Rape is the worst than the worst crimes. It is not only a crime against an individual but the entire society. Rape is not only a physical assault but kill the, very basis of life i.e soul of the victim. The victim is not only physically shattered and battered but left in the most disgruntled state. Where on one hand the victim is brutally traumatized, robbed of her chastity and dignity further left with nothing but to repent her being a woman and is made a subject of shame, on the other hand in major number of cases the accused is released on bail and at the most the convict after completing his sentence of seven years is set free to further boast his manliness. This is not only an irony in fact but the irony in law. Far from fearing a deterrent punishment, the criminals are not afraid of the law any longer; it appears, because of such abysmal record of delivery of justice in the country. According to a news item reported in a leading news portal The number of rapes in India shot up from 1953 to 2001 by a staggering 873%, the CPI(M)'s "People's Democracy" said in its latest edition released Thursday.
"Sexual crimes against women have been rising alarmingly all across the country," it said in the wake of the brutal gang-rape of a young woman in a bus in Delhi.
It said statistics compiled by the National Crime Records Bureau showed that between 1953 and 2011, the incidents of rape went up by 873%.This was three times faster than all cognizable crimes put together and three-and-a-half times faster than murder. And between 2007 and 2011, rape incidents increased by 9.7%.In a survey conducted by Thomson Reuters' Trust Law Women, a hub of information and support for women's rights, India has been graded as the worst country in registering offences involving sexual violence against women. New figures released by the Delhi Police reveal that a woman is raped every 18 hours or molested every 14 hours in the Capital. In the wake of the electrifying number of rape cases ,it is the high time that the government should hatch out of its shell and take the immediate step towards amending the provisions under section 376 of Indian Penal Code to provide for the capital punishment for rapist as the said punishment shall not only bring the rapist to his most desired end but also work as a strong deterrence in the prevention of this heinous crime against the humanity.
Vasundhara Pathak Masoodi.