Disturbing News from New Delhi

When I started this blog a few months ago, I had zero intention of addressing news from any country.  The main reason why I no longer watch the news on television, listen to the news on radio, or read it in the newspaper is that ignoring the news is one of the best ways to maintain a positive attitude. Unfortunately, when I started my computer this morning, a news article written by Reuters and republished by Yahoo caught my attention — ignoring bad news clearly does not prevent bad events from happening.

The Reuters article starts with the following statement: “A woman whose gang rape provoked protests and rare national debate about violence against women in India died from her injuries on Saturday, prompting promises of action from a government that has struggled to respond to public outrage.” Prior to reading the article, my belief was that posts in this blog should have a clear connection to the enjoyment of life beyond injury. However, if I stood by, knowing what I now know, and chose to do nothing, then my silence would be tacit approval of the horrific events that took place. Seconds after reading the article, I felt compelled to write this post. My hope is that this post will raise awareness of the issue.

The Reuters article continues with news that the “unidentified 23-year-old medical student suffered a brain injury and massive internal damage in the December 16 attack” and that the woman “beaten, raped and thrown out of a moving bus” died in the Singapore hospital where she had been taken for treatment. According to the article, “six suspects held in connection with the attack were charged with murder.”

May the family and friends of the young lady who was savagely attacked find justice even though justice cannot possibly replace their loss.

Questions

In the face of terrible events, how can we respond in a positive manner?

Thanks to Reuters and Yahoo for sharing the story with us so that we can help eliminate evil in this world with our words and actions.

9 Comments

  1. http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-31698154?OCID=fbasia
    Follow Up
    “Mukesh Singh one of five convicted of the crime says Paraphrased:
    We had the right to teach a lesson. She should have put up with it.
    she should not fight back; she should be silent and allow the rape to save her life
    A Lawyer who defended the murderers -Paraphrased- there is no room in our society for men and women to be friends.

    Second Lawyer-( paraphrased) If it were my daughter or sister. I would take her to my farm house in front of my entire family, pour petrol over her and set her on fire

  2. [response to Scott]
    … but that is just the point, Scott, I CANNOT control what happens or is committed by others!
    You asked how we could respond in the face of such terrible events.
    My belief is that we MUST RESPOND to the news around us; not to be fearful of our own helplessnss, but to never give-up on our faith in mankiind!

    Yes, compassion, empathy and caring for the victims & families; but
    acknowledging our helplessness, we need to respond in LOVE’.

    We must never give up on the Human Condition and to continue to live – watch developments of the world on TV – and believe “My effort makes a Diference”; tht is, of course, if you believe in the “Higher Power” – and the existence of “Good”

    Cannot a mountain be felled with a landslide caused by the movement of one rock?

  3. I must thank Dr. Frances Heussenstamm for partaking in her response of ‘compassion” and providing the mental gymnastics required for asuccinct response besides, of course, our Moderator, Scott, for another provocative question; although, I must say the question certainly DOES provides “connection to the enjoyment of life beyond injury”.

    With the danger of sounding “cliche” and far too pithy, I must put forth my answer as being, LOVE”. LOVE as being both my source of enjoyment in life beyond injury and my response to such terrible events in the world.

    I must agree with our Moderator that it was God’s gift of free choice to man and therefore MAN who performed the atrocities. Such “grief” a described by the venerable Dr. (above/below), must be thrust “against” MAN – ourselves – and not God.

    I would offer that such “grief” should serve to strengthen the belief that our effort makes a difference and cause us to perform simple acts of LOVE around us as a only means (BEGINNING) to prevent the continuaton of cuture atrocities.

    Think not about the GRIEF it causes US but the opportunity to demonstrate LOVE – in ALL that we do; as is the Christian “idea” of primary importance. LOVE is the ACTION; I can only see that we are to LOVE and carry-on, despite it all.
    … and is THAT not the first step – Beyond Injury?

    1. Barbara, I had written a detailed response to your comment. Just as I was about to finish the response, I clicked somewhere on the screen and lost the response. Rather than re-type what I intended to say, I will simply summarize my response.

      I believe love should be the most important driver of any decision. However, I cannot see how love fits into any part of the story. The vicious acts were not a demonstration of love. The initial reaction of government officials was not an act of love. And, it is impossible for me to believe that anyone affected by the awful acts (which includes everyone in the world) would say “I love what happened” or “I love the people who violated, beat, and murdered the person I love.” Again, love (or the golden rule) is the standard to which we should live by, it was definitely not the guiding principle of the people who committed the crimes.

  4. As a mother, I would like to offer my heartfelt condolences. I know when my son had his accident and we didn’t know if he would survive, I felt empty and that life& time itself had just stopped as if someone pulled the rug out from under me and I was free falling. He was in a deep coma and unresponsive for well over a month. That must be the worst pain to go through as parents aren’t supposed to bury their child and one so young. As for the horrific way her life ended, that is deplorable and I hope the six are prosecuted to the fullest.

    1. Meg, the type of behavior that occurred is unacceptable. The guys who did this should be held accountable as well as the government officials who knew about this and did nothing.

  5. To have compassion for the family of survivors first, and then all women who have been raped, and finally, for humanity, most of whom are completely asleep on their feet, and capable of great dark deeds, individually and collectively, is my main objective in life. Feelings of compassion take me beyond the grief and shame and rage against God for permitting these atrocities to occur, all the feelings I used to have in the face of such bad news. It’s a Buddhist idea that frees me from suffering.

    1. Is it appropriate to blame God? Did God allow the terrible things to happen, or did people violate God’s commandments in doing horrible things? I have written several letters to Buddhist Temples and organizations asking a spiritual leader or religious scholar to write a letter for this blog that wishes all people affected by a life-threatening illness a speedy and complete recovery. Would you kindly help me connect with the right person or organization? I am also trying to connect with spiritual leaders and religious scholars of many other faiths. I would appreciate any help you can provide.

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