Let’s bow our heads in shame.
A protest on genuine demand turned into lynch-mob. Even if the small violent groups of ‘hooligans’ that stoned police constable Subhash Chand Tomar to death was hired, motivated or an agent-provocateur, the protesting Delhi people could not prevent them because many of us were asking for death punishment, holding placards demanding handing over the culprits to the crowd and even cheering when imprisoned criminals in Tihar tortured the culprits with an holier-than-thou attitude.
We provided the government with what it wanted – blood.
What we must not provide it with is going back to the typical Delhi apathy and indifference – ‘protests se kuchh nahi hota, apne kaam se kaam rakhna chahiye’. This is what the system expects us to do.
We must take a pledge, an eye for an eye leaves the world blind. We were asking for justice, not for revenge. With unshakable commitment to non-violence, we will continue to come out to help others – whether in bus, metro or collectively at the India Gate. We will introspect and broaden horizon. Justice to us is not possible until we stand for justice for all – a better society for ALL.
A better society means a non-violent society which ensures dignity and equality to all.