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It Is Our Duty To Look After Children, Ours & Others: Parthiban After Sexual Assault Of Minor

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Shaken by the Ayanavaram incident where a child with a hearing impairment was sexually assaulted for months in the so-called safety of the Chennai’s apartment complex she lived in, actor-director Radhakrishnan Parthiban has penned a verse calling for more awareness.


அறுத்தெறியுங்கள்!

இந்த நிமிடம்
இதே மணிக்கு
இங்கோ அங்கோ எங்கோ
ஒரு பாலியல் வன் கொடுமை
நிகழ்ந்து கொண்டேதான் இருக்கிறது …
அதுவும் தொலைக்காட்சியில் இன்றைய
நிகழ்வை பார்த்தபடி!!!
அதை தடுப்பது எப்படி?
ஏனெனில்,
போன வாரம்
போன மாதம்
போன வருடம்
வேறு ஒரு சிறுமியின் உறைந்த ரத்தத்தின் மீது ஈனஸ்வரத்தில் நம் துயர், ஈக்களாய் மொய்த்துக் கொண்டிருக்கையில்
இந்த 17-ம், இன்னும் சில மிருகங்களும்
செவி திறனற்ற ஒரு சங்கு புஷ்பத்தினை
பிய்த்தெறிந்து கொண்டிருந்தனர்.
எனவே
நம் கண்களையும் காதுகளையும்
கூர்மையாக்கி, _______- க்கு அலையும்
மனுஷ ப்ராணிகளை கண்டறிந்து
காயடிக்க வேண்டும்!

Here’s Silverscreen’s translation that he has approved.

Castrate them!

This minute,
This hour,
Here, there, somewhere,
A sexual assault is taking place.
Possibly, while watching today’s happening on television.
How do we stop this?
Because,
Last week, last month, last year,
Like flies, our sorrow was
weakly hovering over the congealed blood of another little girl.
This 17th too, a few more brutes have plucked the petals of a bluepea flower that can’t even hear.
Let us sharpen our eyes and ears
To identify the lustful beasts in human disguise
And, castrate them!

Parthiban said that there has to be an end to these agonising incidents. “We keep speaking about them, we feel bad and then the next such incident sends us back into agony. It is time we looked around and safeguard our children. It is possible someone in the apartment saw the child standing in an isolated place but did not do anything about it, thinking it was not in their place to do so. It is our duty to look after children, ours, others, the world’s.”

The actor said he was happy that lawyers had taken a call to not represent the 17 people accused of the crime. “Years ago, I had made a written request to lawyers to not represent people who are guilty of heinous crimes. They said the law required them to represent both parties, but I’m glad they decided to not take up this case. While I felt bad seeing them thrash the accused in court yesterday, I hope the pain will be felt by those who might turn offenders in the future. We need a strong deterrent to stop this. Rehabilitation must be thought of later. First, we must instill fear that such acts with be met with punishment.”

Other film personalities have reacted to the news as well:

 

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