Robin Says

He doesn’t fight in the dark; he fights because darkness is his game. The dark crusader is what inspired me all my life, and when he went away it filled me with this emptiness and hope. Using these incentives, waiting for his return, I became a cop. Nobody can ever do what he has. I made a start and became the un-masked version of him, merely following the way of fighting crime as prescribed by the constitution. That did not bring me to peace. I knew he was out there. I knew my hero still continued to live and was simply thwarted down by life.

He isn’t simply a hero, fighting for justice against the wrong, guided by his strengths. He is the hero who is guided by gloom which is his light, filled with the frustrations of the common man. Don’t misjudge the use of his gadgets for deprived skills in battle. The opponent is as well equipped. Those gadgets are his substitutes for the power and influence that the bad guys with-hold. Folks might believe him to be wrong and want him to come out in the open, but a hero doesn’t need attention as a driving force. Nor does he need all the money in the world. He fights because he has to. His fears lie in our fears and insecurities. In a way he is just like the bad guys. The Joker and the others were justified in their needs that motivated them to cause commotion. So does my hero, for whom peace is brought in his need to fight.

A hero too has weaknesses. He too can love. He too hates, and does all in his power to stay away from the bad. Yet, the bad is what attracts him. He is never wrong in his actions. He runs away from the world choosing to live alone except for a little help to stay hygienic. Don’t we need help too? Don’t we all need a hero? He’s a savior, however, just like us in many ways. He’s a super-hero but most of all humane.

Every day of my life I prayed to get a chance to meet him in real. I pray not to the Gods but destiny itself. In life, I had no space for a place like heaven. Only his name was hallowed in my existence. And then when disasters come once more upon Gotham, I see him. He was there all along. If only I had realized. He came, he fought and he saved my life. Just like always. Just like a true super hero would. And also he reformed me. He made me believe in his ways. He made a believer in his way of fighting out of me. I got a chance to thank him. Sometimes you need a little push to make you a fighter and not just a defender. I now wear a mask. He saved my life for a reason. A reason you and I now know why.

-Shaun D’souza

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Note For The Ladies Out There

The next time you open the door to a stranger, wait and think a little. What if you are letting in a rapist or a serial killer? Well, why would you let in someone you don’t trust? Let’s consider an everyday salesman. Tip-top in his looks.  Decent dressing style, average height. Smiles up to you politely,  throws in a couple of smart words and tells you what he’s there to sell. Don’t we often fall for such everyday people? Be it that extra-cute guy at school or the friendly watchman you’ve taken a fancy for. He may even be the guy who offers to give you a lift. Anyway, let’s assume you’re all alone and you let him in. Next thing you remember is being dominated and waking up to a horrible feeling. You know it. Raped.  Lucky, of course, the family of the victim says that at least the offender spared her life. What would the family know how it is to be torn at the age of ten or twelve? Many believe everything’s going to be all right just because no-body is ever going to be aware of the incident.  Most of the rape cases in our country aren’t reported. Why would an FIR be filed? The status of the family comes under question. Well it is rather terrible if the whole world knows your daughter is raped. You feel ashamed.

Oh, but let’s be a little indifferent and consider this issue from the victims point of view. She knows nothing of life. If anything she will die of guilt, anger and frustration. She will trust no body and may even suffer from mental ailment if not subjected to right treatment. Suicide becomes an option. So you think getting justice will help her recover? Perhaps not. But you help a child seek justice and may also help many other girls whose families don’t consider reporting a crime.

If you let to get him away, he may be back. Rape your daughter, sister or even mother again. Manages to kill her too in the struggle. You’re letting a serial rapist/killer loose. What is important at this point? The life you’re letting die or the pride your family hold over the estates.  At this point I think it’s not the rapist but you whose responsible for an innocent girl being subjected to unfathomable violence.

Advice for small girls: The next time you’re alone and see a stranger being polite over unnecessary matters, make sure you’re at a safe distance and let him show his or her- for criminals aren’t just men- identity proof. It’s ok to be suspicious towards strangers.  Your body is your own. It’s not for other, however close or related, to share, molest and abuse. Complain to your parents or someone trustworthy and help your-self out of this.  Do not let a careless move distraught your life.

As a citizen, if not humanity that holds you to your senses, please seek help when blown by a crime. File an FIR. It’s your duty to report a crime. If you’re a woman, stand up against sexual exploitation and raise a voice. You could be the next victim.  If not anything, restore hope to the victim in any way possible.  Don’t let a goon get off so easily. He preyed on someone that you know. Grow up.

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– Shaun D’souza

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