Rape in In­dia

The Dominion Post - - Opinion -

The rape and hor­rific mur­der of eight-year-old Asifa Bano in In­dia-ad­min­is­tered Jammu and Kash­mir has shaken many in In­dia. Just like in 2012, when a fa­tal gang rape in the national cap­i­tal New Delhi shook the coun­try, peo­ple are an­gry. But rather than fo­cus­ing on the fact that a child was abused and mur­dered, the dis­cus­sion ap­pears to have taken a dif­fer­ent turn. The matter has turned into a Hindu ver­sus Mus­lim de­bate in the coun­try.

It seems to be of ut­most im­por­tance that the vic­tim was a Mus­lim and the ac­cused per­pe­tra­tors Hin­dus. This is also the rea­son that right-wing Hindu groups like the Hindu Ekta Manch have come out in sup­port of the sus­pected rapists and held protests in the state. It is also sug­gested that a cou­ple of min­is­ters from the rul­ing Bharatiya Janata Party took part in these protests. And that is likely the rea­son why the In­dian Gov­ern­ment has failed to con­demn the heinous crime. We hear nei­ther any dis­cus­sion about creating struc­tures that could pre­vent such in­ci­dences in the fu­ture nor about im­proving the ex­ist­ing ones. An eye for an eye is be­ing pre­sented as the ul­ti­mate so­lu­tion: you rape, we kill! Noth­ing will change in In­dia if things con­tinue in the direc­tion they are go­ing right now. The anger, out­rage and in­dig­na­tion are not enough. We need schools, col­leges, so­cial or­gan­i­sa­tions and even po­lit­i­cal parties to ed­u­cate and sen­si­tise civil so­ci­ety.

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