Don’t blame women’s dress for rape: Harsimrat Kaur Badal

Don’t blame women’s dress for rape: Harsimrat Kaur Badal

Blaming others won’t help arrest decay in society, said Harsimrat Kaur Badal on Zee Media’s Bharat Bhagya Vidhata. The Shiromani Akali Dal MP from Bhatinda instead suggests the change should begin with oneself and requires shift in mindsets.

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New Delhi: For ages, India nurtured a self-reliant egalitarian society. But today, ours is a decaying culture said, Harsimrat Kaur Badal on Zee Media’s Bharat Bhagya Vidhata ‘Ek Naari Aisi Bhi’. Speaking with guest anchor Divya Jaitly, the Shiromani Akali Dal leader declared that crime against women is the worst symptom of pervading moral decay in society.

During the show, Harsimrat out rightly rejected the view that the way women dress too is responsible for rising crimes against them.

“Blaming women’s clothing for rape is a flimsy argument. Statistics show that 90 per cent of rape cases are committed against minor girls who don’t even understand the meaning of decent or indecent dressing.”

Hasimrat is spot-on as sexual crimes against minor girls are on the rise in India. The issue has once again come into national prominence with the arrest of self-styled spiritual guru Asaram Bapu for his involvement in the rape of a 16-year-old minor girl at his Jodhpur Ashram. Earlier this April, a five-year-old girl was raped and later kept as hostage by her neighbor at his flat for three days.

According to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), rape cases against children in India have increased by 20 per cent in 2012 over 2011.The year on increase registered in 2011 over 2010 was even higher at 29.68 per cent.

Harsimrat also raised an important point that crime statistics against women in the country probably don’t give true picture as most such crimes are not reported due to fear and societal mindsets. Lower conviction rate adds insult to the injury.

“We still are far away from the exact statistics on crime against women because most of the cases go unreported and on top of it the conviction rate is also very low in India,” she lamented.

What’s the way forward then, according to Harsimrat? She thinks incorporating moral and sex education in school curriculum could help create greater awareness on women-related issues and gender sensitivity.

“It is time to rethink about our primary responsibility to teach moral values to our children. I believe that sex education and moral education should be made compulsory in every Indian school,” she suggested on Ek Naari Aisi Bhi.

However, what’s moral and immoral too needs to be defined in a dynamic setting.

“A major problem in morality is that if no one claims responsibility for deciding and acting out the ethical principles of right and wrong, morality becomes a word with no meaning,” Harsimrat questioned.

On the role of police and bureaucracy, she lamented that their focus should be on rendering public services.

“Every state government should work towards making the police more accountable.”

#EkNaariAisiBhi (#BBV) airs on Wednesday @ 10pm

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