Injustice means “adding insult to injury”

Disclaimer: Foul language used in more than one instance. Written while in a completely disturbed state of mind: engulfed in fury and disbelief at the injustice meted out.

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News we hear very often, sending our blood to a boil and our minds to degrees of exasperation. But well, the ways of “justice” (or the lack of it) is something we’ll have to live with, I suppose. In spite of the amount of depth of the evidence we have against a ‘wrong’.

A girl gets raped on her way home from work. It’s the girl’s fault because she was wearing ‘provocative’ clothes.

A man sentenced to life imprisonment for suspected partaking in a terrorist act is let off after 14 years, on being found innocent. He’s lost his family, job, life. It’s his fault because he chose to be in the wrong spot at the wrong moment.

A woman is forced to get an abortion done. It’s her fault, because she carried a girl child.

[And in my own life:] Our cars were damaged, plants killed and us emotionally harassed and tortured. It’s our fault, because we are ‘outsiders’ who chose to live in ‘their land’, their Karnataka.

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Yes, when the Association people went to his place and handed over the bill, he refused to pay up.  Just like he refused to admit the f***er in the video is him.

The Association people tried to talk some sense into him saying we hadn’t even approached the law for this, while we could have, considering the proof and all. That we were being amicable…and expect the same from him. And the as***le unflinchingly says (not verbatim), “I’m not paying. If they go to the law with this, I’ll also file a case against this boy (Suraj), that he tried to kill me and my wife”.

And the Association people (fed up, knowing there was no use talking to this freak) came to this conclusion: they’ll get both our cars painted, at their expense (recovering only about 1/6th of the total amount from the old piece of misery). And again, it will be done only at a local workshop where the Association President has connections, and not at the showroom—in spite of the Punto being a new car and within warranty period.

PLUS.

They’ll get it in writing from us that we will not probe this matter further, or cause any trouble to the bast**d, or his family. And from him, that he will not cause any further trouble to us, or to any of the other residents in the neighbourhood.

AND THERE ENDED THE MATTER.

What gets me boiling with rage is the complacence with which everyone viewed the situation. “What happened, happened. Don’t lose your sleep over it now.” No one seems to think that it should NOT have happened at all.

No one seems to realize the agony he put us in, the mental torture we went through, the sleepless nights we had, the lack of concentration we suffered at work… NONE of those are considered.

  • the mental harassment is intangible (so, get over it!);
  • the plants will grow back (so, stop whining);
  • the anger and rage must be suppressed (it’s your young blood).

AND IN UNSPOKEN WORDS (though in good intent): You’re not a native Kannadiga and you don’t quite belong here; so stop complaining and move away, if you want a peaceful life.

“There is no calamity which a great nation can invite
which equals that which follows a supine submission to wrong and injustice”.
Grover Cleveland (22nd and 24th President of the United States)

What no one seems to address is the fact that a bloody f**king b****rd is being allowed to get away with his bloody b***ardly criminal act! At no punishment, at no loss, at not even the slightest sense of guilt! In spite of him threatening to file cases with false allegation of attempted murder on the husband!! And why!? Just because he has the unfair advantage of being a ‘localite’, while we’re from ‘outside’. “Outside, as in, Jupiter!?” asked a friend.

No one seems to realise or even think that he’s the criminal and NOT the victim! It’s the typical “forget the whole issue unless you want to get into deeper trouble” responses and reaction. Unless the son of a b***h himself pays for the loss he created, he’ll NEVER learn, will he!? But well, no one seems to think he must learn, in the first place.

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice,
you have chosen the side of the oppressor.
If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral,
the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.”
Bishop Desmond Tutu (African Spiritual leader and Novelist)

But I’m the only one who seems to be unable to stand this injustice. Everyone else seems to be tired of the drama. “Let it go”, they all said, including the family. In fact, I literally could NOT BELIEVE MY EARS when I heard the ‘verdict’.

So much for trying to solve this “amicably” through the Association. When they got involved, I thought they’d fight for justice and make the old miserable piece of sh*t pay for his act. But, like the husband rightly said, “everyone involved in this (apart from us) is getting fed up and wants only to put it all to an end and get out of it.”

Put it all to an end, leaving the ones who suffered to continue suffering.

“The Police here are very corrupt; and they’ll always choose to support a localite over an outsider; which means in spite of your evidence and everything, they’ll either try to trouble you or keep postponing this affair for years. Is this worth all that mess?”
Does that mean any localite can do any harm to ‘outsiders’ and get away with it too? And to top that all, try and silence the victim with false attempted murder allegations!?

