7 Years of Nirbhaya Case: Let us go back in time & what all has changed so far?
16 December 2012, a date we will never forget. 7 years have passed, and we can still feel the pain of brave ‘Nirbhaya’. It was a regular weekend and Nirbhaya decided to watch a movie with her friend. They went for a movie together, but she never imagined in her wildest dreams what was waiting for her. The incident took place when a 23 –year –old physiotherapy intern was beaten, gang-raped and tortured in a private bus. There were six on the bus, including the driver, all of them raped the woman. Eleven days after the brutal assault, she was taken to a hospital in Singapore for an emergency, but she succumbed to her injuries.
After the incident, people in India were in a rage. They came on the streets to protest and which led to the formation of some strict rules against rape in India. Now, after 7 years, Nirbhaya’s mother wants her culprits to be hanged. The case had shaken the entire nation. A young woman’s life and her dreams were killed. She could have a bright future for herself and her family. But that night finished it all. The question is still there can women of Delhi step out without fear after 7 years? Are we safe, are the streets safe?
What all has changed in these 7 years?
According to National Crime Record Bureau data, rape is one of the highest growing crimes in India. Shockingly, the number of rape cases doubled in the last 17 years. The data revealed 4,15,786 cases were reported between 2001 to 2017. To simply put, 67 women were raped across the country during these 17 years which means, about three women had been raped every hour. Talking about Delhi, things have changed. The National capital has seen a decline in the number of rape cases but that’s not enough. According to Delhi Police Analysis, 43 percent of the rape accused were known not to the victim. To make the city more safe for women, CM Arvind Kejriwal said, “ Boys will be taught in schools how to behave with girls.” Things are changing but we still have to go a long way.
Streets need more lights and police patrolling. After 7 years of battle, Nirbhaya’s mother wants justice for her daughter. She wants culprits to be hanged till death.
What do we need to do as a citizen?
We need to be more responsible. We all need to come worth and be vigilant. Help our daughters and sisters whenever they need help. As a responsible citizen, it is very important to raise our voices and stand with the women of our country.
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