After his night of mayhem, the prime accused in the Delhi gangrape, Ram Singh, returned to his room in Ravidass camp, a ghetto inside R.K. Puram, a south Delhi neighbourhood inhabited largely by government employees. Near midnight, he sat down to cook chicken curry in his filthy room with its single bed and litter of empty liquor bottles. He shared the meal with his brother Mukesh. Then he stepped out and spotted a kid in the neighbourhood, even jokingly asked if he wanted some chicken. Who are these men and what makes them such monsters?
Ram Singh, 33, clearly the leader, is a class IV dropout who had come to Delhi from Rajasthan with an uncle. Initially, he worked at a dhaba in Trilokpuri, then a tea stall and paan shop and finally landed the job of a ‘helper’ in east Delhi’s Anand Vihar bus terminal. Later, he was promoted from helper to driver. In his neighbourhood, he was known as “a mental case”. Every night, he would go to fill water at the community tap and tease any woman there. If anyone objected, he fought with them. Of his private life, this is what the neighbours say: he ran away with someone’s wife in the basti, apparently “married” the woman but returned saying she had died. When he saw the woman’s ex-husband with a new wife, he told him the “new wife looked better than the old one”.
Pawan Gupta, 19, a fruit seller preparing for his 10th grade exams, lived in the same basti. The fruit shop was closed on Sunday which is why Pawan decided to join Ram Singh and Mukesh on that fateful ride. Vinay Sharma, 20, an assistant gym instructor from the basti, often performed pujas in the area, having learnt the basics from his grandfather. His father has now disowned him, though the mother still believes he is innocent. Also with them was Akshaya from Bihar (whose wife had deserted him and returned just before his arrest). He had worked in a brick kiln and liquor vend before landing a job with a travel agency in Noida. There’s also a minor, 17, who worked on inter-state buses from Anand Vihar. He often stayed with Ram Singh and along with his mentor was the most brutal during the attack. He’s also the one who beckoned the couple to come and ride in the bus.
Thank you to all those who have taken the trouble to read the article and share their thoughts. Out of the arguments made here, there are two that perhaps need answering. So here they go.
1. The first part of the article compares outcomes (relative percentages of population of the religions concerned) irrespective of the process that led to those outcomes - whether immigration, relatively faster population growth or conversions. This was for two reasons. One, to put the figure of 2.3 per cent in "numerical perspective", as the article itself explained. The second reason was that outcomes are ultimately what the crux of debate is about. The rest of the article in any case dealt with process - or conversions in this case, from both a contemporary and historical perspective.
2. Some commenters have tried to cast doubts on the reliability of Census 2001. Those who do this should bear in mind that Census 2001 was conducted by a BJP government. Considering the extreme importance that BJP gives to this issue, it would be reasonable to expect that IF it had perceived a problem with the methodology that was distorting the numbers, it would have fixed it. As the article mentioned, BJP or BJP-supported governments have been in power for 10 of the last 40 years, or about a quarter of the time, and the only reasonable conclusion one can arrive at is that any misreporting of numbers, real or perceived, would be marginal and hence, not of importance.
To all other arguments made, my answer is the following: Please read the article again, with particular focus on the quotations of Vivekananda and Monier Williams, and the history of the missionary efforts in Bengal and their outcome.
Agreed life was tough for these men, but to transit from that to this article's main premise is to insult all the hard-working, law-abiding people who live in our slums - and pretty much keep our cities afloat. Ram Singh was a neighbourhood gooda long before he became an accused in this crime; so lets not confuse the issues here.
I hold no brief for the accused. None at all. But given all the pre-trial public hysteria which is being covered 24 X 7 by the electronic media, the court's judgment has already been scripted and cast in stone. And it is a verdict of "guilty" for all six of them. There is no way in which the trial can be a fair and impartial one based on a dispassionate weighing of evidence.
To UNDERSTAND what is being propagated, one must understand the tentacles of the feminist myth spreading system and the way it operates around the world.
This kind of garbage journalism, seeking to spew hate on the character of an accused ( probably insane ) male, is Sickening.
BTW I am one of many kids who grew up in similiar conditions.
None of us ever 'turned' into beasts. It is embedded in our DNA to not rape.
Every single rapist must know it is wrong.
This is a bit like the illegal immigration debate. If I am a legal immigrant to any nation arounf the world, it is equivalent to spitting on my face when people just shrug their shoulders and accept illegal immigration.
Why the hell did I go through all that trouble? I could have just jumped over a fence and waited for a bleeding heart or two to bail my poor backside out.
I am sorry but there is no sympathy here that I have for these people.And their tiny little room is better than 40% of our population, so it's not that bad either.
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