It is a matter of shame that even though we hold the ambition of becoming a superpower in the next decade, our babies are not even safe in their own homes.
When a 2-month-old baby is abused by her own father, you are not only left heartbroken but wonder if we are living among monsters.
In our society, every time a woman is raped, either her clothes or actions are judged and questioned?
You will find the aunties and uncles of our society blaming the victim rather than the culprit. They will leave no stone unturned in shaming the victim and her family. They would pass their unsolicited judgments on why the victim was raped.
Rather than asking the question – How we should help the victim in seeking justice? The old-fashioned uncle and aunties would ask:
Why was she wearing such clothes?
Why was she out of home at such late hours?
Or, Why was she drinking?
Or, Why her parents didn’t teach any traditional cultural values?
But, we would love to hear what these uncles and aunties have to say about the abuse of a 2-month-old baby
As per the recent reports, a 50-year-old man was arrested on charges of sexually assaulting his own two-month-old daughter in Erode, Tamil Nadu on Thursday.
In her complaint, the baby’s mother shared that while she had gone to the bank to withdraw money on May 22, the baby was being taken care of by her husband. When she returned back, she found injuries on the baby’s private parts.
But, what police shared further left us shattered.
As per the police, the husband during the questioning admitted that he had sexually assaulted his infant daughter more than once.
The police registered a case under Section 5 (l) (penetrative sexual assault on the child more than once), (m) (crime committed on a child below 12 years), (n) (being a relative of the child and committing the crime) and Section 6 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012.
The father has been arrested and produced in the court and lodged at Coimbatore Central Prison.
While the baby is being reported to be stable and recovering at Salem hospital, this incident is a wake-up call for our sleeping nation.
As a society, we have been blaming victims themselves since time immemorial. And, this is the reason why even a 2-month-old baby is not safe even at her own home.
If as a nation, we don’t exercise measures to curb this issue at the earliest, then we should be ready to face the rape epidemic.
Last year, while giving the death penalty to a 22-year-old man accused of raping a 3-year-old-girl, Judge Neerja Dadhich had recited a very emotional and hard-hitting poem.
Few lines of that poem that may touch your heart too:
“Kapdon ke kaaran hote rape jo kahein, unhein batlaun main, aakhir teen saal ki bachchi ko, saree kaise pehnaun main?
Gar ab bhi na sudhre toh ek din aisa aayega, iss desh ko beti dene se bhaghwaan bhi ghabhrayega.”