Why violence against women continues? Society needs to answer

RM ZUTSHI
JAMMU: Gruesome instances of violence against women, human trafficking and their unabated abuse need to be taken as a serious alarm by the society as the ‘International Day for Elimination of Violence against Women’ is being observed across the globe today. Every time violence of any kind is committed against a woman, it clearly points out to the failure of the society as a whole in playing the requisite role in according the highest deserved status to the women in the society. While the crimes against women are prevalent across the world, it is really an irony of India that women here too are being subject to the worst forms of violence despite the fact that the Indian Civilization has been worshipping mother Goddess from times immemorial. There is hardly any day when crimes against women are not reported in the print and electronic media. Unfortunately even in the reported crimes the perpetrators of such crimes go unpunished due to the ample loopholes in the legal system which believes that foolproof evidence is sin qua non to convict and punish the criminal in order to ensure that no innocent gets punished. The lengthy trials in such cases despite having established special courts for speedy trials prove yet another bottleneck in fixing the culprits liability so that they could be punished soon after the crime and subsequent speedy trial.
It would not be wrong to say that whenever the perpetrators of crime or violence against women go unpunished and walk free, we have fallen in the habit of forgetting such heinous crime very soon. Why is it so needs to be analyzed by going into every aspect related to such crimes? The main reason of such crimes not witnessing a downward graph seems to be the innate society that refuses to awaken to the stark realities and prefer to be mute spectators in crimes on women not within their family, community or their known one. They fail to realize that their silence only encourages such criminals who further resort to the barbaric forms of violence against the weaker sex. Moreover every individual especially the parents need to accept their failure in educating their children on this vital issue and become proactive to ensure moral education of the progeny based upon the values that accord the Goddess status to women right from infant stage till her last breath especially as per the Vedic philosophy and traditions.
It is pertinent to mention here that on 7th February 2000, the UN General Assembly adopted resolution 54/134, officially designating 25th November as the International day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and in doing so, inviting governments, international organizations as well as NGOs to join together and organize activities designed to raise public awareness of the issue every year on that date.
The Declaration on the Elimination of Violence Against Women issued by the UN General Assembly in 1993, defines violence against women as “any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life.”

When a violent crime is committed, the perpetrators assault not just the victim, but the victim’s kin, and the entire humankind. In this particular instance, the victim succumbed to her injuries, but her family and everyone who loved her, will relive this nightmare, every day for the rest of their lives.

A HUMBLE CONTRIBUTION FOR INEVITABLE AWAKENING:
On the occasion of the International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women, Greater Jammu Virtual has contributed with its humble effort by releasing a song, ‘Maa Tu Rona Mat‘ dedicating it to the female victims of violence to awaken the society to proactively participate in this relentless war against the perpetrators of the gruesome crimes besides doing everything to eradicate the social evil of violence against women once for all. This song beautifully sung by the singer is expected to act as a spur to awaken the society for active participation in the cause of those who give birth to humanity. Every word is dedicated to victims of sexual violence and their kin and to the courageous, unrelenting spirit of those who continue to fight for justice in the corridors of law.
Let’s take a pledge never to forget the demons indulging in such crimes and take our battle to a logical conclusion.
In this context Greater Jammu submits the following questions to be pondered over by its readers and the society at large.
Q 1. It has been nine years since the tragic, heartbreaking Nirbhaya case, after which the entire civil society came together in protest and even the laws governing punishment of rape in India were changed/revised. Do you, as a woman, feel safer today than you did nine years ago?
Q 2. What do you think can be done, especially in a social sense, to make this country safer for women?
Q 3. What policy-related, significant changes does the Government need to implement in order to ensure more safety of women?
Q 4. To what extent do you think, the way we raise and educate male folk in our family units needs to change across the country?
Q 5. What particular case/incident/crime will be the straw that finally breaks the camel’s back and forces us to take notice, not for a day, not even for a month, but in a more permanent and everlasting way?