If Breaking News ‘ Shine Ahuja accused of rape’ is the current favorite of television channels, always hot in pursuit of sensational bytes that may help transmogrify their vapid fare post election, its no surprise, when little seems to catch the viewers fancy.
My reaction..disbelief> cynical wave off> piqued to know the truth and nothing but the truth. Somehow frenzied hurling of invectives at an accused, categorical accusation blatantly vitriolic, a tendency such as this is avoided stubbornly. One cannot live with the guilt of having jumped the gun even before the courts verdict of indictment and uncaringly irresponsibly, insensitively go hammer and tongs at our fellow beings. It speaks poorly of our humanistic attributes,. Lets not be the first to cast stones..but the last.
At the outset, I confess that somehow this episode leaves me in serious doubt. Why would Shiney Ahuja, a strikingly handsome male actor, much in demand bon ton in Bollywood, with a wife and one year old daughter at home, resort to such brutality with a maid? It seems preposterous. Overpowering lust if the culprit I am sure would have been satisfied by a million other outlets.
Pointers that lead to serious analysis before swallowing as gospel media reports from the same sources who not so long ago were munificent in lavishing praise and now with equal ferocity denigrate the man, are quite a few to ignore.
Lets ponder a bit on this bit of information and not skim over it.
Sources also said Shiney had on June 13 tried to approach the victim for a sexual relationship, but she declined.
The victim was working in Shiney’s household for almost two months. She used to work from 9 am to 6 pm on a salary of Rs 4,000. Shiney had employed a cook and peon too.
Why would the maid continue to work in a household where she felt threatened by the man of the house? If it was money and her compulsions that compelled her to stick on then its imperative to keep in mind this further bit of information which was telecast yesterday. Anu Ahuja, Shineys wife averred that the maid was going to be sacked and therefore this ploy.
A salary of Rs 4000 for only cleaning and sweeping in a household of two members with a cook looking after the kitchen, was definitely no sneezing money for her. Supposing she had been maliciously advised by her Uncle (who accompanied her) or whoever to concoct and machinate this entire episode? Is there any lack of ruses for desperate seekers in India?
Oh we can be the most creative in selling our souls for money. Ask the tabloid editors and gossip mongers.Is their commitment to tear apart peoples reputations and personal lives at their whims, any less a crime than rape?
Diversions done with.. what about police medical reports. I dont know of the exact time that elapsed between the maid leaving the house and reaching the police station. For arguments sake lets assume it to be three hours or so.. Keeping in mind the fact that there may have been an agenda could not this have been managed in the time?
By no stretch of imagination should my post be taken as one that is in defense of Shiney Ahuja. I dont know him from Adam. Have seen him just once at a social do and had heard millions of stories about his high handed and snooty approach towards one and all.
But that is no reason to condemn a man without giving him the benefit of the doubt especially in the light of the fact that besides the girls evidence there is little that is in favour of accusing him. An important adjunct to casting aspersions is always a sense of personal instincts and sense of fairness. Mine dont permit me to go ballistic in throwing accusations with cynical rancor. No.
We have courts in India..let the judges earn their livelihood while we earn ours by minding our lives. If this turns out to be true then another post will follow. Meanwhile I think the man is passing through a really dark phase as is his family.
I shudder to think what his daughter will have to go through as an adult. Will she have to bear the cross? Personally, I am not inclined to put in a nail on a crucifixion until and unless the culprit is proven so without a shadow of doubt. Lets not unwittingly be culprits over an issue which may border on untruth. Lets not make such behaviour the leit motif of our actions. We can leave that to the media. They are the professionals and masters of the game 🙂