To hang our heads in shame

An evil act of an individual calls the behavior of the whole community in question; a mistake of one member of the family forces the entire family to mourn and repent for years and generations; a lapse of a moment hangs as sword all through the journey of life and one fish spoils the pond. Pick up what suits for a situation. However, the ghastly news that a 61-year-old local Shiv Sena leader had been arrested for allegedly raping a minor, who studied in a school run by him has shaken the roots of sacred relationship between teacher and taught – a relationship almost parallel or equal to between human being and God..

According to inspector Anil Kadam of Kashmira polics station, Thane, Maharashtra, Vasudeo Nambiar, the district deputy chief of Shiv Sena who also owns a school and a temple in Kashimira township of Thane has been arrested on Friday in connection of rape. The girl was studying in class IX at the school run by the accused, who took her out several times with him on the pretext of visit to the temple and then allegedly raped her repeatedly at a place in Thane district’s Mira village in February this year. He had also threatened the girl with dire consequences if she revealed about the offense to anybody. The girl became pregnant and delivered a premature baby earlier this week. Following the birth of the child, the hospital authorities reported the matter to police who booked Nambiar on Thursday and arrested him on Friday..

The accused has been charged under sections 376 (rape) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC and section 4 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. He was produced before a local magistrate on Friday who remanded him in police custody till September 11.

It is a sad commentary upon our insensitive society, careless parenthood and a different kind of Modern Culture we extol for progress; where the holy tenets of all of our religions also bursting at the seams. There is no ‘Love Jihad’ here and Party Politics. It has happened to innocent girl who is my daughter, my sister and an unfortunate mother today. Shame on me ! I’m sorry Mother India !

Naim Naqvi

Naim Naqvi

Did his graduation in Science discipline from AMU in 1972-73. He was Secretary of University Ali Society in 1970 and M.M. Hall Literary Society in early 70 's and member of Tayyabji Literary Society. Did his Diploma in Bakery Administration from HTT College Oxford Street London in 1987. Worked with National Herald - Delhi, Blitz - Bombay as Trainee Journalist and in Production Department with 'Naya Sansar Pictures' of Khwaja Ahmed Abbas at Bombay in early 70's. Traveled for study and training purposes to Germany, U.K., Switzerland, France, Dubai, Oman, AbuDhabi, Bahrain and Philepines.

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