The world saw the biggest possible example of discrimination on May 25, 2020. Policemen killed George Flyod, a black American man. Evidences show a policeman kneeling on Floyd’s neck for almost eight minutes. Flyod ultimately died due to lack of breath. This was as horrifying as it sounds. Would things have been different if Flyod had been a white man? This incident lead to numerous protests worldwide, both virtually and physically. The “#blacklivesmatter” is still trending on different social media platforms. Many people, whom I know, used this hashtag too.
Discrimination in India
An equally horrifying incident of police brutality took place in India as well. The father-son duo of Jayaraj and Felix committed a “crime”. They had kept their mobile accessories shop open post curfew time. The father and the son were taken to the police station because of a heated conversation. Moreover, they were thrashed and sodomized in police custody. Where in the laws for the gravest of crimes is it mentioned to shove sticks up the rectums? Will those bloodied lungis ever be evident enough for the “criminal” policemen to be punished? Why didn’t Indians start a new hashtag? Isn’t this discrimination? Moreover, we Indians don’t even think once before “bullying” someone for being dark. Then, who gave us the right to change our DPs to black?
During the Pandemic
The world is suffering from the pandemic, Covid-19 these days. But that doesn’t stop discrimination to happen. Recently, a noted Bollywood star and his family also fell prey to it. That was the beginning. Indian media went nuts for him. Alters were full of people praying for his speedy recovery. The media forgot all proper ways of journalism. They even reported that the star was able to visit the loo, alone. Really?! But this same media turned blind when an 18 year old from Kolkata died due to extreme medical negligence. The boy tested Covid positive and was suffering from urine infection. Thus, he was denied admission to numerous hospitals of Kolkata. The entire night he struggled to live, but finally succumbed. Did anyone think about his parents? Did anyone bring into limelight the inhumanity of the hospitals? Isn’t this discrimination?
These spine-chilling incidents prove that Discrimination and Hypocrisy are closely related. One can be free from these if only one can see things clearly. Will these various forms of discrimination ever end? Will our hypocrisy and judgemnetalism vanish? If these incidents aren’t awakening enough, then I don’t know what will? I have just one question. Did the dusky girl, the father-son duo or the young boy deserve this? What will you answer when we’ll be at the highest court of life?