Warning: The article contains a disturbing graphical depiction of assault. Readers’ discretion advised.
Even though the country was still struggling with the brutal gang rape and murder of an Anganwadi worker in Badaun Uttar Pradesh, a similar heart-wrenching incident has happened in Jharkhand. In this horrific incident, a 50-year-old widow was allegedly gang-raped by three youths in Kobna village of Jharkhand’s Chatra district on Thursday night.
As per the reports, the FIR has been filed against the three youth, who are from neighboring areas. They barged into the widow’s house, who lived alone and gang-raped her.
Like in the Badaun case, the victim in Jharkhand was also violently mutilated by rapists. These accused thrust a steel glass inside her private parts. While sharing the details, the establishment’s medical officer-in-charge Dr. Ved Prakash said:
“The survivor has been admitted to Hunterganj Community Health Centre and her condition is critical.”
According to the police, two of the accused persons identified as Bablu Paswan and Bittu Paswan have been arrested and a manhunt has been launched to nab the third.
Ugly Reality Of Unsafe Country
In 2012, when Nirbhaya gang-rape and murder case happened, the whole country was devastated. But, the authorities comforted us giving us hope that things will change. And, things have changed. Rather than getting better, it has gone worse.
In recent times, there has been a rampant increase in the number of sexual assaults against women and kids. But, what is even more tragic is the fact that there has been an increase in the cases in which the victim is violently mutilated, often inserting objects or injuring their private parts, resulting in their deaths.
Recently, in Badaun, the 50-year-old woman’s legs and ribs were broken while her lungs were attacked with a heavy object. The woman went to the village temple, where she was assaulted by men including the priest and two of his associates.
Though the accused have been arrested, we are wondering how unsafe our country has become for women. Doesn’t matter if she is 5 or 50, no woman is safe.
While we mourn the death of these women, we wonder if our country will become any safer for its women. If we ever be able to live without fear within our own country. Are we losing the battle to give our future generation of women a better and safer country?