Hi, I am a girl. No no, don’t make assumptions about this article already because, obviously, you will think this will be just another article about gender equality, discrimination, and well, the list goes on, right? Is Humanity Still A Thing?

But, yes, I am going to talk about something that is too visible, but guess what? We all tend to ignore it because it has become a part of our lives. Some people would say that since things like this keep happening, you can’t feel bad for everything. Being a girl I sense that you have already assumed what this article is going to be about.

It is deeply regrettable that India has become a breeding ground for heinous crimes like rape and sexual harassment. So much so that even innocent animals, let alone women, are on the fringes of safety. Every day you open TV to watch the news or read it online, there has to be a brutal rape case. It has become so common these days that people have actually stopped paying attention to it. Are you serious when you say, “Are ab to ye roz ka hai?” What has mankind become? Where is this world going?

And then comes the phrase, “Not all men”. Yes sir, agreed, not all men, but there are men doing it and enjoying it. We live among men who say “lay down and enjoy.”

So yes, when we talk about the increasing rapes in the country, men will be blamed. But the question arises, are boys safe? Is anyone safe? Because we have heard about men raping women/minors, men/boys, even animals. So no ones actually left.

LIST OF NOT 1% CASES THAT HAPPEN DAILY

1st November 2021: Rajasthan Special Judge booked for gang-raping a 14-year-old boy after intoxicating him in Rajasthan’s Bharatpur district. Well, look at the irony when the judiciary, the people we look up to for justice, become the criminals.

7 November 2021: Afghan parents sell their 9-year-old daughter to a 55-year-old man for $2,200 in order to provide for their family. The dark side of humanity is being sold as veggies in a market to feed and survive.

10 November 2021: 23-year-old Ramnagesh Alibathini was arrested by the Mumbai Police Cyber Cell for giving rape threats to Virat Kohli’s daughter in a viral tweet. The man had disguised himself as a Pakistani Twitter account and did the same. Also, let’s not forget that this happens to a lot of people on a regular basis, and not everyone is arrested.

10 January 2022: In Kerala, a partner swapping sex racket was discovered. Thousands of couples participated in the “Exchange of Wives” campaign. The police confirmed that persons from all around the state, as well as members of Elite circles, are involved in the scam.

20 January 2022: Sindhu Sanap, a female forest ranger on duty, was brutally beaten up in Maharashtra’s Satara district’s Palasawade village. Ramchandra Jankar, the previous village chief and chairman of the forest committee, kicked and assaulted the forest ranger and her husband in a frenzy on Wednesday after she refused to fall in to his corruption.

24 January 2022: A 42-year-old man was arrested for allegedly raping his 15-year-old daughter in Vizag city just because she was spending most of her time on phone.

25 January 2022: Delhi gang rape case: A 8-year- old minor battles for for life in ICU after being raped by two boys( they were held).

28 January 2022: A 20-year-old girl was gang-raped, garlanded with slippers and then paraded with her face blackened and head tonsured. The video went viral on social media. The mishap took place in Kasturba Nagar area of Delhi which is the capital of India and something like this took place there. The most shocking point is that in the video a crowd of mostly WOMEN can be seen gathered around the girl. Can only the boys who raped her be blamed? What about those women who marched the poor girl without shame?

And the list of cases goes on and on, one more shameful and brutal than the other. But the cases never stop! People never fail to prove that they are worse than animals or any kind of monster that ever existed. “We humans are the real monsters”. The lack of humanity in us makes us worse day by day. And after the last case that I mentioned- women are not nearly innocent. Women have to stand for women not just on social media platforms but in real life and only and only then we can blame men for the atrocities done on women.

HUMAN RIGHTS AND SEXUAL VIOLENCE

Regardless of the fact that rape, sexual assault, and female genital mutilation are substantial human rights abuses, they are nonetheless commonplace around the world. Despite the fact that men and boys are also sufferers of gender-based violence, women are disproportionately harmed by sexual violence around the world, both in peace and in conflict.

