”Reality of Rape”
Nowadays,the increasing incidents of violence against women have tarnished the reputation of India not only at national level but also at an international level. The most substantial fact which bewilder most of the women and female feminists is that the women who are being worshipped by people in several forms like “Durga”, “Saraswati”and “Laxmi” etc. are same as the one who are being ferociously and egregiously killed, assaulted and molested by the same people. The present day ardent male supporting society either deliberately or voluntarily has given birth to an ambience which has made it impossible for the women to live peacefully. With the emerging concept of welfare state, it is the responsibility of the state to not only provide security from external aggression but also to provide resources and to take care of development of people and to maintain peace and harmony in the modern day society with the aim to make the life of its people easier and happy . But the question is to what an extent the state has succeeded to serve to its people which includes women and young girl whose condition is crucial. The crime of rape against a woman is utter egregious and so is observed by the Justice Arjit Pasayat: “While a murderer destroys the physical frame of the victim, a rapist degrades and defiles the soul of a helpless female”.
In the recent years, several legislations have been passed by the Government like The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace Act (2013), The Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act, 1986,Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act 2005,The Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, 2013 etc. to emulate the disastrous condition of females in the society but still increasing crimes against women have not been controlled. So there is need to rejuvenate the stagnant condition of women, to make tougher laws, to fill the loopholes in the existing laws and to create fear of being punished in the minds of criminals. — About the Author: The article has been contributed by our intern, Akash Agarwal.