2 Ways to Prevent Rapes in India
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Everyday we hear about rapes in our society. In 2016, India recorded 106 rapes per day. And those that haven't been recorded exceed this number by far. A large number of those raped (2,116) were girls in the age-group of 0 to 12 years and in 36,859 (94.6%) of cases, offenders were known to the rape victims including neighbours, family members, relatives, employer/co-worker etc.
It's time to protect our girls. It's time to build a safer society.
Below are the solutions we propose:
1. Legalize & Regulate Prostitution:
For a very long time, we have tried various methodologies to reduce the number of rapes, but nothing seems to be very effective so far. It is time to address this problem using Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, which describes the stages of growth in human beings.
Maslow used the terms "physiological", "safety", "belonging and love", "esteem" & "self-actualization" to describe the pattern that human motivations generally move through. The goal of Maslow's Theory is to move from Physiological needs to attaining the highest level: Self Actualization. Examples of people who fall under this highest level include Mahatma Gandhi, Albert Einstein, etc. For our society to grow, we need more individuals with Self Actualization needs. This can happen only when we transcend from the lower levels of needs to the highest one, where we are the best we can be.
Human beings transcend each stage only when the needs of that stage our fulfilled. Physiological needs, which are at the lowest level, are the physical requirements for human survival. If these requirements are not met, the human body cannot function properly and will ultimately fail. Physiological needs are thought to be the most important; they should be met first. These include: Air, Water, Food, Sleep, Clothing, Shelter & Sex. Only when these needs are met, can the person rise above and contribute towards the development of our society & nation.
If we can provide cheap & easy access to prostitution, we can help people rise above this level of needs & thus see reduction in the number of rapes.
Post Nirbhaya incident, 8992 rape cases have been reported in Delhi (Jan 2013 to May 2017). In 2013, the Ministry of Finance announced it would set up a Rs 1,000-crore Nirbhaya Fund to drive initiatives aimed at enhancing the safety of women in the country. Since inception to 6th April 2017, Rs.3,100 crore had been allocated for the same. Ironically, this period saw 277% rise in the number of rape cases reported in Delhi alone. One is bound to question the government’s fund allocation strategy.
If these funds can be used to subsidize prostitution, making it cheap for the lowest social strata to access them, we would definitely see a reduction in the number of rapes cases, as it is the people belonging to this social class that indulge in such barbaric behavior the most.
Having said that, in order to build a happier & safer society, sexual needs are not the only Physiological needs we need to address. Other human needs also need to be catered to. But this module would surely play a role in transcending & helping us move towards our ideal society.
2. Death Penalty for Rape Convicts:
If rape convicts are given death penalty & this is covered by various news media, it would create a fear in the minds of people & prevent them from indulging in the same act themselves.
Combining the two solutions suggested above, Legalizing Prostitution & Death Penalty for Convicts, we will surely see a fall in the number of rapes in our country.
I hope the above our considered & a good debate takes place around the same, so that something meaningful can come out of it.
A Concerned Father
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