After 19 years SPS Rathore was convicted for molesting a minor girl, Ruchika Grihotra, and still he comes out smiling. Being sentenced for 6 months imprisonment and out on bail the very next minute, Rathore has proved that molesters, rapists and for that matter criminals of any sort have nothing to be worried about.
This is reality and however brutal or harsh it may be, all we can do is accept it. Our country’s judiciary system is well not a system. It is an exploitation of power and position. Child abuse is not even recognised by the Indian Penal Code which only criminalizes sodomy and rape. So basically children in India have no protection against abuse.
What kind of society are we living in? A molester walks free with his head held high, smirking and quoting Jawaharlal Nehru, whereas the victim and her family are further victimized. The child instead getting support was so ostracized by her peers that she had to commit suicide.
Everyday there is at least one news article about rape or dowry or abandoning a girl baby, etc. It is simply disgusting!
Cases of molestation are on the rise. Who is to be blamed? Is it the individual? The society? Or our judicial system?
Some might say that media exposure has increased and thus cases are being highlighted on a regular basis. But is that it?
Our laws are not stringent enough with numerous loopholes letting the perpetrator escape.
Our society including the victims’ families are not too accepting, and instead of showing support the victims’ characters are questioned driving them to suicide. Victims themselves in fear of social stigma are unable to report the crime. A ‘chalta hai’ and ‘it happens everywhere’ attitude prevails within our society.
Why are there so many cases where the culprit is an esteemed member of the society or holds an honourable position. Molestation and rape are crimes to show dominance over the victims. The culprit is high on power and feels that he can’t be touched. Others too get influenced by such specimens.
So is there any way out of it?
This problem needs to be tackled at a lot of levels. Social awareness, strict laws, reducing corruption, support centres for victims and an overall holistic approach is necessary.