In the first week of October 2013, there were reports about a girl, working as a domestic help in a posh locality in Delhi, having been subjected to extreme torture by her employers, a woman working as a senior executive in a multinational company.
According to this report in The Financial Express, the victim has alleged that:
She was made to work for long duration.
She was not given proper food by her employer.
She was not allowed to use the washroom.
Her employer used to continuously beat her and she was not paid any money for her services.
Burn marks were caused on her body by her employer.
She was once forced to drink urine and was confined in the house in a semi-naked condition.
She was forced to clean the area outside the house in a semi-naked condition.
According to this report on ndtv.com, when the (rescue) team entered the house, they found the teen domestic help lying naked on the floor. Her body had gashes in different parts; she alleged that her employers had ordered their dogs to bite her.
According to this Firstpost report, the employer was arrested and sent to 14-day judicial custody. 4 days later, her bail plea was dismissed. As the judge said, “The investigation done so far only supports the version of the victim.”
I could not find any report on this case after October 07, 2013, so I do not know what the present status is.
The gangrape of a physiotherapy student in Delhi in December 2012 resulted in immense expression of outrage by people like us, rightly so.
The gangrape of a photojournalist in Mumbai in August 2013 also resulted in substantial expression of outrage by people like us, rightly so.
What amazes me is the deafening silence of people like us on this case, on the streets, on television, on Facebook, on blogs, everywhere.
Why this deafening silence?
Is it because we don’t know about this case?
Or is it because crimes against women/girls by men are unacceptable, but crimes against women/girls by women are acceptable?
Or is it because crimes against women/girls by husbands/in-laws are unacceptable, but crimes against women/girls by employers are acceptable?
Or is it because crimes against educated people (physiotherapy students, photojournalists, etc.) are unacceptable, but crimes against uneducated people are acceptable?
Or is it because crimes against middle class (and above) people are unacceptable, but crimes against poor people are acceptable?
Or is it because crimes committed by poor and/or uneducated and/or rural people are unacceptable, but crimes committed by middle class (and above), educated, urban people like us are acceptable?
Or is it because we are all guilty of the same crime, maybe to a much smaller extent?
Or is there any other reason?
Why this deafening silence?