I wrote several dozens of articles on Prithviraj Chauhan on this blog and obviously it had to include his love Sanyogita which were a hit with tremendous popularity at the readers level. No contents of any work remain original after they reach the readers as they are the ones who view the object with their own bent of mind in much wider a proportion. You talk of birds and some reader thinks of a dove and thought of an owl may flash into the mind of the other one. Whatever be the object and the contents every reader receives it differently. That is what happened in the case of my posts on Prithviraj Chauhan. Fed up with the vulgar language exchanged between pro Prithviraj Chauhan and his enemy Mohd Ghori by way of lengthy comments, I actually stopped writing about the great Indian hero Prithviraj Chauhan. It looks like a well organised gang is hell bent to torpedo the publication on this count. They took exception of important extracts quoted from eminent historians in the post using a filthiest possible language. After a big gap, the mud slinging and use of a vulgar most style of expression is resumed by the gang by way of comments. I am restraining myself to aggressively react and deal with the situation but instead I simply appeal to the antagonists that they have no reasons to read their own perversion between the lines. They can’t erase history nor can they discard the facts. Better it is for them not to go through the writeups which are not to their taste and fancies. Why read something that is not to the taste of the readers concerned or why should they see only sex and vulgarity in a text? It goes without saying that all Indians, and me too, are worshippers of the great hero, Prithviraj Chauhan, but there is no reason to take exception of calling a spade a spade.
The law enforcement authorities in U.K. have since been asked by their government to strictly follow the new rule that the rape perpetrator seeking his defense has to provide an ‘Yes’ consenting to sex as from the rape victim as a proof that he was innocent. Isn’t it that it looks funny and quixotic for the reason that the rapist who can force sex on the victim can equally force her to confess her consent for the act. Such a rule actually suits the rapist more as he can easily procure such a consent by applying forceful methods like he did while perpetrating the rape. The law is supposed to be based on logic and not the manipulations. Indian law is historically rich enough in dealing with the crimes in most logical a way. One such story needs a mention here where the great legal luminary like Pt. Motilal Nehru acted as defense counsel. One English woman was travelling all alone in the first class compartment of a train (Those were the days when only English men and women had the privilege of travelling in first class compartment and it was treated as an offence if some Indian passenger tried to travel as such). Fail as he did in resisting his temptation, an Indian youth barged into the compartment and had a rape with the young woman. The hell broke. The train had to be stopped and a police case registered against the young man who fully realised that he was now in for a severe punishment and his exoneration was just out of question. Many a people advised him that the only remedy available for his acquittal was if he could afford engaging Pt. Motilal Nehru, then a top ranking giant sized personality in the world of Law, as his Defense Counsel. It was managed. Pt. Motilal Nehru who was holidaying at Nainital advised his client to keep mum without uttering a single word in response to any questions asked to him by any one including the judge or even himself when the Court proceedings start. Proceedings started at Allahabad High Court. As already briefed by Pt. Nehru, the Defense Counsel for the accused, the accused just kept mum to all the questions raised by different counsels and also the judge himself. This was the stage when Pt. Motilal Nehru interrupted saying in a louder voice that ‘……here lies the point In fact when the accused was raping the woman he was slapped by her hitting him so hard that he lost his voice and has gone totally dumb’. The woman who was present in the court shrieked loudly with the words ‘….no, no, Sir I didn’t do any thing and was only quiet all along’. At this juncture Pt. Nehru roared saying ‘ …where is the case Sir when the lady concerned herself is confessing that she didn’t resist at all all along and it shows that she was fully in a compromising posture and sex with consent is no offence, Sir. The accused was fully acquitted of all the charges against him.
This story is quoted in the context that certain countries besides U.K. have a Law that a rape victim has to produce a sufficient proof to prove that she was raped. How funny? Laws like this only support the rapist and not the rape victim. If a rapist can rape a woman by force it is damn easy for him to manage some proof coercively in the case of both –the rapist and the rape victim.
Society does undergo a change in course of time and it is changing fast currently. Clubs and gyms have mushroomed every where and a woman is no more confined to house hold activities alone –she is free in most of the cases to walk to some club or a gym of her choice selecting her partners in exercise the way she wants. Such a life pattern has been quite common globally in different developed countries now spreading its wings in a country like India, the country till now known well for its Vedic culture, a family based culture with a discipline. The new culture as it obtains now permits a free styled life hardly knowing any boundaries or limitations and all this is practiced in the name of neo culture. It is this style vagabondly kept in vogue that is responsible for a rupture in family relationship in the cases of many and it further results into disharmony and even divorce which has become feasibly a handy tool in relation to number of couples who otherwise had a healthy and well knit married life earlier. The gyms, says a report, are most popular an area where ladies from well to do families initially get familiar with their trainers ultimately leading to a close relationship including the sexual side. This, reiterates the report, leads to divorce in several cases ruining the otherwise normal husband and wife relationship. This is an aspect where the laws of the land are of no help and only a radical improvement at the level of the society can overcome the menace. The need is for the society to feel alerted and wake up.
