“A female is just like a flower. It gives a good-looking, very softness pleasant performance. But on the other hand, a man is just like a thorn. Strong, tough enough. That flower always needs protection. If you put that flower in a gutter, it is spoilt. If you put that flower in a temple, it will be worshipped.”
The statements of M.L. Sharma and A P Singh, Defence Lawyer for the Rapists, in the documentary were shocking and shameful. The statements by both the lawyers were derogatory to women. The documentary, India’s Daughter – The Story of Jyoti Singh, was made by BBC on the rape occurred in India’s capital city Delhi on 16th December 2012.The rape led to strong criticism by the public.
If we go by recent statistics, the Delhi is seeing no decline in the rape crimes even after the horrific incident which make its presence felt globally. In the first 2 months of 2015, the Delhi Police has reported more than 300 cases for rape. This means that 5 girls are being raped every day in Delhi. The more shocking revelation in this statistics is that nearly 96 per cent of rapes were committed by those having acquaintance with the victim or her family members.
Javed Akhtar, eminent Bollywood lyricist and Rajya Sabha MP has said very rightly on the issue that rapists’ mind-set is shared by many Member of Parliaments, too. The change in mind-set of the people is the key to eliminate such crimes. But what if we don’t create, per se, such mind-set from starting.
Here are some points which shows that how such mind-set nurtures and how it can be stopped from its very root level:
In India, literacy rate is very less. Even in those who are literate, females are having considerable low ratio. Education is very important for self-esteem and to find a purpose in life. Education gives us work. People who are illiterate also do such criminal acts as a pass time or use it as an entertainment. There is saying in Hindi that “Khali dimaag shaitaan ka ghar hota hai” which means that “An empty mind is the house of the devil”.
2. Position of women in society
Women in India have a very vulnerable position in society. All the families except few are male dominant and women’s have very little saying in a day-to-day decision making panel. India is still not a free society and interaction between male and female is considered a taboo in major part of the country.
The study “Use of Pornography in the Criminal and Developmental Histories of Sexual Offenders” examined the exposure to and the usage of pornography in the histories of 38 rapists and 26 child molesters. The study found that both groups reported exposure to pornography and were “significantly more likely” to use pornographic materials before and during their offenses.
4. Lack of moral classes in schools
Moral education makes a kid a good human. He/she has to learn different social habits like helping the people, gentleness, respect the elders and teachers and so many. These good habits make his/her a good social creature and he is known as a good person for others. When a student attains these qualities he/she becomes a responsible and able to behave gently within the society.