N. P. U padhyaya
I wish I could delete the words, for example, “cruelty” and “brutality” simply because I hate these words tooth and nail. I hate these words. I don’t know why?
However, I know even if I delete these words from my minds and never open any dictionary wherein the ghastly meaning of these two dangerous words would yet remain in the pages in an expanded form.
Should then I close my eyes or not read stories which are related with these two words? Should I reject the news which talks about cruelty and brutality simply because I hate these words?
I am helpless. Even if I dislike, these two words will remain and some ghastly events will come through my eyes which I can’t help from going through.
I have been writing stories related with such sad events since four decades plus. I am about to retire but the appalling events still continue.
One such event again has come to me through the kind courtesy of Annapurna Post daily dated August 23, 2010.
The story talks of the height of cruelty and brutality. It could be one of the worst societal event that has happened in nearby Kapan village, east of Kathmandu and close to Bouddha.
Kapan otherwise is a village I like from my inner hearts. But with this ad nauseating news, my love and honor for this village has touched a new low. Yet I think that not all bad apples reside in Kapan. Some kind souls too have their abode in the same village. I can’t change my own society. Shame on my pen and my writing.
The story runs like this.
Sarala baini (name changed) is almost an orphan. She is a disabled teenager. She had been working at the private house of Parsuram Khadka and Kamal Khadka as a maid servant since three months or so.
The Khadka family per chance lost some golden ornaments. Sarala-the disabled girl was charged that she must have been involved in the theft case to which she was not.
Concluding that Sarala stole the Gold ornaments, the Khadka family tortured this deaf and dumb girl, August 6 and August 18, 2010. Just imagine the pain of Sarala!
She was mercilessly beaten by the family of the Khadkas. Sarala was subjected to inhumane persecution and was told to admit that she stole the lost ornaments.
Eye witness claim that the last time Sarala was being brutally beaten, she cried for help and some kind souls forcibly entered into the private residence of the Khadkas and finally made their way to the very room wherein Sarala was being tormented.
Said one eye witness that when he entered the room, what he saw was just unbelievable.
“I saw her without clothes”, said the one who saw the Sarala torture.
Others even claim that Mr. Parsuram at times “raped” this disabled girl luring that he will marry her time permitting. Sarala is learnt to have indicated to some women folks that she was raped.
A few more said that they could see Sarala in blood.
Thanks that some kind hearted women folks associated with NGOs saved this unfortunate girl from the clutches of the devilish family of the Khadkas.
Whether she was being raped or not is being investigated by the Maternity Hospital in Thapathali.
The local Police in Bouddha have already come into action and a case against the Khadka family has already been registered.
Let’s see how the case proceeds in the days ahead. Whether or not the girl victim gets justice or is denied?