Friday, April 25, 2014

India’s Pro-rapist Lobby!

By Raakhee Suryaprakash

This post is the final part in a series devoted to the ongoing elections in India

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Addressing a rally in Moradabad, on Thursday, April 10, Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Mulayam Singh Yadav opposed capital punishment for rape, stating that first girls develop friendship with boys. Then when differences occur, they level rape charges. Boys commit mistakes. Will they be hanged for rape?”
Mulayam Singh said his government would try to change such anti-rape laws. “Those who level false allegations will also be punished… In Mumbai also, the rape accused have been sentenced to be hanged,” he said, referring to the Shakti Mills case. Outraging many even as he won the approbation of his target audience – the misogynists of his home state and their supporters across the nation!
In its poll manifesto the SP has promised to check the misuse of stringent measures in the anti-rape law. The manifesto mentions that SP MPs had voiced their concern about their possible misuse. In a state that consistently underperforms that even space was given to such a degrading policy is a matter of concern.
Even before the furore Mulayam Singh’s comments raised could die down his party’s Maharashtra leader Abu Azmi courted even more controversy stating in an interview defending his party supremo’s words that “Women having sex should be hanged.”

These are his words – a definite candidate for mandatory gender sensitivity brainwashing not just lessons – as only drastic therapy could make such a man learn sense:

"In India, if you have sex with a person with consent, it's fine. But if that same person complains, it's a problem. Nowadays, we see a lot of such cases. Girls complain when someone touches them, and even when someone doesn't touch them. It becomes a problem then, and the man's honour is ruined in this. IF RAPE HAPPENS WITH OR WITHOUT CONSENT, it should be punished as prescribed in Islam."
"Solution is this: any woman if, whether married or unmarried, goes along with a man, with or without her consent, should be hanged. Both should be hanged. It shouldn't be allowed even if a woman goes by consent."

Azmi and Yadav have their vote-bank tapped. They are pandering to their beliefs and promising them that if they rape their party will try to get them off with a rap on the knuckles. They are more focussed on getting the relatively well off Jat community “Backward Class” reservation rather than uplifting the downtrodden women of all communities of their states!

Moral policing seems to be the norm for these “leaders” of the nation and while SP maybe the latest to court this controversy other parties at various times have been equally misogynistic. Instead of concentrating on governance which is their duty they are preoccupied peeping into bedrooms.
And the EC is bothered about Amit Shah and Azam Khan’s hate spewing rather than the hate for half of Indians that Mulayam Singh Yadav and Abu Azmi spewed unchecked. And tapping into the electoral base that is future rapists and gang rapists! The Hindu’s editorial on April 12, 2014 aptly called them and other such politicians India’s Pro-rapist Lobby! Unless misogyny is treated on par with inciting communal tensions and sedition women in India will not see a visible and immediate betterment of their status. Hopefully the new government voted in by a what looks to be a majority of women will work to ensure our upliftment and safety!