The best way to know the self is feeling oneself at the moments of reckoning. The feeling of being alone, just with your senses, may lead you to think more consciously. More and more of such moments may sensitize ‘you towards you’, towards others. We become regular with introspection and retrospection. We get ‘the’ gradual connect to the higher self we may name Spirituality or God or just a Humane Conscious. We tend to get a rhythm again in life. We need to learn the art of being lonely in crowd while being part of the crowd. A multitude of loneliness in mosaic of relations! One needs to feel it severally, with conscience, before making it a way of life. One needs to live several such lonely moments. One needs to live severallyalone.

Saturday, 18 February 2012


Falak is still on ventilator but the doctors said today the infection in her brain is receding. This 2-year old girl is fighting to live a life that was subject to abject brutality. She changed hands, like an object, and what ultimately led her to the bed of AIIMS Trauma Centre is a pathetic story that includes horrific stories of real life characters, people suffering the hell of human trafficking and people inflicting the assassination on everything that have ever been human.

What this case has brought to the surface is nothing but just one example of how coordinated, planned and lethal human trafficking has become in India. We have been hearing such things happening in brothels of the red light areas. Now these activities are being planned and acted upon by the criminal elements in the open society.

A 2-year old girl changes five-six odd hands and finds a 14-year old girl as custodian who herself is a victim sexual exploitation and human trafficking. Her humiliation began at home and circumstances led her to the organized industry of sex traffickers. During this ordeal, she finds a person and flees with him only to be abused again. In frustration and lost-minded state, she batters the 2-year old. Realizing what she has done, she brings the baby to the hospital.

After much intense media scrutiny and public outrage, investigators have been able to locate Falak’s mother, sister and brother. Many criminal elements involved in the human trafficking have been arrested and an elaborate network of goons has been unearthed.

But the larger focus is still not there. Doctors say, even if Falak survives, she will not be able to lead a normal life as her brain infection has overstayed.

At the movement, her treatment is the supreme priority.  But equally important is the issue lingering around her post-operative life and care. And equally important is the need of rehabilitation of her family.

Falak’s mother, abused by her husband, lost her three children and the details indicate an intricate plot of human trafficking. Now that they are located, it is to be seen and taken care of how this helpless and resourceless mother carries and supports her kids.

Media glare is today. Tomorrow it will not be and the concerned stakeholders would like to forget the case very conveniently. That is the time when the sex traffickers attack again. Forced sex trade is flourishing because of the lackadaisical attitude of the society and the government.

Falak is just a case in point. We know there are multitudes not written and reported about. After three months of her gangrape, yesterday, the National Commission of Women confirmed that Babina was raped. The girl is still in hospital, left speechless after the savagery of the canine 'humans'.

Remember Alka Tiwari and Jhunu Behera, two names fighting for life as they could not support the cost of the treatment? There was some media glare some months ago. That is not there now. So it is very hard to find what happened to them. I tried to google, but the last report that I could locate about Alka Tiwari was of November 9, 2011 while in case of Jhunu Behera, it was dated November 27, 2011. It’s almost three months now.

What are we doing? Where is the society heading?

I sound repetitive and so many others but it is the irony of the human existence that such questions have become so repetitive.  

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey -