Rape which is associated with a very negative tone is sadly being a part of our culture. Girls living in our country don’t feel safe even when governments change from time to time. It is really heart wrenching that the cases of rapes in India is increasing at an alarming rate. Though there was a massive outrage during the Nirbhaya case, people committing the crime are still fearless about doing such heinous act. Has the government done enough on its part to curb such an inhuman crime? Or is it the role of society in imparting values to the individuals living in it?
The current act in Kathua and Unnao has raised massive protests since people who administer and implement laws are found guilty behind the act. Though there is much power in hands of honourable Prime Minister Narendra Modi, there has still not been an instance of expelling the MLAs being a part of it. The government has taken a massive step to give death penalties to those who rape minors’ i.e below 12 years. This gives a counter to all those who believed that India didn’t have a stringent policy or law towards the act. It would now be really fearful to all those who want to engage in such a crime. This is a brief view given by the government.
The larger picture however states that this is a law made in wake of social outcry and protection from international criticism. It is being seen as the government is least interested in solving the current issue and just making random statements in order to have an upper edge over all the other parties during the elections. This can be justified since the government rather than focusing on better implementation of laws and ensuring conviction as quick as possible is running away from answering many tough questions from the public. The government on one hand has fast tracked the 2G case, triple talak case, coal-gate case but is lacking somewhere in providing justice to a 8 year old. This again marks the inadequate thinking and hasty decisions taken by the government. Report suggests that this is because 95% of the rape cases in the country are done by members of the family or close aides to the family. Hence death penalty in most of the rape cases would lead to a under reporting of cases since it has brutal consequences of their own family members. This ultimately would serve injustice to the victims.
Thus rather than sanctioning death penalty, the government should focus on getting conviction of accused through proper implementation of laws by the police, improving forensic facilities and providing proper sex education. These policies would ensure to make India safer and a country in which people would be proud to live in.