Who is my Valentine?
Written by: Akanksha Khilare
Edited by: Tania Singh
Many have been troubled with this immortal question. Who is my Valentine? Will I find love? When will the perfect partner come into my life? Am I destined to be single for life? In fact, I have seen numerous Facebook quizzes attempting to find our next Valentine for us.
Right now, the lucky ones have the right to choose which chair they want for this valentine. You’ll know what I am talking about if you’ve seen Dear Zindagi. Some of us may already have their our one special chair while some of us may still be in search of our comfort/special chair.
On this day, I can’t help but wonder why Valentine’s day is commonly depicted to be a bond of love between a man and woman. This question may raise offence to those who believe that same-sex relations are nothing but a disease however that will not prevent me from questioning this outdated and misinformed belief.
We celebrate valentine’s day in the memory of Saint Valentine (who performed weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry) and Valen means healthy, rigorous and strong. Please take out some time to read about this day while you are paying exorbitant amounts of money for a present for your special someone at your corner gift store.
I personally know some people who are against this day but I can not emphasize the importance of needing this day. Unfortunately – in the midst of all this war and terror – humans need to be reminded of love.
Let us also celebrate this day by doing something beyond buying gift cards or having expensive food at a romantic dinner for two. This Valentine’s day let us liberate our minds and start loving fellow humans beyond our race, caste, religion, color or even gender.
This Valentine’s day let us celebrate and accept the love between two men and two women and the entire rainbow community out there. Who are we to deny anyone the right to love?
This Valentine’s day let our love cross the boundary of countries. Our birthplace decides our Nationality but don’t let this nationality spoil the Humanity.
This Valentine’s day, remind yourself of this Valen (strong, rigorous and healthy) love and spread this love in your heart for yourself, for your parents, for your friends, for animals, for your environment.
Have Valen love for people of other castes, religions, nationalities, colors and genders.
We all need to have Valen love!! # Valenlove
A Rape That Shook The Nation
Written by: Nasreen Talukdar
Editor: Tania Singh
The infamous Nirbhaya gang rape questioned the very core of our nation. Nirbhaya, as the nation named her, was brutally raped on 16th December 2012 in the capital of the nation. Had it been just a rape, our patriarchal apathy would have simply increased the rape count of India by one – if it had even been reported in the first place.
However as the details of her assault emerged, we could no longer call it ‘another rape.’ The animals brutally gang raped her, sodomised her, inserted a metal rod and hand through her vagina into her uterus, ripping apart her intestines.
However, the entire nation took to the streets screaming for justice. They faced police brutality, quietly accepted the blocked streets, refused to stay quiet about rape and demanded justice to be served. Fear, anger and anxiety rooted itself into every woman’s heart. The entire nation prayed for Nirbhaya and justice. Nirbhaya was revealed to be Jyoti by her family – for what had happened to her beautiful soul should be remembered for eternity.
The name set in and along with it the idea that ‘Nirbhaya’ was an actual person with a mother, father, brothers and dreams of building a career accounted for us to realise that we could not allow her murderers to roam free.
The convicts were put on death sentence and had the audacity to appeal it.
After almost 5 years of the incident, the Supreme Court has finally pronounced their judgement in the case, upholding the death sentence of all four convicts. The Supreme Court upheld Delhi High Court’s death sentence verdict on the four Nirbhaya rape case convicts and rejected the mercy plea of the rapists, namely Mukesh(29), Pawan(22), Vinay Sharma(23) and Akshay(31). Of the six accused, Ram Singh hung himself in prison, while another, who was a juvenile at the time of the crime, was convicted in August last year and will serve the maximum sentence of three years in a reform home.
The verdict of the Supreme Court confirmed death sentence for the four convicts and this verdict welcomed spontaneous appreciation from the entire nation. This judgement definitely is a ray of hope for each one of us.
Hundreds of women have been raped in the past and violence against women is prevalent in our nation. The judgement pronounced by the Supreme Court definitely sets an example and promises each citizen and each woman of this country a safer future. A man must now know that he cannot escape after committing such a heinous crime. Hoping we continue to witness justice and such positive changes.
We’ve been waiting for justice for Jyoti. Justice for Jyoti has seen light at last.
While we wish that the juvenile animal did not roam the streets, we hope that the law understands that such brutal crimes can not be allowed unpunished because of something as inconsequential as age. Age is supposed to protect innocence, and no person who did what this juvenile did can be deemed to be innocent.