For ages, India nurtured a self-reliant egalitarian society. But today, ours is a decaying culture said, Harsimrat Kaur Badal on Zee Media’s Bharat Bhagya Vidhata ‘Ek Naari Aisi Bhi’.
Speaking with guest anchor Divya Jaitly, the Shiromani Akali Dal leader said crime against women is the worst symptom of pervading moral decay in society. She also outrightly rejected the view that the way women dress too is responsible for rising crimes against them.
“Blaming women’s dress for rape is a flimsy argument. Statistics show that 90% of rape cases are committed against minor girls who don’t even understand the meaning of decent or indecent dressing.”
Hasimrat is spot-on as sexual crimes against minor girls are on the rise in India. The issue has once again come to the fore with the arrest of self-styled spiritual guru Asaram Bapu for his involvement in the rape of a 16-year-old minor girl at his Jodhpur Ashram.
Earlier this April, a five-year-old girl was raped and later kept as hostage by her neighbor at his flat for three days.
According to the National Crime Records Bureau, rape cases against children in India have increased by 20% in 2012 over 2011.The year on increase registered in 2011 over 2010 was even higher at 29.68%.
Harsimrat also said that statistics probably don’t portray a true picture as most such crimes are not reported by women due to fear. Lower conviction rate adds insult to the injury.
“We still are far away from the exact statistics on crime against women because most of the cases go unreported and on top of it the conviction rate is also very low in India,” she lamented.
What’s the way forward then, according to Harsimrat incorporating moral education in school curriculum could help create greater awareness. “It is time to rethink about our primary responsibility to teach moral values to our children. I believe that sex education and moral education should be made compulsory in every Indian school,” she suggested on Ek Naari Aisi Bhi.
“A major problem in morality is that if no one claims responsibility for deciding and acting out the ethical principles of right and wrong, morality becomes a word with no meaning,” she said.
On the role of police and bureaucracy, she said that their focus should be on rendering public services. “Every state government should work towards making the police more accountable.”
#EkNaariAisiBhi (#BBV) airs on Wednesday @ 10pm