Delhi gang-rape case: India has not changed
Zee Media Bureau/Himanshu Kapoor
The verdict has been delivered and the guilty will be hanged to death in the December 16 Delhi gang-rape case. But the question that still remains is by hanging few rapists are the streets going to become any safer for the women in the country?
Since December 2012, the massive public outcry forced the government to introduce stringent anti-rape laws that better address violence as women experience it hoping to curb such brutal crimes against them. But the statistics speak otherwise.
Delhi police data show 1,036 cases of rape were reported until 15 August, 2013 - as against 433 cases reported over the same period last year. And then there was the recent case of a 22-year-old photojournalist who was gang-raped in Mumbai.
What fuels the rape culture in India is the acceptance of inequality. So the onus still seems to be on women, on how they dress and how they behave.
Many took out their anger and rage on blaming the police saying that the force needs to sensitised. But in a country like India sensitisation of the police is not enough; you also need to sensitise people to respect women.
The only one change seen after the Delhi gang-rape is that a lot of young people are becoming aware about issues regarding discrimination against women.
The greatest change since last December, though, is that there are now many more men and women that believe that the epidemic of sexual violence - like polio or smallpox - can actually be wiped out. But has the discrimination stopped yet? No.
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