No signs of abating
It is quite upsetting to read reports on rising rape murders happening in India – the land of traditions and high values.
The problem is that the prevailing judicial system in most countries is lax about punishing offenders and this gives assaulters a chance to act brazenly. Things haven’t changed even after the 2012 Delhi gangrape case which shook the country to the core.
It is quite disgusting to read that even minors in the country are not spared. The motive behind such callous acts should be analysed and the root cause should be identified.
For a majority of the people, it is difficult to understand the mindset of a rapist. Basically, it is an aggression or intrusion on another human being’s individual rights. These rights need to be protected, and the responsibility primarily rests with society.
The absence of a strong legal system and the speedy implementation of the verdict could be the primary cause of rise in such incidents. In India, thousands of such cases are still languishing in courts due to a host of reasons. The most worrying fact is, however, that the rising crimes of different nature has not prompted the government to give due importance to such issues as many such cases also include influential politicians.
The government with the backing of the legal system should work to support the common people. People should be allowed to freely approach the judiciary and police to seek assistance as and when required. There should be immediate processing of legal formalities in heinous crimes and this must be communicated to society in a positive way so that there people are aware of what is being done to preserve the dignity of people.
In India, lawmakers accused of harassing women are given access to the Parliament and state assemblies due to their influence. In such a scenario, how can a government pledge justice to common people?
It is a fact that most governments across the globe spend billions on the safety of politicians and their associates. Public money is being utilised to give these people comfort and security. But there is no mechanism in place to allow common people to walk feely on the streets, especially women. It is the government’s responsibility to ensure their safety.
Even though the government proposed fast-track proceedings on the recent Hyderabad incident, the police and other concerned authorities have to understand what urgency is.