The increasing cases of sex crime against women are seriously alarming and bring about the question of how safe are women in our societies today? From Kerala to Kashmir and from the west to east India, the rising number of rape and assault cases on women cast doubts on the status and security of the ‘empowered, new generation ‘ women of India . And the sad fact is that most of the perpetrators of this heinous and cruel crime go unpunished and enjoy their respective lives , leaving the victim to suffer in ignominy.
Even in a state like Kerala the boast of 100% Literacy and high respect for woman , such barbaric acts take place . The involvement of politicians in rape cases in states like UP and Maharashtra show that there is little the poor victim can do against such influential and powerful persons
Our system of talking this crime is also inefficient . Instead of encouraging the victim to register the complaint , she or her family members are threatened and dissuaded by the authorities against registering complaint . The delay in getting justice and the further inspection , examination and questions in police – stations and courts make the victim feel humiliated and this experience is as bad as going through the trauma once again .
There is a need to have a specific law in place against sexual harassment , especially in the case of exploitation of girl child. There is also a need to ensure that there are complaint cells in work places to cater to the need of women against harassment in workplaces.
Popular images of women as victims in violent crime have probably strayed far from reality. Rather than a mature women attacked by strangers in alley ways, the average female victim is young (often a child), poor, and a passing aquaintance of the attacker. The perpetrator is most likely an older male of the same race, with a past history of violence toward others. Further, women are not the most ...