By Harshmeet Singh
It is time for girls to take another lesson. This time, from a person convicted of carrying out one of the most brutal gang rapes reported in Indian history.
Mukesh Singh, the driver of the fateful bus inside which 23 year old physiotherapy student Nirbhaya was gang raped and assaulted in Delhi on 16th December, 2012, said in an interview to BBC that women who go out at night have only themselves to blame in case they attract the attention of male molesters. According to English website www.independent.co.uk, the convict said that “while being raped, she shouldn’t have fought back. She should have just remained silent and allowed the rape.”
The interview was taken by Leslee Udwin, a British filmmaker working for BBC. The interview is a part of a documentary which is scheduled to be aired on BBC on 8thMarch 2015, the International Women’s Day.
The Nirbhaya gang rape case saw an unprecedented response from the society, with millions of people belonging to different age groups, taking to streets and demanding death penalty for all the offenders, including a juvenile. The aftermath of the incident saw two major steps being taken by the government.
Firstly, Justice Verma committee was formed to come up with necessary amendments in the criminal law to allow sterner punishment in the sexual assault cases. 29 days and 80,000 suggestions later, the committee submitted its report to the government. While the committee favoured the broadening of definition of sexual offences, it rejected the popular demand of decreasing the juvenile age to 16 from 18.
Secondly, the creation of a Rs 1,000 crore Nirbhaya Fund to provide financial assistance to the NGOs working in areas of women security. In his Budget speech, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley announced an additional corpus of Rs 1,000 crore to the fund. However, neither the previous government nor the current one has put forward any concrete plans for the usage of these funds.
The parents of the girl have shown exemplary courage by coming out in the open and fighting for justice for their beloved daughter. And now it is up to the society and the authorities to ensure that their agony isn’t stretched too far.
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