And what the hell does ‘outsider’ mean!? This is all ONE country, right? Or has Karnataka been declared a free country since last evening!? Aren’t we all citizens of the same country? Don’t we have the right to live in any part of India? Or is the “right” only given to the “localites” to vandalize the property of people who’ve come from a part of the country slightly further down south!? What’s all this crap about ‘outsider’? No I don’t live in a utopia, but I also refuse to live a life of the oppressed! I’ve done no wrong and I DO NOT INTEND TO suffer in silence the wrong done to me.

If this is the attitude and acceptance, I wonder why we complain and create a hue and cry about racism and biased behavior meted out to “us Indians” when we go to a foreign country. It’s their land, isn’t it; and the law will support them, shouldn’t it; and they’re localites and we’re ‘outsiders’. Right!?

“Yes, right, Priya. But this isn’t something that happens only in Karnataka. It happens everywhere.”
Oh thanks, what a solace that is!

“There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice,
but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.”
Elie Wiesel (Romanian born American Writer, Nobel Prize for Peace in 1986)

Right from the start, everyone wanted us to “forgive and forget”. Everyone’s initial reaction was first wonder and then amused laughter. As long as the falling roof isn’t in your house, it isn’t a problem for you, is it!? When we told them it was mental torture and we couldn’t even concentrate on work at office, they all dismissed it with a shake of their heads and a laugh, saying “Don’t let such silly things bother you”. Silly!?? For whom!? It was only when they realized we were very adamant about making the freak pay, that they agreed to step in and ‘talk’ to him. But I suppose all throughout, this had been their mindset: get it over with.

What right did they, then, have to tell us NOT go to the law? It was their selfish need to keep away any chances of the Police coming into this particular residential area: 5th Cross, S.T. Bed, Koramangala 4th block, Karnataka, INDIA. It was their selfish need to make sure other residents in the locality were not disturbed by this event. It was their selfish need to prevent a member of their Association from getting entangled in the arms of the law. Our loss was purely ours, and no one else’s. And that’s the ultimate truth…the ultimate fact.

They kept saying S.T. Bed Layout is the best layout in Koramangala, Bangalore. Honestly, I beg to differ.

For everyone who were involved (apart from our house owner), it was perhaps just a matter of amusement and wonder initially (they were all astounded at the idea of the web-cam and ‘evidence’) and then a pure pain in the ass—and all they wished was to get out of the mess. And the easiest way was not to punish the rasc*l, not try to make him pay, but to pay up on behalf of the Residents’ Welfare Association!??

I appreciate their willingness to pay: I appreciate it completely. BUT. Is the lost paint on the car the ONLY issue!? What about moral values and principles? I think I’ll pass. I’m not walking around trying to live on charity. If that fu***r can’t pay, then I might as well pay from MY pocket. Why should I let the Association pay!? When did they scratch my car and cause me pain!?

I have a good mind to teach the old swine a lesson. But the father, mother and husband (and the brother too!?) has completely given up.

“Enough, Priya. This is all there is to be done. Let’s not talk about it anymore”, says the angry father.

“He has a lot of those low-class contacts. What if he arranges for someone to hurt us on the road? What if it costs one of our lives?” asks a worried mother.

“There’re just too many curses on him already: ours, our families’, our friends’, your blog friends’; he won’t be let off that easily. He’ll suffer somehow. We have as a forever and recent example, what happened to our previous house owner. Can’t we leave this here?” asks a worried husband.

The brother just shakes his head in contempt, and offers no words.

I understand the concern they all expressed. I completely understand and agree. But I think differently.

I seethe in anger, in pent up fury. I’m unable to sleep. I can feel no sorrow, only rage. And they flow out as tears. While the husband holds me close and comforts me as I shed angry tears, all I can think is “Unbelievable. Unjust. Unacceptable.” And I’m afraid at my own degrees of anger. I have multiple thoughts of revenge flowing through me. But at the end, I wonder if I can be that bad a person.

But I know for sure that he’s NOT getting out of this as easily as he thinks he has. Not especially after he’s threatened to file a false case against the husband.

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41 thoughts on “Injustice means “adding insult to injury”

  1. 😯 That’s the most disgusting verdict ever!! 😡 The guts of that old guy to say he will file a false complaint. unbelievable!! I can understand your fury and really it’s making me go mad too as of now. How can someone get off the hook so easily after all these evidences?

