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Disgrace to Indian democracy: Political parties safeguarding Asaram Bapu
When people were just discussing about the Mumbai gangrape case, another rape case involving a minor girl by the so called 'godman', Asaram Bapu has come to the surface making it to the headlines of all newspapers and agencies of the country. India is gradually becoming a rape capital of the world. But, the worst part is when culprits are not put behind bars, for they belong to the powerful and the influential class. The same is happening in Asaram Bapu case.

Officials state that the actual number of rapes committed may be more than twice the number reported. Many rape victims do not report the crime owing to fear and shame. Some victims are scared as they are embarrassed to narrate rape and molestation incidents, as it can attract the media leading to embarrassing questions by the police or, at next stage, in court rooms.  Also, many rapists threaten to kill their victims and their relatives, if the sufferer goes to the police. This is the same ploy that had been taken by the sant as well, but the girl courageously reported it to the police.

But, the low conviction rate results from the difficulty of proving rape in law.  In some countries, courts require evidence from witnesses or evidence of injuries suffered by the girl. Some laws and courts also need proof that a woman struggled to resist her attacker.

In most countries, the law demands evidence from a medico proving that a woman has been forced into sex.  For such proof, a woman must be examined within 24 hours after the rape.  In some cases, a defense lawyer may try to cast doubt upon the woman's story by asking about her past life.  The jury may conclude that a woman has low morals and willingly consented to sexual relationship, if she had sexual experiences with several men in the past.

As far as the case of the Asaram Bapu case goes, it is very unfortunate that a new story of political involvement of  various political parties to save the culprit  has come to light. This is a disgrace to Indian democracy.

Due to vote bank politics, ruling party as well as opposition parties are strongly advocating to save the culprit. It is unfortunate for the nation that at the cost of minor girl’s molestation, both parties are speaking the same language with same script.  Therefore,  after a week passed, neither has he been arrested nor  have been called  for  police enquiry. I am sure, in hope of  getting more votes from public ,both prominent parties will  loosen  their  vote bank. After having talked with prominent personalities  including college professors, medicos, social reformers, members of Lions /Rotary clubs etc. They share a common feeling - not to vote to either party who are supporting the so called Sadhu of 74 years.

The Lok Sabha on Monday also demanded a stern action against Asaram Bapu. In such cases, the law takes its own course, as they are dealing with known personalities. But, it is not that the Indian judiciary or the police are slow, but they do things at their own whims and fancies. If they want to arrest the persons involved, they do not need much time, as was witnessed in the Mumbai gangrape case, where five people were arrested. But the so called 74 years sant has still not been arrested.

The case has even reached the parliament, as it cropped up during the zero hour while the discussion for the Mumbai gangrape was taking place. "There is one sadhu who is taking the country for a ride. What have you done in the case? A young girl has slapped rape charges against him. Government should say something and do something on this. Why don't you speak on this,” Janata Dal (United) chief Sharad Yadav told Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde after making a statement on the Mumbai gang-rape case, reported Hindustan Times.

It is true that ,punishing this sadhu will definitely  send a strong message across the country. People like Uma Bharti, Neelam Dube, Archna Shama, all are advocating to save the sant for sake of some monetary  and politically  gain.

Several members including Gurudas Dasgupta (CPI) demanded stringent action against the controversial godman. It is again astonishing that the members of Lok sabha wanted to speak  more on this subject but were not allowed by Speaker Meira Kumar, a woman herself.

Responding to the members, Mr. Shinde said cases like those of Asaram Bapu and the Jharkhand constable who was gangraped were “primarily the concern of states.” This type of answer from country’s Home Minister was not expected at all. He further  said: “They are in preliminary stages of investigation. I don’t have information on them. Whenever I get the information, I will inform the House.”

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