Fight Against Sexual Abuse

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In this world of so-called modern people, people are so uncomfortable with using words as sexual assaults. But in this modern era, it is very important to know more and more about this sensitive topic. 

Sexual abuse in itself is a very complex topic. Somewhere even people ignore it because of some words like sex and rapes involved in it. But talking about it and knowing more about it is a necessity of today. Sexual abuse includes eve-teasing, molestation, violence, and rapes (including marital rapes) are increasing each day. The Indian law prior to the Nirbhaya Incident took into account only acts of penile-vaginal intercourse within the definition of rape and forcible acts of penetration of vagina, mouth, urethra or anus through the penis or an inanimate object did not fall within the definition of rape. Many rapists were not prosecuted because there was no law to punish such acts.The definition was expanded in 2013 to consider rape as any acts like penetration by penis, or any object or any part of body to any extent, into the vagina, mouth, urethra or anus of a woman or making her to do so with another person or applying of mouth to sexual organs without the consent or will of the woman constitutes the offense of rape.

Ending this evil act soon is very important and is the need of the hour for the society. Its getting more and more important to change the sick mentality of society and stop Sexual abuse in our nation.

Back in 2012, the conscience of an entire nation was shaken by the brutal gang rape of a 23-year-old woman in the national capital, the city that was already gaining popularity as the ‘rape capital of the country’. The woman eventually succumbed to her injuries and died, shortly after being airlifted to Singapore in a desperate attempt to save her life, since the world was already watching us.

The media and the nation collectively decided to christen this woman as ‘Nirbhaya’, which translates to fearlessness. People have constantly avoided using the sufferer’s real name because our society invites a certain kind of disdain when it comes to naming rape victims.

The gory details of the December 2012 gangrape surfaced, and since then, people have been measuring every rape with the ‘Nirbhaya’ yardstick, to decide on the level of brutality of the crime. Laws were amended, there were protests and candle marches throughout the country and only earlier this month, the apex court of the country upheld the death penalty given to four of the six accused (one was a juvenile and one committed suicide while in prison), calling it a ‘rarest of rare’ case.

It is the fourth most committed crime against women. Stats says that 97% of rapes cases are committed by someone known to the victim and from these only 11% of cases are reported. Each year more than 1,00,000 rape cases come in vision. 

But talking about law, there is no implementation to death penalty to criminals after 2004. Many of the cases are pending in courts itself. The 2013 Act, which came into effect on April 2, 2013, increased jail terms in most sexual assault cases and also provided for the death penalty in rape cases that cause death of the victim or leaves her in a vegetative state.

It also created new offenses, such as the use of criminal force on a woman with intent to disrobe, voyeurism and stalking.

The punishment for gang rape was increased to 20 years to life imprisonment from the earlier 10 years to life imprisonment.

But is this even acceptable? Nirbhaya, asifa, Twinkle, Disha, if these cases and names don’t shakes you yet,what will?

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