When I’m exhausted, I try and stay away from news. Reading about the abysmal things humans are capable of can be very draining. But after a while, I feel the need to know what’s going on in the world around me. I know the world is a bad place, but once in a while, an article tells me of an aspect of ‘humanity’ I didn’t know about at all.
I recently read about rape videos being sold in Indian villages. While the very Idea is abhorrent, the details are even more chilling: these can be accessed by anyone, for very little money and disseminated through messaging services like Whatsapp, the raped women are clearly identifiable, and the acts brutal and horrifying.
“Al Jazeera found several videos that appeared to depict rape for sale across the state. They cost from Rs 20 to Rs 200 (30 cents to $3) and are transmitted to a customer’s mobile phone in a matter of seconds. The faces of the women are visible in these films. Their voices are clear. The attacks on them are brutal.”
And just when I was lamenting the lack of safety and dignity for women, I was hit by this piece of news: slave grooms in Hongkong— men from India and Pakistan who get married into rich families in Hong kong only to be exploited as slaves, made to work as indentured labourers, exploited, tortured, threatened with death.
“They force him to work round the clock, seven days a week – as a bonded labourer at a construction site during the day and as an indentured servant at home on evenings and his day off. They beat him and verbally abuse him at any sign of exhaustion or dissent. They take all his money, refuse him food and have even threatened to kill him. Sandhu knows what they are doing is wrong and illegal, but the endless abuse has broken him down. He battles severe depression and nightmares, too exhausted, afraid and ashamed to speak out.”
The writer in me wants to know more: more about the men and women caught in such situations, and about the men and women who commit these injustices. What drives them–does the man who makes/ sells/ buys rape videos not have a mother, a sister, a daughter? What makes them who they are?
What about the families who dupe men and enslave them in Hong kong– how does a slave-owning family function? How does someone with enough money to go to a country to target such a man, pay for him to be brought to Hong kong then begin to snatch his passport, beat him up, and force him into a life of hard labour?
There are so many more dark snippets of news: the boy who was bullied to death in Kuala lumpur, the horror of the Grefnell fire, the many terrorist attacks in the UK and around the world. Sometimes, the world is too much. Which is why, I’ve teamed up with a few kind souls to focus on the good in humanity, at least once a month.
I host the monthly We Are the World Blogfest: I’d like to invite you to join, if you haven’t as yet, to post the last Friday of each month a snippet of positive news that shows our essential, beautiful humanity.
Since a few of the cohosts are going through doldrums, myself among them, we’re looking for more co-hosts– bloggers willing to co-host a We are the World event about twice a year, visit a few blogs, make new friends. It doesn’t take much– so if want to make a positive difference, please let me know: write at damyantiwrites dot com
How do you react to the terrible facets of humanity? Do the lows humanity can go to surprise you? Have you seen news like this in your country/ city/ locality? Would you care to join the We Are the World Blogfest?
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