“I wish I could have saved her.”

So hey! It’s 2013 now!!

Don’t worry though, crazy ish is continuing to go down around the world as usual.

Nirbhaya’s death has taken the world by storm. To read more about it, click HERE, or HERE if you want information on it.

The second victim of the attack in Delhi has spoken out, and what he says is shocking, as well as heartbreaking.

He says that him and Nirbhaya were left on the street for 20 minutes before police were called. Naked, he called out to onlookers–cars, rickshaws–asking for help. It didn’t come for twenty minutes, as Nirbhaya bled, also unclothed. And even when the police arrived, it took them two hours to decide which hospital to take the victims to. The male victim was the one who carried Nirbhaya to the ambulance,  not the police. He explained the details such as these, each more horrific than the last. You can read all of his comments HERE. But before he talks about what happened that night, the man expresses his grief. He remembers visiting Nirbhaya in the hospital, where she was smiling and staying positive.

“I wish I could have saved her,” he says now.

New Delhi police have actually filed a criminal case against the network that aired this interview, on the claim that by airing the interview, it will be easier for people to figure out the identity of the rape victim, which is illegal in India. However, I think interviewing the surviving victim has confirmed suspicions that police negligence played a major role in this case.

Something else that happened towards the end of 2012–in a New York subway station, a man was pushed to his death onto the tracks of an oncoming train. Sunando Sen was born in India and raised as a Hindu. The woman who pushed him, Erika Menendez, said this: ” I pushed a Muslim off the train tracks because I hate Hindus and Muslims ever since 2001.” Menendez has a history of ill mental health, and she had been mumbling to herself before pushing Sen. Because of this, I think it’s unfair to judge her as we would someone who was mentally healthy. Obviously she has problems that go beyond  a  racist mindset. But still, the incident is rightfully being classified as a hate crime. And still, a man is dead because of it.

These kinds of incidents have been pretty common after 9/11. For a while, things seemed relatively calm, but last year brought life back into hate crimes targeting brown-skinned Americans. After the attack on the Sikh Gurdwara last year, the son of one of the victims spoke very sincerely in a testimony. (Check it out HERE.) At one point, in reference to what happened to his mother, Harpreet Singh Saini said, “This was not supposed to be our American story.” For immigrants like Saini’s mom, bringing the family to America was the best thing you could do for them . No one thinks that by coming to America, you’ll end up getting shot in your place of worship. But this has become the “American story,” for too many victims. And when I heard about this recent attack at the subway, I was reminded of Saini’s words, because one more person’s American story had gone awry. And so Saini’s quote and what Nirbhaya’s friend said about wishing he could have saved Nirbhaya have sort of combined in my head, and now I’m sitting here (hold on, kids, it’s about to get dramatic)  wishing that I could have saved Sen in the subway–been there at that station and grabbed him and told him to leave, to run as fast as he could from the hate that was about to claim his life. I wish I could have been at the Gurdwara in Wisconsin, and in the Mosques that have burned down, with the families that have been shattered, with Bhai Seeta Singh, Bhai Parkash Singh, Bhai Ranjit Singh, Satwant Singh Kaleka, Subegh Singh, Parmjit Kaur Toor, Balbir Singh Sodhi, Surinder Singh, Rajinder Singh Khalsa, Iqbal Singh, Arjit Singh Cheema, Jasmir Singh, Sunando Sen, and the thousands of victims of hate crimes, and their families,  and told them  turn around and go back, because their American story would not be what they thought.

Well, this has been my first post in the New Year…I hope it had the cheery effect that was intended. Sorry :/ On a positive note, I’m seeing news about stronger action being taken in rape cases in India, which is a big victory for the protesters. Physically, Nirbhaya has gone, but she lives on in the impact she is already having on India. And as for hate crimes, they’re nothing new. Sometimes its hard to believe, but time will ease racism and prejudice in America. Despite some exceptions, it’s getting better everyday. So go out there and enjoy yourself without fear and without hate–2013 is waiting.

-M

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