According to the World Health Organization, more than 35% of women will be subjected to physical or sexual violence at some point in their lives. Sexual assault and rape are highly traumatic experiences that have long-term ramifications for the victim’s health and well-being. Women who have been the victims of intimate partner abuse are more likely to have drinking problems, be depressed, or contract HIV or other sexually transmitted infections. Furthermore, violence against women has a negative impact on economic growth and development. Estimates of the economic implications of gender-based violence in terms of lost productivity and higher healthcare expenditures range from 1.2 to 2% of GDP, which is about equivalent to what many developing-country governments spend on elementary education.

How Would We Combat Victimization Violence While Also Improving The Health And Well-Being Of Women?

Preventing gender – based violence, notably sexual assault, is critical to enhancing women’s livelihoods and well-being around the world. Rape and sexual assault are frequently the result of a continuous power imbalance between males and females, as well as cultural and societal standards in our communities. To address these challenges, do the following steps:

  • Recognize The Roots Of Sexual Violence And Rape: We need a better knowledge of the origins and driving factors of sexual violence and rape in order to establish effective policy initiatives to combat it. For example, research has demonstrated that rape is not always utilized as a strategic weapon in combat circumstances, as is commonly imagined, but rather as a socialization tool to improve unit cohesiveness among armed groups that recruit soldiers through force and abduction.
  • Girls Should Have Access To Education And Life Skills Training: Girls’ self-reported chance of being sexually assaulted or raped can be successfully reduced by involving them in adolescent clubs and providing them with life skills workshops on sexuality and reproductive rights.
  • Increase Women’s Bargaining Power Within Families: Income-generating activities for women and conditional cash transfers explicitly targeted to female heads of households can significantly reduce intimate partner violence and marital rape by boosting women’s bargaining power within families.
  • Allowing male partners to participate in communication training and problem-solving workshops can promote women’s health as well as the quality of their connections. Engaging and enlisting past perpetrators and fighters in reconciliation procedures can be critical in maintaining peace and creating peaceful and prosperous post-conflict societies in the instance of wartime rape.

Rapists should not be executed by hanging. Not because “Boys are boys – they make errors,” as witless SP leader Mulayam Singh Yadav described it, but because the certainty of capital punishment creates a perverse incentive for rapists. The rapist is better off killing the victim because no one will be able to positively identify him. Every rapist in our country is now second-guessing his decision to leave his rape victim alive. The rapist may not even be convicted, let alone hung for the crime, because the victim is no longer alive to identify and testify against him.

Every 20 minutes, a girl in India is raped. According to the majority of reports, youth are a particularly vulnerable population for rape victimization. In the community, there are prejudices, stereotypes, and incorrect notions about rape, rape victims, and rapists.

Only 10% of rapes are recorded, according to experts, while the conviction rate for rape cases is 24.2 percent. In 2012, 24,923 rape cases were registered in India, according to the National Crime Record Bureau’s annual report. 24,470 of these were perpetrated by someone who knew the victim (98 percent of the cases). Human Rights Watch estimates that around 7200 adolescents – or 1.6 out of every 100,000 – are raped in India each year based on a small sample survey. Victims who do report the assaults are allegedly subjected to police abuse and humiliation. Rape victims in India and abroad fear vengeance and humiliation, hence the majority of rapes go unreported. The rape problem in India is being underestimated, according to Indian legislators, because a substantial number of cases are not reported, despite the fact that more victims are coming forward and reporting rape and sexual assaults. In India, only a few states have attempted to quantify or survey unreported incidents of sexual assault. According to Madiha Kark, 54 percent of rape crimes go undetected.

We are fortunate to live in one of the best countries in the world, with a rich history, culture, and way of life. However, we live in a country where a female is raped every 20 minutes, throwing humanity into disarray. We also live in a county where a parent rapes his daughter, a teacher misbehaves with his students, boys are discriminated against, and animals are raped by humans. This is the dark side of our country, which refuses to improve and continues to deteriorate. In a popular youth show Roadies, one of the judge’s rightly said, “Its high time, we have been telling our daughters to be vigilant. Mother’s teach your sons not to behave like animals.”

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