Recently New Delhi, capital of India witnessed a brutal gang rape of a 23 years old paramedical student on Sunday night. She has been battling for her life and has been on a ventilator ever since for more than 72 hours now. After undergoing five rigorous surgeries, the poor victim has lost her intestine and various other vital organs. It gave me the creeps when I read all this in the local newspaper. This is the height of animalism! Men on one side run the society and on the other ruin the dignity, the respect, the soul of women in the dark shades of animalistic behavior. They think women are their property and they own them to do anything with them. Even a tiger doesn’t tear his prey with such brutality like they rip the soul of the women. My hands are shivering while writing this post. I am so deeply affected by it.
There is a wave of fear and agitation among the female class but what are the chances (in India) that their plea would be addressed in the society? What are the chances that a girl won’t be raped in future? India is very resistant to changes. Nothing here changes so easily, neither the laws nor the mentality. It’s the only place in the world where a woman (goddess) is worshipped and raped at the same time. Our culture, our religion has been mocked by such acts happening in our society. Assaulting a woman sexually shows the torturing and horrifying side of male domination. Some genius political personalities from my society blame women as they wear short clothes which excite men. They (with their extraordinary metric failed minds) suggest women not to excite men unnecessarily for the sake of their own good. Ridiculous! Comments like this are enough to raise doubts on such people’s mental state. What message does this gives to society; “girls, we are ready to rape you in the deadliest possible manner, just give us a hint”. I feel very ashamed. The situation now for a girl is such that it’s better to get raped than to resist. People do such barbarous, remorseless and insensitive acts that a normal person can’t even think of. Oh god..! What am I saying? I am asking a innocent girl to get raped to save her life! My society has made me incapable of looking into my own eyes in the mirror.
The question still remains the same. How can a woman save herself from such unwanted elements? Relying on police and government would be a stupid decision. I am ashamed but I think our psychopathic politician’s above mentioned comments are most suited in this point of time. I would like to relate this with an example. Suppose you are driving fast on a straight one way road (similar to a girl enjoying late night outs and wearing whatever she wants) and you suddenly see a car coming wrong side towards you (no need to say whom I am actually trying to point to) and you meet with a severe accident (the crime). Now you were not wrong on your part as it was meant to be a one way but you are still in bed fighting for your life. May be if you were slow you could have stopped your car from colliding (I am not expecting any safety measures from the other side as they are drunk). This is INDIA and here one thing fits perfectly; YOUR SAFETY IS ONLY AND ONLY IN YOUR HANDS. This never means that you should back down. Fight for justice but with full understanding of the gravity of the current situation. Remedies are many and most of them straightforward. Increased police patrolling, law amendments to process rape cases fast and effectively and increase in punishment for rapist are some of the simple and clear solutions. Indian penal code allows maximum of 7 years of imprisonment to the rapist for raping a woman and up to 10 years of imprisonment for raping a pregnant woman or an under 18 girl. However few exceptions have been made by the court sentencing death penalty but proportion of such cases is extremely low. We surely need some amendments out there. Don’t we? Offence related to sexual assault should be made strictly non bailable in no matter what form it is and how small it is. Other complicated long term solutions could be adding a minor law subject in 12th class and above to let people aware of the laws and their penalties along with relevant examples. These are some of the ethical ways which in my point of view will contribute only 5% to the cause of avoiding such incidents. Real power lies in unethical ways such as burning them alive on road, public hanging, chopping off their genital organs etc. I know this is insanity but we are left with no options.5 such steps taken and it will stop 50000 steps towards crime whereas it is exactly the opposite if we follow ethical methods. Other initiatives include self defense classes for girls. Karate classes have proven to be most useful in such cases. Use of pepper spray is no more just a Bollywood act. Girls have used it in real time to save themselves from notorious creatures. Here is a link to a website owned and run by a woman who lost her baby in course of rape by her ex husband. She now runs this site to educate other women in self defense.
I am almost in tears writing this and I feel being arrested by gloominess and pain but the girl when asked by the doctors about her state replied “I WANT TO LIVE”! This is so emotional. Why sometimes god becomes so merciless? I salute to her courage and my pray to my god to have mercy on her and gift her speedy recovery.