By K.N. Pandita – Recently uncovered sex scandal has rocked the city of Srinagar. A totally unacceptable social evil like this one has to be eradicated lock, stock and barrel.
Societies as these have evolved are ridden with aberrations and infirmities. There is hardly a civil society in the world, which can claim to be all virtue and no vice. But then the guardians of social behavior cannot allow the aberration go unchecked.
One feels that the sex scandal in Srinagar has been politicized rather than socialized. Many political strings are being pulled while demanding investigation.
Last year a sex scandal was uncovered in Jammu also. It also received much media hype and we were told that high ranking officers were involved. There was resentment in the civil society against this social evil but it did not take political colour and did not cross the limits of reason and social surveillance. The police and the judiciary dealt with the case in accordance with law, and proper action was taken. The judicial verdict emphatically stated that the accused woman was intentionally maligned and defamed. The matter ended there.
Srinagar mobs, prompted by some groups (perhaps with a vested interest) tried to hold the government at ransom till the veil was lifted and involved persons identified and punished. The big demonstrations that hurled accusations on unknown and unidentified culprits aimed at not allowing the law take its normal course.