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New Delhi: The parents of Nirbhaya, who was brutally gang-raped here on December 16, 2012, were upset on Wednesday and fiercely opposed the release of the convict who was found to be a juvenile at the time of the crime.

“If a juvenile commits a heinous crime, he must be kept with wild animals. We must not set them free. Our laws are flawed. The juvenile laws should be made applicable only for the people committing petty crimes, not for heinous crimes,” Nirbhaya’s father Badrinath said here, as the convict gets ready to walk free on December 20.

Badrinath said he will continue his fight to seek justice for his daughter.

“It is quite agonising. Do not know if Indian women will ever have a safe and secure environment. We will keep fighting. It will help my daughter’s soul rest in peace,” he added.

Ranjana Kumari, director, Centre for Social Research (CSR), also spoke on the occasion to mark the third anniversary of the horrifying gang rape.

“A lot needs to be done. We will find ourselves nowhere in our fight against women if we work with the proverbial approach of ‘slow and steady wins the race’. We need to involve schools, colleges, universities, police and other stakeholders to taking on the menace of crime against women,” Ranjana Kumari said.

She pointed out that the Nirbhaya fund, unused since its initial announcement in 2013, needs to be utilized to provide a safer environment for women.

She cited National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data and said that an increase of 9.2 percent was reported in crime against women during 2014 as compared to 2013.

According to the NCRB report, there were 3,37,922 cases of crime against women in 2014 as compared to 3,09,546 such cases in 2013.

Lalitha Kumarmangalam, the chairperson of National Commission for Women (NCW), said: “We at the NCW are working to devise a multi-pronged strategy to ensure swift action and speedy trial in cases of crime against women.” (IANS, Image:Quint)

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Don’t Play Politics With Rape Incidents

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Now even the rape case is taken as a mean for those political ends. Therefore, any incidents of rape are interpreted and handled in unethical ways.
Bollywood actresses showing their anger against the Kathua Rape Case victim

– Salil Gewali, Shillong

Most of the political moves in the world are guided by self-interest. Here the human prudence is just trampled over and thus many hearts are hurt.  This fact is true to the letter in the Indian political sphere. Yes, our leaders easily trade their souls to meet their ends.  National interests are just bet — even with the enemy fold. Media and celebrities are often used for the job.  What more, even education is politicized, radically distorted to fit in with the “mission”.

Now even the rape case is taken as a mean for those political ends. Therefore, any incidents of rape are interpreted and handled in unethical ways. The moment a rape occurs, the political leaders take sides accordingly, so also the media. The Kathua rape had become a case of crises for the ruling party. It was a low point between the opposition parties and the government. The opposition leaders hurled the criticism against the BJP.  But it’s becoming much clearer now that the case was specifically “used” as a tool to sever the bond between the Hindu and the Muslim for the political gain. All available methods were tactfully employed then to defame the government, nay even the nation. What harm it has done is beyond the mental calculation.

Now even the rape case is taken as a mean for those political ends. Therefore, any incidents of rape are interpreted and handled in unethical ways.
Media is not highlighting the rape cases properly. Pixabay

Please look at the following cases which did not prompt such drama, though much more serious then the Kathus’s case. Very recently a gruesome rape was committed in Nadia district, West Bengal by a TMC activist Sheikh Bappa where a six-month pregnant relative of a BJP candidate was the victim. But no such uproar heard. In another appalling case, a Maulavi sexually abused “six children” at a Madrassa in Telangana.  But can you believe, this case totally failed to evoke the sympathy of so-called great people, nor did the media carry the news? All columnists went into hibernation. But why? Again, in Jharkhand, one dairy owner Ashif Iqbal raped his employee, tried to convert her to Islam by forcefully making her eat beef. He also threatened to kill her girl child. It never became an issue. Have you heard that another Kathua-like case happened in Khajuraho at Rajnagar about two weeks back? But no media thought it is worth the tears of the country’s citizens as an Asifa’s case.  This sadistic crime on a 3-year-old girl was committed by 19-year-old Tauhid Khan. Police have filed a case against Tauhid Khan.  Why are this time Bollywood stars not beating the breast and condemning the crime? Why are there “different prisms” to look at the same kind of crimes? Is this not a very dangerous trend? Please book the criminals who are raping the society.

 

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