Friday, January 9, 2009


by Albert Ashok
Rape is violation of human mind and body. No doubt it’s a crime and who rapes is a criminal, the rapist should be tried in court WITH DUE PUNISHMENT.
The recent Noida rape case and Union Minister for Women and Child Development Renuka Chowdhury’s comment need public attention. My view is from an angle of human being – no female and male gender biased perspective. I want to criticize women and child development minister Renuka Choudhary’s comment on Wednesday that she justifies rape as 'a life sentence for women'. Actually she discourages women by saying so. The feminists and women organizations are trying hard for long to help women stand on their own legs, breaking all old taboos about life and sex. A rape is a life sentence in a woman or girl’s life? Is it a message to cripple woman’s life? Is rape means slaying woman?

Our Indian woman are lagging behind in education, culture and general knowledge. Most woman treat their husband as god and without serving them their meal womenfolk do not touch water, in rural areas woman have many superstitions , prejudices and obsessions about sex and way of life. Once they become widow in their early age they accept tragedy of life but don’t step forward to remarry and live happily. In this situation Ms. Renuka’s remark will cripple the psychology and spirit of living normal. They will not be encouraged to overcome the incident as an accident and revitalize life as before.

Punishment of a crime should be decided by a panel consist of experts and seasoned people with different aspects and views so that a right punishment, fool proof, can be shaped. Its not whimsical and result of one’s sudden emotion.

Its my explanation that if rape punishment is death then it would really be a deterrent for a rapist but it would make more risky to woman’s life. The rapist would kill the woman to wipe the proof. The punishment should be a measure to protect woman first and never punishment of the criminal. The criminal will be punished according the nature of rape. It should be foolproof, so that the law is not abused by any party. In our country woman has tendencies to seduce a richer man and finally marry. And when refused they say it is rape. Many instances are there and news medias record. A gang rape is really can be called rape and heinous crime. But after years of living together with mutual consent it could not be read rape. Another nature of rape is seen in our society—a man who has lot contributions to the society, driven by sudden impulse, under any circumstance may commit rape. If he is given life sentence as a punishment it would be inhuman. Rape is offence. Sometimes it leaves the victim a trauma for her life long term, sometime its not so severe. Human being meet a lot of unfavourable situation since birth. Human being are also accustomed to dodge past and avoid accidents and unfavourable phase of life. A woman is raped it does not mean she is killed. It means she got hit physically or mentally or both. She needs braving the accident and take life as before, rehabilitation. She should never be discouraged that her life has drawn an end. Sex is a little part of procreation and the rest part is excretion, like we leave excreta everyday and everybody. When someone get amputation of limbs for an accident we encourage to overcome and get life normal. I hope the right authorities will come forward and take action to deal the case in right way

New Delhi, June 25 (IANS) A meeting was called Wednesday by Women and Child Minister Development Renuka Chowdhury to discuss the law relating to the harassment of women over dowry turned acrimonious after some 50 men and their families barged into the venue, alleging the law was blind to their torture at the hands of women.

The minister faced protest at the India Islamic Cultural Centre.
Neeraj Aggarwal, the executive member of the Gender Human Rights Society, said they had received a number of complaints from elderly couples about how their daughters-in-law had forced them out of their homes. ( This offence is perhaps more than rape)
‘We see men who have been beaten up very badly. As the laws favour the women, they register case against the husband and his entire family. Even those who are not involved are charged and arrested,’
Section 498 (A) of the Indian Penal Code, under which the husband or relative of the husband of a woman subjected to cruelty can be imprisoned for three years and also fined. ‘We want the law to be redrafted so that men are not victimised,’ said society president Sandeep Bhartia.
Indian Law: 498A. Husband or relative of husband of a woman subjecting her to cruelty.--Whoever, being the husband or the relative of the husband of a woman, subjects such woman to cruelty shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to three years and shall also be liable to fine.
1. Chapter XXA inserted by Act 46 of 1983, s. 2. 212
Explanation.-For the purposes of this section, "cruelty" means- (a) any wilful conduct which is of such a nature as is likely to drive the woman to commit suicide or to cause grave injury or danger to life, limb or health (whether mental or physical) of the woman; or (b) harassment of the woman where such harassment is with a view to coercing her or any person related to her to meet any unlawful demand for any property or valuable security or is on account of failure by her or any person related to her to meet such demand.]

