It is widely acknowledged that rate of unreported sexual violence in Indian society is far higher than official statistics would indicate, and is likely to be a bigger problem in India than in other countries, as it is a more patriarchal society. In view of increasing incidence of rape incidents, it is absolutely necessary to review rape law humanely and progressively, as existing law is not only partial but also outdated. The subject needs a comprehensive review and should include various types of assault, violence and torture, and that too with gender neutrality. Women are routinely groped and harassed by men at work places, on buses and trains and everywhere. The vulgar display by even top-grade heroines in form of ‘item numbers’ has become a must for any successful movie, which further provokes anti-social elements. A piece of fool-proof legislation is needed to safeguard innocent victims.Rape is not something that occurs by itself. It is part of continuing and embedded violence in society that targets women on daily basis. Hastily made laws will serve no purpose. The government should reconsider ordinance, giving more importance to the panel recommendations. It is rightly point out that, “The law, if it is to be effective, must keep up with these changes, not try to force a regression to a time long past.” While Sections 375 and 376 of the Indian Penal Code are major laws dealing with rape, they have failed to match international standards of addressing the crime. A comprehensive psychological study of the mindset of rapists is the urgent need of the hour to get some real insight into the mindset of criminals. Girls are in constant fear of being attacked, raped, victimised by men by throwing acid on their faces, and what not. It is important to conduct an imaginative and sustained publicity campaign in the media, especially in regional languages, in cinema theatres and so on.Any new law on rape should include conduct of defence lawyer and bar unethical questions against the rape victim. Rather than punishing a culprit after a crime, it is necessary to curb cause of crime against women. We have enough laws but, unfortunately, they are not effective. What’s the purpose of any law that can only bark but not bite?This is the time to effectively implement various policies such as Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013, Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005, and effect stricter punishment for voyeurism and stalking. Our presumption that stricter laws will bring down crimes against women stands negated. The real problem is ineffective policing. As long as criminal do not get swift and severe punishment, such crimes will continue to be committed. Police reforms should be implemented and the force be insulated from political interference. We need not only stringent police reforms but also a deep insight into the fulfillment of community responsibility on the part of citizens. If we fail to educate our children, then we have failed in the most basic of tasks as a society.Making tougher laws will only be as effective as its implementation. Violent assaults, rapes and murders of women are symptomatic of a deep societal dysfunction. Any new law on rape should include the conduct of the defence lawyer and bar unethical questions against the rape victim. If an FIR is registered against a person in a rape case, he should be automatically disqualified from contesting elections. The prosecution for rape and sexual harassment should have toughest lawyers pleading the case to have 100 per cent conviction and not one in over 1,000 cases. Before the dignity of more women is sacrificed, we need to have a real change for the better democracy, greater freedom, full transparency, strict law enforcement, and mandatory punishment for heinous crimes against women. Crime is endemic to the human condition, but a crime specifically directed at one sex is most despicable and unfortunately, the one that is punished least. According to the Government’s statistics twenty five rapes are committed in the country everyday but the unofficial record is in very large number. It is essential to raise our collective voice against rape.One would find that rape is a sexual as well as cultural attack which has become a great social problem today. There are many rape cases which become the headlines of the leading newspapers but the timely actions are not taken. One should see that by giving a deterrent punishment to the rapist, this evil of rape would not be solved. Once it is proved that person is guilty of rape he should be hanged and women for their self-defense should learn the art of Karate, Judo to remain safe from such anti-social elements.
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