India's Daughter : an Inside analysis

Lessle udwin’s documentary, India’s daughter caught not only worldwide media as well as public attention but also created a wave of agitation all through India. Government of India imposed a ban on airing the documentary on the occasion of women’s day on 8th of March. As the ban was on place BBC has no other option rather than broadcast it in some other country and UK was the country where they aired the documentary and within no times the documentary was uploaded on youtube and other internet sites and it went viral.

Nirbhaya gang rape and brutal murder in 2012 shook the entire nation and created a nationwide public movement to protest against violence, rape and other forms of crime against women. The night of December 16 2012 was a dreadful night for Jyoti SINGH or Nirbhaya who boarded on a bus with her friend and then the incident of her being raped by the 6 men in the bus, her male friend badly beaten and injured, she being subjected to brutal physical assault and both of them thrown out of the bus were all that happened that night. Nirbhaya succumbed to death after fighting for life for a few days leaving a message to the entire world that her soul can only rest in peace when justice is given to the departed. This is an irony and more of shame that more than 2 years have been passed and the entire country is still waiting for justice. Blame it to our slow justice system which failed to deliver result even after 2 years of the brutal crime of rape and murder took place. The incident of crime happened in December 16 2012, on 10th September 2013, the four adult defendants were found guilty of rape, murder while the unnamed 17 year juvenile who was labeled as the most brutal of the six was sentenced 3 years as per juvenile justice act. On 13th March 2014 the Delhi high court found all the 4 defendants guilty of rape, murder, unnatural offences and destruction of evidence and confirmed death sentence of all the 4 men as per the conviction in 2013. But soon the Supreme Court stayed the execution of the 4 men allowing them to further appeal.

Wow what a complex procedure to give justice to the victims and sentence to the accused criminals. What was the benefit of creating several fast track courts for rape cases when ultimately the defendants have an option of appeal in the supreme court of India? “Justice delayed is justice denied” and the delay in delivering justice would certainly weaken the case. Lessle udwin’s documentary, India’s daughter banned by the government on the ground that this may not weaken the case. If that was the case then why a permission was given to BBC to take an interview of rape victims who were tried in a “rarest of the rare case”.

Over the documentary everyone has their own set of opinions. If you have watched the documentary you can see the perverted, heinous mindset of one of the accused Mukesh Singh who told it was the girl’s fault. He has his own set of reasons to draw a curtain over his barbaric and brutal crime. He further said girls are responsible for rape; they should not roam at night. When it came to the victim Nirbhaya who died of their brutality, he said she should not have resisted the rape. He also said they wanted to send a message to all the women who roam at night may invite such incidents and they tried to teach a lesson to all the women through an example. While the defense lawyers compared girls with sweets and said if you keep the sweets on the streets than dogs will not spare.

These perverted or I can say maniacal thinking of such people reflect how vulnerable are the women of India but the question is all Indian women vulnerable or the women from other countries are also vulnerable to rape and other crime against women. The answer is yes; globally women are vulnerable to crime against them. It is not about academic education that can change the mindset of people towards women rather moral education. It is about harsher punishment to criminals as well as a speedy justice system that can bring down crime against women.

Nirbhaya or Damini case certainly stirred our hearts and asked one question, can we make India a rape free country?  I am optimistic and it is definitely possible if we kill the rapists rather them taking them to the court of law and waiting for years for justice. What happened in December 2012 has not changed much in terms of rape incidents. Remember the recent brutal rape and murder case of a mentally challenged 28 year woman.

What happened in Nagaland’s Dimpapur city was indeed a repressed anger of thousands of people who have no faith in our justice system and wanted to punish the rapist with their own hands. It all happened in Dimapur when people dragged the rapist out if jail and killed him.

It is shocking and a lot more alarming when you get to know about crime statistics (released by human development report of the UNDP) on rapes in India. Every 30 minutes a rape takes place and in last 13 years 2, 64,130 raped have reported in 28 stated and seven UTs in India.

Things will certainly change for the betterment of women and their safety and we all should act as opponents of any crime against women. When you see crime, try to prevent it rather than run away from it. When you see a victim extend help rather than thinking why you should help her/him when he/she is not related to you any way.


Written By Dipti Prasad Padhi

By : | Category : Sensitive News for over 18 year| Date : March 07,2015

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