The 15th of August is a very important day in the history of our country India. On this day in 1947 India became independent. We won freedom after a hard struggle and sacrifice of thousands of lives of patriots. On this day our first Prime Minister Pundit Jawaharlal Nehru unfurled The National Flag at The Red Fort for the first time. The Independence Day is celebrated all over India with great joy. People Fly the tricolor. National Anthem is sung with flute and drum and then march past and procession in the streets takes place. Homage is paid to those who sacrificed their lives for the freedom of our country. The Independence Day reminds us of those patriots who fought and suffered to win freedom for us.
Today is 70th Independence Day of India. I am wishing a very Happy Independence Day to all Indians. Wait!!! Can I wish you Independence Day as an Indian woman? Or can I celebrate Independence Day after 69 years of independence in India where crimes against women are increasing day by day?
“Crime against women” is referred as direct or indirect physical or mental cruelty to women. It includes rape, sexual assault, insult to modesty, kidnapping, abduction, cruelty by intimate partner or relatives, trafficking, persecution for dowry, dowry deaths, indecency and all other crimes listed in Indian Penal Code. According to a survey India is the fourth most dangerous place in the world for women to live in.
According to a report of the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) in 2015, 2.24 million Crimes against women were reported over the past decade: 26 crimes against women are reported every hour, or one complaint every two minutes. Many crimes against women were not reported to police due to the social stigma attached to the cases of rape and molestation.
It is true that women are now participate in areas like education, sports, politics, media, art, culture etc. like men. Indira Gandhi was world’s largest serving prime minister of India. Prativa Patil was first female President of India. Women played very important role in India’s independence. Even today many women are doing well in their respective areas. However most of the women in India are facing sexual as well as mental assault almost everyday both inside and outside their houses.
According to fundamental right of freedom of independent India every Indian has some rights like freedom of speech and expression, right to choose any profession, right of life and liberty. In Right to equality act it is mentioned that men and women are equal. Every Indian has right to be educated according to right to education act.
Do we women really have those rights in the practical world?
The National Crime Records Bureau reveal that a crime against a woman is committed every 3 minutes, a woman is raped every 29 minutes, a dowry death occurs every 77 minutes, and one case of cruelty committed by either the husband or relative of the husband occurs every 9 minutes.
In many villages girls are not allowed to study still now. Women are often not allowed to work especially after marriage not only in small towns but also in big cities also. In most of the families men take all the decisions, women just follow. Women are not even allowed to express their opinions even in any household matter.
Child marriage is considered as crime but these marriages have been still continues to these days mainly in rural areas. According to UNICEF 47% of Indian women are married before the age of 18 which is the legal age for marriage. In rural areas this percentage is 56%. Child marriages not only take away the opportunity of education but also the childhood of little girls.
Domestic violence in India is one of the biggest problems. Around 70% women in India are victims of domestic violence. It is a criminal offence according to IPC. However it increases day by day. Domestic violence can be physical, psychological or sexual abuse. Most of the times it is considered as private or family matter as many women refuse to report against it. They are treated or pressurized not to complain.
In India male-female sex ratio is skewed in favor of males. The main reason is increasing numbers of abortion of female fetuses. Girls are not even allowed to born in many places and we are talking about gender equality and freedom of women!!!
Rape in India has been described as one of India’s most common crimes against women. Girls are not allowed to go outside alone in the evening or night as their family is afraid of rape or eve teasing. But are they safe in their homes? Women are not raped outside only but into their own houses also. If a woman is raped by her husband is not considered as rape according to our society. However it is a crime under IPC.
After Nirbhaya rape case or Delhi gang rape case in December 2012 Public protests took place in New Delhi on 21 December 2012. Thousands of protesters clashed with police and battled Rapid Action Force units. Similar protests occurred throughout the country. Protests occurred online as well on the social networking sites Facebook and WhatsApp, with users replacing their profile images with a black dot symbol. As the news of the rape broke, the media went into activity, not just in tracking the case but also supports the protestors. Debates were taken place in the news channels. Everybody thought that number crime against women might be decreased but after sometimes the protest became stopped and nothing is changed.
This becomes a new tradition. After any incident like this some protest and media reports are shown for few days then everything became normal. Crime against women is increasing. A rape victim faces more difficulties, harassment and assaults than the accused.
Why women are always prohibited to go outside? People should teach boys how to behave with women and respect them instead of asking girls to be careful. How long women are blamed for type of cloths they wear or character? The most common and illogical one “at night what was she doing at the streets alone?” Why doesn’t anybody understand a woman is not responsible for sexual harassments or rape cases? It is the dreadful mentality of those criminals.
The most horrible crime in India is acid attack. Acid attack not only ruins the identity but also destroys the self-confidence of the victim completely. Women belonging to any class, caste, creed or religion can be victims of this cruel form of violence and disfigurement, a premeditated crime intended to kill or maim permanently and act as a lesson to put a woman in her place. In India, acid attacks on women who dared to refuse a man’s proposal of marriage or asked for a divorce are a form of revenge. Acid is cheap, easily available, and the quickest way to destroy a woman’s life. The number of acid attacks has been rising.
Will the situation of women never change in India? How long we women will suffer these kinds of crimes? Can we be truly independent in our country? Yes, we can. Only we women can change our present situation and make a bright future for us. Every woman in India has to protest against any crime on her or on any other woman. If a woman does not support another woman then who does support her?
Only rules, laws and government initiatives are not enough to stop crime against women in a country of huge population like India. Common people have to come forward and stand against these crimes. Boys and girls both are equal in every field if they are treated as same from their childhood and get same opportunities.
Lack of education and orthodox mentality of people in villages the condition of women is more painful than cities and towns. Government should take some steps against it. It is not only the duty of government only; it is the duty of us also to do something against it. Instead of kept girls into the homes, people should teach the boys the moral values of life and how to respect women. This is the time we all Indians need to show our unity. Jai Hind…
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