But in a country where a rape is reported every 21 mins, even these most horrific of crimes soon get forgotten, except by the victims and their families. They are left to fight their long lonely battles for justice which, more often than not, is denied to them.
However Nirbhaya’s is back to haunt, making India to know what had happened before. Have a look.
One of the most painful and lingering cases is that of the Mumbai nurse Aruna Shanbaug.
Aruna Shanbaug was left brain dead by the attack and remains in a vegetative state sodomised by a cleaner in the hospital where she worked, the 25-year-old was strangled with metal chains and left to die by her attacker, Sohanlal Bharta Walmiki, on 27 Nov 1973.
She was saved and survives, but barely so. For the past 39 years she has been lying in a hospital bed in a vegetative state, brain dead, unable to recognise anyone, unable to speak, unable to perform even the most basic of tasks.
Walmiki was given a 7-Year for robbery and attempted murder, while a brain dead Aruna remains confined to a hospital room, her attacker roams free, out of jail and able to rebuild his life. Disgusting.
In 2003, the country was shamed when a 28 year old Swiss diplomat was forced into her own car by two men in south Delhi’s posh Siri Fort area and raped by one of them.
2004 in Manipur, 32-year old Manorama was taken away from home by the soldiers of Assam Rifles who accused her of helping insurgents. A few hours later, her mutilated body was found by the roadside, her pelvis riddled with dozens of bullets.
In 2011, 14-year-old Sonam was raped and killed inside a police station in UP.
During the 2002 riots in Gujarat, a number of Muslim women were gang-raped, and campaign groups routinely accuse the security forces in Indian administered Kashmir and the troubled north east of using rape as a weapon to punish the entire community.
In May 2009, Indian side Kashmir witnessed 47 days of violent protests and strikes after two young women were raped and murdered, allegedly by police, in Shopian town.
And in Chhattisgarh, Soni Sori has been in police custody since Oct 2011 when she was arrested on charges of being a courier for the Maoists. She has alleged in the SC that while in custody, she has been raped and stones have been shoved inside her vagina.
Most of these victims are still waiting for justice, some times years after the crimes have been committed.
The rapists sometimes escape with a light sentence because a judge accepts their argument that they committed the crime because they were drunk, or that they were living away from their family, or they had a family to look after, or that the accused was a high caste man who could not rape a Dalit – low caste – woman, even set freed, as defence attorney established that victim had not raise alarm, hadn’t tried to stop, and actively responded in sexual acts. So, rape turned consensual sex, done by two Policemen in 1972.
No Magic Formula:
The Additional Solicitor General of India, Indira Jaisingh, says the current rape laws in the country are far from adequate and the “process of justice delivery is too slow and the rate of conviction too low”.
We have to improve the crime investigation methodol-ogy, we have to make it more scientific and quick. In India a case takes so long to conclude that witnesses get dissipated, memory frays and conviction becomes tougher. Victims don’t get to court because there is a stigma attached to rape, and families would often discourage their daughters from complaining.
A rape is reported every 21 minutes in India.
There is no magic formula to deal with the problem of rape. There’s a bias that operates in the mind of decision makers stereo typing women, blaming the victim, trying to find out if she invited the rape.
By banning a Documentary on Jyoti Case, what we’re trying to hide seems to be a mob of innumerable Mukesh Singhs, who never find themselves guilty as they believe that victim asked him to rape her by hanging out after dusk.
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