Rape and the issues regarding punishing the culprit
The last 1 year has brought India in world news for all wrong reasons. First the Delhi gang rape of a student girl that took place on December 12, 2012. It was one of the most heinous incidents, wherein after raping the girl, an iron rod was shoved in her vagina. As if this is not enough, on April 21, when a five-year-old girl rape victim was hospitalised for critical internal injuries after being raped. This time the police shocked the nation as they refused to lodge FIR-First Information Report and instead tried to pay paltry amount to the family of the victim girl to shut them.
The other side is an edgy media, that is waiting for anything to increase their TRPs, television ratings. They are now like prowlers which acutally is good for us women. Since they will not ignore such incidents anymore. However, there is little control on the 'manner' in which they will deal with such news.
The citizens are losing patience. India right now is in a ‘Maggie 2 minute’ frame of mind. It is a comparison to the instant noodle brand. Hence, people want to see instant action, severest form of punishment and have zero faith in our politicians. Indians got freedom in 1947, the current youth are born free, so lucky we are compared to so many other nations. So we don’t know deprivation, curtailing of rights, and suddenly everyone began romancing ‘revolution.’ The Indians began fantasizing on lines of 2011 Egypt’s Tahrir Square spring revolution. Only difference being we are a democracy, but of course justice not equal for all and there is no question of a revolution anymore.
Mid-March the Indian Parliament passed the new anti-rape law, which still requires the president's signature before it becomes official, makes stalking, voyeurism and sexual harassment a crime. It also provides for the death penalty for repeat offenders or for rape attacks that lead to the victim's death.
Yet we see on hourly basis rapes being reported, many still go unreported in India. The male mentality, attitudes of females being commodities, easy targets and eventual blame on her, that she must’ve lured the man still continue pervade in every strata of our society. I’m sure this must be prevalent in many countries as well, that the females are blame for wearing revealing clothes. Point is not about female dressing, luring. It is grooming the male gender from tender age to respect, care and protect the females.
Many want capital punishment, which I don’t agree to, though I want to give in sometimes out of frustration. Is there no end? Is there no solution friends? i welcome ideas, comments