India is a diverse and populous nation. Too bad the population of girls under 6 is declining, so the future of India may be one with less woman. In India woman are considered the less desirable gender and are faced with many hardships throughout their life. These problems can be started as early as in the womb. Femal feticide and infanticide are the killing of babies for the sole reason that they are female. Throughout their life they are faced with molestation, malnutrition, and anemia. At marriageable age they have Dowry deaths, abuse and maternal mortality. This hardship continues to when they are old; shunning of widows.
The recent rape of a 23 year old girl has brought some attention to the laws that need changing. Judicial deficiencies have been brought to light; there are not enough judges, it can take many years to get justice and there are many loopholes in the system. It is not uncommon for a woman to be sent home if she files charges for violence, especially in rural areas and if she is poor and uneducated. If the case is filed, only about 20% of these stories end in a conviction. This system should be heavily reformed, to make sure that all cases take account of, heavier penalties for the convicted and to fix the loopholes that let the guilty go unconvicted. Fast Track courts should be introduced as well as clearing all pending rape cases. As well as healing the open wound, we should prevent it from ever happening. There should be mandatory programs at school teaching young boys to respect women and teach them damages of violence against women. Girls should also be taught assertiveness and self defense and to value themselves as an equal.
This story of the girl who was raped has revealed the atrocities caused by the lack of enforcement and stringent laws. If the media drops this story the reform needed will not happen.
If the United Nations is able to urge the Indian government to make stricter laws and to enforce them effectively stop the exploitation of woman and to change the mindset that males are superior. Without the action of the government, woman in India will still be regarded as the second sex and their fundamental rights will continue to be compromised.
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