Saturday, August 16, 2008

Rape:The national crime of India and other countries

Congratulation guys!!! You have done it by sheer hard work. Rape has become the national crime of India (well I would say almost all countries). Almost every 30 minutes one women is raped in India (for those statisticians, one every 2 minutes in United States).Majority of the cases go unreported. There nothing to be proud of. We should be ashamed of ourselves. This is not a problem of one country. This is universal problem irrespective of the geography, religion language or education.

Quoting Justice Arjit Pasayat - “While a murderer destroys the physical frame of the victim, a rapist degrades and defiles the soul of a helpless female."

Not even a single day passes without any such incident in media. The ever news hungry media sensationalize these issue for publicity and makes the rapists a national hero. Seldom have they thought of the trauma and tragedy the victim and her family has to undergo. The only thing they are bothered about is their ratings and viewership. Why should we blame media? We should start protest against this uncontrolled yellow journalism. We all how the Indian media handled the recent case of teenage girls murder in Delhi. They molested even her character and soul.

Yesterday there was news about how the blue chip company employee was molested by 10 people. What a team effort!!! We can’t produce enough Olympics medals in team games (or any event) but here we will be among the best!!! Is this the same country where the women is considered as Shakthi and worshipped? Why this conflict? Has the human race degraded so badly that they have no sense and become animals? How could I compare these demons to poor animals? It will be biggest cruelty from my part.

When you read this you might not know the seriousness of the situation.

Law should be amended so that death punishment could be given to these criminals. They are not fit to considered humans. They should be stoned to death or hanged or whatever may be punishment but they should be eliminated. My sisters and mothers don’t think that all are like these demons. There are humans also in the male gender. I feel so helpless when I hear these tragic stories which the creator of life of earth, the most wonderful creation of God has to undergo everyday.

Women must find the courage to report the rape. They must find support from their families and friends to deal with the stress, anger, and fear they experience. Most of all, women must never feel guilty or blame themselves. For there is no need to accept shame or blame for a crime committed by another. Not all men are bad but there are few bad apples. Lets educate and treat these bad apples.
Rape is the fastest growing crime in the country, according to data for 2006 released by the home ministry's National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) recently. A rape is being reported every 30 minutes, an alarming increase of nearly 700% since 1971 when the NCRB started recording them.

These figures are revealed even as reports of sexual crimes, including those against foreign tourists, come in from different parts of the country.

Every hour, 18 women become victims of crime directed specifically at them -- rape, kidnapping and abduction, dowry-related crimes, molestation, sexual harassment, eve-teasing, etc. Rape has grown from seven cases a day in 1971 to 53 in 2006. In comparison, all other crimes have grown by 300% since 1953 when the NCRB started keeping records.

What is alarming is that the offenders were known to their victims in 75.1% of rape cases (14,536 out of 19,348). Parents/close family members were involved in 3% of cases (431 out of 14,536), neighbours in 36.8% of cases (5,351 out of 14,536) and relatives in 7.6% of cases (1,106 out of 14,536).

According to the NCRB data, among 35 cities with a population of over 1 million, Delhi topped the list of crimes against women, with 4,134 cases (nearly one-fifth of the total number of crimes against women). One-third of all rapes and a fifth of molestation cases took place in the city. Hyderabad was the second most dangerous city for women, with 1,755 cases.

Among the states, Andhra Pradesh recorded the highest number of crimes against women -- 21,484 cases, or 13% of the total number of cases in 2006. Uttar Pradesh was a close second, with 9.9% of such crimes. Madhya Pradesh reported the highest number of rape cases, at 2,900, and also molestation cases.

Records reveal that 7,618 women were killed for dowry in 2006, an increase of 12.2% over 2005. Uttar Pradesh, with 1,798 cases, had the highest number of such deaths, followed by Bihar with 1,188 cases.

And these are just the cases that have been reported; the number of unreported cases may be much higher.


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