While Asha, mother of Nirbhaya, has been fighting a never-ending battle to seek justice for her daughter, we hear about multiple rape incidents in our country regularly.
The traumatic story of this innocent 10-year-old will make you wonder if we have any right to call ourselves a civilized society!
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A 10-year-old girl was allegedly repeatedly raped by a boy in Palghar district of Maharashtra, police said on Saturday.
No one knew what was going on until a few days back that the girl started complaining of stomach pain. Her parents took her to the nearby hospital and were shocked when the doctor told them that the girl was 4-months pregnant.
It was then that the girl revealed the horror she had been facing for the last 4 months.
She told that while her parents were at night duty, the 12-year-old boy would allegedly spend the night at her home and rape her.
This went on for the last four months. The boy also threatened her to not tell anything to her parents.
An official of the Mokhada police station said:
“Both the minors are neighbours. As per the complaint, the boy had been raping the girl since the last four months”
“The boy has been booked under IPC sections 376 (rape) and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO)”
The police further informed that the boy has not been detained yet an investigation into the case is on.
This incident makes us feel whatever we do there might be a danger lurking over our daughters.
As per Dr. Rukmini Rao, a women’s rights campaigner, the rise in men watching porn is also responsible for the surge in rape incidents of underage girls. She says:
“The rise of porn and the rise of rapes are definitely linked. There has been an upsurge in rapes of young women and young girls.”
The problem of rape in the country stems from gender inequality in our society. A girl is told she is different from birth. She is told she is less than a man. But a boy is privileged from birth. He thinks it is OK to behave badly.
All this is leading to the fact that Sexual abuse in India continues to be highly prevalent despite the introduction of tougher rape laws in 2013. According to the National Crimes Records Bureau (NCRB), in 2016 the rape of minor girls increased by 82% compared with the previous year.
Parents are struggling with the most horrific question of how to protect the innocence of their kids and their childhood. Doesn’t matter if you have a son or a daughter, you always feel threatened about the safety of your child – you always feel scared that there is a predator waiting to take away their innocence.
Wish our country invests time and energy to enhance the DNA of our society so that at least our kids can roam freely and fearless in this country.
(In alignment with the POCSO Act, I For Her cannot reveal the names of the school or the victims.)