By Soroor Ahmed (NVONews.Com)
The non-stop media coverage and social pressure for four long months since December 16, 2012 as well as a few quick court judgements against rapists and rape-cum-murder accused did not check such gory sexual crimes. Instead by all accounts, they showed a mark increase in their number since then.
It is not only taking place in the national capital, but all over the country. In Chhattisgarh it was none else but the teachers and employees of a tribal school hostel who were involved in sex racket for quite long. First the local print media highlighted the scandal and then national television channels followed it. Be it Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Gujarat, Punjab or any other state reports are pouring in from almost all the nooks and corners of the country. In a couple of cases women too are involved in sex-related crimes.
Massive protests and measures taken to enact new tough laws in this direction appear to have failed to check sexual perversion. In a few cases even the court became pro-active and pronounced death sentences within a few weeks yet the criminals remained undeterred.
Rape and other sexual crimes are not isolated phenomena. They take place all over the world and laws have failed elsewhere too as they have their limitations.
What is of concern in India is not simply a big rise in rape cases, but spurt in incidents of sexual perversion––the gang rapes, insertion of foreign objects and in many cases the subsequent murder of the victims.
Girls as small as five years old are becoming its victims. This prompts one to ask as to what has suddenly gone so wrong with India?
Why of all the countries of the sub-continent, India alone has witnessed such a big jump in ghastly incidents of sexual perversion in the last few years.
Just surf the online newspapers and tune to the TV channels of Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Myanmar and Pakistan––all having somewhat similar culture as India––one will find the difference. Though some of these countries have more violence and other types of crimes––even rapes––yet cases of gang rapes and sexual perversion are much less. Even in India such incidents were very few in the past.
In mass violence such as ethnic cleansing of Sikhs in 1984, Surat riots of 1992 and Gujarat pogrom of 2002 gang-rapes were reported in a large number, but in normal situation their numbers were quite few.
So, of late, something has seriously gone wrong with India, the largest democracy where the media is much more free than all the countries of the region and judiciary not controlled by the government.
Herein lies the crux of the matter. The truth is that our institutions have trivialized sex. Culturally, socially, economically etc India is not west, yet the way our media debates and discusses the issue involving sex and related matter it is simply shocking. There are many people even in the United States and Europe who are surprised on the manner in which our court has given its ruling on homosexual marriage. Our channels and print media openly applaud––rather glorify––lesbians and homos. They are considered as the natural prerequisite to become a modern and developed society.
If the police takes any action against any pub, bar or dance club for violating rules and norms, the whole media would condemned it on the plea that it is an encroachment of fundamental rights and that there is no scope of moral policing.
In the United States gay marriages can be opposed by a strong section of the society, in the United Kingdom ban on mini-skirts as school dress can freely be demanded––as in September 2011––and a top Canadian police officer can raise serious questions on the manner in which women are dressed these days. But in India, which lives at the same time in 19th as well as 21st century you can not even ask the media to be sober and responsible. You will be dubbed as Taliban and simply bulldozed. Express any alternative and serious thought on sex you will be ostracized as if you yourself are a rapist. These liberal public opinion-makers are not bothered about what impact their action would have on the mind of potential rapists.