I am a deep admirer of Indian culture and history. It is truly a remarkable and advanced culture. Even though I have been studying Indian crime I am still stuck by how vibrant and amazing the culture is. I'm not talking of the wealth or power it has but the ordinary people.
I'm a fan.
And yet sometimes something happens which saddens the soul.
Neeraj Kumar was fourteen and of the Dalit Caste, the so-called 'untouchable" caste. His father, Ram Sumer, was ordered to change his sons names when a member of a higher caste called Jasahar Chaudhary after he found out that their sons shared the same names. Both have sons named Neeraj and Dheeraj.
The simple fact that a untouchable had sons with the same name as his own was apparently in matter of tension for Chaudhary.
Long tragedy short two friends of Chaudhary has been arrested for strangling Neeraj Kumar, his sons a strangely absent.
Chaudhary denies involvement and blames the police for framing him.
For all the great things in this world how is it possible that a young boy can be murdered for his name?
At times there seems little hope for humanity.
I truly hope that justice is done and that the killers, and those who ordered the murder face the proper punishement for thier crimes.
My worry is that with the discrimination the Dalit's still face and the tortuous and laboured rigmarole involved in gaining justice is that he won't.
Such murderers as this insult India and its people. In a modern world, which India is of growing importance, we should have moved on from this. To discriminate agiant 166 million of your population from birth because of thier caste is inhuman.
Who can order the murder of a child for daring to have the same name as your son?