Meeting with Ms. Renuka Choudhury, WCD

The meeting with WCD minister Ms. Renuka Choudhury, Ms. Kiran Chadda Secretary, Ms Girija Vyas of NCW, Ms. Asmit of Lawyer's Collective, Gauri Choudhury, Ms. Jyotsna etc was a mixed one.
Save Family Foundation Delhi, Pariwarik Suraksha Samity of Praveen Walia, Pati Pariwar Kalyan Samity, Lucknow, Bharat Bhachao Sangathan Kolkata, GHRS, Rakshak, etc were present there.
Initially 1 and 30 min, only UNIFEM people were talking. No one of us was allowed to speak. When Sandeep tried to intervene he was threatened that he would be thrown out. Then we realized that we will not be given any chance to speak. Media was not allowed inside initially.
Then Neeraj, Niladri, Wasif, Komal, Jeetu and plenty of plenty others (about 100 people) started Naarabaji. Then the voice of the shouting reached inside. Renuka came outside to see what was happening.
Some question were put before the minister they were not answered:
Sudhir : Madam, u r the Women and Child Minister. And in India last 3 years, 1,20,000 mothers and sisters have been arrested under 498a without any investigations which even the barbaric British Government has not done. Are u not ashamed of it? Should I address u as wife minister only instead of women minister?
Swarup : If you would want partnership with men’s group, we are ready , but I want justice for 56000 husband who has dies due to suicide.
Swarup : But more than double ladies are killed in Western Country and the same termed as dowry death, where as all other country term the same as Spouse murder. Indian men are different than western man. Further more than 10000 unmarried women also died, why you do not ask to send their parents to behind the bar?
Swarup : Now Madam, choice is with u. Whether as per records a western women earns at least 4 times more than Indian women. Still more than 70% children are father less. If such things continue, Indian also witness the same. It is upto you to decide whether father less child will increase the total crime and domestic violence in society or decease it. Just think yourself and decide.

Times of India - ‘Pro-women laws being misused’
NEW DELHI: Are we being fair on the not -so-fair sex? It would appear not. Laws for protecting women like the anti-dowry legislation and the domestic violence Act were vociferously opposed by men’s groups on Wednesday at a consultation initiated by the ministry for women and child development and UNIFEM.
The burden of their argument was that these laws don’t follow the fundamental legal premise that a person is innocent until he is proven guilty. “In 30% of the cases that come to us, there is a rift between the woman and her in-laws where the woman forces the man to choose between the two under the threat of slapping Section 498A of the Dowry Prohibition Act on the husband and his family,” said Ashish from Save Indian Family (SIF). He added that there should be a deterrent to prevent misuse of the law. Another representative Hemant from SIF said that 1.2 lakh women (women relatives of husbands) were arrested under the anti-dowry Act but the ministry of women and child development minister was not doing anything about it. “Are you a wife development or a woman development minister?” he asked.
Dr Anumapa Singh, who counsels couples, pointed to the anomaly in the domestic violence law in that the aggrieved party could only be a woman while the respondent could only be a male. “We have witnessed violence at home where the perpetrator is a woman. So why does the law hold a man as the accused?” she wanted to know. TOI had reacted to an observation of the Orissa chairperson of the state commission for women on September 19, 2007, when she had said that these laws were being abused. We had felt there should be checks on such abuse and said, “In cases where a complaint is proved false beyond doubt, the accuser must face a jail term.” This would act as a deterrent to the abuse of Sec 498A, we felt.
Faced with vehement opposition, WCD minister Renuka Chowdhury admitted that she was open to change the law. “Law-making is a dynamic process. We are ready to change the law but as of now there will be no amendments to it,” she said.
Reacting to the constant allegations of misuse, Chowdhury said that there were enough deterrents in the penal code to punish those found guilty of misuse.
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