By Hwaa Irfan
Between, race and gender stereotypes, gossip and rumours Nafissatou Diallo did not know what she was walking into, the moment she decided to live to tell tale on the man that was, the former head of IMF, Dominique Strauss-Kahn. From the moment she cried “rape” Diallo never stood a
chance against the barrage of unethical motions by ‘legal experts’ to undermine her case through the oft trodden path of discrediting her every breath. Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s male prowess seems to have increased his international credentials as Diallo faced further compromise on her honour in the type of questioning exposed to beginning with the Manhattan district attorney. This was not helped by speaking to the media before speaking to the jury, although to see justice be done, if Diallo did not, her case would have been squashed sooner than later.
As we have heard no more from the accusations of rape from France, which began when Diallo looked likely to fail, it was apparent from the start that the male prerogative of the upper classes was not going to acquiesce, for whatever its actions, and regardless of the affect it is business
“You have to remember this guy is a powerful man – everybody knows that. But for you, only the people who work with you, your neighbours, the people back home, know you.” Her daughter had advised
From the moment the accuser pointed fingers, her finger would be deflected onto every breath or step she made like running in the U.S. elections, to have it turned against her, no matter how unlikely or how removed from the actual case. By June 2011, the prosecutors were asking the judge Cyrus Vance to dismiss the case. So dumbstruck was Diallo’s lawyer, Ken Thomas he
“The Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus Vance, has denied the right of a woman to get justice in a rape case,” he said.
“He has not only turned his back on this victim but he has also turned his back on the forensic, medical and other physical evidence in this case. If the Manhattan district attorney, who is elected to protect our mothers, our daughters, our sisters, our wives and our loved ones, is not going to stand up for them when they’re raped or sexually assaulted, who will?”
This is the sad reality of this case in a world where justice is circumstantial, and showing how easy it is to sweep aside all the hard gained legalities towards balancing the rights of women. However, if anything Diallo proved that it is possible to have such a man with international standing found guilty.
“Dismissal does not mean he is innocent, simply that the district attorney doesn’t believe the case can go to trial.” Pierre Hourcade, a French and New York-based attorney commented.
“It’s not that he doesn’t believe her, it’s that he doesn’t believe her to be a good victim. That’s the way that the American system is built,” he said.
So the American legal system takes a leaf out of Hollywood!
Anyway, all of the above only served to pave the way for the French presidential elections 2012, as Sarkozy is not a consideration in the minds of a growing number of French voters. Maintaining the current standard we see demonstrated by Western leaders over the affairs of their people. Poisoned tongues, and the male testosterone shot up to express the opposite to what we need is, honesty cooperation, and consideration. Because of DSK’s sex exploits, he has been ordered to keep his presence there but quiet, but still showing that anything is permissible for the Boys and that being Socialist is just as meaningless!
“When I took over the Socialist Party we were an object of pity,”
“We were not ready to rule”,” one of the candidates, Ms Aubry told France Inter radio.
How does an irresponsible male exercise fidelity to those who votes for him and the soil on which they stand? How does such a man advise any French family?
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