Saturday, March 21, 2009

Catch them ... and KILL them ...

Disclaimer: This post is a result of extensive research. I stand by each and every statistics discussed below. For information about the source of the data please ask me. If you are new or if you are thinking why I suddenly wrote this, please look up and read the title and description of my blog. And finally, as usual, you are most welcome to write your comments, but I must say that I feel very strongly about this issue and nothing on earth can change my take on this. I would always say.. Catch them, Torture them and Kill them ...
Oh yes, one more thing, some words used may be very derogatory, but am sorry cant help it ..

The incident of Josef Fritzl who was jailed for life for treating his daughter as a sex slave in the cellar of his home during a 24 year orgy of depravity in which he fathered seven children, sent shock waves across the world. So much so, that the day an Irish news channel released some pictures of the “bunker” Fritzl had made to house his daughters, it became the most viewed picture in an hour! Am sure people were sympathetic and remorseful and wanted to share the pain of Fritzl’s ill-fated daughters, by scrutinizing those photographs.

Anyways am not writing today to talk about that. Its already been discussed all over the world and in every circles. While Fritzl was convicted on 17th March, 1000s of miles away in Mumbai a similar story was unfolding. In a shocking case, a sexagenarian allegedly raped his daughter repeatedly over a span of nine years at the behest of an occultist (who said the act would bring prosperity to the family) and was arrested on the 19th of March. Media was intelligent enough to draw an instant comparison between Fritzl and this 60 yr old ass-hole. But unlike Fritzl’s case Indian media could not give it much mileage and barring a few news channels and 1 or 2 newspapers, others lost interest within the first 24 hours of the arrest. Do you find that shocking? Many pundits will say that 9 years is nothing as compared to 24 and hence this wasn’t a big issue in India. But I think the reason for this lack luster coverage is far beyond the time factor: Its just that we the people of India are so much well accustomed to cases of rape and child abuse reported almost everyday in the newspapers and TV channels, that this incident of the 60 yr old man wasn’t a big shocker !!!

There is one more difference: Fritzl was arrested in April 2008 and sentenced for life within 11 months. The fast justice ensured that the incident remain as a fresh wound in the minds of people. During the trial some Irish and American lawmakers expressed their willingness to award Fritzl a death penalty if Ireland had Capital Punishment. And pseudo intellectuals, filmmakers, poets, artists or human rights proponents never chased down those lawmakers for their statement!

On the contrary we all remember what happened in our country some years back: A teenaged girl, full of enthusiasm and hope after taking her exams well, comes home to be raped and brutally murdered by her society's security guard. The girl's parents fight for justice. And WHEN finally, after 14 long years of legalities, the rapist-murderer gets the capital punishment, some pseudo social activist and even eminent personalities from West Bengal realized that they are against the capital punishment being given to a rapist-murderer. They hurriedly came together to protest and even write to the hon'ble President to pardon the culprit who was to be hanged till death. These pseudo social activists, writers, thinkers and reformers were never seen before for the last 14 years when the case was pending with the court. If anyone needed their help, it was the victim’s family who had a tough time fighting a long battle to seek justice.

In a country where you find so much of sympathy for a man who should have faced the worst death, what more do you expect from crime statistics??!! According to a latest report by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) there has been a phenomenal eight-fold increase in the number of rapes committed in India since 1971, the year from which data for rape cases has been collected by the NCRB. This stands in marked contrast to other serious and violent crimes like murder, robbery, dacoity, kidnapping and rioting. Overall, violent crimes under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) have actually declined. Between 1971 and 2006 violent crimes showed a decline of 16%. In this context, the 678% increase in rape cases (which is taken as a special category by the NCRB) stands out as a shocker!! Moreover a recent survey by an international NGO and a leading international women’s magazine revealed that of all the reported cases of rape (only one out of 70), only in 20 per cent of cases someone is held. Consequently, only three out of 1,000 rapists ever get convicted. And of those who are convicted, 80% comes back to the mainstream society after spending some years in jail. So the bottom-line is that most rapists can get away with rape. A woman gets raped every half an hour in India. And yet the system and society fails to prevent a rapist from entering the mainstream!! I have always wondered why police need to cover the face of a rapist in front of the media! even if he is a 60 yr old man! Let the whole world see who this person is ! Let the “aam junta” mark him, so that after he plays around the legalities and come out clean, someday somewhere his corpse can be located once he starts walking on the streets! I don’t believe in a second chance or mercy for rapists! And if you do so, then shake off you intellectual avatar and think rationally… can someone with a twisted psychology be ever corrected? I think NO , and an interesting statistics from RAINN (discussed later in the blog) explains why am correct.