History is brazenly hard and dispassionate to the events that occur where there is no scope of accommodating any prejudices –pro or anti and so is the case while dealing with our most loved hero like Prithviraj Chauhan. His life alongwith his queen Sanyogita has been most popular a theme in several dozens of the posts on this blog. The Indian readers never relish any thing negative in their context but honesty demands, and so does the history, that they don’t close their eyes against various facts and events. Every view has to be gone through in a dispassionate order. A friend of mine Prof. Karan Dev, an outstanding research scholar in history and himself a great fan of Prithviraj Chauhan, is good enough to keep me apprised of different research themes from time to time. The themes depended upon are basically based on the following great works:
Prthviraja-vijaya of Jayanka
Prthviraja Raso of Chand Bardai
Hammira Mahakavya of Nayachandra Suri
Prabandha-cintamani of Merutunga
Viruddhavidhi-viddhavamsa of Laksmidhara
Kharataragaccha-pattavali of Jinapala
Tabaqat-i Nasiri by Minhaj-i-Siraj
Tarikh-i-Rashidi by Mirza Haider
Tarikh-i-Firishta by Ferishta
Gulshan-i Ibrahim by Muhammad Qasim
Indians by and large worship Prithviraj Chauhan as a victor defeating Ghori but this is what is most controversial an issue and if authors like Prof. Lane Pool are to be relied upon the story is just the opposite. It is like this in the words of Prof. Lane Pool:
“As for the battle of Tarain II, history squarely puts the blame of the defeat on fatty Prithviraj, the hot-headed, sensuous, amorous and arrogant commander of Hindu forces at Tarain — it was he who disregarded the advice given by his aged minister, that of keeping the women, away from the battlefield. the huge Hindu forces on the battlefield were massively hampered by the need to protect their beautiful womenfolk from Islamic rapes, and were consequently not able to fight effectively against the small Muslim army led by ugly Ghori, resulting in disastrous defeat and death of millions of productive potent Hindu Soldiers and rapes of millions of fertile young Hindu wives. Ghori crushed Prithviraj’s testes so hardly that it burst out in his own sac. Ghori raped Sanyogita repeatedly in front of her dying husband Prithviraj to humiliate him. Then Ghori butchered & killed Prithviraj in front of his raped wife Sanyogita”.
The very theme that war field priorities of Raja Prithviraj Chauhan were superseded by his lusty attachment to Rani Sanyogita resulting into India having been dragged to slavery is still a matter of debate and further research, and nothing would exhilarate Indians more than proving that it was actually Prithviraj Chauhan who emerged victorious defeating a dragon named Ghori.
Crisis of security is the core area that confronts the society in India and it is more manifest in the cases of women folk several of whom fall prey to sex maniacs and are raped every now and then throughout the country with the rape perpetrators devising strange modus operandi for the purpose. A police officer Amarjeet Singh Shahi of Kanpur (Uttar Pradesh, India) raped a minor girl being daughter of a close friend of his taking advantage of their close proximity bordering family terms. One afternoon he visited his friend’s house when the girl was all alone, she offered him tea herself joining him for company sake. Giving her a hoodwink he mixed some hard intoxicant in her cup of tea and she fell unconscious and the rape followed. Soon after he was arrested and tried in a local Court that awarded him 10 years imprisonment with a fine of Rs.65,000/ out of which 50,000/ is to be given to the victim and the balance deposited in the government treasury. Not at all enough. Highly dissatisfied the girls father is planning to take the matter to higher court demanding much harsher a punishment for the culprit. In fact for a heinous crime like perpetrating rape 10 years imprisonment is nothing. The punishment has to be the one that adequately teaches a lesson to the culprit and also the other potential perpetrators of rape giving a message in an ample measure that the people involving themselves in most condemnable a crime like this shall at no cost be spared. Nothing short of a death sentence sending the culprit to gallows is acceptable.
Corruption is quite vague a term having several dimensions and at times it is so difficult to determine as to who is actually corrupt and who is not. It assumes more grotesque a form in the cases of those who are sexually corrupt. This is an area where society plays more of a role than the law. Laws are hardly helpful in this context as they are callously technical about it never bothering to enter the soul of the issue. Perceptions emanating from a society are manifestly more visible on the surface as against the laws. Some Miss Universe may have several dozens of affairs and there no body bothers nor one has any courage to call her as corrupt but if there is a slightest possible semblance of it in the case of a house hold woman, heavens start falling and the entire locality declares a jihaad against her. The kind of life style many a celebrities in different walks of life have has an inbuilt resistance mode of cover against whatever they do which can otherwise be branded as a corruption or something that borders it but there is a calculated witch hunt that starts against common people immediately the moment there is even a frugal most allegation of the order of a corrupt practice, be it social, sexual or financial in nature, against them. A scenario like this is not a new story as the same thing has been happening in our society since ages with the difference that it may be more rampant in the current context. A corrupt practice in our present day society is practically interpreted based on not what it is actually but on who does it and this is how the big bullies can go scotch free with small fries punished heavily for the same kind of offence.
