“One way or another I’m gonna find ya, I’m gonna getcha getcha getcha getcha.”
-Blondie, “One Way Or Another”
With such a serious topic as rape, it’s hard to take a light approach to the heinous crime. Yet, it seems more and more have difficulty depicting the difference between right and wrong. Even when something terrible happens, we’re relating back to biblical times where one eye was sufficient enough punishment for that of one taken. Good thing literature and television has prepared us for such instances in the modern world.
In India, the father of a fourteen-year-old girl who was raped and impregnated by a neighbor is facing murder charges for taking revenge on said neighbor. Oh, how we wish it was that straightforward. The father called the alleged rapist asking why he would do such a thing to his daughter. The criminal became defensive and angry, and this led to the torture (that’s right, torture). The father of the victim tied the rapist up and burned his genitals multiple times with heated tongs while strangling him. Later, the father turned himself in to local police saying his intention was never to kill the rapist (Fox, 2014). Well, we all beg to differ, and outside of an obsession with a weird fetish, the accused would probably say the same, but he’s dead, gruesomely dead. The question is, do people feel worse for the girl, the father, or the rapist? It sounds like the start to some awful joke.
Okay, this is no joking matter, and it happens internationally and locally. In New Mexico, Carmel Guiterrez has finally murdered someone. He has been in jail nineteen times since 2002 (Perez, 2014). If someone has been arrested nineteen times, at least four times being accused of rape, then how the hell did he get out eighteen times in twelve years? The District Attorney’s office said that the pattern and evidence wasn’t enough to take to trial this go around. The man targets older women, holding sharp objects to their neck while raping them. His latest victim was beaten with a cinder block (Perez, 2014). The previous victims were even burglarized by this human decadent, yet he was still allowed to roam free. I know people are against the death penalty and New Mexico has abolished capital punishment, but if you’re preaching that someone deserves a second chance, this man had eighteen chances and look what happened. If you’re preaching that one should not play God, this man certainly decided how people should act and whether or not they should live. Maybe he should be shipped off to India for justice.
In both these cases, the justice system obviously isn’t working. Vigilantism is something that’s in the back of our minds, there’s no denying the fact that you wish misfortune on the ethically-challenged. Again, take Guiterrez as an example. Is anyone okay with the fact that he’s a serial rapist that has been in and out of jail at least nineteen times? One would ponder taking matter into their hands because the authorities are certainly doing a poor job. These aren’t speeding tickets; he’s committing real crimes over and over. There needs to be satisfactory justice stowed upon these people. However, it’s probably not the best idea to dress up like a bat and destroy the city you live in while terrorizing the unmoral, but at least your heart is in the right place.
What is actually considered bad in our society? Is having a couple adult beverages and being pulled over worse than constantly raping people? In New Mexico it seems to be according to the law. Is forcefully impregnating a fourteen-year-old girl better than being murdered as a consequence to those actions? That’s actually a tough one; you can’t really say ‘yes’ or ‘no’ without being labeled a jerk. Maybe we’re all just a bunch of jerks and nothing is right, but before you act as a vigilante, make sure your plan isn’t as psychotic as the crime being punished.
Fox News (2014). Retrieved from http://www.foxnews.com/world/2014/11/03/police-father-invites-daughters-alleged-rapist-to-dinner-then-tortures-him-to/?intcmp=HPBucket on November 6 2014
Perez, N. (2014). The many faces of an accused serial rapist. Albuquerque Journal. A1-2. November 4 2014