SELDOM do people hold those robbed responsible for getting robbed, or those murdered responsible for getting murdered. If we made such statements as a matter of routine, our sanity would be questioned. Yet, it isn't at all uncommon to blame women for getting raped!! I happened hear, a social worker, who ironically used to work with women, once comment: "Young women nowadays dress so provocatively. What do they expect? Men get tempted, naturally." Such views are commonplace in the aftermath of the heavily publicized rape cases in Delhi and other metros. Such statements are extremely offending and generalize the behavior of some violent men to all men. To believe that all men are abject creatures at the mercy of their hormones, compelling them to uncontrollable acts of sexual atrocities at the sight of female flesh, is a specious view of male sexuality. It places them at a par with sociopaths. And even if some men do get tempted by the way certain women dress, is rape their only recourse?? Cmon you reformers, social workers and pseudo intellectuals … its all in the mind and you can change the thought in a person but cannot change his psychology!! So, just because you are unable to keep the culprit behind bars or unable to give them death penalty (which I strongly support) it doesn’t mean you blame it on the victims! So please catch them and KILL them !!

There is no question that the whole of Indian society is more sexually repressed than most places in the world. But that isn’t an excuse for the alarming numbers of rape in India!! Its just because we let those bastards go free. A recent study by the RAINN (Rape Abuse Incest National Network) revealed that 46% of rapists who are released from prison are re-arrested within 3 years of their release for another crime. This further re-iterates the need for a law which makes capital punishment mandatory for rape. And also the need for a system where the convict is hanged within a few months of the sentence so that our intellectual asses do not get a chance to help a psychopath back into the society. Especially in countries like India where life imprisonment can be easily reduced to a few years and capital punishment is in most cases pardoned, such a law is must. I have always been an extremist regarding certain issues e.g terrorism. And I strongly feel that to curb a crime you have to set example of the worst punishment that can be given for that crime. The fear of getting caught and an almost certain death, if caught, can only create an atmosphere of insecurity among rapists or people who help rapists. And the fact that it can work is evident from statistics in the US, where the Louisiana law (passed in 1995) of extending the death penalty to rapists of children under the age of 12 has been followed by Georgia, Montana, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Texas. And quite astonishingly, since 1995 the number of rapes per 1000 people in these states declined from 1 to below 0.5!!

So those of you, who have been yelling against capital punishment, think twice! We have faults in our system! We know that life imprisonment never happens! And the only way to prevent these psychopaths from returning back is to KILL them. And before hanging them, take off their nails, slowly …. Because am sure the fear of a painful death will be able to surpass all psychotic thinking. After all, India is not a barbaric country, and its extremely barbaric to let rapists roam around in your neighborhood!!!

Friday, March 6, 2009


DISCLAIMER: Those who are new to my blog, please read the small definition of my blog above. That might help you understand why I wrote this. Secondly, am sure many of you wont like this. So, I would really appreciate if you could write down your criticisms in the comments section. Finally, 98% of whats written below is true , its upto you to figure out the rest 2%. And lastly, the title of this blog is inspired by Leon Uris's QB-7. If you are unaware of QB-7 than never mind!


It was Nov 29th 2008 , a bright sunny day, and I was on my way to the JFK International Airport, to drop off my girl friend who was flying back to India. With the infamous NY traffic always at the back of my mind, I tried to cover up as much time as possible before we cross the state border and enter New York. Now here I need to mention the car that I was driving, because it's the main protagonist in this story. I was driving a Chevrolet Impala LS with a 3.5 L V6 engine, which had been on the road only for 6 months! And for someone who drives a V4 Toyota Camry everyday, it was quite an adrenalin rush!

So, here I was on I-84 and along with many others, was going at about 85-90 mph (the limit on this stretch has been 58-65 mph for years!). Although am a very sober guy with just a few ounces of hooliganism (which is exposed after 8-10 shots only) and although I had no intention to cross the speed limit by more than 10 mph, but yet I did it , and I sincerely think that the damn CAR is to be blamed!!!. Because had it been my old horse, it would have warned me once I go beyond 75 mph with its characteristic mild vibrations!!

Just as we crossed a town called Waterbury, the car in front of me slowed down (I was on the left lane!). Its frustrating to be on the left lane and go at a snails pace! So I lean on the gas a little to pass him, and I'm back on my merry way.

That was it ! the moment I cut the old man or may be a Chinese (that's a guess coz he was below the limit!), I could hear a squad car behind me and then could see the 100 flashing lights from 1 car ( a waste in itself!). Immediately, my GF gives me the biggest "I told you so... " speech of all time. I already felt like the biggest bonehead in the world. I thought I was screwed. ....
Needless to say that I didnt want my birth certificate to be useless from that day, and so like a law abiding driver, I stopped.

"Sir, you were doing 85 on a 58! whats your problem?"

