Post Mortem

Rape of physically challenged, orphan girls: beyond imagination

Prof Mithilesh Kumar Sinha, Finance Officer, Nagaland University, Lumami | Publish Date: 8/10/2018 12:34:55 PM IST

 The rape of physically challenged and orphan women and girls at Muzaffarpur in Bihar and Deoria in Uttar Pradesh is ignominy to Indian society and government. It requires a genuine soul-searching and introspection. It is the nude dance of animality.  It was beyond my imagination that in shelter homes where there are the elderly, mentally unsound, women and children. These shelter homes are sexually exploiting young boys and girls, abusing them, murdering them, and in some cases forcing them to take their own lives.  

India was once famous for the Taj Mahal and the beautiful beaches of Goa - but it is now becoming known for something much more disturbing: an epidemic of child rape sweeping the country. Recent incidents of rape in Muzaffarpur following Deoria have stirred the conscience of the nation.The entire country is pigeonholed into a rape country
Unlike other countries Indians worship goddesses the most. So they ought to respect a woman than raping her and they fight for their religion and god. Then they lack no shame in raping a woman Since ages, women have been the soft target for physical, mental and emotional abuse and humiliation. In the falsely perceived male dominated society, she is the one found to be compromising, adjusting and struggling for her survival. People forget that woman is the feminine aspect of the Divine Creative Forces. She is the manifestation of these cosmic forces in human form. Time and again, History has proved that humiliating women attracts large scale destruction and that too not only of the persons directly involved in humiliation but even their supporters, mute spectators and the rulers of the land. 
Nothing could be as cruel an irony as remembering the Mahatma at a time when the context of Muzaffarpur is maligned beyond imagination. This came close on the heels of celebrations that marked the centenary of Gandhi’s Champaran Andolan. It would not be wrong to say that Muzaffarpur is a microcosm of India today and Brajesh Thakur, who ran a girls-shelter house there and stands accused of raping them, is a symbol of morbid depravity that afflicts the country’s social and political life. The shelter home case in UP reminds of a similar incident which took place in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur.  
Rapes are the most obnoxious of all crimes. The sad part is that it is so prevalent among all societies. Rape is one of the worst and most heinous forms of assault that can be afflicted on a human by another. It is abhorred by all societies and cultures. Yet rapes keep on happening with alarming frequency in the society across all countries and cultures.The statistics from NCRB show that while in 2015, 10,854 cases of rape under Section 376 of the IPC and under Sections 4 and 6 of the Protection of Children against Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act were registered, 2016  further saw the rise in cases as 19,765 of such cases were registered. Here we don’t intend to name or shame any particular state and its people, but record show that Madhya Pradesh (2,467), Maharashtra (2,292), Uttar Pradesh (2,115), Odisha (1,258) and Tamil Nadu (1,169) are among the state where crime against children especially child-rape is on a rise.
Conviction Rate Remains Low
In 2016, only one in four rape cases in India ended in conviction – the lowest since 2012 – according to national crime data. India’s conviction rate for rape, at 25.5 percent, remains low compared to all cognisable crimes – those that do not require a magistrate’s permission to investigate – under the Indian Penal Code (46.9 percent in 2015).
There is no easy answer to how to accomplish this, but we all have a role to play on focusing on changing the ways of the perpetrators and culture, and not examining what the victims could have done differently. The solution lies with constant societal interactions to mellow down the strong patriarchal structure, especially when interactions are guided by respectful individuals who are voicing their opinion about ‘consent’ and respect towards women. The government and society should work on prevention of rapes. This can be achieved through proper education and guidance of the young so that the humanity can hope for a generation that does not have such crimes in the human society.

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