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Rape in India – A shame to the country

In recent times many rape cases were reported and got social attention every media started to debate on it and but the real fact is rape being happening in our country for a long time but none seek media attention until the first sensation delhi rape and recent Kashmir Aysha kid rape.

Is Media Digging too much for TRP?

When we see the stats – Reuters research shows that since the 2012 Delhi gang rape, reporting of such cases climbed 60% to around 40,000 in 2016, with child rape accounting for about 40%.

India launched fast-track courts and a tougher rape law that included the death penalty after a gruesome assault on a student in a Delhi bus shocked the country in 2012, but crime statistics indicate the situation has got worse, not better, since then.

The data was collated by Reuters amid mounting public anger over crimes against women after two horrific cases in recent months that has, once again, cast a harsh light on systemic problems plaguing the country’s police and courts.

The gang rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua town and the arrest of a BJP legislator for the rape of a teenager in Uttar Pradesh’s Unnao district have sparked nationwide outrage, drawing parallels with the gang rape and murder in Delhi of the 23-year-old physiotherapy student six years ago.

More than 133,000 cases pending

Amid the wave of anger at that time, the government promised to speed up rape trials, provide harsher penalties, including the death sentence in extreme cases, and a law against stalking.

But statistics show that since 2012, reported rape cases climbed 60% to around 40,000 in 2016, with child rape accounting for about 40%. The conviction rate of people arrested for rape remains stuck at around 25%.

The backlog of rape cases pending trial stood at more than 133,000 by the end of 2016, up from about 100,000 in 2012, National Crime Records Bureau data showed. In each year during that period, about 85% of the total rape cases being heard remained pending.

In general, conviction rates for crime against women — deaths following demands for dowry, assault, kidnapping as well as rape — are lower than for most other crimes.

“The government can make a hundred laws and yet it will fail because there is no enforcement,” said Dushyant Dave, a senior Supreme Court lawyer.

“It needs to take this as an epidemic and treat it accordingly, by completely overhauling the police machinery, prosecutors and the judicial system,” he said.

How to fix the problem

  1. Death sentence for the rapists.
  2. Sex Education.
  3. More strict rules should implement.

What do Indian parents tell their children about rape?

People across the country came out in protest, with some of them even taking their children to demonstrations.

With so much news around child rape and murder and the exploitation of the powerless by the powerful, how do Indian parents try to explain these events to their young children?

“When you’re educating a child, it’s not a one-time affair,” Dr Samir Parikh, a Delhi-based child psychologist,

“Incidents in the news should be used as teaching moments based on the child’s age and cognitive abilities.”

Dr Parikh added that Indian parents have started having these conversations with their children more openly than before but it’s still not as widespread as it should be.

“Education surely makes a difference in terms of parents’ comfort and belief in talking about these things,” he said.