Being from Bombay myself (Hate the name Mumbai), i feel very sad n disgusted as to what shameful levels the city has come to..I always prided myself that i was from the financial centre of the country n a city which was the unofficial capital of India in all ways..
That there were problems of corruption, bureaucracy, poverty, police atrocities was well known to us..Yet the city continued with its daily grinding life oblivious to its surroundings. But then there are instances which make even the hardened most heartless bombayite get up n take notice n want to kill.
Just such an instance happened on Thursday in the heart of the city at Marine Drive. A 16 (17?) year girl was raped by a police constable. Read about that here. What is shocking is that the cop raped her in a police chowky in broad daylight with her friends outside totally helpless..
Its a common fact that no one wants to mess with cops, be it Bombay or anywhere else..This very power emboldens them to commit despicable acts. After all they are cops, who is gonna mess with them. There r good cops too, but a few scattered here n there. One bad fruit doesn't make a bad tree, but it definitely will rot the rest if not nipped in the bud!
This cop it seems was warned 5 times before this incident..5 times!!!! According to this he was a disaster waiting to happen. How can a cop report to duty, be drunk, be warned 5 times and be left of? Just because he had a brother also in the police force who would pacify his seniors against any action? So when does any disciplinary action take place? After 100 warnings?
This cop alone is not to be punished..His seniors who condoned & tolerated his unacceptable behaviour should also be punished..If he was disciplined at the right time this incident might not have taken place. One should remember the only reason this girl n her friend went with the cop was because he was a cop..If a stranger approached them they would have surely refused..Just the sight of a uniformed person beckoning u is enough to make u shudder..
Women will now be more insecure in Mumbai and the very protectors are to blame. Each passing day i am left with little to praise and nothing to defend my once beautiful city :(