Patient X is dead! Long live Patient X! It's a call to the collective conscience of a people who has made a faithful engagement with a cause: making India safe for women. We cannot allow her death to go in vain.
The 23-year-old woman didn't want to be a martyr. She wanted to live her dreams and aspirations. But in her fight for life, and in her surrender to death, she has become the voice of the multitude.
The nationwide outpourings of grief and anger are not merely bubbles of discontent that can be pricked with a few cosmetic changes, with the ground reality remaining bleak and scary. If women continue to be stalked, groped and raped, we have no right to call ourselves human beings. To call rapists and molesters beasts is to denigrate animals who follow a code of ethics.
What we are experiencing now is no less than a revolution. Suddenly, the man and woman on the street have become part of a larger cause. After years of being treated like a herd, they have finally found their voice. They now know that those in the seat of power are bound to listen. This is the power of democracy.
The establishment, which has been on the back foot for a while now, is scared of the rage on the streets. It knows that this time it has to act. And act it will. All of us will ensure that. Yes, we will not resort to violence, we will not spill blood on the streets, but we will stand guard to all that a young paramedical student has taught us by paying with her life.