The question by Tarek Fatah, Canadian writer, asking where was God in the face of the Indian gang rape victim shows how arrogant we as humans have become. Human beings always try to avoid responsibility and personal accountability. When things go wrong, we tend to find blame on others and we rarely blame ourselves for failing to do our part - to do anything - to stop the crime from happening.
As the Toronto Star has reported, the young Indian woman who was gang-raped and severely beaten on a bus in New Delhi died Saturday at a Singapore hospital, after her horrific ordeal galvanized Indians to demand greater protection from sexual violence that affects thousands of women daily, in homes, streets and public transport, but which often goes unreported.
In response to this horrific tragedy, Mr. Fatah posted a twitter message. “Indian woman who was gang-raped in New Delhi succumbed to her injuries and dies in a Singapore hospital,” he wrote. “Where was God when this happened,” he asks. “And where was he when she died?”
Instead of asking where were humans and what had happened to their feelings and why hadn't they done something to stop what is being referred as a prevailing and widespread trend of gang rape in India?
As reported in the New York Times, revulsion and anger over the rape have galvanized India, where women regularly face sexual harassment and assault, and where neither the police nor the judicial system is seen as adequately protecting them.
The injustices that are happening around the world including massacres in Syria and elsewhere bring shame to each and every one of us.
While we have succeeded to land on the moon, we have lost our sense of humanity altogether and have failed to establish a common link of understanding between ourselves as we have also failed to take care of each other as a human family.
Whom to Blame
Instead of asking where was God, it was more appropriate for Mr. Fatah to ask where are the police, politicians and conscious citizens of India and why haven’t they done something to stop this dangerous violence against women?
He should have asked instead, where is the human being in the face of the many man caused calamities around the world? Where is his conscious? What went wrong with him, what had happened to his compassion and care, his feelings and concerns toward others? Why has he become so selfish and will care less even if he/she hears someone crying for help as what had happened recently in New York when a man was thrown to the subway tracks where he was crashed to his death by the incoming train?
There were hundreds of people on the platform waiting for the train, as reported in the media, and no one had done anything to help him. Shamefully, there was a journalist in the vicinity who instead of helping the victim, he pulled out his camera and took a picture of the helpless man so that he might perhaps win an award for the best picture of the year! What have we become as humans?
|Questioning the existence of God in the face of a calamity shows a high level of arrogance and ignorance at the same time|
If Charles Darwin were alive today, he would have likely changed his theory of evolution. Instead of going through progression in our evolution process as his theory stipulates – from being monkey and turning into humans – perhaps he would have changed the theory altogether after seen how pathetic, selfish we have turned into. He might have concluded that instead of going up on the ladder, we are falling downward and sinking to the bottom of the ocean and becoming low of the lowest until we eventually turn into monkeys.
Questioning the existence of God in the face of a calamity shows a high level of arrogance and ignorance at the same time. A wise person should instead point the finger of blame to himself and herself and his fellow humans.
The injustices that are happening around the world including massacres in Syria and elsewhere bring shame to each and every one of us. While we have succeeded to land on the moon, we have lost our sense of humanity altogether and have failed to establish a common link of understanding between ourselves as we have also failed to take care of each other as a human family.
Asking where God is at a time of a tragedy also shows weakness in faith. We forget that life is full of tests and tribulations. It is not all about the life of this world as we see it. There is much more into the picture.
Sooner than later we leave this world and move on to another face and another stage which is more permanent and has a lengthier span of life than the life we are familiar with as faith tell us.
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