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Capital punishment to rapists not a solution to prevent rapes
At the outset, I want to categorically state that the heinous crime of rape is a grave embarrassment for a nation wherein we worship deities like Durga, Laxmi and Saraswati. The same incredible nation has produced legendary women like Rani Chennama, Rani of Jhansi, Indira Gandhi, Mahashweta Devi, PT Usha, and Dr. Kiran Bedi, among others.

National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), a government of India establishment responsible for compiling crime data, including crime against women depicts shocking statistics. In this article, I am focusing only on rape. The statistics reveal that in the year 2011, 24,206 women/ girl child were inflicted with the heinous crime of rape.

Further dissection of the embarrassing data reveals that every month about 2017 women/ girl child become victim of rape, everyday about 67 women/ girl child are being raped, and further dissection reveals that every hour about three women/ girl child are being raped. Head hangs in shame! Do we care for our daughters, sisters, and mothers? Are we really civilized?

Why I am against capital punishment?

If we analyze the last five years’ statistics of the shame of rape, from 2007 to 2011, our society will be further exposed…during the period about 101000 women/ girl child went through the heinous crime of rape. Now, I want to share another embarrassment, the research on rape clearly indicates, the heinous crime of rape in as many as 90% cases is inflicted by offenders acquainted with the victim…the offender was father, brother, cousin, relative, maternal uncle, paternal uncle, neighbor, schoolmate, and classmate.

I am doing research on the subject for last couple of years….the research brings forth shocking and startling revelation. The shame is entrenched in our so-called rich culture and heritage. Merely eradicating one thorn/ sinner or the other will definitely not lead to desired results, the long-term solution.

Do you think it is justified to send 100000 rapists to gallows? Moreover, will it scuttle the menace?

What should be done?

I categorically condemn dastardly act of rape, however, before reaching to any conclusion on methodology/ measures to scuttle the shame, we should delve into the root cause. Patriarchal convention is one of them; we look at women/ girl child as burden, alien, a commodity. That shameful psyche needs overhauling.

What is important is awareness and sensitization. Collectively, we have to surmount the manmade menace rather than blaming judiciary, police or government for that matter. More than laws, we need shift in attitude. Parents, teachers, and NGOs’ role assumes greater significance to bring about a shift in the attitude of society towards women/ girl child. Right from birth, children should be imparted ethical values, taught to respect women/ girls. To ensure fear of law, expeditious trial should be conducted.

As a civilized society, we should be ashamed of ourselves; collectively we have failed to deliver a system, environment wherein girls/ women can live with dignity, without any fear of discrimination and atrocities.

Stop the shame! Enough is enough! Let’s render space, dignity to women/ girl child they wholly deserve.

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