Hey there everyone!
Today from this platform I, Parth Raj Parasar am not sharing my stance as an individual, but as a citizen of the democratic republic of India. My argument today is not aimed at any personage or system, any government or politician, but against the pigeonhole approach that is prevailing in our culture. My fellow world men, our mores at the moment are fascinated by the cages of viciousness against female in the form of rape, molestation, and many other similar in human crimes or commotions. An appraisal shows that each and every day approximately 90 women in this country are either raped or battered. In a society where we revere Goddesses on the one side, we mock their modesty and violate their self-respect on the other hand. She is brutally raped by 15-20 men who lose their constraint when they see a girl unaided. I desire to ask my worthy fellow men today, does this India reflect the same culture and values as that which our ancestors had dreamed of? Is this the India which we quote as “INCREDEBLE”? I guess the answer to this would be a gigantic “NO”! But has the felony against women eternally tinted their dignity? Has the headline of molestation left the people of the country in shock? I leave it for you to decide.
You would call me a feminist, so I would say it for my part that I prop up the view of egalitarianism for the women in every field and at every juncture. But I doubt that any one reading or listening to this is a “MARD”(Man Against Rape and Discrimination). Each and every one of us at some point of time has discriminated between a girl and a boy with regard to her freedom since her birth or even before her birth. She has got adapted to the custom of getting killed in the womb itself. Why does it have to be a girl who has to always be on the listening end of the lectures on ethics? Why is it that at every point of time the set of laws and rules are meant for the girls? Why are timings allotted to her to come back before its dark? What is the fear that she has in her mind while walking alone on the streets late at night? It’s the fear of “getting molested or of getting raped”. When the Supreme Court sentenced the rape victims of Nirbhaya with Death Sentence, the prosecution lawyer gave the statement, “The SC did not take into account the human rights of the convicts”. What type of human rights was he talking about? Where was he when the brutality with Nirbhaya taking place?
That is the reason why I call it a “Culture”. While talking to them who has faced serious crimes like molestation and rape, they said that why the people argue about the human rights of those who are inhuman by practice. Let me fetch in light that in some parts of our country girls are not permitted to attain even the basic education and are forced to tie a knot in her teens. Examples are many but the voices are none! We ignore a rape victim unnerved on the road, exposed, for hours and then prefer to believe that it was her fault that she had gone to a party, danced with boys or had a drink. Does it mean that if a girl enjoys her life, it gives the sick minded men the license to rape her? Is this the sickening argument? Does this brutality need further enlightenment? Let me tell you the answer, one of our honorable MPs gave a statement on the recent Chandigarh rape case stating,
“Victim should not have boarded auto rickshaw when three men were already inside”.
Now that is the reason why I call “RAPE” a “CULTURE”
That’s the sickening mentality prevailing in our culture that is testified right from those who are architect of law in our country. If they think so, I would like to cite another example!
Is this what our culture teaches us? The truth is, our society, even in the 21stcentury, has not been able to purge the pigeonhole feudal mentality. It is not only constrained to that. For the past few years the foreigners have also been experiencing this viciousness. A few days back, a European girl was raped in the cab by the cab driver in North India. Many such cases have come into the light in the recent days. Is this want we highlight as “Attithi Devo Bhava”(Guests are Gods). Here again, whom we call a God, ironically gets raped in our country. In the recent times this brutally has also shown its intensity towards men and they are also getting petrified in the cages of this culture of rape. It has become an ideology! It’s getting into the DNA of the people and has got developed as part of their mentality. A few days back a school principal in Jharkhand who was arrested with the charges of rape gave a statement,
“It was accidental and not a “BIG CRIME””.
So he raped a minor accidently as he thought that it was not a big deal! But it is bloody big deal for me. It is on you to decide your part on the stand. You are the better judge!
Let’s take another example; a 4 year old was raped by a school mate in Dwarka in the National capital of the country by her school mates few days a back. My fellow Indians, this is our harsh reality. A class 5th boy was taken into custody for sexually harassing and raping a 7 year old school mate in the school premises in the city of Gaziabad in UP. Report says that he twigged a wooden object in the private parts of the girl which caused her grievous injury. It became obligatory for me to think how a boy at a mere age of 10 got to learn about rape? Isn’t it the sickening culture prevailing in the society that taught him so? I again leave the debate open for you all.
I shared my outlook today because I created a hashtag, #IndiaAgainstRapeCulture. People are criticizing me for using the word ‘culture’ with the word ‘rape’ and ‘India’. It is infuriating some admirable personalities and pseudo nationalists. But I stand my ground and say that yes, RAPE HAS BECOME A CULTURE IN INDIA. It has become a culture because raping happens to be an approach, raping has showcased its practice at numerous stages, it has become an ideology in a certain population of our country and once a majority follows an ideology, it becomes a culture.
Understanding the intensity of this issue I filed a petition online through “Change.Org” demanding “Death Penalty For Rape In Any Case If Proven” and I am glad to state that today after a month it has more than 1,87,000 online sign ups and approx 18,500 support opinions. This petition has been filed to coin out that what the nation wants in this matter as. Human rights has its own role to play, but my argument stands stiff that if he destroys the life of a girl who is alive, he has no right to live. In a survey we found that the people who commit this crime have no fear of it. This is because of the absence of strict laws. The amendment under criminal law act 2013 (Article 376A of Indian Constitution) has only provision in some extreme cases but we demand it for every rapist. This will definitely create a fear in mind of all those who are committing it. I am further in talks with the legal experts as to how to formulate this petition into a demand and put it before the competent authorities who can get it implemented. I don’t believe in sitting and blaming the government doing changes, I rather believe and advice the citizens to get up and be the part of change or more appropriately be the change.
Let us join our hands together to fight against the “rape culture” and make INDIA free of rapists. Raise your voice and you will make the change, join us and together we will make the change.
This is the hypocrisy that I want to argument in the whole world!
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Parth Raj Parasar
Petitioner (Death Penalty For Rape In Any Case If Proven)
Witten in support with: Madhushree Menon
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