Wednesday, 30 December 2015
The law may soon be amended to allow 16- 18 year old children also to be treated at par with adults in case of rape!!!
as expected several NGO's and some politicians do not feel that it is the right way forward!!!
I however fully agree with TMC MP Mr Derek O Brien who said that "had it been my daughter I would have shot the rapist". He also displayed a rather unusual but rather welcome urgency both in pressing for a debate on the bill and in ensuring its passage!!! full marks to him and the BJP for walking the talk!!
The passage of the law atleast ensures justice to all the victims where the state is able to secure a conviction!!!
But as the conviction rate is very very poor in our country due to various reasons, the battle doesn't end here!!! rape by a 16 year old is just the symptom of the disease. A possible trial as a adult is unlikely to drastically change their mindset as the social atmosphere/conditions by virtue of excessive sex/sleaze on tv, internet, movies and poor conviction rates still encourage them to take a chance!!
The real cure is in social engineering off the masses - we need to change the mindset of the people and it is no easy task. If we start today it may take 2-3 decades. we may not even be alive to see the change but it needs to be started now.
Towards that, the first step would be to cut down the sex/sleaze in our movies and off late inTV too. Dont let guys promote sex in bollywood and TV in the name of free speech!!! They are just trying to make a fast buck!! If we don't stop these guys and the resultant corruption of young impressionable minds, no amount of laws can ensure safety of women.
Monday, 21 December 2015
Is God the only hope!!!!
So, it seems!!!
In the light of the events today - the only way something can really change is - if all the women take to the streets to demand a change in the juvenile law!!
I can't believe that a Nation of 120 crores collectively believes (atleast the majority) that this person is guilty but there is no law in our constitution to punish him nor we have the drive to change the law!!!!
This effectively means that anyone even a few weeks below 18 years can do whatever he wants - be it rape or murder of the gruellest kind and can just walk away after 3 years at a reform facility!!!! and can u believe it - they are also given financial assistance to restart their life!!!!
when this law was made, juveniles must have been really juveniles and not like the juveniles of today!!! As all reports point out - there has been a whopping increase in crime by juveniles in the last decade!!!
Time we all work towards the change we want to see.
I am ready to support the push for a change in juvenile law and a retrial of this particular guy!!
Today is a very important day in our social history - a day when the supreme court of india decides if a juvenile who committed a most heinous crime can be set free into our society!!
I heard Nirbhaya's mother speak - she said - if a boy who raped his daughter is looked after in a juvenile home for three years and then given 10,000 rupees to get settled in life and move on - then it will be a good practice to follow for all other similar children i.e to rape a girl, have themselves looked after for next few years and given some bounty to boot, at the end of the term.
I am sure there will be enough human rights NGO's willing to embrace such people and show how they were reformed. All the rapist needs to do is to just put on a facade of good behaviour and he would soon be the darling of these people!!
Without belittling the ordeal of rape - I wish to say, just raping has to be a smaller crime than raping n killing. Then, raping n killing in this grue some manner has to be in an altogether different level and may qualify to be one of a kind crime. I feel like throwing up whenever I read about it and I am sure many more would feel that way. Therefore every case of rape even within the confines of existing laws has to be treated differently with regard to the heinousness of the act.
Therefore, this juvenile justice act has to change!!! with high levels of maturity in children due to easy access to violence n porn, be it through internet ot tv, the definition of juvenile age has to be lowered. In addition rape cannot be a juvenile act. A small boy even killing someone out of rage or in a fit of anger, can still be termed to be instantaneous i.e one cut with a knife and the person may die. So there is really no time to re-think. But a rape is not like that - there is prolonged struggle by the victim and surely many cries for mercy!!! So there is enough time for the rapist to re-think his actions and let go the victim. Especially after rape, if he kills the victim, then it is a very cold and calculated decison and should not warrant any soft approach. As a corollary, we must see that juvenile laws do not cover rape by boys.
In case the honourable court's hands are tied today due to the compulsions of existing law - we must do two things - one to start a movement to change this juvenile law and the next to trace out this juvenile and keep him under watch.
I am sure justice will ultimately be delivered for Nirbhaya- if not today by the honourable court, then by God himself, because when all else fails - He will deliver justice.
But for the rest, We must join the movement to get this juvenile justice law amended to exclude rape.
Lest you forget... The juvenile rapist of Nirbhaya who was supposed to be the most brutal of all is still at large!!! keep an eye ...