The victim of the 2012 Park Street rape case, an incident described as “sajano ghotona” by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, appeared on Aamir Khan’s popular TV show Satyamev Jayate and ensured that her was known to the public.
“I did not want my face blurred because I am not the one at fault. The rapists are the ones who should be ashamed of whatever they did,” she said.
For her, the experience of being in conversation with Khan at the studio was “a mixed feeling.”
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“On the one hand, it was exhilarating; on the other hand, it was painful as I was reliving my whole experience. But I had consciously decided to be strong and narrate my experience to the world.”
Those experiences, she tells us, involved educating other rape victims about their rights, while also learning about the apathy of the police and the doctors in the process.
“I didn’t know myself that a number of the general diary had to be obtained, that an FIR is my right and that the cops are duty-bound to register an FIR,” she said. She called the doctors conducting medical tests on rape victims as “inexperienced” and “inhuman”.
“It was rightly pointed out on the show that doctors look at you (victims) with a lot of suspicion and that the police take the side of the accused.”
The crew of Satyamev Jayate had also interviewed Mausumi Kayal, one of the leading protesters of the Kamduni rape and murder incident on June 7, 2013. The rape and murder of a 20-year-old in Madhyamgram was the third incident that the show concentrated upon.
“I am happy that our movement has reached to such a level. I hope it stirs others into joining us to protest against such menace who prey upon women. I believe people will definitely get more courage after watching the programme and we will consider ourselves fortunate if we are able to inspire even a single person,” Kayal said.
Chairperson of National Commission for Women, Mamta Sharma, too, said the show was an effective medium to highlight the issue. “Three of the incidents being from West Bengal reflect the dipping law and order situation in the state. It will definitely create awareness among people. Hopefully the state will act against the negligence of the doctors and the police,” she said. She also said that merely framing laws will not help unless proper implementation of those laws are ensured.
Sharma also pointed out the need for appointing female officers as investigating officers in cases of rape.