The title of a Reuters article released on January 6, 2013 is “ACTIVISTS WARY as India rushes to justice after gang rape” (Web-site/URL: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/06/us-india-rape-reforms-idUSBRE9050BJ20130106).
“IT’S NO SURPRISE (that) the Indian street wants faster, HARSHER justice for sexual crimes after a HORRIFIC gang rape that rocked the nation, but some activists WORRY (that) the government will TRAMPLE FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS in its rush to be in tune with POPULAR RAGE“. There are FOUR things to note here. First, there are enough “horrific” things to “worry” about already. Secondly, “trample fundamental rights” sounds like what’s happening in CHINA at the moment (Web-site/URL: http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/01/20131765743709723.html). On top of all this, we’ve had MORE THAN ENOUGH “rage” to LAST A LIFETIME. We should also mention that “rage”, especially UNCONTROLLED “rage”, is a DANGEROUS emotion because it is a HIGHLY CONFRONTATIONAL emotion.
“Last month’s (December, 2012) rape of a physiotherapy STUDENT on a moving bus and her death on December 28 (2012) in hospital triggered a national debate about how to better protect women in India, where official data shows one rape is reported on average every 20 minutes”. That is TERRIBLE. This is the SECOND rape of a “student” in THREE MONTHS, with the first one of course being the attempted assassination of MALALA YOUSAFZAI, who was shot on a school bus on her way home from school on October 9 2012 because she spoke out in favor of GIRLS’ EDUCATION (Web-site/URL: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malala_Yousafzai).
According to retired Delhi High Court judge R.S. Sodhi, “If there ARE NOT enough convictions (which there AREN’T), it is NOT because of an insufficiency of LAW, but it is the insufficiency of MATERIAL to base the conviction on“. In other words, many rapists in India get off easily because of a lack of “material” or EVIDENCE.
According to Colin Gonsalves, “a senior Supreme Court advocate and director of Delhi’s Human Rights Law Network”, “The accused has a right to a lawyer from point of arrest – the investigations are going on, statements being taken, IT IS TOTALLY ILLEGAL“.
According to Sehjo Singh, “Program and Policy Director with ActionAid in India and an expert on Indian women’s social movements”, “The more you STRENGTHEN the powers of the state against the people, the more the possibility you create a DRACONIAN regime” which, again, of course, IS NOT good. “We want to RAISE the bar of human rights in India, we want to RAISE the standards, NOT lower them“. It sure seems like “the bar and standards of human rights in India” are being LOWERED.
“The Indian Express newspaper warned against (a) “KNEE JERK” reaction and said any change to the juvenile law “must come after RIGOROUS and CONSIDFRED DEBATE . It cannot be a reaction to A FRAUGHT MOMENT“. This is what this seems like right now: “(a) “knee jerk” reaction” and “a fraught moment”.
Gonsalves went on: “The record of the fast-track courts is MIXED” at best, AS EXPECTED (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI). “Conviction rates rose,…but due process was sometimes RUSHED, leading to CONVICTIONS BEING OVERTURNED“. This is another case of QUANTITY over QUALITY when it should be QUALITY trumping QUANTITY. “Fast-track courts were in many ways were FAST-TRACK INJUSTICE“.
“Human Rights Watch said reforms to laws and procedures covering rape and other sexual crimes should focus on protection of witnesses and modernizing support for victims at police stations and hospitals”.
“The rights organization has documented the continued use of archaic practices such as the “FINGER test” used by some doctors on rape victims to allegedly determine if they had regular sex”. Of course, these tests are EXTREMELY INACCURATE.
Finally, according to Meenakshi Ganguly, South Asia Director of Human Rights Watch”, “Reforms in the rape laws – THESE ARE needed. But NOT in terms of enhancing punishment. Why they ARE NOT investigated, why there are NOT ENOUGH convictions, those are the things that need to be addressed“.
Yet again, the conclusion to this analysis is easy. This is yet another/the latest example of POLITICIANS saying that they will do something to protect young women who are education activists but again we have to ask/pose the question: WILL THEY DO IT? So, OF COURSE, “activists” should be “wary”. If we don’t change the ANCIENT opinion that people like CUI XILING, LILY FU have that women should ONLY sit at home and prepare for pregnancy once they enter a long-term relationship or get married, assuming that HALF of society are men and HALF of society are women, HALF OF SOCIETY WOULDN’T BE DOING ANYTHING, except housework and waiting for pregnancy. If that day comes, we will be at a sad state in this world. Advocating a policy of WOMEN DOING NOTHING certainly SHOULD NOT be something to advocate. It is A DISGRACE.