human rights issues
Save women from rape, the most intimate of all crime : Shamim Ahmed
The present condition of India is such that incidents of sexual assault, suppression and subjugation of women and children by the male population of the Country is at its peak. The incident of gang-rape of a minor named Asifa in the month of January 2018 for over a week in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir has outraged the entire Nation. The various branches of Human Rights Protection Association be it down South in Telegana or in the city Of Kolkata rose in protest against the heinous crime. Protest rallys and candle marches were carried out in various locations of Kolkata by members of Human Rights Protection Association. On 20th of April 2018, the members of Human Rights Protection Association, Kolkata district, who participated actively in the protest march were Mr.Rajiv Shetty ( President), Mr. Qudratullah ( Vice President), Mr. Iftekhar ( Secretary General), Mr. Sajjad ( Ward member), Ms. Shabnam Bano ( district member). They all stood in support of victims who have been sexually assaulted. The National President and International Convener of Human Rights Protection Association Mr. Shamim Ahmed says that what gives him relief is that when the entire Nation is facing turbulent times on matters related to religion and caste people of the Country have realized the gravity of the social evil called rape and demanded justice for all its victims. From expressing disgust over social media to taking to roads in revolt people have collectively asked for steps to be taken against the perpetrators because rape is a devastating crime and the innocence of children are also not being spared in this. The Nirbhaya incident in the year 2012 stirred the consciousness of the entire Nation and speed trials along with enhanced punishment were decided upon. Fast track courts were set up for rape cases which were to conduct trials on a day to day basis and not stretch them over several months. Trials also needed to be completed within two months of charge sheet now. However sexual abuse in India still remains widespread despite tightening of rape laws. According to the National Crime Records Bureau in the year 2017 the rape of minor girls increased by 82% compared to previous years. Even in the year 2018 when unfortunate incidents at Unnao district in Uttar Pradesh and Kathua district in Jammu and Kashmir has stirred the emotions of people in the Country ordinances and laws have again been passed to punish the perpetrators. Human Rights Protection Association wants to congratulate the law making body of the Country for bringing forward laws for speedy investigations and trials. The time limit for all rape cases has been prescribed which has to be mandatorily completed within two months. A six months time limit for disposal of appeals in rape cases has also been prescribed. There will be no provision of anticipatory bail for persons accused of rape. Also those who have been found guilty of raping minors shall be pronounced death sentence while those involved in violating the honour of adult women shall be subjected to life time imprisonment. However the sad part is that despite all the strictness of laws we still have people from amongst ourselves who are responsible for outraging the modesty of women. The perpetrators do not belong to any other Country instead they are a part of our own society, our own Country. The matter of concern now is that instead of waiting for a mishap to occur and rise with thousands of candles in favor of victims it is time we reform ourselves, educate members of society, spread awareness, ensure strict vigilance and safety for our women and children so that such crimes come to a halt because if we do not do so we are all a part of the collective failure that leads to depressed, traumatized and lonely individuals. It is also important to note that when the population of the entire Country unites against such crimes the media should also act responsibly and spread correct message so that the victims get justice instead of trying to get such people onboard who can debate on matters related to religion and divert the attention of people from important matters of concern. Mr. Ahmed says that the irresponsible behavior of the media threatens the secular nature of the Country which should be avoided at all cost because the very fact that the entire Nation irrespective of their religion, caste and creed unites together against crimes and maintains the secular nature of the Country is worth applauding.