Indians are celebrating the justice served to Nirbhaya, the victim of the December 16, 2012 brutal gang rape. However, many are still concerned about the increasing number of unreported rapes that happen every year.
One such person is Poonam Kaur, an Indian actress and model from Hyderabad, who in a video, shared her views about the increasing rape cases in India and the recent hangings of the rapists of Nirbhaya.
Ms. Kaur shared the statistics of the rape cases reported in India. She said in 2001, India reported 16,000 cases, whereas, in the last three years, from 2017 to 2019, number of reported rape cases jumped to 32,000. Such a discussion, over one of the major issues in India came to light, after the four rapists of Nirbhaya were hanged to death, on the 20th of March at 5:30 A.M. Justice to the 23 year old Nirbhaya was delayed due to legal rights, judiciary system and other legal facilities given to every citizen of India, irrespective of caste, creed, gender, race and even a crime like rape.
With the execution of the death sentence of the rapists of Nirbhaya, half the population of Indians are showing disappointment questioning the Indian judiciary system, while the other half are said to be happy, the system actually worked, despite the delays.
However, Ms. Kaur cautions in this hussle of demanding justice for rape victims we should not lose sight of the pain and mental torment suffered by everyone affected by the crime of rape. The base treatment shown to the rape victims, questioning the dignity of those who are raped, assassinating the character and the lifestyle choices of the raped, during the trial period, by the media and opposing counsel is not helpful.
Emphasising on the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) mental health awareness efforts, Ms. Kaur questioned the situation and trauma a rape victim goes through. Ms. Kaur said, “WHO speaks about mental health awareness, but what one should do about the mental peace of these victims.”
Comparing rapes in India to a pandemic like situation, Poonam Kaur proposed for ways to stop and fight, like a warrior, to save one’s children from becoming a criminal or a victim of rape. She urged mothers to be alert and to teach their children, especially daughters, to be alert and aware from a very young age. Because in many sexual exploitation and molestation cases relatives– first and second cousins are the ones who commit such horrible crimes.
Through this video, Poonam Kaur raised a serious issue. Whether it is the Kathua rape case, Nirbhaya, Disha or any other rape case, the victim suffers more than the criminal. The victim not only bears the mental, physical and emotional pain but the criticism of the society as well.
Ms. Kaur queried how does one fight the rape issue, while emphasising the real hero Asha Devi Nirbhaya’s mother, who sustained justice for her daugter due to her never give up attitude.
Ms. Kaur said during this period, when we are fighting the pandemic Novel Coronavirus or COVID-19 and spending time with our families, we should also consider this rape issue and think of a solution to be strong and to do something concrete about it.
Poonam Kaur concluded her video by extending gratitude to Ram Nath Kovind, the President of India, the Supreme Court, Asha Devi and the lawyer who fought for justice.
Towards the end, Ms. Poonam Kaur ensured her participation in ‘Janata Curfew,’ called by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on the 22nd of March. The Janata Curfew, is a measure taken by the Central Government to fight the pandemic disease, COVID-19. This is a countrywide curfew which would start at 7:00 A.M., on Sunday March 22 and last till 9:00 P.M.
Poonam Kaur urged every citizen of India to contemplate about the solutions to fight this pandemic like rape situation in India.