Reasons behind gender crimes... By Zafar
02 January, 2013
The recent rape of a student in a bus in New Delhi has shaken all of India and civil society has risen to demand the death penalty for the rapists. Pakistan is also not far behind in rape cases (some are reported, while many go unreported and even then the electronic/print media is full of such stories, almost daily) but civil society is silent.
However, the reasons for this increase in sexual violence can be because of the following: being a male dominated society, when women report rape charges to male police officials, they are frequently demeaned and advised to compromise. There are hardly any female police officers and not nearly enough to tackle and handle rape cases specifically. Some people wrongly blame the 'provocative' clothing of women as a reason for rape. Domestic violence is accepted as a general practice and whenever an act of violence is perpetrated against a woman in public, bystanders only watch and do not come to the woman's aide. We have a sluggish court system with very few convictions for rape. There are so many laws passed to 'protect' women but none of them are actually implemented.
These are only a few reasons — there are many others. Unfortunately, no one in the country from either the public or the government is serious about curbing this menace. The only sufferers are the victims and their parents.
ZAFARUL HAQ MEMONA