India: Stop the Rape and Sexual violence!

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     India has recently become notorious for increasing cases of sexual violence against women. This involves rape, mainly gang rape. Statistics show that rape in India have doubled between 1990 and 2008. According to the
National Crime Records Bureau, in 2012, 25,000 rape cases were reported across India. Out of these, 24,470 were committed
by relative or neighbor. Men accounted to commit 98 per cent of reported rapes. This shocking estimates suggest that a new
case of rape is reported every 22 minutes in India!
   The gang rape of a 23-year old student on a public bus on 16 December 2012, sparked large
protests across the capital Delhi. She was with a male friend who was severely beaten with an iron rod during the incident. This same rod was used to penetrate her so severely that the victim’s
intestines had to be surgically removed, before her death thirteen days after the attack. In the 24-hour period after the
gang rape of the victim, at least two girls under the age of 18 were gang raped and one of them was murdered. It has been
estimated that up to 100,000 children go missing each year, with the majority of them being sexually abused.
    Rape is an everyday occurrence in India, most cases are not reported, or when they are, the police sweeps away the case or tells the woman that she deserved the abuse. There have also been alarming rates of sexual child abuse. So many protests have been organized by women and human rights group to call for Government’s seriousness in tackling this issue.
The Government of India has shown some willingness to fight rape and gender based violence but more adequate measures need to be taken. The Parliament is currently working on some laws that will give tougher punishments to assailants. However, there must be well defined measures to implement these laws. The Police force needs to take reported cases seriously and ensure prosecution of rapists and sexual offenders.
     The message is simple: “No to rape and sexual violence in India!” Women deserve to live free lives and exercise their human rights without fear or intimidation.

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One thought on “India: Stop the Rape and Sexual violence!

    Domestic Violence Victims | www.jyotipandey.org said:
    April 19, 2014 at 4:28 pm

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