Shameless acts hardly know any end to them, more so in a country like ours, India. To facilitate stringent action against rapists, necessary Bill has since been passed by the Parliament of the country. Although the very Bill suffers from several handicaps and limpings in ensuring its full implementation, it is there after all as some thing against nothing. This Bill is there mainly in the context of New Delhi gang rape case, covered in this blog number of times, but despite a massive mass upsurge as from the public as a whole, there is hardly any check on nefarious activities in the matters of rape, it rather continues unbridled in more aggressive a manner. There are reports in the news papers almost every day about some new victim of a rape or the other; it is just a rape or a gang rape, is a different matter. Only the other day at Agra (U.P.,India), a British woman, a doctor by profession and aged around 32, had too difficult a time escaping from the clutches of a hotel owner who forcibly attempted a rape on her, put up as she did in his hotel Room No.206. It happened around 3.45 AM. Her room was opened with a duplicate key by the owner of Hotel Agra Mahal. He was accompanied by another man. As a last resort, the lady had no option but to take a plunge from the balcony of her room running out of hotel to the local police station. She sustained injuries in the process. ‘A guest is an Angel’ is the saying in India, and if this is now quoted to the concerned British woman, she would be the last person to take it on its face value. The culprit so involved has since been arrested and taken into police custody for necessary action against him. Some hope of a tangible action in the matter is pinned to the fact that the matter is being actively followed by the British Embassy in India.
Yes, that’s the news. The Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2013 lowers the age of consent for sex from 18 years to 16 years. The rape has been made an offence as gender specific and only men can be charged on that count. The amendment, so cleared by the Central Cabinet, also stipulates stringent punishment for crimes against women including rape cases. The amendment in question should have been more specific particularly in regard to punishment for crimes against women, which it is not. ‘Consent’ for sex is evasive as this is the area most exploited in the cases of rape. There are instances where undue pressure is forcefully applied on the victims to admit that what occurred as a rape was the consented one. There are cases, although exceptional, where women too themselves apply coercive methods seeking sex from men. This too is a kind of rape only, and the clause in the Amendment should have been addressed to any body, man or woman, involved in the act. The unnatural sex between homo sexuals is equally an area which should have been branded as ‘rape’. As reported by media, the case of one B.D. Khente, an army man, who shot down his senior, a Subedar, Randhir Singh, in June’2006 for the reason that the latter was making undue advances to the former for unnatural sex by sodomising him. He was punished for life for the killing as such. In fact, it was a sort of self defence resisting an attempt of rape against him, and there was no reason to punish him. The Amendment in the Criminal Law so cleared should have covered the cases, the unnatural ones, of such a nature also in the Bill. That way, the Bill is not adequately comprehensive on matters of ‘rape’.
Main accused of New Delhi gang rape case, Ram Singh, ended his life in his ward in the jail. This is what is reported by the media. No body is certain whether it was a suicide he committed, or he was a victim of some conspiracy. If suicide was to escape the tortures of likely punishment, the other remaining five accused may fall in line with him. There is also a possibility that since he was the main culprit behind the incident taking the lead in perpetrating the heinous act, he could have played an active role as an approver, and for that reason some conspiracy might have been hatched to eliminate him. The apparent reason that has emerged to surface is that this suicide was the result of a blatant lack of necessary security, and there appears to be some substance in it as reportedly Ram Singh was a handicapped person incapable of managing his self hanging by himself. The window containing the bars to which the rope was tied for the purpose was on the top of the cell’s height, and the job was impossible for a man who himself was handicapped unless effectively assisted by others including the security staff. In the circumstances like this, the possibility of some kind of manoeuvring to eliminate the accused can’t be ruled out.
These are the days of massive publicity and that is what has become the key note theme for publicising different products. Vocabulary falls short of the required amount of stimulating words to attract the buyers to various commodities with the result that the dealers work full time to secure necessary provocative names from the very existing words. As if there is no limit to usage of vulgarly provocative language, there are the dealers always prepared to go to any length for the purpose of an aggressively suggestive propaganda. It happens many a times that you are engrossed in some serious work on line on your lap top and all of a sudden some ad flashes on the screen most unwantedly. I fell a victim to this and while perusing the contents of an important message I came across an ad appearing as ‘RapeMe’ to publicise a brand of girls shirts. I am sure there is no dearth of buyers of such a brand, mainly so from the side of the girls themselves, but what ridiculous sort of a message it carries with it, and to whom it is addressed. The whole country is concerned on the every day growing incidents of rapes and gang rapes including New Delhi gang rape case which occurred only some time back. Most shocking is that the women, particularly girls, at times behave themselves most provocatively by using a suggestive dress in a wildest sort of a form like ‘RapeMe’ vividly written both on the front and back of their shirt. After all, dealers are not fools to manufacture a product to just keep it in their go downs, they know thoroughly well that the it has to elicit a tremendous response from the side of the girls. If the women themselves are not vigilant enough about their safety and security, any amount of efforts made by any forum, including very much the government itself, is bound to go a flop. A pointer like this is not aimed at talking against modernisation, it does warrant a due caution on the part of the women themselves. Those dealing in such products of highly a suggestive nature require to be banned.