“We are going to put into action new efforts to strike fear into the Christians of the power of Islam by kidnapping their women” said Boko Haram in March 2012. [http://www.persecution.org/2012/03/10/boko-haram-threatens-to-kidnap-christian-women-in-nigeria/]. Haram, the Islamist militant group leader pronounced a threat to kidnap Christian women in Nigeria, but will not hurt or sexually harass the women, but instead would demand as ransom that the families leave the Islamic areas of Nigeria. Nigerian Christians from the North of Nigeria are under attack of bombings and are being kidnapped due to which they are forced to flee to the South or cross the border into Cameroon.
On 2nd of March 2013 began the in-camera hearing of the infamous rape case that took place a year ago, on 5th of February in 2012, ago in an up market area, called Park Street, in the City of Joy, aka. Kolkata, West Bengal. What keeps us wondering is that it may take few minutes to commit a rape or a crime, while it takes a year or more to frame charges against the accused; or may be the charges would not be framed at all; and worst of all may be let loose in the society again, if they have political linkages.
There is an old adage that ‘divided we fall, united we stand’. From Aesop in his story about ‘The four Oxen and the Lion attributed to John Dickinson in the ‘Liberty Song’, one can gather that to fight a common cause, we must be united. The Holy Bible further puts it in Mark 3:25 that ‘A house divided against itself cannot stand’. Could this be true about the women’s movement and quest for greater promotion and protection of women’s rights?