My first reaction to the news that a woman in Barabanki (Uttar Pradesh) hired three men to gang- rape the wife of the man accused of raping her teenage daughter was that of shock. The fourth man in this gang was her own husband – the father of the victim.
But on second thoughts I think that she was left with no choice. The kind of excuses the male politicians of this country are churning out to justify the increasing number of sexual crimes in their respective States have been pointing to this direction – Jungle Raj.
Here I am not just blaming the man whose name begins with Mulayam, what is bewildering is that one of the best governed states in the country which thrives on its beaches for tourism has ministers advising women to dress properly to hide their incompetence.
People in Bengaluru are on the streets for the last four days to demand the arrest of the culprits who raped a six year old girl leading to her death. What do the moralists of the BJP and SP preaching proper dressing sense to women have to say to the distraught parents of this child?
In many cases three month and six month old infants have been victims of this sexual orgy. Did they also violate the dress code set by these perfect adults?
The latest statement of the Samajwadi Party Supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav is actually an invitation to the ‘Boys’ to continue with their activities without fear of the law catching up with them. He has been on record stating that for a state with a population of 31 crore UP has the lowest cases of rapes in the country. Which, taken to its logical conclusion means that there is scope for a few more to catch up with the national average.
The new law against rape passed by Parliament has suggested very strict punishment against police officers not registering FIRs, including a Jail term as had been suggested by the Justice Verma committee.
But when the political leadership of the country starts defending the police instead of suspending them I think that women like the one in Barabanki are setting a new style of getting justice which could soon become a national trend.
Can’t blame these women for taking the law in their own hands. And they are smug in the belief that their acts will not be taken seriously by the police because what is one more rape in a State with a population of 31 crore?
By: Amitabh Srivastava
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