Author: Anvita Bhandari
When Abu Azmi was asked for a solution to the recurring problem of rapes, all that he had to say was “solution is this – any woman if, whether married or unmarried, goes along with a man, with or without her consent, should be hanged. Both should be hanged. It shouldn’t be allowed even if a woman goes by consent.”
“Ladkon se aisi galtiyan ho jaati hain to iska ye matlab nahin ki phaansi de di jaye (boys do make such mistakes but that does not mean that they should be sent to the gallow),” she told the gathering. “Death penalty for rape is unfair, it will change rape laws when we come to power,” Mulayam Singh said.
Most recently TMC’s Tapas Pal had hit the headlines when he had threatened to get the wives and daughters of opposition CPI-M members raped. Pal had said, “Earlier, you guys have bullied me on various occasions. If you insult the mothers and daughters of Trinamool workers. Then I won’t spare you. I will let loose my boys in your homes and they will commit rape. I will teach each of you a lesson.”
These headlines, the comments made by our very own political giants certainly have a great contribution in giving rise to women empowerment, ironically though. Such incidents force us to pause and introspect over what exactly is happening in our country. The irony lies in the fact that India, being a country where women are worshipped, has such frequent cases of atrocities committed against her. This gap between men and women can neither be bridged by just enacting laws nor by enraging over their faults. The condition of women in India is a degrading truth that no one can ignore.
Why do you think most of the laws in India go unnoticed or are so ineffective? Simply because, there’s no amount of willingness in people to bring about a change in the society. Rape, one of the most heinous offence, an evil which very much prevails in our society, is it not hindering the liberty of all the women, leave alone the infringement of their rights? Gender justice refers to equal treatment and equitable value of the both the sexes and is a fundamental human right that is guaranteed in international and regional treaties, conventions, and national legislation. Have you seen anything like this in India? Gender equality aims to achieve such a stage in the society where men and women are able to equally share the distribution of power, knowledge and have equal opportunities, rights and obligations both in their private and public lives.
The need of the hour is just that we give rise to transformations at our own personal levels. Protect the women? Yes of course, but why not teach the men first?