4 February, 2013
My dear young friends,
On 30-Jan-13, I was thinking that 65 years ago most brutal murder of the most pious soul was executed by a fellow Indian in broad day light in the national capital of India and in the same city 45 days ago on 16-Dec-12 a ghastly act of murdering an innocent soul with inhuman humiliation besides piercing a rusted iron rod and ripping out her intestines with bare hands to shame the humanity by 6-Indians on the flash lighted streets of Delhi in a running Bus, has left such scars on the Indian conscience that we are simply shaken. N. R. Narayana Murthy said that day “I am ashamed to be an Indian today”. A young Delhi girl said “It is not safe to travel on NCR streets even with your brother or husband now. Six criminals can come with an iron rod and can kill either of you”. The “scare” and “hang over” is lit large on the minds of Delhiites and all Indians.
Could this utterly shameful event have been avoided on the fateful evening? The answer is Yes, if:
1. DTC Bus running on route no. 764 would have come on time.
2. Any Autorikha would have agreed to carry them to their destination (In Delhi Autorikha’s have birthright to refuse to go to any particular locality).
3. Traffic policemen would not have allowed the Bus No. DL1PC-0149, on the unauthorized route.
4. The Delhi Government’s transport department had been alert to its responsibility, the bus would not have been on the road that fateful day. At the time of offence bus had no legal permit to run on city roads, had no fitness certificate for the vehicle as well.
5. Some duty bound policeman would have objected to the charter bus picking up public passengers (not permitted to do so) or even to operate in Delhi because of its tinted windows.
6. Black films would have been got removed from the window glasses of the Bus, as per the Court orders.
7. An RTO official would have cared to check that a person with criminal record had been employed on this Bus as a driver.
8. The owner of this Bus Dinesh Yadav could not have changed his office without intimating/ seeking permission of the Govt. agency, giving a signal to his staff that he is law onto himself and his office and Bus has no jurisdiction as such even for Joyrides.
9. Ramadhar-a carpenter who was robbed of Rs. 8,000 and ejected in South Delhi earlier on the same Bus on the same route could have informed the Police.
10. Informing Police was not such a risky affair in our country, in fact a regretful trauma sometimes.
11. Delhi Police reporting to Delhi Government would have concentrated on safety and security of Delhi public rather than the VIPs of Central Govt. (A central reserve force could have been deployed for that purpose).
12. Police Commissioner of Delhi was not Neeraj Kumar who was reprimanded by Delhi High Court and later tendered his unconditional apology though on 24-Dec-12, he suspended two Assistant Commissioners of Police for failing to prevent the incident.
The larger issue of Mindset
The crime committed is not beastly as even a beast does not commit a crime of this nature. He kills but does not humiliate the weaker creature like this. He does not gang up against an innocent one. But, can such crime be eliminated by stricter laws and law enforcing agencies? They may be contained to an extent but not eliminated without changing the mindset of people. Some of our political and religious leaders surprised us lately by their thought leadership! The latest shock is the threat by some fanatics to 3 girls who have initiated “Pragash-from darkness to light” the one and only Rock Band of J&K who started their live performance from the musical festival in Srinagar last December that “if they don’t stop they will meet the same fate as Delhi Bus victim!” What a limitless shame?
What can we do at the Institute Level?
You can think of the following steps at the Institute level.
1. Declare 16-December as “Nari Samman Divas”, to remember our precious, sweet sister who has awakened an entire country to a different level of consciousness for women’s honour and safety.
2. Organize some debates & discussions on increasing safety and respect for women.
3. Make a Committee for safety of women at Institute level.
4. On “Mindset Issues” discuss, prepare an “idea bank” and formulate some social interventions.
5. Innovate and introduce some gestures and courtesies for women at Institute level which may become examples for other institutions.
Satyamev Jayate !!!
Best wishes and Regards,
M.Tech., Ph.D., CBI Scholar, D.Engg., FNAE, Hon.D.WRE
Chairman, Great Lakes IEMR, Gurgaon, NCR, Delhi
Co-Chairman, Advisory Council, Great Lakes-Bauer Global Energy Executive MBA program, University of Houston
Former Director General (NPTI & CPRI / REL)
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