I am unsure about the fact that how much effective will be this post, but I feel helpless and left with no option other than voicing my concerns here. I request my sensible readers to devote your precious 5minutes time in this post and do suggest me in comments if you have come up with some relevant solutions.
Every morning when I dig into the pages of newspaper, I come across at least one news headline on sexual assault/rape. When I researched on it to get some statistical data, I was terrified. According to a report by child rights NGO CRY, sexual offence is committed against a child in India every 15minutes and there has been increase of more than 500% over the past 10years in crime against minors. Looking back to the latest data available, in 2016, India recorded 106rapes a day, and four out of every ten victims were minors. This is horrendous. The figures must have raised in these couple of years. The Thomson Reuters Foundation — the philanthropic arm of Reuters media company — released a study that ranked India as the most dangerous place because of its high incidences of sexual violence, lack of access to justice in rape cases, child marriage, female feticide and human trafficking.
I would like to list out some of the incidences out of the hundreds which I found disgusting in recent times.
- Three- four minors raped a 4-year girl in Kanpur. The boys told police that they watched some pornographic clips before committing this sin.
- Principal, teachers and students, eighteen people, raped a 13-year old girl student in school for almost 7 months.
- A 99-year old landlord raped a 10year girl in Chennai.
- A 40-year old woman was allegedly gang-raped by four persons in the forest area of Betul district in Madhya Pradesh
- 17-year old boy gang-raped by 5 men in Ghaziabad, Iron Rod inserted in private parts.
- A 2-year old boy was sexually assaulted in Kolkata Day-care.
Shocked? Surprised? Terrified?
So much of diversity. I think sexual assault is the only thing which doesn’t discriminate people on sex, age, race, caste and religion. We are not safe either at home or at school, workplace. In fact, we are not safe at temples, mosques, churches, Gurudwaras either. Where will we go? Is there any place in this sacred country where people of its own land are safe? Who to be blame at? What is the panacea?
We need to find the solution to this alarming issue as soon as possible but putting blame on others is not definitely the one. Not a particular group is at risk but the entire nation is, not sparing the heads also. Think, you are responsible for it, I am responsible for it, and we all are responsible for it. We need to stand unisonally and raise our voice for it. We need to spread awareness among ourselves and educate our, previous and next generations about right and wrong. We need to cut this out from the root. A learned person (literal sense) would never hurt someone sexually and emotionally. However, we also need to punish those inhuman who lost their senses and are culprits of these hurtful acts. They certainly don’t deserve to be a part of this civilised society and spread their negativities all around.
Dear readers, the purpose of penning down my heart out is not to get likes and shares obviously. I appreciate your patience but my main objective will be fulfilled when there will be no such incidence happening around. We can achieve it together. Please educate yourself and others on this matter. Let us take an oath now, to make India free from sexual assaults. Share knowledge, share love. 🙂