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MAKE RAPE LAW GENDER NEUTRAL- DEMANDS SAVE INDIAN FAMILY
ma. ta. special Correspondent
The current laws pertaining to harassment are based on the belief that only women are victims.Therefore the new proposed law or amendment to existing law on Rape- Sexual assault should be made gender-neutral in a letter written by Rajesh Vakharia, President Central Chapter of Save Indian Family Foundation to Chief Justice.
Actually statistics show that more men than women are victims of harassment. But all the debates talk only of women harassment, that does not mean that all men have sufficient protection. Hence the new law should be made gender-neutral so that male victims can also get justice says Rajesh Vakharia. Whosoever is guilty should be severely punished and therefore law should be equal for everyone. All the present laws are drafted considering that only women are victims. Save Indian Family is of the opinion that present laws are biased and consider all males as oppressors and all women as the oppressed.
Sexual Harassment of males is high. But in most cases there are no complaints. Hence these are not recorded. Most of the times cases are not reported due to shame. A man fears that no one will believe him. He has a fear of getting removed from job and hence does not complain. Due to male-dominated culture, all the responsibilities of running a home is on the male. Hence if a man complains and gets fired from job, not only the man but his family gets affected. So there are no complaints. But don’t men have right to peaceful existence? Crime of Sexual Harassment should be applicable to both the genders, he demands.
In the same letter, he raises issue of sexual assault on male inmates in police custody. Several men have lost their lives in the prisons in such inhumane cases. Beating on the buttocks of male prisoners, giving mild shocks to private parts, putting chilli powder are some of shocking incidences coming to light. This is sexual harassment of male. In our society, Rape is crime only if done by a man on woman. But world-wide such laws also embrace assault of men by men, female by female, male by female. The new law should take this also into account.
Whenever amendment is sought in a law it should not be based on emotions but by rational thinking and taking into account the current state of affairs. Similarly sexual harassment complaint should be accepted from men as well as women. People in a frenzy demand for capital punishment by getting excited on single incidence however when the punishment is awarded, it should not be based on emotions but on actual facts and background of complainants of the case.
As per police records 70 to 80% cases of rape are false. Due to such false cases, the real victims get delayed justice. To avoid such situations, false complainants need to be punished rigorously. Most of the times consensual sex is also treated as rapes, hence the definition of rape must be suitably amended demands Vakharia.