We may have seen in documentaries that Wolves attack the hindquarters of prey first, biting into the animal’s meaty rump or ham. They stay away from the tendons near the hooves. Some of us are these wolves, in human clothing!
The time has come, and sooner than later massive reprisal will erupt, to put an end to Madrassa monsters, wherever they may be hiding. Under extreme stress, psychopaths are hunted, even for sadistic pleasures.
It is painful to read stories of child molestation in ‘madrassas’ of Pakistan. Teachers in these settings have continued to enjoy social respect and therefore, may feel privileged to take advantage of vulnerable children, till the perpetrators are apprehended. Children have always been soft targets, therefore are easily exploited.
That is why the most successful predators can choose what they wish to do, in a confused, discordant rural society—where moral values have broken down. Sometimes, our own loved ones may stumble and fall into their traps, and innocently aid in pursuits for them, while the rest of us are busy getting on with the business of living.
Nature can be cruel. Predators are everywhere. Those who don’t need to be protected from outside forces often need to be protected from themselves.
Child abuse in our society is never contained to a single or present moment. This has lingered across a person’s lifetime and has pervasive long-term ramifications. The rape of a child is a violent act of contempt, not an expression of sexuality or affection. We have heard stories in the past. In conservative settings, where discussions of sex and child abuse may be seriously discouraged—a child grows up in an environment infested with predators, he or she would have a hard time building healthy relationships in society, the whole life.
We learn a lot by observing nature. We may have seen in documentaries that Wolves attack the hindquarters of prey first, biting into the animal’s meaty rump or ham. They stay away from the tendons near the hooves. Some of us are these wolves, in human clothing!
All creatures including our children must learn that there exist predators. Without this knowledge, a child of either gender may be unable to negotiate safely within their own settings, without being harmed. To understand the predator, is to become a mature animal who is not vulnerable out of naiveté, inexperience, or foolishness.
Why do these disturbing acts, continue to mount unabated? Why…on our children? Perhaps there was some ‘aura’ or an odor certain people omitted, perceivable only on a wavelength unique to those individuals who preyed on them beware of the lone wolves.
Perhaps, our society has been far more tolerant of those who spread the words of God and the Prophet. In reality, the Predators never expect to be hunted. Man is the only predator who hunts children! Have we noticed that animals who play with the most abandon are the predators, who wish they could afford the right to tear down, all soft targets?
In the early days of humans, our communities were our only protection against predators, and against the starvation. We survived because we had trusted one another….until this trust was betrayed. This story has continued on.
There is no way we can accept the status quo. Standing behind predators makes preys of us all!
Nature has been our greatest teacher and provider. Think of this is the “burglar-alarm” theory of bioluminescence: by turning on its lights, an animal may create enough of a scene to draw the attention of its predator’s predator, and thereby perhaps save itself. The corollary of the burglar-alarm theory is the minefield theory. It says the reason so many animals tend to hang motionless in the deep, even fish, is to avoid setting off light explosions that would expose them to their enemies—their predators or their prey.
Life in the mid-water, in this view, is a tense affair (though the denizens do not know it) in which everyone is waiting stealthily in the dark, moving slowly if at all, watching and waiting for someone to turn on a light and for something to happen.
Despite a male, Madrasa psychopath’s lack of conscience and lack of empathy for others, he is inevitably better at fooling people than any other type of offender. I suppose conscience just slows you down.
Reading through the case studies, and talking to victims provided me with unique experiences and insight. This has also taught me that even when people are warned of a previously founded case of even a conviction, they still routinely underestimate the predator’s pathology, with which they are dealing. And, that is why our society has offered quiet tolerance, to the Madrassa malaise.
In real life, we can deny our experiences, but our body remembers of our past traumas. When we don’t acknowledge vulnerable parts of our youth, they will leak out
Again, by casually saying that a man had sex with a child is like saying a man had dinner with biryani and raita. A Madrasa that is established for a noble service, cannot be blamed for the ingressions and crimes of only a few teaching psychopaths!
I believe the time has come, and sooner than later massive reprisal will erupt, to put an end to Madrassa monsters, wherever they may be hiding. Under extreme stress, psychopaths are hunted, even for sadistic pleasures.
The Bengal-born writer is a senior educationist settled in USA. He writes regularly for Sindh Courier and the newspapers of Bangladesh, India and America.