Rape – what does it stand for !
– Let’s figure out the root cause behind this question of a child
Rape – what does it stand for ? I was shocked at this question of a little girl, who asked me so innocently that I was compelled to wonder as to how should I be answering her! With the increasing number of rape cases like ‘Nirbhaya’ and ‘Shakti mill’ ones, Indian media has left no stone unturned to discuss such matters with its own gossiping condiments. Did the victims in aforesaid cases get justice, No? Can this society ensure the safety of women when the country’s own capital is at the top of such offences?
Let us discuss the statistics:-
Only in one year, more than 1900 cases of rape were registered in India and amongst those, 60% increase in the offences committed by adolescents was noteworthy. The number of rape cases registered in different cities of India in the year 2014 are as under :-
Gang rape cases (registered in various states):-
- West Bengal:-178
- Delhi: 147
- West Bengal:-178
- Delhi: 147
Amongst the aforesaid, overall, 203 gang-rapes were carried out by adolescents and 2144 cases had direct or indirect involvement of adolescents.
In the past 10 years, the number of rape cases has doubled. Similarly, even the number of dowry death cases or divorces cases are increasing day by day.
Unfortunately, we, the citizens are directly or indirectly responsible for encouraging such cases by watching the movies and soap operas that show women as the object of use and thus, the teenagers and the youth learn the tactics to commit such offences at ease without fearing the law, as its kind-of nationally accepted fact that affluent people can easily get rid of the pawns of laws.
Encouraging high-school or college going youth to have a girl-friend or a boy–friend, as the case may be, is another way to shake our cultural roots in youngsters; as it’s shown as a “status symbol”. Celebration of Valentine’s Day or Friendship Day without maturity has been proven as a curse too.
Suspecting our own culture and saints is the most unfortunate annoyance for the society, where our innocent saints are questioned and ensnared, as is evident from the cases like those of Swami Nithyananda, Shankaracharya Jayendra Saraswati, Sadvi Pragya Thakur and Asharam Bapuji; but the irony is: real culprits are out of the scene.
The saints are the backbone of our nation. If they are not treated well, society will suffer and the result can be seen in the statistics quoted above. To get rid of the plight, we need that our society reap as much benefits as possible from our saints. Where provisions of law are silent or inactive, only samskaras (moral values) work, and that comes only from our saints – the true saints, the Self-Realized souls like Bapuji. Let us save our culture by saving our saints thereby nurturing our youth & adolescents and make society free from offences, so that we don’t have to find ourselves into such awkward situation, struggling hard to answer nasty questions put to us by little innocent girls.