Past Tense – Part 3(Symptoms)

Before you Start – Do read Part 1 and Part 2 of the story.

Day 11
After disposing of, the letter, I started my search for suspicious things. But everything was so quiet and straightforward. The staff worked like nothing ever happened. It was impossible to differentiate between who was the part of the experiment and who was conducting it. I wanted to escape. But, that would make Anisha’s efforts and sacrifice worthless.


Day 22
Failing to find anything inside the Hospital, I decided to head outside. It was really easy to go out and roam all day. The thought of running away was becoming more assertive. Outside of the Hospital was quite an empty place. A society was there, around 2 KMs away.


Day 33 –
I wandered for ten days and found nothing useful. My nights were becoming sleepless.
I was walking in the corridor. At the same time, a doctor requested me to deliver some files, he held in his hands to Room No. 78, as he had to attend to an emergency.


The room was on the 7th floor. As I was going up, it was getting colder. As if ACs at this place were set at very low. It started becoming uneasy. A chilled wave, as if some whisper, went through my ear. The corridor on the 7th floor was nearly empty. I entered the room. A young woman of around 24-30 was lying there with eyes closed. The machine reading showed her moderate pulse rate. Oxygen and glucose pipes were attached to her hand. I kept the file near her table and headed outside the room. While closing windows, I was looking at her through the glass. Her head moved towards me, and she opened her eyes directly, looking at me as if she knew where I was. She smiled at me, pushed her right hand, took out the oxygen pipe attached to her, and then the glucose pipe. There were tears in her eyes, a smile on her face and blood coming out of her hands. She kept on looking at me. I realized she wasn’t moving anymore.
Some of the rules in the Hospital were weird. If someone died here, they needed to be cremated in hospital premises or buried in a graveyard 3 KMs away from the Hospital.


Day 34 –
I was growing weaker. The negativity in the environment was killing me slowly. I decided to run away. Early morning, around 10 AM, I took a taxi to the railway station. Around 14 hours of travel. Out of the bus, I ran towards my house. Rang the bell, but no one opened it. I noticed there was no lock at the door. I shouted for mom, no one answered, then for dad, but all I heard was my echo. I entered my room. It was the same as I left it. Fell asleep on my bed immediately.


Day 35 –
I woke up around 11 AM. I was in my room, the hospital staff room. How was this possible?


Day 43 –
I repeatedly tried to run away, every time, I ended up again in the Hospital. There was no escaping. No one to talk to, no one to share anything, even after being surrounded by so many people daily. It felt like I was all alone. The people who met me talked only about work. As if they had no personal life or life left outside except this Hospital.
During the evening, I heard a woman sobbing outside my office. I rushed out to see, as it was the only feeling or expression I had heard after a month. She was an old lady, small in height and was holding a broom in her hands. She might be in cleaning staff. I went near her and asked, “Why are you crying, mother?”


Old Lady said, “My son died here some days ago. He used to work in the accounts department. He was new here, and they say he fell from the building while talking to someone on the phone at night. I am a single mother, and the hospital staff offered me a job of the same pay as they were giving to my son.
It’s been a year since I met him, he called me on the night of his death, he wanted to meet me. He fell while talking to me. I found a letter while I was going through his old things. I cannot read it. No one here has the time to read it for me, and everyone is ignoring my request. I request you to please read it for me.”
She cried more while taking out the letter she kept in an old school bag, which she was carrying on her shoulders like a kid.
I started reading the letter, to realize it had the same contents as of Anishas’ letter. The handwriting was also insanely the same. My hands were shaking, holding it, not knowing what was exactly happening here.

“Please read it further”, the old Lady requested.

To Be Continued…

By Satyam Kumar Tiwari

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Marital Rape – A Taboo deemed as a Duty and Cloaked in the name of Culture

Written By – Ishita Singh

Marriage between a man and a woman in India implies that both have agreed to sexual intercourse. The concept of Marital rape elucidates as an act of sexual intercourse without one spouse’s consent. It also considers as a form of Domestic Violence, Sexual Abuse and a Heinous Crime.

Forced sexual intercourse between couple perceives as a Criminal Offence in almost every country. But India has not yet criminalized marital rape.

In absence of a law on Marital rape, there is no exact data on number of cases of marital law . According to a research, 1 in 3 men admit to raping their wives. A woman is raped by her husband every three second. This number has slightly increased during the lockdown.

