Rapes: Insensitive Govt, Judiciary & Society


(Brig (retd) GB Reddi)

Rapes make all the noise in media but fail to arouse the conscience of people particularly law makers, judiciary and police forces.  No wonder, every gruesome rape fades away into background sooner than later.

And, the criminals get away with it under the most invoked and quite stupid cliché “law will take its own course”.

Human rights activists and the so called pseudo liberals went their ire against ‘captial punishments’.  Where are they when gruesome and barbaric acts of rapes against minors followed by murders are committed by criminals?

Wake up pseudo liberals, India may claim to be an ancient civilization; but modern India is experiencing most heinous acts unworthy or befitting the claims of modern civilization.

Laws and their processes must have deterrence effect. Otherwise, they are useless.

Options are available for making laws. Gang rape followed by murder is cut and dry case of murder. No second thoughts about it even by the judiciary.

To have deterrence effect, the final verdict must passed and acted upon within a specific time frame. At the most, six months for execution of hanging.

In a lesser crime of rape, “Castration” could produce deterrence effect.  High time that laws should provide for such measure.

After the Delhi’s “Nirbhaya case”,  the lawmakers have enacted ‘toothless law” that favor “jueveniles”.  It is in the full realization that modern boys after watching porn movies or near porn scenes mature at an early age of 14-15 years.

Such a law has no deterrent effect as can be seen the spurt of rape cases being reported in Delhi and beigboring UP.

To compound it, the highest of the judiciary turns a blind eye to the gory atrocities that happen quite frequently in and around Delhi.

What is the reason? Rape continues to generally clouds public perception – woeful generalization.

Thus, the intellectual bankruptcy prevailing over rape in general terms is awful and ironic.

Let me reiterate what has been stated in the past during “Nirbhaya Gory” incident.

The general view of rape is a crime committed by an adult male on a female. The fault lies in such a generalized view.

Gang rape committed by group of criminals followed by killing the victim is simply “Murder” most gruesome.

Rape committed by an adult male against minors falls in a different category.

Gang rape committed by a group of adults against a minor is yet another category.

Gang rape committed by a group of criminals against minor and setting fire on private parts and burning the victim to death is more gruesome and the most despicable criminal act.

Gang rapes and rapes committed on foreign tourists is yet another occurrence nowadays.

All such cases are happening all around during the recent past and highlighted in the media.

Yet, there has been increase in the incidents of rapes reported from all corners of the country. What a shame?

Why? The reason is simple.  The laws and judiciary have failed miserably to deliver justice in favor of the victims.

Surely, “Gang Rapes of minors and their killing” should stir the conscience of the highest judiciary of the land, who must comply with the cliché they invoke “Justice delayed is justice denied”.

No point for judiciary in blaming the law maker, who have among them a bunch of criminals masquerading as leaders. Also, blaming the police for the abject failure in bringing the cases before the bench.

It is quite common knowledge that the police acts under the ‘fiat’ of their political masters and they dare not oppose them at the SHO level before they are shunted out.

And, there are many law makers like Mulayam SinghYadav, Azam Khan and Akhilesh Yadav who justify the most heinous, barbaric and gruesome criminal acts as either “mistakes of boys” or “political mischief” or “blame the dress of girls” and so on.

Also, it is quite common for them to suspend police personnel (temporary) or transfer them or order enquiry commission (to buy time for people to forget the issue) and nowadays pay a huge compensation (Rs.35 lakhs in the recent case) as if it would erase the lifelong psychological trauma that they undergo.

Had such an incident of rape take place against their wives, mothers, daughters, sisters and other dear ones, would their response against be the same in a casual manner. The answer is certainly in the negative. They would chase and murder the culprits.

Media sensationalization of incidents and public outrage and furor cannot per se redress the deteriorating situation.  Political leaders appearing at the door steps of victims to gain photo opportunity does no good.

“Justice delayed is Justice denied”.  Judiciary must wake up. What is needed is implementation of judicial process on the lines of on the lines of a “General Court Martial” followed in the Armed Forces to ensure speedy trial and disposal of the case in a time bound manner.

Most important, even the final process of appeal to the President for special pardon should be dispensed within a time frame of seven days.

Finally, the execution of “death sentence by hanging” should be executed in full public gaze from the same tree where the two teen agers were hanged by the criminals.

Liberals living in AC rooms in Delhi or Mumbai like Ms Shabna Azmi may cry ‘foul’ at such speedy dispensation of justice. After all, they are is living in a ‘fool’s paradise’ of make believe and delusional “civilized society” of modern India. How can they ever understand the pain of the parents who have lost their children under the most heinous conditions?

Wake up India! Never too late to bring about sanity to lay claims to be a civilized nation instead of being drubbed as “Rapists Nation”.