Women in India, today, are becoming the most vulnerable section as far as their safety and security is concerned. Women are the greatest strength of our society and it is so disheartening to see that they are getting unsafe day by day as the number of crimes against them are increasing. According to a poll by Reuters, India has been ranked the most dangerous country out of the world’s 10 worst countries for women. When we turn the pages of a newspaper, we come across many headlines reporting cases of molestation, harassment, trafficking, ill treatment of women in houses, violence against women in remote areas etc. Women feel unsafe and unsecure and feel that their freedom and liberty are expose to risk. It is unbearable to imagine the plight of women who are sufferers of such crimes. It is a shake on the confidence of the women of the society and on our judicial system.
According to the National Crimes Records Bureau(NCRB), India recorded 88 rape cases every day in 2019 and crimes against women increased by 63.3% in the first six months of 2021. NCRB report highlights that rape vulnerability of a girl or woman has increased up to 44% in the last 10 years. As per the latest NCRB data, KOLKATA comes out on top in safety, not just for women, but overall as well. To protect women from domestic violence THE PARLIAMENT OF INDIA passed ‘The Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act 2005’.
IMPORTANCE OF WOMEN SAFETY-
Safety of women is very important in this cruel and evil society. As the number of cases are arising against women, it is very important to exercise the laws and get the criminal arrested and punished as soon as possible. It helps women be calmer, understanding and they feel protected. They will trust the government if the criminal gets required punishment in time. It will develop body and mind control in them. They will take active part in every thing if proper safety is ensured to them. There are laws but there should be proper safety measures which we have to follow strictly to protect the women from violence.
We generally play the blame game for any such incidence and hence have not succeeded to reach the root cause of this issue. An effective implementation of loss protecting women’s rights is the first step in this direction. There should be stringent loss and the criminals of such crime should be severely punished.
CRIMES AGAINST WOMEN-
In India, sexual harassment, rapes, domestic violence, dowry cases and murder are common forms of violence against women. It is found in some places that even today, there is a tradition of taking dowry from the girl’s family and the father sacrifices and loses everything to pay it. Domestic violence is also increasing very badly where one partner or a man abuses another another partner or a girl in a relationship. It leads to depression and suicides. It’s not a direct murder but it is the cause of murder for sure. Cheating in a relationship and giving divorce is also a crime against women which destroys the whole life of a women and the man easily finds a new girl and marries her. Acid throwing is considered to be the most heinous crime against women which ruins the beautiful girl’s life and left her in a state of shock.
HOW CAN WE SAFEGUARD WOMEN OF OUR SOCIETY?
We also need to create social awareness about these issues and ostracise those who commit such crimes and not the victims. Women safety is a crucial concern in India and a lot of organisations started working on it after Nirbhaya’s case. Women should be taught some self-defence tips and tricks in schools, colleges, offices and residential colonies, so that if anyone tries to harm them, they can apply these tricks to protect them and hurt the person trying to attack her. Also, various videos of self-defence techniques are uploaded online, on various social media platforms for educating women’s safety. Women should always put some chilly powder, ginger-garlic paste or some harming materials while going out to harm the attacker. To ensure the security of the women in the country, the entire population should be well-educated and the laws should be very tough against every kind of crime. Both the men and women of the society should be empowered with proper education and income so that they can fight against any harm to them. There are also various helpline numbers for ensuring women safety in India. Only when these measures are taken, India can become a carefree and enjoyable place for women when they can go where ever they like to without any fear of being stared at, molested or discriminated.
”It took me quite a long time to develop a voice, and now that I have it, I am not going to be silent”. – Madeleine Albright