Dealing with rape... By Asim
17 September, 2013
There are no proper words to condemn the rape incidents of two minor girls, one in Lahore and the other in Faisalabad. Had such incidents happened in a civilised country, society would have shaken the government but, in Pakistan, the situation is completely different because neither the government nor the people are interested in paying any serious attention towards curbing this menace. Whenever such incidents occur, the authorities issue traditional statements such as, "The culprits will be brought to justice and they will be made an example of" while, on a public level, only limited protest is seen. This means that we have become so insensitive that the most brutal crime cannot even move us as a society. Due to the ineffectiveness of the law, rape incidents are increasing by the day. Only this year, from January to date, nine minor girls have become victims of pure lust but no culprit has been punished yet.
The result of this negligence is that in 2011, 827 rape cases were reported while in 2012 the number of cases crossed 2,700. These incidents have become so common in our country that society hardly takes any notice of brutalities against girls. Another reason behind the increasing brutalities against women and girls is that there are many flaws in our legal system, which help the offenders and justice is not served to the victim. If we want to protect our women and girls, and eliminate this heinous crime, we will have to show zero tolerance against sexual abuse. There is a need to set up speedy trial courts, comprised of female judges, for the hearing of rape cases because only women can understand the sufferings of the victims. The offenders should be hanged.