Rape is an offence against the women. It is the most heinous crime in India,
which is increasing day by day. Though the law is very strict, so that the
modesty and integrity of women can be protected from such offence. Rape has
been defined under section 375 of the Indian Penal Code, and the punishment for
the same has been prescribed under section-376 and other sub sections.
Considering the rampant development of offence of rape our legislature decided to enhance the punishment for such offenses upto death with fine. It is needless to say that the women in our country are being subjected to cruelty including sexual assault, molestation, eve-teasing, child sex abuse, rape from their houses upto their working places.
Minor female child are mostly being victimized to such offences even by their near relatives, which clearly shows the insolvency of the mind of such offenders which compelled the legislature to bring The Protection of children from sexual offences (POCSO). At the cost of repetition it is not be out of place to state here that rape is a heinous crime which is committed against women.
As such any offence is offence against and state, in which rape is an offence which is a stigma for a civilized society. The victims of rape are required to be protected and promoted to raise their voices against such heinous offences and not to stigmatized. Such circumstances be created by the government in which no case of rape should remain unreported and trial ending in acquittal.
Now we should have consider the situation and circumstances which causes the rapid increase in such type of cases. The women and minor girls are not even safe in their own houses, what to talk of about outside the house and at their working places. In most of the cases it has been detected that the family friends and near relatives, who have free egress have been involved in commission of female inmates. Considering the number of cases raising day by day against the women, the legislation has taken it as a challenge and amendment has been made in law relating to women and also enhanced the punishment upto death for rape to overpower the situation. Special courts have been constituted for speedy disposal of the cases of rape.
It is relevant to state here that any offence initially born in the mind of the culprit which is called mens rea(ill-will) and after being arisen preparation, attempt and successful attempt to commit crime has become offence. Normally, our law of the land starts working after commission of the offence against the offenders. Apart from legal actions such as awarding punishment to the offender moral values are also required to be enhanced by different ways such as preaching about human values and their mottos.
As per recent study, the report says that in our country where the females are being treated with utmost dignity and honour and placed not only in very high stream but placed as goddess such as Durga and kali , but unfortunately it has been reported that in every hour two women, and in every ten hours a minor girl is being raped which is really shocking for any nation, especially for a nation like India, where it was stated that- ???? ????????? ????????? ?????? ???? ??????
In Mahabharata period, for outraging the modesty of women (draupadi) in a sabha a war of Mahabharata broke out in which 18 akshauhini army of both the sides was killed . During Treta Yuga Ram Ravana war took place due to abduction of a women namely Ma Sita. In Ram Ravana war entire Lanka made of gold was burnt to ashes and the king of Lanka along with his son and grandson and thousands in numbers were killed. In country like India a women is given respect of a goddess and called mother (mai) in general talk.
In year 2019, on 27 November, A veterinary doctor namely Priyanka Reddy, who resides in district of Telengana was raped and brutally murdered by burning, which clearly shows the cruel mentality of the offenders, which must be deprecated by a civilized society. Apart from the legal action, we the people of society should also come forward and raise their voices against such wrongdoers and they should not be protected even by their family members. They should be discarded and condemned by the society also.
The victim of rape should be compensated in terms of money as well as government services, so that they may become financially dependent and lead a respectable life.
The history of civilization is as old as hills. Throughout the history saints, sages and states man have agreed that greatness and progress of a nation depends upon the status of women enjoyed and her dignity is honoured and respected. Women since ancient times were respected and worshiped as incarnation of sati but today victimized by time.. In Nirbhaya case, our country both gender stood with Nirbhaya and she got highest scale of justice. It is a lesson to the culprit.
Women despite all progress in legislation enacted by legislature is still deprived by the society. There should be change of attitude towards women and massive awareness is still required to be initiated. Earlier there was no specific provision in law for offences such as use of unwelcome physical contact, words or gesture, demand or request for sex, showing pornography against her will or making sexual remarks.
By 2013 criminal amendment act, these acts has also been defined as an offence and punishment for the same has been prescribed. Stalking has also been made punishable upto 3 years, which clearly indicates that the legislation is too serious to uphold the dignity and integrity of a women.
Written By:†Mr.Swami RS Ganeshan
Authentication No: AG30830072927-18-820
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