Rapists should punished with death
Rapists should punished with death
India is a dangerous place to be a woman. Men here have raped eight-month-old babies as well as a 100-year-old woman. It is a rape culture, in which girls are told how to dress to avoid ‘inviting trouble’ and ‘slutshamed’, normalising male predatory behaviour. To change this, Indians must deflect the discourse from women to the real problem: men. In the interim, GoI must swiftly set up a separate law enforcement unit for crime against women.
According to government data, nearly four women are raped every hour in this country. Realistically speaking, that means only about 90 women each day find the courage to report that they have been sexually violated. The real number — probably way higher — never gets captured as many rapes go unreported, buried under shame, confusion and fear.
For the brave few who overcome this social assault, there are more tribulations to be had — from truculent cops, legal cases that go on for months, and even death. Most recently, a young 23-year-old woman from Unnao, Uttar Pradesh, succumbed to injuries after five men, including the rape accused, chased her down and burned her alive as she was on her way to meet her lawyers in the morning. This wasn’t the first attempt to gag her.
In Telangana, a 27-year-old veterinarian was set on fire after being gang-raped. The suspects were caught and later were killed in an alleged police ‘encounter’. Cheered by the public, this ‘justice as revenge’ has been condemned by the Supreme Court chief justice.
Despite all of this, the discourse has centred on women. Telangana chief minister K Chandrashekar Rao told transport workers to keep women workers away from night-shift roles —reinforcing that the onus on staying safe is on women. This is a misguided approach. It is men who should be held accountable for a problem that has everything to do with them, and nothing to do with women. That problem is a culture of misogyny, aggressiveness and normalised sexual abuse towards women.
To even begin an attempt to alter this, we need a robust conversation around men, which has to begin in schools, public fora and highest offices. Boys have to be taught that it’s wrong to talk disparagingly about women, feel up girls surreptitiously, make lewd remarks and leer at them. This cannot be left to parents alone.
It should be a part of the school curriculum from primary school onwards, where attitudes are shaped. For older students, gender sensitisation classes and tests should be mandatory. Violence against women is so deeply rooted in India, that this sensitisation should be prioritised as much as basic reading and writing skills. Girls must be encouraged to be strong, vocal and intolerant of transgressions, however small.
Workplaces must crack down on men who make sexualised jokes, even of the ‘water cooler’ kind. We should stop taking sexually offensive banter lightly, because it leads to a desensitisation, which starts casually and eventually normalises sexual violence.
Most importantly, public office bearers and role models need to stop blaming women for their choice of dress or work hours, because that does nothing to make India safer for women.
Instead, it emboldens male vulturine behaviour and robs women of their potential, by forcing them to cut short their work or leisure activities.
In the meantime, the most immediate solution is to set up a special law enforcement arm that deals with sexual offences. India’s police force, heavily overworked, mostly desensitised and routinely pulled in different directions, can no longer be counted on to devote the time and dedication needed to deal with this deep and wide social issue.
In most of like china and afganistan, the punishment for rape is death or lifetime imprisonment...But in our country, most of the boys either escape by giving bribe, they roam freely and those who are caught, it takes many years to punish them. Why? Are we girls' lives so cheap??? Till the eyes of the people do not open or till the people do candle march, the people and the government are blindfolded.
I am a not only a active citizen, but also a daughter, sister, mother, wife of someone. And I feel that rapists should be punished with death. And if they are imprisoned, vasectomy should be mandatory for men so that he never ever think for repeat the same mistake and even no one tries to repeat that mistake.
I appeal to government of India for not to ignore this issue. Because of lockdown, we girls' are facing a lot of problems too, like child marriage is increased in MP, Rajasthan and sexual harrasment is also increased. We know there are many laws in India but still it took many years to come in conclusion.
Every year, there is around 5-6 lakhs lawyer appointed every year and they earn high income. But still crores of cases are pending. Why???
Rape case, child marriage, female foeticide still exists in 2021... And not only me are aware of this... This will be in control if we have strong rules regarding the safety of women...