"Dyslexia!" .. .. I wish I could say! Instead came the reply "Oh! really ! am sorry about that!" (yeah right it should have been 'short term memory loss' instead of dyslexia!)

"You don't know how fast you were going? I guess that means I can write anything I want to on the ticket, huh?"

That was my LESSON# 1 : Never F*** around with cops ... coz you never know which one turns out to be intelligent!

Anyways, despite my best puppy dog eyes, he takes my license goes back to his car , makes me wait for 10 mins (I had all sorts of thought in those 10 mins- from license cancellation, to jail to being deported) while the "I told you to .." speech continued in the background ...
Finally after the most painful 10 mins he comes back with the infamous "pink slip" .. a $ 400 ticket ! My offenses: "going 85 in a 58 zone"- $300 and "passing on the right!!!!!!!!!" $ 100. This second offence made me realize that USA still have officers who watch a lot of "Imandaar Police officer" movies!

"You can either pay the amount in full or contest the ticket in court, sir", said the man in uniform.


With two options in hand, I selected the the second one i.e to go to the court and try and reduce the amount of money I had to pay. A lot of thoughts, discussions, tips and advices finally led me to this decision. I was almost termed as a psycho who walks in the corridors of the health center building and stops any known face and asks "Did you ever get a speeding ticket? Did you defend it? ...". To my surprise everyone seemed to have an idea about speeding tickets!! Even the guy whose stories of delaying people by being in the car in front of them are legendary .... had something to tell me bout speeding tickets !!!! Thank god .. human beings are so very helpful!
Beside all these what really led me into this decision was the fact that according to reliable legal analysists, for every idiot who wins a case, thousands of other imbeciles don't make it that far!!!!!

So I finally got a hearing date on March 6th 2009 .... after 3 months of my crime! In those 3 months, I always had the fear of being busted even when driving on the most nondescript streets in town!
And, despite some very ingenious advices like "Dont show up and they will forget the case" or "Tell them that it was a racial discrimination" (yeah right... when the cop himself was an african-american !!! ), I went to the court with a PLAN. the plan was to tell the judge that I was "over the limit" because of the following reasons: The car, My "first" drive on the highway, my GF's flight to India (I got the boarding pass scanned from her) and then to request him to reduce the charges.

Never in my life I had been to any kind of courtroom before! So naturally the moment I entered court room 1-C, I was a little disappointed! Why? .. because I could not find much similarity between this one and the one I had in my mind (as seen in movies)! So I was kind of "not feeling at home" ! Looking around I couldnt see any scary convict in chains or any judge wearing that funny headgear ! Instead it was a big hall , more like a church, and in place of jesus there was a small dais with 3 simple chairs and a table (without any occupant). And on the right, below the dais there was this 50 something man with a bunch of files (he was the hearing officer). My sense of guilt was considerably reduced when I found that there were almost 100s like me who had similar tickets! And that included some hot babes , elderly ladies, suited-booted gentlemen and snobbish asses!!!!!

Anyways, after waiting for about 15 mins, finally the time came! It was my first and last chance to explain to the officer that unavoidable circumstances literally forced me to cross the speed limit by 27 mph !!!

So, as previously planned and rehearsed, I started:

" Sir, I agree that I was going over the limit but am here to explain that it was completely un-intentional. I was delayed for the airport .. blah blah ... not driving my car .. blah blah ... the car in front of me slowed so I just tried to cross him hence pressed the gas .. blah blah .. its not that I was speeding all throughout ..and finally (with those puppy dog eyes) .. I am a grad student and cant pay the amount .. "

"Am sorry to hear that !!!!!" .... wow ! my trick was working, I thought !

"But unfortunately, you started late for the airport hence you got delayed, ... you chose the car, ... and if you cant look at the speedometer while you drive , I must send you to the driving school once again! Also, the officer had been following you for over 600 fts before he stopped you .... again you didnt notice that ! You didnt show any respect and further pressed on the gas !!!!!!!!!! "

LESSON# 2: Always show respect to the cops

... I could feel my stomach .. again the jail > being deported etc etc scenes were coming back !!!! ...

AND then the final blow:
"You know, you should have paid the full amount .. that would have saved you from getting a point in your license because a point in your license means your insurance will go up .. and its a recurring expenditure!!!" ....

The final Verdict: Pay $ 130 , go home .. with a point in your license.

While coming back, as I crossed that same spot where I was ticketed 3 months back, I told to myself, "Thank god! the speed radar was not accurate! otherwise 90mph would have been a 'reckless driving' charge" !!!!!

LESSON# 3, 4, 5, 6: ... Don't look for small profits ... think long term ! Learn to identify squad cars ! Have your GF sitting beside you and not in the back seat ! AND ALWAYS REMEMBER - for every idiot who wins a case, thousands of other imbeciles don't make it that far!!!!!