Article by – Shishir Tripathi
Intern at Hariyali Foundation
In collaboration with
From ancient times, India has been known for its culture, its traditions and the simple lifestyle that people follow here, diverse geographical and cultural variations. But still India is also known to be as one of the most unsafe countries for women. Mentioning India’s rank is not at all important as that won’t make a very big impact in justifying that India is a safer Nation for women.
Crimes against women are increasing day by day. Domestic Violence is one of the major crimes in India against women and rape is the second biggest crime in India against women. One rape was reported every 15 minutes in India in 2018. The central state of Madhya Pradesh reported the highest number of rape cases across India in 2018, with over five thousand. Northern states Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh followed during the measured time period. Overall, the country reported over 33 thousand cases of rape that year.
Being a Nation with a patriarchal society, status of women in India has more or less been the same. Even it has degraded and still degrading. The Mathura first rape case that was an incident of custodial rape in India on 26 March 1972, wherein Mathura, a young tribal girl, was allegedly raped by two policemen on the compound of Desaiganj Police Station in Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra. After the Supreme Court acquitted the accused, there was public outcry and protests, which eventually led to amendments in the Indian rape law via The Criminal Law Amendment Act 1983 (No. 43) .
Another case of rape, known as Delhi Rape case shattered every Indian that happened in 2012 and the incident took place when Jyoti Singh, a 23-year-old female physiotherapy intern, was beaten, gang-raped, and tortured in a private bus in which she was travelling with her male friend. There were six others in the bus, including the driver, all of whom raped the woman and beat her friend. Eleven days after the assault she was transferred to a hospital in Singapore for emergency treatment but died two days later. Four adult convicts sentenced to death; hanged on 20 March 2020 at 5:30 AM at the Tihar Prison Complex, New Delhi.
So it is evident that a victim dies and after that the whole nation has to do online protest and come on the roads. And after all this pressure, the victim’s family gets the justice that too after years. Many rape cases go unreported as in Police station; the victim is being told about the family’s respect and outside the police station the accused, threatens the victim to death. Even if the cases get registered by the police, they are left pending, unattended. More than 32,500 cases of rape were registered with the police in 2017, about 90 a day, according to the most recent government data. Indian courts disposed only about 18,300 cases related to rape that year, leaving more than 1,27,800 cases pending at the end of 2017.
Other crimes like domestic violence have also been increased especially during this lockdown period that occured in months of March and April. In the country, the number of domestic violence complaints received by the National Commission for Women has doubled from 123 distress calls to 239 domestic violent complaints from March 23,2020 to April 16,2020.
Many other crimes against women like acid attacks, domestic violence are so prevalent in India. Each day, the newspaper filled with cases of crime against women. Newly married brides are forced to get more dowries from their homes and are tortured and sometimes get killed. Many videos go viral on social media where women are beaten publicly, why? Just because they are weak and women!
The mentality of the people is the only thing that is needed to be changed. Formulation of strict laws like all other nations should be there against crimes like rapes, acid attacks, etc. Vulgar material in the form of videos and images on internet objectifying women needs to be permanently banned so that a woman is not looked upon as an object in reality. As soon as the crime is proved, the accused should be given strict punishment and are needed to be given the same level of torture, they gave to the victim. A strict message is needed to be passed so that people with shitty mindsets should fear from committing such crimes and ruining the lives of the innocent victims.
Therefore it is much needed that something so strict is needed to be done by the government so that the nation must not get converted into chaos for the women and all other people who want to live a life freely and safely with proud and respect.