  2. I agree with every single word you have mentioned in the post. You have every right to be angry, to want justice. Much as I sympathise with the emotion to just leave it be since everyone is tired of it… I’d warn you against it…
    The more you take it lying down, the more he is going to walk all over you. Trust me, been there done that. Why should he stop – when he has no reason to? Think about it….

    But…coming to the point…how do you plan to get back at him?

    I know I am going to get chappals/jootey thrown at me for egging you on but I’m saying whats on my mind…honestly…

  3. Sue the bas**rd , Priya. He cannot go scot free with such a cheap bl**dy act. How dare he??? It is kind of the association to pay up, but like you said, that is simply not the point. What the fellow did was base and disgusting and he ought to be punished.

    As for ‘one country’, much as I hate to admit, we Indians are the most racist people in the entire world.

  4. Priya don’t know what to say at this moment…I was reading you blog till end with great anxiety that..atleast u will come up boldly n do something against him….
    But @ this point you are helpless…even we cannot blame amma achan n suraj n ur brother…
    Even my blood is boiling…Even at this time i just feel to ask u y priya…y?????????after this long effort y u quit…Any way sometimes it happens…
    Can really understand ur pain n agony…
    Merely feeling a sorry is not enough becos..thats doesn’t cost anything…compared to the mental torture u n family gone through…

    I really don’t knoW what to write more…but that “Verdict” is not at all fair….
    How come that BASTARD can say he will file Case…

    In an emotional way i can accepet with yor stand..But in a Moral way i can never……..

    “Injustice never rules forever”

  5. OMG !!!! Thats really unfair !!! Ur rage is totally justified !!! I hate this – the localites vs the outsiders which is happening in many states…..this doesnt define the freedom to live, for Indians.

    I am really mad at this guy and at the Association for trying to cover him up and pay on his behalf….if they cant take to task a member, becos he erred, then for what is the need of an Association ??? It has no value at all…

    Take care Priya.

  6. Thatz really sad and horrible!! I hope u find a way to get it bk from him! Go to the law. Whatz stopping u? Is it common ppl who r talking abt the outsider thingy? Bcoz am an outsider too and we did complain in Hyd abt our robbery. Another thing that they hv nt done anything abt it, but nobody spoke abt localite/outsider.

  7. NOT good , I suggest you take him to law, this is not fair at all..
    Why are you not reporting this to POLICE… to hell with the association if they cant take care of things then they got no right to stop you from not going ..
    the moment this AR*****e is taken to the police station , apne aap akal aa jayegi .. what more proof is required ..

    And OR dont you have insurance of the vehicle, shud you not be involving the insurance company with the proof, they will take this idiot to the law…

    If it was UK i would suggest get ur insurance to take it in hand, they will give you the money to get it properly done and meanwhile themselces they shud have lawyers who will take this ba***** to task…

    and what do you mean outsider , you are in india are you not .. this is ridiculous we are outsiders in our own country WOWO…

    I totally understand ur anger, pathetic, All i will say is IF you have to act you need to act now , else the police will also not bother simple … Sorry to hear about this mess , I dont beleive it this happens and no ones gets to answer for it …

    But make sure you rmemeber this, because when one of the others have this then you can give this EXAMPLE that forgive and forget …

    Bikram’s blog

      • yeah it would have been better if he had a blog.. Well why dont we do one thing you have already put his address out there lets al lget toghether and start sending him HATE MAILS 🙂

        or give his phone numbers I will ask everyone i know in india to start giving him a fone call at all odd times .. what say a good idea though…

        When i am going to sleep i can call him and say uncle uncle utho.. bahar nahin jana kya .. walk ke liye .. 🙂

        no u dont need to be sorry for pulling all of us in it thats what friends are for.. oh yes I am the angry young man .. i watch a lot of Sunny paaji’s movies he hehehe 🙂

        think about my idea 🙂

        Bikram’s

        • ROFL!

          That’s a rofl idea! “uncle uncle utho.. bahar nahin jana kya .. walk ke liye ..” oh my…lol

          And thanks 🙂 Angry Young Man…hehehe…that’s what a friend calls my dad… A.Y.M. 😀 😀 😀

          Anyways, i guess he mellowed down after a few to and fro comments. But whatever! I hate it when people come in and talk nonsense without knowing what they’re talking about 😀

  8. If Justice will finally come around by you pelting stones at his house, breaking his windows, scratching and destroying his car – go ahead and do it!!!

