Posted on: November 2, 2020 Posted by: Harshada Gaikwad Comments: 0
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It is a sad reflection on our society that women feel unsafe and unprotected not just on a deserted road and car parks, but even in their own house. The land of goddesses, Indians worship the goddesses with utmost devotion and go back home to their daughter, mother, wife and friends forgetting that the one they worshipped resides within these women.

The amount of violence against women in India has increased by many folds due to the greater exposer of women in every field of life. Women were previously restricted to the four walls of the houses and after globalization, they have stepped out, taken chances, and opportunities to stand equally in all sectors at par with men. Women now are a day and night cab drivers and they are also the CEO of top companies. It’s good to see how the mindset of the society has changed and how it has welcomed women into all walks of life as leaders, as co-workers, as partners. But the mindset has not changed to an extent that it was supposed to.  This existing restricted mindset of the few is the cause that restricts women to go out and work, making them as a tool for domestication. It is the same mindset that treats males as superior to the female. –

The crime rate is continuously rising and so increase in the number of violence against women. According to the Constitution, all men and women have equal rights and have freedom from gender discrimination, yet there are multiple cases of rapes every day. No girl or women is safe in today’s time. Rape…The case of Nirbhaya gang rape in Delhi, a 23-year-old woman succumbed to her injuries. There are so many daily cases regarding women violence out there.  What worries is that we as a society, as a system have failed to uphold the Rule of Law. That a girl is ravished so brutally and for getting justice common people to need to raise flags, is worrying. Police administration should suo-moto become active in such cases without thinking about caste, credentials and political leanings. If only police will act more professionally, justice will be done in all such cases and common people will have more trust in the system and law-breakers/criminals will think not twice but multiple times before committing any crime. –

India is a land of customs, religion, norms, folkways, folklore, etc. where Parvati, Durga, Sarasvati, Laxmi are worshipped as goddesses, on the other hand, women face violence such as eve-teasing, harassment, domestic violence, dowry and many more. Being born in an Indian family as a woman, one has to face gender discrimination at all levels; it is the duty of the women to prepare the food, the women need to wake up early and do the household work daily. Achieving gender equality requires eliminating harmful practices against women and girls such as an acid attack, forced prostitution, sexual violence etc. According to a survey, Mumbai is an unsafe city; however, Goa is the safest city. The police must ensure that the police stations are welcoming places for women’s complaints. Rape is the fourth most common crime against women in India.

The rape cases are not declining, in 2018, over 30,000 rape cases are reported, and only 1 in 4 convicted. The terrifying Kathua rape case the abduction, rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl, Asifa Bano, in Rasana village near Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir, India in January 2018, is such a shame. Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal have topped the list of state reporting the greatest number of acid attack and attempt to acid attack cases. The biggest example of a warrior is Laxmi Agarwal, who is an Indian acid attack survivor, a campaigner for the rights of acid attack victims. She was attacked in 2005 at the age of 16. She was approached by a family acquaintance, Naeem Khan, a man in his early thirties, whose romantic advances she did not respond to. He subsequently attacked her with acid. In today’s world where people are well educated, well aware of almost everything, it still feels sad to see an unsafe environment around.

Although gender inequality/discrimination is the thing for every girl and women out there. There are several people out there always talking about women safety and measures and steps to be taken into consideration. A girl or women when undergoes such violence, it is very difficult for them to speak out as various restrictions are imposed upon them. There are laws to take care and heinous punishments for any such offence, there are various other bodies to look into. But still, we lack at some of the other thing. It is the duty of the women as well to speak out and not bother about anything, it is the duty of all males out there to behave appropriately. It is always WE who can bring in a change, rather than complaining or blaming the bodies. –

Harshada Gaikwad
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Second Year BLS.LL.B Student from Government Law College, Mumbai.

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