PEACE FOR WOMEN
Let us not make this world filthy by saying ‘crime against women’, instead let us now say, ‘peace for women’.
Oh man! Listen to her when she says, ‘no’. Why do you under-rate yourself by going against her will? Do not you have any self-dignity? Isn’t it a crying shame that just for a momentary pleasure you kill somebody’s will?
Crime is an offensive word when our desire becomes lust. India is said to have the largest democracy in the world but still women continue to suffer despite their rights are protected by several laws, rules and regulations. She continues to be treated as an object in social relationships despite of her glorified position in sacred religious texts. We are in the 70th year of the Indian Independence; young brides are burnt to death for undersized dowries.
Taking the shoot from another angle, the divine mother’s womb has become a “graveyard to death” for girls due to female infanticide. On the contrary, Women today are individualistic, career-driven and determined and thus earning accolades of galore in India’s recent economic flourish. The state of women in India today is a matter of debacle.
As per as the data from National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), 2015 was all about crimes against women. Here is an extract from the report:
“A total of 3,37,922 cases of crime against women (both under various sections of IPC and SLL) were reported in the country during the year 2014 as compared to 3,09,546 in the year 2013, thus showing an increase of 9.2% during the year 2014.”
However, it is estimated that 70% of the crime against women go unreported due to social stigma that goes with a public complaint to police.
Are women really aware of their rights? Though if they are, most of them do not dare or retreated by family to approach the police or law enforcement authorities.
Let us have a sneak peep at what kind of legislations have been enacted for women protection from birth to old age. It is a revision for those who already know about it, and valuable information for those who aren’t aware about it.
- Female Infanticide/ Selective Abortion
Pre-conception and Pre-natal Diagnostic Techniques (Prohibition of Sex Selection) Act. The court assumes that woman on her independent decision would not agree for conducting such test unless she has been forced by her husband or family. Hence, in case a couple is found conducting such test of ‘sex selection’ husband and his family shall be held guilty unless they are able to prove themselves innocent under the Indian Evidence Act. People who are found guilty are liable to be punished with maximum imprisonment of three years and fine of Rs. 50,000/-. Violent and forceful abortion is a crime under sections 312 and 316 of Indian Penal Code (IPC). Section 313 deals with abortion without the consent of the woman. Punishment in such cases can extend to life imprisonment.
- The Dowry Menace
Without violating the canons of courtesy the scene of dowry from groom’s end is such that, “Everybody has eaten ‘Ladoo’, but nobody claims that he or she had it.” Frankly speaking, if the groom and groom’s mother can take care of this issue by neglecting the virtues of accepting dowry then half the matter is solved.
According to Section 304-B of the IPC, if a woman dies of “any burns or bodily injury”, and it is proved that she was harassed by her husband or any of his relatives for dowry immediately before her death, such death shall be termed as “dowry death”. The culprit in this case can be imprisoned for a minimum of 7 years and the punishment could be extended to life imprisonment and depending upon the circumstances of the case.
- Kidnapping of Women & Immoral trafficking
A majority of kidnapping are done for marriage purpose as per official records of NCRB. Starkly in contrast to what NCRB says, “Human right activists are of the view that such kidnappings are mostly done for sexual trafficking purpose.”
Section 366 of IPC says that, “Whoever kidnaps or abducts a woman with intent that she may be compelled, or knowing it to be likely that she will be compelled, to marry any person against her will, or in order that she may be forced or seduced to illicit intercourse, or knowing it to be likely that she will be forced or seduced to illicit intercourse shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may be extended to ten years, and shall also be liable to fine”.
- Sexual Harassment against Women at the Workplace
Sexual Harassment against Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition, and Redressal) Act, 2013
Well! the Indian Constitution is the guiding force for legislators, there are about 50 different laws formulated to protect these rights. The legislation prescribes a detailed procedure for assessment of crime and offences committed under specific laws and enforce punishment.
More than anything else, let us all change the approach towards the way we look at a woman. If we learn to respect her ‘no’ then rest all will be ‘all fine’.