The definition of Rape codified in Section 375 of The Indian Penal Code (IPC),1860,

It includes all forms of sexual assault involving non-consensual intercourse with a woman with the help of six descriptions. The exceptions is “Sexual Intercourse by a man with his own wife, IS NOT A RAPE”. This law amended in 2013 but no action was taken against framing a law on Marital Rape.

It also violates Article 14 and Article 21 which promises Right to Equality and Right to Life and Personal Liberty of the Indian Constitution.

Marital Rape also converts as a form of Sexual Abuse and Domestic Violence victims can take refuge under the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005. It defines sexual abuse as ‘Any conduct of sexual nature that abuses, humiliates, degrades or violates the dignity of the woman’. It considers marital rape not as a form of rape but as a form of sexual abuse.

Rape by Husband Is Not A Rape?

Most of the people believe if a law on marital rape amend women will misuse it. But all are assumptions only.

In the landmark case of Vishakha v. State of Rajasthan, The Supreme Court extended this right of privacy in working environments also. Similarly, we can translate that there is a right of privacy to get into a sexual relationship even in married couples.

We are living in 21st Century. The era of legal reforms and revolutions. it is of requisite importance to take steps against marital rape. That would be a possible step towards advancing the way of actual development.

Despite being a developing country, such an improvement is far from the real world. There are some differences between rape and marital rape. Though they are both heinous crimes which could scar the victim, Indian judiciary are not ready to take action against marital rape.

WEAPONRY AND WOMEN: RESERVOIR OF NEW ENERGY

A glass ceiling was completely closed on Thursday when Defence Ministry of India sanctioned a formal letter granting permanent commission to women officers in the eight more branches of the Indian army. Following the Supreme Court, the endless struggle to break the gender discrimination and provide equality for women in the Army had to be battled right up to the peak level. The sanction letter of the Indian government specifies that women’s short-service Commission (SSC) will be granted in all the 10 streams in which they serve presently as the cause for occasional celebration.

“In the anticipation, the Army HQ had already set in motion a series of preparatory actions for conduct the permanent commission selection board for eligible women officers. The board will be scheduled as soon as all eligible women SSC officers exercise their options and requisite their documentation,” said an Army personnel on Thursday.

Women were introduced in the Indian Army only in short service commission since 1992. In 2008, women were first inducted as permanent commissioned officers in Legal and Education branches only. In 2020, 8 more crops are added as permanent commissioned officers is undoubtedly a good sign to break all prejudices associated with the Armed forces. Till now the percentage of women in the Indian Army was 3.89%, air force 13.28%, and navy 6.7% only. The irony is that only 1,653 women are serving in the Indian army of the 40,825 total officers.

Some intangible reasons like motherhood, physiological limitations, and troops from rural backgrounds not accepting women in a command role were quoted by our government but in February, it was discarded by Supreme Court at the time of giving permanent status to women in the Army.

The time has come for a realization that women officers in the Army are not adjuncts to a male-dominated establishment whose presence must be tolerated within narrow confines.”-Supreme Court.

This is not the first time in India that a woman has been seen as a warrior. History bears the witness to the battlefield story of Lakshmi Bai, the Queen of Jhansi. She is always remembered for her leadership in the war of independence against the British troops.

In 1943, amidst world war2, the Indian nationalist Subhas Chandra Bose also created the Rani Jhansi Regiment, all women crops of soldiers.

However, patriarchal society cannot accept this mutiny so lightly. In other parts of the world, in countries such as Israel and the United State, women were exempted to be active on the battlefield. And here our government is being pushed to make women’s role a bit more active in the Indian Army.

It can be assumed that for this sex stereotype and gender discrimination feminism was derived in India. Indian feminists have fought against some cultural issues within India’s misogynist society. The sorrowful thing is where women are revered as a goddess, their women have to fight for their existence even after so many years of independence. Such a healthy society can never be built with misogyny. So it is needless to say that the decision that the Supreme Court made will uproot these prejudices even a little bit. Our government also needs to think more deeply about equality.

Though the picture has changed a lot and gender barrier may have loosened eventually but the constant struggle against inequity is too far from the finishing line.

-Saswati Chattopadhyay.

Impact of media on youths

What is media?

