Monday, April 08, 2013

Sexual Violence Against Women Need to be Recognized as a crime

By Guest Editor Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai

The United Nations Organisation data states
that, 1 in 3 women experience violence or
is beaten or raped in her lifetime. The world shook
with the news of a brutal Delhi gang rape - the
murder of a young woman who was beaten, and
ghastly gang raped in a moving bus in the capital city
of New Delhi in India. She received massive multiple
internal and external injuries caused by iron rods, and
succumbed to her injuries. Nationwide and worldwide
protests were held to condemn the recent rape and
murder. The incident was condemned globally, and
the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and
the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) called
on the Government of India to do everything in
their power to take up radical reforms, ensure justice
and reach out with robust public services to make
women’s lives more safe and secure”. The statement
further said, “a 2010 study by the Government of
New Delhi, JAGORI and UN Women showed that,
54 percent women, and 69 percent men who see
women getting harassed prefer to not get involved.
Public apathy needs to be converted into public

 Placard at a protest

Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh
assured that, all possible efforts would be made to
ensure the safety of women in India. Dr. Manmohan
Singh expressed empathy, saying: As a father of
three daughters I feel as strongly about the incident
as each one of you”. Women, who have been either
abused or raped, hardly come forward to make a
complaint or go to courts due to the social stigma.
Very few courageous women make a complaint
against the men who abused or raped them.

 Women protested against Violence Against Women

We want the world to know her real name. My
daughter didn’t do anything wrong, she died while
protecting herself. I am proud of hersaid the
father of the Delhi gang rape victim. My soul will
never know any rest if the men who tormented my
daughter are not hangedsaid the mother of the
Delhi gang rape victim. Sri Lanka is not exceptional;
women have been hanged to death, abused and
raped in recent times. Justice is delayed to be
delivered to the survivors or the victims of abuse
and rape. Rapists often have political patronage, if
not always. Kahawatte has turned into a killing field
for women. It’s noted that, 15 women have been
brutally murdered in Kahawatte since July 2008 to
November 2012 including three double murders,
and seven murders in year 2012 itself.

 Placard at a protest against increasing rape in Sri Lanka

Citizens are disgusted and frustrated in the delay
in delivering justice, and the spate of violence against
women. Justice should be delivered on time without
further delay. Justice delayed is justice denied! As
the world renowned social activist, poet and writer
Subramaniya Bharathiyar said, We will destroy
the idiocy of denigrating womanhood!, we need
to continuously raise our voices against any form
of violence against women and girls, and work
collectively to support the survivors.

Courtesy: Editorial of Newsletter published by Women's Education and Research Centre (WERC)


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