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CRIME AGAINST WOMEN

So many Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs), so many constitutional amendments and so many awareness programs and all are for the empowerment and safety of the women in our society. But alas, every day the newspapers and the visual media bring us news of bizarre incidents in which women are victimised more cruelly than in the Christopher Marlowean tragedies of the 15th century England. Despite all these buffer zones why does the Indian society become more and more insensitive to the plight of the women both in the domestic and public spheres?

Let us have a glance at one of the latest incidents of crime against women. In West Bengal, one of the citadels of the Indian progressive movements, in the last year a man raped a 13 years old girl named Geetanjali Mukherjee. She took courage to tell her brothers about what the man had done to her. They filed a complaint in the police and the man whose name is Jagdish Bagchi, was arrested. He has been in the judicial custody for a few months and during all those days he has been swearing day in and day out that he would once again rape the girl and kill her too. Neither the police nor the authorities bothered to heed his words.

Bagchi came out of the judicial custody, once again made friends with the girl by giving her promises of marriage and a good life. Despite the warnings from the elders, she went ahead in the passion play. One day Baghchi lured her away from her home, raped, killed and buried her as an act of revenge. A pure village story of revenge and retribution and the spice is added when the man is from the upper caste and the girl from the lower caste. End of the day, having the crime is declared and done the culprit breaths free air ONLY BECAUSE HE IS A MAN AND THE LAW IS TOO SLOW TO TAKE ACTION AGAINST HIM.

In this case, the girl can easily be blamed for it was she who once again went and fell into her tormentor's trap. But behind that there is an unseen scenario. Why did that girl went to him? She was more or less a destitute. She wanted a safe life and the man who once destroyed her was showering her with words of reconstructing it. A 14 year old girl cannot be so much of reasonable and discerning in her judgement. But where was the law keepers then?

The man was swearing to wreck revenge on her life. And he was repeatedly saying it. Why did the police did not heed his words and take it seriously? Even after her death why did the police did not ask for a forensic test? Why do the police show so much of apathy in taking any action? Is it because the man is from an upper caste? Or is it because the girl's family is not strong enough to fight it out? Now the man's father, who is a follower of the ISKON sect, says that the girl was of loose morals and she used to move around with many men.

This is the age-old theory of putting the women always in the shackles and shambles. To save the men folk of the society, we are ready to say that even a pre-puberty age girl was a well-known slut. The history repeats and the NGOs and constitution stand just like the scarecrows. In this condition should the women of India wait for an ethereal redeemer to come and save them? Naaritoday.com thinks that it is time for action in all the possible ways. If we do not act now we may have to regret in future.


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