We see a lot of news about the crime on women in our TV channels and on our newspapers. We read that news and share among our friends and in the social networking sites. We don’t care about them at all, if at all had we cared for them, we would have at least tried to stop the violence against women. We continue to experience crime against women, despite the toughening of the laws against the offenders. The riot broke out on December 16th, 2012, when a medical student was brutally and mercilessly gang raped on a moving bus in New Delhi. For the first time, the whole India showed a furious outrage and there was an emotional outburst from the public and the media. Even men fought for the safety of women in India. Every single person wanted the culprits to be hanged to death and they should be. The public wanted the government to prosecute the rapist sooner. Only when a life is taken in such a brutal manner, we understand the seriousness of the safety of women in India. These rapists are certain that they can get through the crime. Unless laws are perfect and very strict against any violation against women, these culprits will continue doing the same.
According to a study by the National Crime Bureau, gender discrimination is the principal hassle. Women in India are relegated to secondary status within the commodity. The literacy level of women was a mere 54% when compared to men’s 76%. Crime against women is one of the problems that hinder women empowerment in India. Some of the crimes are,
- Women are compelled to get married at doll ages.
- They are malnourished after the marriage because they are expected to serve the family and then feed her.
- She is not able to accumulate any amount of asset, making it difficult to establish their own financial security.
The report in 2012 has shown that the crime has increased by 7.1% from 2010. The rape cases in the year 2011 were 24,206 and in the year it has grown to 26K. This report shows that rape cases are increasing every year. The victims were between 18-30 years of old. The count pointed out about 10% of minor girls under 14 years old and 14% were between 14 to 18 years old. Shockingly, the culprits were known to the victims in 94.2% cases. In 2011, more than 2, 00,000 cases were registered on crime against women. During that period, kidnapping and trafficking had its graph going up. These numbers are the ones that are recorded in the police file, while there are lots more incidents such as eve teasing, sexual harassment, heckling, strange behaviour towards women in malls, cinema theatres, transport, educational institutes etc. On the basis of records, Madhya Pradesh stands first with the highest number of rape cases as 3,000 in 2011. The government alone cannot do change in the society on safety of women in India, even external force such as public, women’s empowerment committees has to support the government in achieving. Most of the cases go unreported because of the legal experts in the country, which also means family honour. The reported cases are withdrawn by these higher powers and they go unreported. Even the medical reports are made proof-less with the help of higher authorities. These criminals are certain that, even if they are caught, they can scot free under the prevailing conditions.
Shockingly, the maximum sentence of the culprit remains unclear under prevailing laws and also the debate continues on the introduction of death penalty for the rapist. The debate goes like, death sentence can bring down the rape rate drastically while the other one argues that the offenders would kill the victims in order to escape from the death sentence. However, the public wants the government to implement severe laws on the rapist and on the offenders who violate women’s rights. As an answer to the public’s request, the government of India has set up a 3 member panel of legal experts to meliorate the laws. The reformed laws were implemented in the ‘Rape capital of India’ otherwise called as the New Delhi. Some of the mensurations implemented by the panel were,
- Night patrols.
- Exhaustive supervision on public transport and utilities.
- Tinted windows were banned in vehicles.
- A committee was set up exclusively to take care of the rape cases.
- The photos of the convicted people were posted on the social networking sites and on the government website to prevent others to commit the crime.
The reforms are going on fine and may be able to find the desired solution, but these carks are powerfully associated with a patriarchal attitude that is prevailing in greater quantity. Hats off to the NGO’s for their tireless work in providing safety of the women in India. These organizations are working hard to raise women above the par level amid the helter-skelter conditions. The turning point was the killing of the Delhi Medical student, when the public rose with agitation, the media debated on how government is going to stop such crimes in the future. This agitation made the government under pressure and they had to enforce certain laws that protect women and their rights. Anyone found guilty of violating the laws would be prosecuted immediately and severely. This helped women accomplish better education and jobs. The government is supporting women a lot and as the saying goes “Real Men Don’t Rape” should be understood by every man.