The Oxford English Dictionary defines media as, “The main means of mass communication (broadcasting, publishing, and the Internet) regarded collectively”. In this context, we would expect media to include:

  • Television
  • Books and magazines
  • Internet
  • Computers, tablets and smartphones

Media today is the most grounded compared to any other time. It keeps us refreshed on the most recent occurrences around the globe. It has changed every part of human life, how we collaborate, how we work together, how we get education everything. One of the astonishing side-effects of media because of expanded digitalization is the development of internet-based life. A stunning stage for individuals independent of all age’s group. The advancement in web-based life has made an open gathering for individuals from whom people can drive the advantages. The effects of online life on the most researched question on Youth are as per the following:

Media often is portrayed as unhealthy to youngsters, and keeping in mind that this is surely obvious in certain conditions, it very well may be best comprehended as having blended impacts.

The key is to know about how broad communications and long-range interpersonal communication influence the mind with the goal that you can settle on purposeful choices about how to utilize it.

Some positive outcomes include:

Media Can Be an Educational Resource

Media life can be an incredible asset for instructing youngsters. Conversing with teenagers one-on-one may give more chances to control the account, however online life and the web all in all despite everything offer a helpful method to teach youngsters. They can learn new things through articles shared via web-based networking media systems, or maybe by watching the news and many good programs. Numerous instructive associations, news systems, and other instructive bodies utilize internet based life to advise and frequently explicitly to connect with youngsters as well.

  • Motor aptitudes are improved by composing, clicking, messing around, and other tech-related finger abilities.
  • Hand-eye coordination or even brisk reasoning can benefit from outside assistance when one wants to give their reviews and writ on the current issues.
  • Access to mass news media can improve understanding aptitudes.
  • Social arrange movement is estimated to improve composing and socializing aptitudes.

Also, the content of media stories or internet-based life posts can be helpful and significant to teenagers. With stages like YouTube and Instagram, they approach individuals’ accounts they may never have heard something else. Along these lines, youngsters may discover that numerous others are encountering comparable battles to their own, giving mental fortitude and certainty.

In any case, there are huge negative impacts too. Negative include:

  • Depression or uneasiness over self-perception
  • Normalizing brutality
  • Unfettered access to erotic entertainment
  • Increased risk of physical and mental health
  • Decreased attention to the studies

 Thinking about these expected dangers of social and broad communications utilization is significant for the two adolescents and their folks. In this regard, information truly is power, as it will empower the two players to be vital about the job of media in their lives.

-Dimple Sahu

Doctors: The Front Line Warriors

We all know, that why our government is forcing us to live in the home, this is due to pandemic COVID 19 which is been faced by the world and right now our doctors are working 24 hours as a front line warrior against coronavirus and helping our government and country to fight against this crisis. In return, many people are contributing their warm wishes and thanking the doctors through different gestures. A few times each month we all clap at the same time beat the utensils, or light a Diya outside our balcony a gesture that shows how grateful we are. These actions are counted under giving respect to the doctors of our country who in this situation stays away from their family and spends most of their time fighting for a corona patient. In our country doctors are treated as ‘devta’ or ‘messenger of God’ as they are considered the giver of life to the people. Right now there are around 12, 41,687 cases and it is a matter of honour that out of this 7, 84,460 people recovered and all this could happen because of the doctors and medical staff who are working hard to save everyone without discriminating between any gender or caste. They are doing their best to help patients recover as fast as possible. Still, there are some people who are acting rudely and behaving cruelly towards the doctors. According to the Indian Medical Association (IMA), 75% doctor face violence once in his life and in ongoing COVID 19, these cases are increasing day by day. Even after so much of hard work, the doctors are still facing harassment. For instance, whenever the medical staff or doctors go to the house of the patients, people throw stones on them and treat them like a “street dog” due to which recently many doctors started striking as they all were facing humiliations and violence in their everyday life. Do you know what is the reason behind this? This is all happening because of a bunch of fake news we are sharing on social media regarding the doctors and regarding the religious discrimination which is being allegedly carried out by doctors. This, however, in reality, has not been proven till this day.

Every day we get to listen about cases of violence and for some time we feel bad for a doctor, but the next day again is a normal day. The maltreatment of doctors is partly our fault as we should also take care of a doctor who is far away from their family, who are not even getting proper sleep, they are taking care of our family members so that one day they may able to recover. Now its high time for us to protect the front line soldiers (doctors). We can help them by spreading the love towards them through social media, by informing people about the importance of doctors in today’s scenario, and also make people aware of the fact that if doctors will not be there then a country will be in trouble. Before attempting any untoward act, we should always think about their families because doctors are taking care of our family members.

                                               By- Anjali Sharma