Every day women from all walks of life are being assaulted, molested, and violated. The streets, public transport, public spaces in particular have become the territory of the hunters. A woman has to face an unspoken war on the streets to avoid an argument when some man deliberately touches or gazed her ghastly.
Brutal memories of Nirbhaya gang rape case that shook the entire nation are still fresh in our minds. We thought such heinous crime will definitely teach a lesson to many and bring about efficient laws to ensure women safety. Such shameless act against women continued even after the enactment of the Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, 2013 – which redefined rape and made punishments more stringent but it shows how weak policing and investigation are negating the intentions of legal provisions. And since then the status of rape cases in India never declined even it is growing with pace.
In January 238 cases of molestation and 140 cases of rape cases were registered by the Delhi Police. In these cases many remain unsolved due to non-identification of the accused person or insufficient evidences against the accused.
The recent horrific gang rape and murder of a 23-year-old woman in Haryana’s Rohtak remind us that women are still not safe on the roads and legislation alone cannot handle sex crimes. In this case, the victim head was smashed atrociously on the wall and her face was destroyed with bricks to prevent identification.
In another incident, a 26-year-old was gang-raped in a moving car in Gurugram and abandoned in a semi-conscious state near her house.
This is not an end, just a few days back again the humanity was brutally murdered when three men allegedly gang-raped a woman who was travelling with her nine-month baby. According to the police reports, she was going to her parents’ home after a fight with her husband around midnight on May 29 when she took the auto, in which the three men were already sitting. These men started harassing her as soon as she sat in the vehicle. When her baby daughter started crying, they threw her out. In the morning, the victim searched for her baby and took her to the hospital where a doctor confirmed that her baby daughter succumbed to major injuries. As she wasn’t in her senses despite that she rushed to another hospital in the wake to save her child, the victim then boarded Delhi Metro with a tiny corpse in her arms.
Not only on streets, roads or highways women aren’t even safe in their houses as they are raped and maimed by own family members. Last month a-10-year old girl was found pregnant after being continuously raped by her stepfather in Haryana. The girl pregnancy was confirmed by the doctors and the doctor reported that accused father had threatened her and has repeatedly assaulted her. The girl was admitted into the hospital in a critical condition. In another case a 44-year-old school owner was arrested for sexually abusing his own daughter for the last 7 years in Ghazibad. The man had also filmed the acts where he used to force himself upon her and beat the daughter if she resisted him. The mother of the girl is also known to have been complicit with her husband in the crime.
There are several pending cases where victim didn’t get any Justice, the abduction and gang rape of a woman from north-eastern India in a moving car is one such incident where cops have failed to trace the perpetrators even in 2-3 months.
In India rape is an evil disease which has no boundaries. There is no differentiation of age in the eyes of tormentors, whether a victim is a 6-month-old baby or a-80-year lady. The survivors of such heinous crimes are then left to be humiliated throughout their life. Some of the victims even spend their whole life on ventilators.
Rape is deemed as a crime to show supremacy which is inflicted by a husband on the wife to teach her a lesson or just to release his frustration or by a one sided lover/jerk who will not take a ‘no.’ (Recently seen in Pinki Devi case in Gurugram)
In Modern era, India is developing towards progress as an emerging power, Indian space agency ISRO’s – the mammoth GSLV MK III launched a successful mission in the space but despite of all this void success, the honour and dignity of Indian women still linger at stake. If we as the nation constantly fail to fathom the gravity of the situation then more ‘Nirbhayas’ will keep taking birth in the society.
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