Swift justice is essential for combating rape
Any delay only compounds trauma of rape survivor, family’s misery
Friends, as I have said before the fight against rape has to be fought on multiple fronts. It is not enough to deploy more police personnel. It is not enough to nab the accused. It is not enough to prosecute the guilty. It is not enough to have the laws. And it is not enough to sensitise boys and men to rape and other forms of sexual violence against girls and women. Concerted efforts will be required to simultaneously move on all fronts at once.
At the risk of mentioning a cliché, justice must not only be done but seen to be done. And for that to happen, not only must we consider having more judges and courts but quicker trials, too. It is imperative that swift justice be the norm. Fast-track courts are fine but they should live by their name! A fast-track court is hearing the #DelhiGangRape case but there is no word yet on the verdict. How can there be closure for the family of the rape survivor when legal battles go on forever?????? Barely had we recovered from the #DelhiGangRape that the #MumbaiGangRape has shook the nation’s conscience yet again.
I am not always a great believer in statistics but it helps if you can correctly interpret them. Data shows that there were an estimated 1 lakh pending cases of rape in India in 2012. Out of those cases, only some 14,700-odd cases could be decided, which works out to approximately 15%. Equally, the conviction rate is poor. Only 3,000-odd persons were convicted; more than 11,000 were acquitted.
Parliament passed The Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2013 in March, three months after the 16 December 2012 gangrape of a girl in Delhi. It incorporated some of the amendments and suggestions made by a wide cross-section of the society. The people who took to the streets in protest against the #DelhiGangRape had hoped that the new law would act as a deterrent and ensure swift justice, which is a prerequisite for combating #rape. Yet, it seems no lessons have been learnt from the #DelhiGangRape. Even as the #DelhiGangRape trial drags on, the #MumbaiGangRape has further highlighted the lacunae in the policing system.
Friends, I can sense that people’s patience is wearing thin. Some drastic measures are called for if the evil of rape is to be rooted out from our midst. Join me @KDSingh_India and my team at #KDSinghFoundation for a #RapeFreeNation. #ReportARape at #KDSinghFoundation’s toll-free help line number in Haryana 1800-200-2056.