cleveland Avenue bus for home. She took a seat in the first of several rows designated for "colored" passengers. 

As the bus Parks was riding continued on its route, it began to fill with white passengers and the driver noticed that several of the whites were standing. He stopped the bus and, asked four black passengers to give up their seats. Three of them complied with the driver, but Rosa Parks refused and remained seated. “Why don't you stand up?" shouted the driver, to which Parks replied, "I don't think I should have to stand up."

The driver called the police and had her arrested. 

Parks' arrest on December 1, 1955 launched the Montgomery Bus Boycott by 17,000 black citizens. A Supreme Court ruling and declining revenues forced the city to desegregate its buses thirteen months later.

Today there is no discrimination and after that things changed so dramatically, that an African American who fifty years before would not have sat if a white man had no seat, finally sat in the seat of the ‘most powerful man in the world’.

All because of an ordinary woman who said, ‘enough is enough’!

In 1999, Rosa Parks received the Congressional Gold Medal of Honor, the highest honour a civilian can receive in the United States.

You may not receive any such recognition, maybe you won’t be joined by others, but every fight, lonely and solitary though it is, abandoned and mocked maybe by those who give in, is still one weary yet triumphant step towards creating a more just new world!

Fight On, Brave Hearts!

But you and me? Step In, Show Solidarity. Help Them Win..!

( bobsbanter@gmail.com)

(Published on 30th September 2019, Volume XXXI, Issue 40)