hello everyone !
in the earlier part of mourning it was discussed about two social evils ……i.e. domestic violence and bias against girl child leading to amniocentesis and sometimes female infanticide.
in this section of the blog the focus is on the biggest evil that prevails in the era and seems to engulf the humanity from mankind. the biggest social evil of the time RAPE!
well , before starting off with it in a blaze , there are a couple of alarming questions , (at least that is what i feel about them) in my mind that had been pestering me since i started to observe the world around.
- why are the girls always victimised?
- why despite of being victimised, the girls are the one to be blamed for the havoc?
- can a dress merely be responsible for an heinous crime and if yes why don’t the boys meet the same fate when they dress unconventionally?
as we all know India is a spiritual land and predominantly shaktism prevails in the country. shaktism, is the worship of female forces that animates the world. various forms of goddesses with the name of durga , kali, saraswati , Lakshmi, chinamasta, dhumawati, Tara, bagala, etc. are widely worshipped in the different regions & states of the country. most probably almost all the religion existing in India except few are a believer of polytheistic religion.
then isn’t it strange that a country so spiritually bound with belief , practically abuses and is making the condition of a female in flesh and bone beyond miserable. the patriarchs of the society are rendering an idol of clay with immense respect but when it comes to a female in vicinity , they tend to become smirking wolves trying to lure their prey into their wicked traps.
it was probably yesterday that i came across an article on rape which had added a review column , that stated that , there was a survey carried out to determine the primary reasons of rape in the state town and country. to my surprise the answers to the question were quite clear and loud. the general reasons that usually backs the heinous act were far down the lane but the general population blamed the mentally of the person involved in such an act. it was said that alcoholism and drug influence are absurd , but the narrow mindedness of the people are only to be blamed for it as they think females to be a plaything.
another vital aspect that arises when it comes to rape , is the dress concern of the feminine troop. there are people who say that the intermixing of eastern and western culture has led to this pandemonium, few say if the girl would had been in burkha or a welly wrapped sari instead of a skirt then this act could had been avoided . there are even such folks exists who challenge the modern dressing sense of the ladies and accusing them of provoking the men around. practically speaking , we live in the age of equality and if the above mentioned are like written on stone for females then why is it not the same for males ? when a guy stands in his shots on the road at night why is he not harassed and molested by his opposite sex?
on the other hand , our politicians seemed to be too insensitive to this delicate “honour of women” matter . instead of resolving this drastic situation that is on ever increasing mode in the country ,they are busy giving absurd statements like “rape tendencies start from drug and sex rackets”&” rape cases are on a rise in the country because men and women interact with each other more freely nowadays ” sarcastically an article on a site highlighted that few politicians blamed “SPICY FOOD SPECIFICALLY CHOWMEIN” on the growing number of rape cases.
another aspect though blurred , but yet seemed to be a new member of the rape culture i.e. DATE RAPE!
date rape also known or defined as acquaintance rape is a rape in which there is a potential romantic relationship between the two partners when the sexual assault occur. a study revealed that about 84% of the victims of this rape or attempted rape knew their attackers before hand. but to be noted that this not due to the over mingling of the two sexes much more than ever before as mentioned by a politician in the above context but due to the unhealthy mind set that is sown harvested and reaped by ourselves.
date rape is coming up to be an even serious issue than a general rape incident as in this , communication about rape is muted before a rape occurs , during the rape and after the rape. according to brunett etal.’s study this silencing occurs at four levels
1.cultural and individual.
2.the situation and interpersonal.
3.the immediate concept.
on a sociocultural level ,students find it hard to define or differentiate a date rape making it even hard to report and discipline. both the man and woman prefer to keep quite and burry the assault in the graveyard of the soul . besides the reasons for this is the same old face loss . moreover , if date rapes are brought to notice , it is the most frequent case of compelling a girl to marry her rapist , which probably leads her vicious mental and emotional trauma.
though this is the fact that all the above mention reasons to the heinous crime yet till date prevails, but the protest that against it that has been carried out from eons ago and is blazing every second cannot be ignored. this is only because of these protest , that enormous number of reforms were made possible and a numerous amendments in the rape laws were brought about.
rape is not only a social crime , but also results into the violation of article-14 under the constitution of India which states ” THE STATE NOT DENY TO ANY PERSON EQUALITY BEFORE THE LAW OR THE EQUAL PROTECTION OF THE LAW WITHIN THE TERRITORY OF INDIA . PROTECTION PROHIBITION OF DISCRIMINATION ON GROUNDS OF RELIGION CASTE , RACE , SEX,OR PLACE OF BIRTH.” and also tremendously violates article-21 under the constitution of India , as it states that” UNDER THE FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT UNDER CHAPTER III . ARTICLE 21 . PROTECTION OF LIFE AND PERSONAL LIBERTY : NO PERSON SHALL BE DEPRIVED OF HIS LIFE OR PERSONAL LIBERTY EXCEPT ACCORDING TO PROCEDURE ESTABLISHED BY LAW.”
its high time, we must now realise that women are equal members of the society and stop dominating them. help them empower themselves and let the country prosper with men and women hand in hand in peace , with respect and security !