Delhi, Now The Stalking Capital Too


A woman named Pinki was relentlessly stabbed and killed in the morning hours near MG Road Metro Station by her stalker, who stabbed her and without any reluctance without any fear; he stabbed to kill. The incident is a heinous follow-up of a woman being stabbed in Burari 30 times by her alleged lover.

Delhi has no dearth of stalkers, and such a phenomenon that is rising with every passing day is disgusting. It is sad how women are killed, murdered, stabbed in full public view for what these morons call love.

This a repulsive phenomenon, and it’s finally come into being in the capital city of our country.

Due to the fear of being stalked, some women don’t like to even venture out alone in public. Thus, if nothing stops a woman from living her life, stalk her, force her unnecessarily and she will be home forever. Because, the stalkers won’t stop, and in the end life does matter, even if the officials won’t bat an eye for it.

Some of them insist on male company while others dress modestly in an attempt to avoid unnecessary attention. Thus, stalking does what patriarchy couldn’t. They make sure that women conform to the ideal norms of the society and behave in a manner that fans the patriarchy in our society.

Stalking thrive where patriarchy couldn’t.

In 2013, Indian Parliament made amendments to the Indian Penal Code, introducing stalking as a criminal offence. It is a crime, either in name of love or obsession, nevertheless a crime. Stalking has been defined as a man following or contacting a woman, despite clear indication of disinterest by the woman, or monitoring her use of the internet or electronic communication. A man committing the offence of stalking would be liable for imprisonment up to three years for the first offence, and shall also be liable to fine and for any subsequent conviction would be liable for imprisonment up to five years and with fine.

However, there are two kinds of stalkers who prey on their victim. One, whose lust ends with a stint and they move on, and then there are rulebook-oriented stalkers. They are those who are hardened psychotic types for whom such a jail term is nothing but a part of their obsession and something that gives them further lust, or may be just aggravate it more.

Twisted lust and vengefulness makes a deadly combo, a lethal cocktail, just a very regressive amalgamation and yes a deadly one too. That’s what stalking is. The opinion of girl doesn’t matter in such a scenario, as long as your lust is burning, such acts are acceptable and when you get tired of your lust and do not get what you want, you turn vengeful, vengeful enough to kill.

Women who are being stalked can complain to the National Commission for Women (NCW) online, or go to their headquarters and the Commission will take the matter up with the police. Any woman, in any part of India, can file this complaint. The Commission asks the police to then expedite the investigation. In serious cases, the commission forms an inquiry committee, which makes a spot inquiry, examines witnesses, collects evidence, etc. The Commission also has powers to summon the accused, the witnesses and police records, to facilitate the inquiry.

If a woman is being stalked in Delhi, she can call 1096. For women in rest of India, the NCW can be contacted by calling 0111-23219750. I beseech every of our readers to file a complaint against such mongrels who carry a knife for a rose to portray their love.

If you feel anger, devastation, sadness and hopelessness, keep it alive. Keep it alive for the pain Pinki endured, let your brain and heart fool you no more that this is a rare case and might not happen to us. With the ever-increasing rise in stalking which has culminated its presence into a disgusting phenomenon in the name of love, no one is safe. And honestly, no one ever was.

There’s a fine line between crushing on someone and stalking and let’s all stay on the right side of that.

Yugansha Malhotra

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