Yes, 630 is the number of rape cases reported in the year 2011- 2012. Am not complaining, but shadowed by a looming fear, of a social insecurity, of being the scapegoat time and again, the victim is always the woman.
Born into a cardinal world of do’s and don’ts, of female infanticides, of dowry deaths, of rapes and harassments, I cannot help, but fret over the fate of a woman who never accepted defeat. Her helpless pleas, her struggles of undying power, the fear in her eyes as she writhed in pain. The hunger in their soul less eyes to tear her apart saw neither her pain nor did they hear her pleas. My empathy fills me with a fervour, a helplessness which brings me back to blogging again.
‘We don’t think she got into a public transport bus.’ as stated by the PCR official (A woman).
‘We shall see to it that their licence is cancelled’ is another statement of a public figure, (also a woman) in power. After being brutally raped, beaten following a grotesque case of molestation, is it their licence to drive which is to be cancelled or their mere licence to live?
“We will act upon only if we are reported about a case which comes to us” says an official at a nearby PCR where a reporting journalist got eve teased by a passer-by. Does this mean the officials turn a blind spot to the incidents which occur right before their eyes?
They would frame better answers if the victim was a Minister’s daughter. We would see the police force on fire then.
“I don’t know where my son is. I am shocked after seeing him on TV. Please proceed as per the law’ says a frail and unfortunate mother of the eve teaser. Here, the woman stands up for another woman.
The media may rake over the story several times, until the TRP hits the slab, like all stories this may also wither and die.
With all these rape stories which rattles India, I can hear men and old hags ask their women in the comfort of their living room, “ Why did she leave at this hour?”, “She must have worn a provocative outfit?”, “She must have been with her boyfriend?” the convict here is not the rapist but the raped. Wish those woman had the gall to snort back with, “Your stupidity provokes me to kick across where it all starts from”!! Talk about provocation! Case justified.
Girl gets molested after leaving a pub in Guwahati. Girl gets shot as she leaves for work at midnight, girl raped as she takes a public transport at 11 pm. Does these circumstances tag her to be promiscuous or deserve sexual violence?
It leaves to wonder if these rapists are born out of a womb of that of a woman. What do their mothers teach them about the opposite gender? Did they grow up watching their mothers abused continually or use physical violence as a weapon of power?
Do we have solutions to this increasing menace..
- Can the media give the same importance to news of punishment it gives the rape victim?
- Can the rape cases be transferred to fast track special court in event of brutal killings, rape and attempt to murder?
- Can there be a special squad of proactive police force which operates on a daily reporting target?
- Can there be a special TV programme dedicated to air cases of punishment, trial and reporting of sexual violence?
- Can gender equivalence be included in our curriculum?