News By/Courtesy: Anushka Banerjee | 29 Jun 2020 15:54pm IST

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Sexual Harassment
  • Statistics
  • Sex Education and Population Control

Incredible India 

So, do you feel safe? Hey girl, are you keeping that pepper spray bottle and those safety pins close to your reach? Hey boy, aren't you hiding from those bullies? Being a citizen of India, it is hard stuff to swallow that none of the genders of this country is safe out there.

Men's and Women’s safety is already questionable, and now India slips to 112th rank in the World Economic Forum Gender Gap report 2020. The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) reports that annually there are 35000 plus reported cases of forcible rape, of which 94% of the act is done by someone known to the victim, in India.

Talking about female rapes, it has been there since ages and due to the slow Judiciary commitment, the hikes of female rapes are known to every person. Though India is said to be a country with one of the lowest statistics of per capita rape, we should keep in mind that statistics are made of reported cases. Over 60% of sexual assault cases are never brought into light fearing the consequences.

Although male rape is still a taboo and is stereotyped, the statistic of reported male rapes is a bit higher than the reported cases of the other gender. Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code or IPC is on the section that criminalizes the kind of sexual assaults against the male gender.

Not only the so-called mainstream genders such as sexual assaults. There have been repeated reports of the LGBTQ community getting sexually assaulted in public transports, roads, and even in their homes. Here too the section 377 of IPC comes to rescue.

 The Nirbhaya rape case, the acid attack case of Laxmi Agarwal, Chandrahass Mishra, and Reshma Qureshi, and the sufferings of Awindra Pratap Pandey were the ones that gained mass support from all over India's and even globally.

After the #metoo campaign gained its importance globally, many came out on social media with their stories. Not only rape but acid attack, eve-teasing, touching intimate parts in packed public transports, and so on are common out there. The worst part of this naked truth is that most of these cases are done at a domestic level and later on the victim's voice is subdued to avoid the consequences.

Two things which are the immediate need of the time are Sex Education and Population Control. The moment proper sex education will be imparted to the mass, population control will come as its very first consequence. According to me, if not now, then never can any steps be taken to improve the present situation of increased sexual harassment cases taking among adolescents and early adults. I consider this to be a high time to start with sex education. Schools, be it primary or elementary or secondary, and colleges to be the primary source. This would not only reduce the rate of sexual harassment cases but will also reduce the problems faced by people in all their ‘firsts’.  

THIS ARTICLE DOES NOT INTEND TO HURT THE SENTIMENTS OF ANY INDIVIDUAL, COMMUNITY, SECT, OR RELIGION ETCETERA. THIS ARTICLE IS BASED PURELY ON THE AUTHOR'S PERSONAL VIEWS AND OPINIONS IN THE EXERCISE OF THE FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT GUARANTEED UNDER ARTICLE 19(1)(A) AND OTHER RELATED LAWS BEING FORCE IN INDIA, FOR THE TIME BEING.” 

Section Editor: Pushpit Singh | 29 Jun 2020 18:24pm IST


Tags : #METOO #SEXEDUCATION #POPULATIONCONTROL

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