Anger, anguish , shock , pain, shame and what not ! The unfortunate gruesome incident of gang rape in Delhi , in a moving bus on the night of December 16 gave me another reason to be ashamed of being an Indian ! With all the culprits in custody now, and the trial already begun, one hopes that the culprits are brought to justice as early as possible through a speedy trial. One shudders to think or visualize what Damini or Nirbhaya went through at the hands of criminals .The fact that there were protests, and candle marches across the length and breadth of the nation can hardly wipe out the insensitivity shown by the passersby in vehicles and onlookers ( including women) who did not even bother to cover the naked bodies of two victims – the condition in which the criminals had thrown them on the road and to take them to the nearest hospital at least for first aid , badly and immediately required ! Much of the time was wasted in waiting for the Police, who on arrival at least bothered to cover the bodies and took the victims to the hospital. The 23 year old brave heart succumbed to injuries and hurt after struggling for life for quite a few days, raising questions about the safety of women and the law & order situation gone in shambles. In the aftermath there have been various debates and discussions on TV channels. One is about reducing the upper age cap from 18 years to 16 years for adolescent criminals euphemistically called wrong doers. The name and identity of the seventeen- plus perpetrator of the crime has not been disclosed , while as per reports it was he who beat the victim most mercilessly. On a personal note , I am not in favour of any leniency being shown to him simply because he happens to be or rather supposed to be a ‘minor’ and as such required to be dealt in accordance with the Juvenile Justice system. His name and identity should be disclosed so that along with others, people come to know this ‘dharti ka lal ‘ as well . These days kids become mature much earlier – especially those who are exposed to the rough and tumble of life early , forced by circumstances or otherwise. I see little hope or redemption for this guy , who if let off without punishment may be goaded on to go for the bigger kill ! While no amount of tears can bring back Damini , India has woken up to a reality and the situation , women in this country face. The punishment for rape has to be deterrent as even after December 16 , incidents of rape and molestation have shown no let up and are continuously being reported from various parts of the country. The 10 year sentence passed by a Hoshiarpur court on a rapist after a trial lasting only 7-8 days does bring some hope . One hopes for a similar quick justice in the Delhi gang rape case also !