BY HIMPARNA DAS
“Justice”, a mere seven letter word, found its use in the lives of every individual, a word that attatches with it hundreds of perspectives. What changed in our years of growing up is we’ve learnt that only laws are fixed, justice is instead subjective.
Recently the incident of “locker rooms” was in the forefront of virality in social media. Everyone came up with all their suggestions, remarks, reviews and world changing ideologies into the virtual world . Accusations began in various forms, triggering many lives, the so called taglines flooded our feeds. Someone who watched all of this from a distance was “fake accusations/allegations”.
‘He tried to rape me’ , ‘He asked me for nudes’ , ‘He molested me’ , ‘He this and He that’ , the shouts of hundreds of women filled facebook and Instagram stories. Stories of the past came up, those unknown stories of the pages flipped away that was enough to defame even an innocent one in the present time. The legal way was not taken, instead the defaming process began through the courts of social media. Nevertheless weren’t we the lawyers of that court who had to put a statement without even knowing both sides of the coin? How easily are we manipulated ? How easily do we believe just the head side of the coin without hearing the voice of the tails ? How powerful the girl’s card has become in today’s world and how easily have we used Section 375 for our own benefits ? Every time the word “allegation” is uttered , these are amongst those hundreds of question that could rush through a healthy mind.
We have even overruled the guardian of the constitution, the Judiciary in this aspect . We are unknowingly but steadily becoming the ones to put forward conclusions to any random case that we neither have known personally nor have we heard all the views and sides to it. Who gave us this right to judge and accuse a person for a crime we never saw happening with our own eyes ? When did we lose our ethics this vigorously that we swipe stories , pass comments and judge?
The suicide of Manav, is nothing more but a vivid indication of how wrong the lawyers of the court of social media are .
“He is not a rapist, my brother is not a rapist”
Rishav the brother of the victim Manav shouted and shouted.
We have always heard what woman had to say when their respect was in stake.
When will we hear the men ?
Words have always been believed to be mightier than the sword , the next time we put forward our views or judgments regarding any incident, this is what we need to remember from the core of our mind.
An opinion and a judgement differs, a thin line of consciousness separates it. Questioning ourself and our righteousness before we do it for a person we have never known in our life is the need of the hour. Let’s not try to be the end, without being a part of the story.