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Crimes against women: Need for introspection
ActIT Jammu, Projects, Java,, C# Training Jammu
Dear Editor,

This letter is in reference to news published in your news paper (KT: September 5, 2013). It was shocking to read about sexual abuse of minor mentally challenged girls in Rotary Inner Wheel Home. It is more disturbing to know that Director and Chowkidar of the home were involved in this heinous crime. Director has the responsibility to take care of these children.

However it is satisfactory to know that police has taken action immediately, after getting the complaint. If we assume that Police work on this case honestly even then it will be difficult for it to prove both of them as guilty reason being the victims can’t express themselves properly.

News about sexual abuse, rape, molestation is no exception. Every day newspapers have a lot of news about the crimes against women. We can’t resolve this problem by just strict laws and convicting the culprits.

It is important to give punishment to the perpetrator of violence against women, but that is not enough. We have to ask ourselves difficult questions. Don’t we think that there is something seriously wrong the way we look at the women? Why there is not enough sympathy for the victim of rape?

There are only two approaches prevalent in the society, either we cover them under Ghoonghat / Burqa or they are being objectified. In both ways we don’t treat them as human beings. In our society most of the men look at women’s body as sexual object. They just can’t think beyond these lines. They can’t see them as friends, professional, painter, doctor, farmer, and worker. This is the mindset of most of the men cutting across race, religion, class, caste and region. There is not much of a difference between the approach of educated and uneducated men towards women.

Recently I was sitting with some ‘educated’ men. They were discussing Bapu Asaram rape case. There was not a single word of sympathy for the girl. Everybody was joking, how remarkable it was for Bapu that even at the age of eighty, he still had sexual desires.

Rape, sexual abuse is not rare but it is happening everywhere around us.

These rapists or sexual abusers are not psychos, they are normal. They do whatever they learn from the society. When somebody rapes a woman, he doesn’t think her as human being but as an object, which doesn’t have emotions. But these are the ideas what they learn from their surroundings. If we really want to change this reality, we have to counter these ideas about women prevalent in the society. Otherwise law and punishment alone can’t stop these crimes against women.

—Serohi Nandan,


News Updated at : Sunday, September 8, 2013
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