In less than two months, more than a dozen girls have been raped in Haryana only, with one victim ending her life after the tragic incident. While the whole country was outraged after the incident, rights activists were demnading that exemplary punishments should be awarded to rapists, people at the helm, especially our politicians were seen rubbing salt into the wounds of victims through their silly and bizarre solutions to prevent rapes.
When a school girl was shamelessly groped by a group of men in Guwahati, National Commission of Women chairman, Mamta Sharma said that women should be careful as to what they wear and should refrain from wearing skirts. This statement once again victimized the victim and gave the criminals a free reign to do as and what they want.
When a girl was gang-raped in Gurgaon in the dead of the night, the Gurgaon administration, instea d of going tough against the criminals, asked women not to venture out of their houses after 8 pm, though they later retracted the statement after facing the public outrage. This cornering of the victims did not stop nor did the rape cases.
Om Prakash Chautala, former Haryana chief minister, very recently suggested child marriage as a solution to prevent the burgeoning number of rapes in the state. Supporting the Khap decision, Chautala said that girls should be married as soon as possible, as if unmarried women haven't been raped.
Congress leaders such as Harayana Congress chief, Phool Chand Mullana and education Minister Geeta Bhukkal however dismissed the reports of rapes as an 'opposition conspiracy'. Fellow politician and Congress spokesman, Dharamvir Goyal insisted that 90 percent of all rapes are consensual.
Mamata Banerjee helped with icing on the disgusting cake with her intellectual thought that rapes take place because of free interaction between men and women. The heinous crime that has been condemned in our mythology, has became just a political tool to get votes.
With such thinking, one just wonders as to whether our society will ever accept a rape victim rather than treating her as an outcast. While many activists are demanding that rapists should be given harsh treatments like castration and death sentences, it seems, politicians would take centuries to first shed their stinking ideology, leave alone coming up with practical solutions.
The only good news is that women, although mainly in urban areas have walked that extra mile where they can challenge these ridiculous norms and customs and make their way towards success. But the sad part is that same picture is not reflected in countryside where women don't even dare to speak against their ill-treating in-laws, leave alone challenging their foolish ideas and traditions.
To Miss Banerjee and everyone above just one question: when will you people stop jibber-jabbing and start acting for a safe society?
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