    Kudos to you for standing up against him; I hate injustice too and what I hate more is how easily people accept it!

  9. Wth! That guy needs to learn a lesson for sure. Wtf is this local feeling, for God’s sake we belong to same country! I was just about to suggest what Brat did. If he has a bloody car smash it. If he has a bike ruin its seat. Dont let this off easily.

  10. Oh my! That’s atrocious behaviour! So much of indifference between states! And how dare that son-of-bi*ch say like that! If you already have your insurance coverage..claim that dear! Complaining with local police is going to be of no use…they will react in the same way supporting his own Diga!

    • Yea…apparently, its too late to claim insurance. We should’ve approached them the first time we got evidence…the reimbursement amount would’ve been lesser. this is like we waited so long…and he made more damages then.

      Yea…this regional racism is horrid!!! And we crib about racists behaviour in US/Australia?UK/elsewhere. Guess if there’s no “foreigner” to behave so to us, we create our own ways to be racist!

  11. That’s just messed up…I have no other words. And why am I not surprised about the ‘outsider’ mentality…that just because you are not originally from Karnataka means you have no rights there. Kinda similar to how the mentality is in every state. People seem to forget they are all from the same country! And then, these are the same people that rant about ‘racist’ attacks in Australia. I said it way back about looking in their own backyards…it may not be traditional racism but it’s definitely discrimination based on region! I do hope things get better for you. Hugs…

  12. Damn.. . Break his head ….. Break his car .. Do something … I am sure there is a way to nab that bastard ….
    when i come to banglore give me his address i will silently come and break his car at exactly 5 a.m . 🙂 ..

  13. I hit upon your blog while trying to google how a “Tuscan Wine” Punto shade looks in a real world photograph. The shade looks bewitchingly beautiful on the two pics of your Punto you have in an earlier blog and I would most likely opt for it. And I guess it would take the most wretched and sadistic creature to inflict harm on such a thing of beauty.

    I caught this in your last blog – ‘I’ve always hated Bangalore; and this event just adds one more to the list of “Why”s’. Jesus, I thought I was the only person in existence who has ever hated Bangalore – while every other guy would feel as if he/she has been granted a ticket to heaven by virtue of being a resident of Bangalore. And I have hated Bangalore primarily because of the cheap and lowly attitude of a class of locals (auto drivers, vagabonds, some shopkeepers, labourors, carpenters, plumbers and other housekeeping service providers and even some house owners), towards those they deem as “outsiders”. Even the educated class here have a subliminal feeling of language exclusivity. I was born in Delhi and lived the better part of my life there – and I was not even minutely aware of the concept of being an “outsider” in my own country even though I am not a native of the “hindi” belt as my name would amply suggest. Have you ever noticed an Auto rickshaw or a Sumo in Bangalore running around with the national flag – the tricolor? NEVER – The only flags they sport are red-yellow – I guess this is the flag of Karnataka. Apart from this, the government here is looting the citizens in the name of IT city infrastructure tax in everything from fuel to road tax. While the actual infrastructure is below par than most state capitals. Bangalore is a filthy city, with garbage being piled on roadsides, roads are potholed, sides walks being non existent, weather being gloomy round the year (One guy hinted the reason for NIMHANS being in Bangalore – because it is the suicide capital of India) and geez …. the list goes on and on and on ….

    The only reason why I am here is that IT companies with deep pockets have taken a fancy to this place and I need to stay in this hell to ensure my day’s food on the table. Apart from that I made a bloody wrong decision by buying an apartment here for which I cannot even get a break even price as I desperately try to sell it.

    Anyway I do sincerely hope you are able to give the wicked oldie (and his sympathizers) some skipped heart beats. These lowly creatures deserve no mercy. Your blog entry is on my wall in facebook.

  14. Words fail me Priya! Your pain and anger are totally justified. I too feel that you should somehow make him pay for his deeds. Hope you are successful in doing that… whenevr you choose to do it!!

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  16. Hi Priya,

    I have been a lurker but never commented. But this news will help you.

    You should read this. This is what justice looks like.

    http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2011/06/seattle-parking-vigilante-charged-with-keying-cars.html

    And time and again, some indians and their attitude lets us down. Sick. I hate corrpution and such items you mention in your email.

    Hope the news helps. This guy has now become a laughing stock in town. a highly respected lawyer and all people now know about him is this stupid thing he did. you can google for more stories on him.

    Arch

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