Her part­ing gift to women: Be coura­geous & speak out

DNA Sunday (Mumbai) - - FRONT PAGE - Sudhir Suryawan­shi Mum­bai

The gang- rape vic­tim in Delhi has given the part­ing gift to women of this coun­try — be coura­geous and report case of mo­lesta­tion and rape.

As a re­sult, more and more such cases are emerg­ing re­cently. Sandip Bha­jib­hakare, as­sis­tant com­mis­sioner of po­lice, Au­rangabad, was booked on Thurs­day for al­legedly sex­u­ally abus­ing and send­ing lewd SMSes to a woman con­sta­ble in Au­gust 2010.

“Like this many cases have taken place ear­lier, but they are resur­fac­ing now. And, the vic­tims are en­cour­aged and coming for­ward to file a com­plaint. Ear­lier, only the tip of the ice­berg cases used to be reg­is­tered against larger in­ci­dent at ground. Now, the things are chang­ing,” said Flavia Agnes, a woman ac­tivist.

“Ear­lier, women used to keep quite. Re­port­ing against mo­lesta­tion and rape in­ci­dent in po­lice sta­tion was al­ways dis­cour­aged by the fam­ily mem­bers. How­ever, the mind set is now chang­ing,” said So­nia Gill, the state sec­re­tary of All In­dia Demo­cratic Women As­so­ci­a­tion.

She said, “Young women are more coura­geous and well aware about their rights. They have got the in­stinct to fight against the in­jus­tice. It is good sign and this set of value should be spread ev­ery­where.”

An­other ac­tivist said ear­lier re­port­ing the com­plaint meant car­ry­ing the stigma for the rest of the life.

“It was sad that the vic­tim was vic­timised for the load­ing com­plaint. They were dis­cour­aged by the fam­ily and po­lice also. Most were sup­pressed at the spot only. Only 0.1% cases reaches to po­lice sta­tion,” said An­jali Sand­han­siv, a lawyer.

Women are liv­ing in the male- dom­i­nated so­ci­ety. “We need to break the shackle and equal right should be given to them. The so­cial or­gan­i­sa­tion should con­duct var­i­ous so­cial aware­ness pro­grammes,” she added.

Flavia Agnes said the at­mos­phere at po­lice sta­tion need to change. “Af­ter this Delhi in­ci­dent, the po­lice are more sen­si­tive and reg­is­ter­ing the cases. I ex­pect the same at­mos­phere in fu­ture also. Po­lice should not ask un­com­fort­able ques­tions to the vic­tims. Oth­er­wise, they will feel that they had com­mit­ted crime rather the as­sailants. They should change their be­hav­iour. As a re­sult, more cases will be re­ported and it will dis­cour­age peo­ple not to in­dulge in un­law­ful ac­tiv­ity,” she said.

She fur­ther said, the gang rape in Delhi has played a cru­cial role. “It will cre­ate a plat­form to pro­pose var­i­ous good laws for women to en­sure their pro­tec­tion and se­cu­rity. As a re­sult, the author­ity will be more sen­si­tive,” Agnes added.

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