The Haunting of Sexual Violence in Indian Women's Life (Why Women…
The Haunting of Sexual Violence in Indian Women's Life
Evidence shows us that statistically, there are high rates of sexual-violence in India. This includes rape, marital rape, and forced child marriage. These tragedies may be caused by the lack of education and the patriarchy that is deeply embedded in their culture. Most cases of sexual-violence are unreported due to women’s fear of being victimized by the society.
In 1978, Rameeza Bee, a member of the minority Muslim community in India, was gang-raped in the city of Hyderabad by four policemen. Her husband who was a Rickshaw puller stepped in to protest and was beaten to death (Hilsdon 64).
The fact that the authorities, people that are supposed to be relied on by us as a society, the same group of people that we look up to, are the ones that inflict the violence is disgusting.
the estimated numbers of female victims of sexual violence against both women and young girls in India are in the millions and reported rapes keep on increasing (Raj 865)
Under Indian Law, marital rape is not considered a crime unless the wife is below 15. ("Marital Rape: Why Is It Legal In India?")
because of “high illiteracy rate, poverty, extreme religious beliefs and the very ‘sanctity’ of marriage.” (Kalpana Sharma).
considered an "inevitable" part of marriage.
"India is not able to differentiate between sex for purpose and sex for pleasure; sex should only be for purpose. And you are duty bound to give children and you are duty bound to have sex with your husband." (Marital Rape: Why Is It Legal In India?")
10% of women reported sexual violence they experience from their husband (Raj 865).
Why Women Don't Report
Only 1% of victims of violence against women reported the crime to the police (Raj 865)
Our society is somehow programmed to blame the victims whenever tragedies like these occur
fear of being victimized
make them feel like they are the ones at fault
forced child marriage
48% of women in South Asia are forced to marry before they even reach 18; the legal age for someone to be sent off to get married, and nearly 1 in 5 are married before they are 15 years old. Most of this marriage are also without the teenage bride consent. (UNICEF)
Child marriage represents a grave violence against children and deprives them of their rights to health, education, and a livelihood. ("Social Determinants of Child Marriage in Rural India")
“But child marriage persists amid abject poverty—one of the many challenges facing a country focused on stellar economic growth.” (Chatterjee 1987)
child marriage affects one’s health since the body is not ready. The child born from them also has high risks of dying. (Chatterjee 1987)
a sexual activity done to another person without consent from both sides.
It has been estimated that around 2·5 million adolescent girls (aged 15–19 years) are victims of sexual violence in India (Raj 865)
half of the population in India is formed by women. In which they are also victims of violence in a large magnitude (Ghuge 83).
the patriarchal system and the cultural conditions that leads to subjugation of women in the society ever since the ancient period (Ghuge 85)
women have been looked down for ages
for centuries women have been put in an inferior position due to prolonged male domination (Ghuge 85)
women are taught that they are below men
Indian women were never given much exposure of proper education to stand up for their rights