In a shocking case from Jehanabad, Bihar, Principal of Kako Secondary School Aju Ahmed and three teachers — Atul Rahman, Abdul Bari and Md Shakaut gangraped a 12 year girl on Sunday when she was alone in the school building.
The accused took her to the roof of the school building and committed the crime, Sub-Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) P K Srivastava said, quoting an FIR registered against the four based on a complaint filed by the girl’s mother. The victim was spotted by her mother, also a teacher in the same school, lying in a dishevelled state on the roof. The accused are at large and searches are being conducted to nab them, he said.
Indian Express additionally informs us that the girl was mentally unstable and did not study at the school. The girl’s mother, who is a physical education teacher in the school, said: “She is my only child. She is not mentally sound. As there is no one to take care of her at home, she accompanied me to school.”
The girl is being treated at Patna Medical College and Hospital; she is suffering from excessive bleeding and is learnt to be in a critical condition.
So a minor girl is bleeding from her private parts, and the 4 accused are absconding – yet, media outlets like Indian Express and NDTV are not sure whether a gangrape occurred, going by their headlines.
Now, lets contrast the above headlines with how the gangrape of a Christian nun in West Bengal in 2015 was reported. –
In both cases, the articles were published just the day after the crime when medical report to confirm rape was unavailable – but in the case of the nun, the headlines are unambiguous that gangrape had occurred, while in the recent case from Bihar the headlines suggest doubt. Objective readers can ponder over these double standards and arrive at their own conclusion.
Initially, the nun gangrape was tied up with the ‘Christians under attack’ narrative which Lutyens’ media was peddling at the time, but the case did not receive much coverage once it turned out that a group of illegal Bangladeshi Muslim immigrants was behind the crime.
Additionally, media reports tell us that Sunday, while routinely a holiday, had been declared a working day in the school in a verbal communication by the Principal who had instead ordered it to be closed on Friday. Most Muslims countries have Friday as their weekly holiday for the weekly Juma congregational prayer. Bending of rules to adjust for ‘secular’ sensitivities is not uncommon – recently, a private school in a Muslim locality of Allahabad barred students from singing the national anthem on the ground that it was “un-Islamic”.
Secularism has spawned many distortions in Bharat, one of which is the way crimes are politicized, reported by media and prioritized by the law & order machinery. Underneath all this, the innocent keep suffering.
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