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How men can bring an end to rape cases
It is only in the hands of men that rape cases can be minimised, if not brought to a complete halt..

A DRAMATIC increase has been witnessed in incidents of rape cases in Delhi and other parts of India in recent days. Each time, such an incident takes place; a debate begins in media, TV channels, and social network with calls for punishment to rapists, amendment in laws and preventive measures etc. However, in a few days, same topic comes to a standstill without any proper solution.

In most discussions, much emphasis is laid on what women should do to protect themselves and a checklist of do’s and don’ts is thrust upon the fair sex. Woman should learn self-defense, lock themselves in their houses after darkness, should wear decent clothes or shouldn’t dare to drink or say no to late night parties etc. Being a woman it makes me furious, why our civilization considers us fragile instead of making the society a better place for us to live in. Contrary to the majority, presenters conclude that woman has been raped, as she must have done something wrong.

“In India, males have started considering rape cases as merely small accidents and laws are bailable so rapists go scot-free with a small fine amount Rs. 5000. In most cases, police blames only victims. Overall, males are emerging stronger with each rape case incident and women are being defeated emotionally and physically. ‘Be Smart, Stay Safe’ slogans can’t work unless society puts joint efforts to stop the crime,” said Sujata Garg, an activist for Rights of Women, Nagpur.

Parnita Jha, a law student, asked angrily: “Why should I lock myself before darkness? Where are our laws, police administration, and society? Are they just for males? Rape cases must be stopped by any means. It is highly surprising why women politicians are quiet on such matters.”

In one of my recent blogs when I talked about what rigorous punishment should be conferred upon rapists, one reader commented that it is now in your hands to stop the rape cases. What woman politicians like President Pratibha Patil, Brinda Karat, firebrand Mamata Banerjee, Sheila Dixit, Mayawati, Uma Bharti, and Sushma Swaraj are doing on these issues? They have full powers to implement strong laws and orders against rapists. Some women politicians are shouting as they ask for votes, as seen in recent election rallies but in case of rape incidents why do they prefer silence?

Why don’t they organize rallies to stop this menace? When women are not doing something for their community, how can you expect males to do so? In some degree I agree with his response, however, in my view we need to start campaign and put posters at various places, asking men to stop raping women.

The equation will change of men start thinking that they shouldn’t curtail women’s freedom and decide aginst raping her when she is drunk, walking alone at night, drugged and unconscious, wearing short skirts, jogging in early morning, asleep in her bed, hospital patient etc. Tell your friends, sons, grandsons, nephews, and all males in family that the act of rape is not humane; it’s not okay to rape someone. Some of level of awareness with more reforming of laws might help to stop the rape cases - Men can stop rape cases.

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