The insensitivity against women in Delhi has shocked yet again. Hardly a day passes in the capital city of India when any girl or women is not brutalized. In the latest case that has brought people out on the streets yet again, a 5 year girl was held captive by a neighbour for over 4 days and raped repeatedly. Doctors say that her condition is critical as infection has spread throughout her body.
This incident came barely three months after the December 16th incident in which a girl was brutally assaulted on a bus in South Delhi. The incident had attracted international attention and the government had announced a range of measures to save girl child and women from such brutality on streets of Delhi and other places.
The incident occurred in Gandhi Nagar a suburb of New Delhi and the girl child has been admitted in a critical condition in Swami Dayanand Hospital. Meanwhile score of people gathered outside the hospital and protested about the incident.
The incident reflects the insensitivity that has crept in our society. Increasing number of cases of molestation and rape are reported in increasing numbers every day from various parts of the country.
Last week only a woman of Nepali origin was abducted and gang raped while she was on her way home. The woman was found in a semi conscious state the other morning on the road. The incident too occurred in New Delhi raising the concern that the capital city is not safe for women.
This all happens despite the fact that people have been protesting harshly against such incidents. After the Nirbhaya rape incident the government had announced a range of measures for protecting our women. This included the launching of an exclusive helpline for women. However, nothing seems to change and women have to face brutality on streets every passing day.
Last month only, a BJP women leader had to deal with a potentially threatening situation when four men in a car tried to misbehave with her in full public view. Nothing changes on ground and girls and women have to deal with harrowing situation every day and at times such situations turn nasty resulting in incidents of rape and potential murder too.
As a society it is obligatory on everyone’s part to wake up to this reality and stop any such act of brutality that might be happening around them. Even in Nirbhaya’s case people passing through the crime scene decided to ignore her pleas for help until the time police came to her help.
Lighting candles and holding peace marches might suffice for the justice that the victim is seeking but stopping such incidents from occurring is also the responsibility of the society at large. By blaming civic authorities for all such incidents one is running from their responsibility of being a part of the society. The need of the hour is to awake to the reality that is haunting us, every now and then and stop such acts of brutality against women.