Do such things happen only in India?

In 1975, a lawyer, then 27 years old, defended a 41 years old man accused of raping a 12 years old girl after luring her into a car.

In recently discovered audio recordings, which date from 1983 to 1987, the lawyer, who is now a politician, “is heard laughing as she describes how she succeeded at getting her client a lighter sentence, despite suggesting she knew he was guilty.”

After hearing the audio recordings, the victim, who is now 52, said that the lawyer/politician “took me through hell.” She said that if she saw the lawyer/politician today she would say, “I realize the truth now, the heart of what you’ve done to me. And you are supposed to be for women? You call that [being] for women, what you done to me? And I heard you on tape laughing.”

The lawyer/politician is none other than Hillary Rodham Clinton, who was US Secretary of State from January 2009 to February 2013, and is expected to be the Democratic Party’s candidate for the 2016 US Presidential Election.

If this sounds unbelievable, please read this report for the details.

In early April 2014, Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav opposed capital punishment for rape, saying, “Boys commit mistakes. Will they be hanged for rape?” (Read this Indian Express report for the full statement.) Other Indian politicians made similar statements about rape, either in response to Mulayam Singh Yadav’s statement or on their own initiative.

All right-thinking Indians, including me, were justifiably outraged by these statements. Many among us stated, explicitly or implicitly, that this kind of thing could happen only in India, with some claiming that it could only happen in a particular part of our country.

What do we have to say about the actions (in 1975) and the statement and laughter (from 1983 to 1987) regarding rape by a highly educated female politician aspiring to be “the most powerful person in the world”?

Many of us tend to believe that social ills, inefficiency, corruption, etc. exist only in countries like India and not in countries like USA. I have always believed this is not so. Social ills, inefficiency, corruption, etc. exist everywhere. It’s just that it’s more blatant, more visible and probably more widespread in India.

Please read this report on sex trafficking in USA, this report on a US university’s school of journalism misspelling its own name on diplomas and this report on a Washington couple being flown by British Airways to the wrong destination!

This post is not an attempt to gloat over these incidents in USA. It is only to remind ourselves that social ills, inefficiency, corruption, etc. can be found all over the world. While we must work on a war footing to improve the state of affairs in our own country, we should not let ourselves be weighed down by wrongly thinking that we are the only people plagued by these problems.

6 thoughts on “Do such things happen only in India?

  1. I agree completely. Social ills, corruption, inefficiency, all kinds of bad stuff happens everywhere. Tendency to oppress those who are weaker, greed for power, lust for fame, and other human weaknesses are not specific to any one culture or society. As long as each one of us doesn’t work upon oneself, such ills will continue. Thanks Pro for this post!

  2. Now Mulayam Singh and Tarun Tejpal can justify by saying that molestation/rape are ‘universal phenomenon’ that take place in the USA too, Indira used this excuse to justify corruption in the 1970s!

  3. Yes Nagesh. Very true, only to add u have given to Sonia an idea she can always say Pakistan is more corrupt than India.

  4. You are right that the social ills are every where and it’s not like any place is perfect, however, the intensity and the rampantness of such acts really change a person’s day-to-day life. The basic sense of safety and security is crucial and really defines how we feel in an area and how we act/behave/live regularly. Especially when it comes to crimes against women, you can’t imagine the kind of impact it has on the women’s mind/soul. Even when someone has never been directly hit, living under the constant fear, is difficult and not nice. I would like to believe that India is as good as living in US, but I can’t, for this reason. The sense of security.

  5. it is true that all the evils and bad things happen everywhere in the world.. but since I am indian my concern is more with india.. if we can make our nation good then why not..

    I know people are educated and all but then why do these educated people ,and everyone who went bezerk at the statement of the minister about boys make mistake .. still go and vote for him or his party .. and if there are elctions again they will still vote

    i think this attitude we have in us of make a lot of noise for some time and then going quiet till the next thing happens is wrong.. I think we need to get together and keep making the noise till something changes or till we die ..

    because it takes a loud a VERY LOUD noise to make the Deaf hear .. as Sardar Bhagat singh said …

  6. Good and evil co-exist. Everything happens everywhere. It is just that our media highlights only the bad. And we as the people too tend to get swayed into believing it.

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