The ones who are engaged in all sorts of sexual violence against women belong from different strata of the society. The criminal justice system of the country which under the constitutional framework, takes into accounts these crimes and ensures justice to the victims through a proper series including apprehension, prosecution, defense and finally the verdict, vouches that law is same for all and anyone pleaded guilty must be punished.
However, in the due course of time and certain heart wrenching incidents put forward a totally bizarre picture of this justice system.
If someone is alleged of any sexual atrocities against women is a common man, without political backing, within hours of the complaint the accused is picked up by the police. Forget, sexual violence accused, if anybody belonging from that stratum even has slightest of involvement in anything of that sort, the police ensures that the fellow is behind the bars.
On seeing or hearing this, one might assume that how well our police works!! Pats on their shoulder!! But the story doesn’t remains same, if any accused of such abhorrent act is from political class or with a political patronage or even is someone potent, the accountability of the police and the system is lost somewhere.
Under such circumstances perhaps a new sort of system tends to upshot. When the accused is a potent one, firstly the accused disagrees to the allegations, in the second step when evidences tend to develop in bits and pieces, the complainant is declared as mentally unstable or something absurd.
Later, the accuse clarifies his stand stating it as a political conspiracy. Shockingly, in such cases, the accused is not nabbed by the police, and he continues to move freely.
The above conclusion is not at all bogus, rather certain incidents in the past gives a clear proof of what’s being stated above. The most recent one is the case of controversial self styled Godman Asaram Bapu who is accused of sexually assaulting a minor is in jail now after several days of FIR.
Initially he called the victim as someone mentally unstable; in the due course of time the victim’s family was being continuously threatened of dire consequences if the complain isn’t withdrawn.
Speaking in the context of the politicians, as usual forgetting their onus they continue puddling each other. Some so-called youth leaders and politicians like Manish Mishra, secretary of Bharatiya Janta Yuva Morcha(BJYM), continued doing character assassination of the victim while calling her mentally disable on a national English news channel.
Congress, as always, is chanting simply ‘the law must take its own course’ song. And in the midst of all, Asaram kept moving from one city to another, rather more specifically from one congress ruled state to another and BJP ruled state and so on.
Asaram is just one example; there are thousands more one could quote which would be a clear indicative towards the unaccountable administrative and political system. In this particular case of Asaram the victim has been brave enough to come forward against such a powerful and influential person and off course the media has been kind enough to continuously follow the story, but there are many whose cries are lost in the crowd due the irresponsible and failed system.
In fact, the politicians whom we choose as our representative somehow tries to find a way to move out of the matters, calling the victim of sexual assault or rape either mentally unstable or a part of political conspiracy and later when they go to the parliament, the same politicians claim to be with women and reflects themselves as one who care for their safety and security.
This gives a reason to introspect how far we have come and how much we have been developed, to claim ourselves as human. As Indians we are very well aware that the system needs to be changed, but when, how and who, still remains the biggest question.