Amer Ishaq Soharwardi
In any civilized society rape is one of the most heinous crimes against humanity, but in India rape is becoming a tool. A tool through which women in the cities are terrorized and in small town and villages are controlled. But what happened today shows the indecency of the whole society. A woman was allegedly raped by a drunken man in broad daylight on a footpath along a busy road in Visakhapatnam city of India’s Andhra Pradesh state.
The horrific crime was captured on camera, as onlookers decided to take a video of the incident, instead of helping the victim. According to reports, the accused, identified as 23-year-old G Shiva, a truck driver, has been arrested. The incident is said to have occurred on Sunday at 2 pm near a railway station in Vizag, where the woman was sitting behind a tree on the footpath. The accused, apparently heavily drunk at the time, approached her and allegedly forced himself upon her. The entire incident was recorded by a driver present at the spot. However, even as several people walked past the road, not a single person made an attempt to stop the man from committing the crime of raping the hapless woman.
So we all must understand now what an extremist leader can do to a nation. It is really unbelievable but violence against women in BJP India under Nirandr Modi is alarming. Just in last four years there is an alarming rise in crime against women and rape has became the most effective tool of harassing women in India. If we calculate the rise in rap cases it’s about 34% in last four years. If we see the international statistics we may see India doing better but actually it’s not. In Europe and America and so many other countries if a women is raped 4o times by a gang it not one case its 40 cases while in India if a women is raped 100 time by a men in a span of any given time it is just one rape. The monster unleashed by Indian Army against minorities and specially against Kashmiri women is now coming to home and India as a state and its capital as a capital are rape capitals of the world.
Without getting in to statistics let us understand this point that why all this is happening in a country which claims to be the champion of human right and democracy. Rape is used as a tool to pressurize minorities in India. Not just in Kashmir but in Assam, Tripura Bengal everywhere rape is a tool of getting dominance. According to Asia Watch report rape by Indian police is common throughout India; the victims are generally poor women and those from vulnerable low-caste and tribal minority groups. In some cases, women are taken into custody as suspects in petty crime or on more serious charges; in others, women are detained as hostages for relatives wanted in criminal or political cases; in still others, women are detained simply so that the police can extort a bribe to secure their release. In all of these cases, women in the custody of security forces are at risk of rape. Rape has also been widely reported during counter-insurgency operations elsewhere in India, particularly in Assam and other areas of conflict in northeastern India. In conflict and non-conflict situations, the central element of rape by the security forces is power. Soldiers and police use rape as a weapon to punish, intimidate, coerce, humiliate and degrade. A tool which is used mainly by Indian Army and police. Just in Kashmir there are thousands of women who get raped by Indian forces. There are no reliable statistics on the number of rapes committed by security forces in Kashmir. Human rights groups have documented many cases since 1990,. There can be no doubt that the use of rape is common and routinely goes unpunished. Indian government authorities have rarely investigated charges of rape by security forces in Kashmir.
According to a Human Rights Watch (HRW) report, the security forces use rape as a method of retaliation against Kashmiri civilians during reprisal attacks after militant ambushes. Most rape cases, according to the same report, have occurred during cordon-and-search operations. Security personnel in Kashmir have used “rape as a counterinsurgency tactic Scholar Inger Skhjelsbaek states that the pattern of rape in Kashmir is that soldiers enter the homes of civilians, kill or evict the men and then rape the women present. Scholar Shubh Mathur calls rape an essential element of the Indian military strategy in Kashmir. Rape in Kashmir is a cultural weapon of war and the rape of Kashmiri women by Indian security forces, in the context of a predominantly Hindu state repressing a Muslim minority population, functions as a tool of subordinating Kashmiri men and the Kashmiri community at large. She also states that rape is used to demoralize the Kashmiri resistance and that there have been documented cases of soldiers confessing that they were ordered to rape women.
Professor William Baker stated at the 52nd United Nations Commission on Human Rights that rape in Kashmir was not the result of a few undisciplined soldiers but an active strategy of the security forces to humiliate and intimidate the Kashmiri population. He cited as evidence his interviews with several rape victims who were raped by soldiers in front of their families, including husbands and children An Amnesty International report in 1992 stated that rape in Kashmir was a systematic attempt to humiliate the local population during counter-insurgency operations. Dr Maiti, a professor of political science at Burdwan University, has denounced the use of rape as an instrument of Indian oppression against the Kashmiri population, where the majority of victims are civilians. But unfortunately all this is still predominantly the tool used by Indian forces.
The situation is still worst with more than 700,000 Indian troops continuing the same strategy with even further zeal under Modi Administration. According to Aljazeera News At least 34,651 cases of rape were reported across India last year, statistics released by the country’s National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) have revealed.
Victims knew their alleged rapists in 33,098 of the 34,651 reported rape cases, or 95.5 percent, according to the figures, which also showed a slight decrease compared with the 36,735 rape cases reported in 2014.
The Indian capitol city Delhi is also the rape capital of India Delhi recorded the highest number of rape cases in the country in 2013 at 1,636, more than double the number in 2012 (706). This was followed by 391 cases in Mumbai, 192 cases in Jaipur and 171 cases in Pune in 2013. Ninety-two women were raped on an average every day in India and the national capital with 1,636 cases recorded the highest number of such crimes among all cities last year.
According to figures released by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), the total number of rape cases reported in India has gone up to 33,707 in 2013 from 24,923 in 2012. In 15,556 cases, the rape victims were aged between 18 and 30 years in 2013.
Friedrich Nietzsche, has written in Beyond Good and Evil, Aphorism that .He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you. The tool used by Indian army is now striking back monster is coming home. The only way to fight with this situation is to start a policy to appease minorities and especially to the areas where Indian Army, police and other law enforcement agencies are carrying out operation. If immediate attention is not given by Modi government than it will be too late.