With great power comes responsibility, but ironically in India when we talk of law and order it paints a grim picture of our state of affairs wielded by the highest office bearers of the nation.
Unfortunately now politics and crime go hand in hand, and we have landed in this vicious cycle of crimes like rape murders to speak of.
The number of rape cases has shot up beyond comprehension dwindling our faith in the judiciary which again is reduced to an imitable law in the hands of our politicians.
Going by the statistics of the crimes against women published in 2016 (latest available) out of 3.38 lakhs crimes against women only 11.5 % were reported.
And one of the most shocking revelations made in this regard is that most of these perpetrators of crimes are our leaders or lawmakers themselves.
Nearly 30% of our legislators have a criminal background of which 51 have a record of crime against women out of which 4 have a registered rape case against them.
The Unnao and the Kathua rape cases are testimony to the horrific juncture where the lawlessness of the state has brought us today.
In most of these rape cases one could find the crude nexus of some political party behind the scenes of crime, grabbing the attention of the national media through such gruesome acts for plain political motives, with offenders left scot free.
Today when we come across some gut-wrenching cases of rape we immediately switch to our humane side and flock to social media pages to change the society at the click of a button. But little do we realize the impact it has on the victims and their families who are subject to the harrowing course of investigation, maximum amount of torture and public humiliation without sparing any ground of sensitivity.
With the legislature passing the buck every time to the highest level of jurisprudence and vice versa, the gravity of the crime is eventually lost in the labyrinthine course of criminal proceedings.
But any murder or rape case especially gains momentum and media attention when the criminal is the leader of a political party. And in this regard any amount of public scrutiny does more good than harms his political prospects.
Same thing happened in the Unnao rape case, in which Kuldeep Singh Sengar, a BJP lawmaker has been arrested by the CBI for raping a 16 year old girl last year.
On Friday 13th April the Allahabad High Court directed the CBI to arrest BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar.
The CBI’s move was prompted by the High Court’s compulsion on Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to arrest the accused MLA in accordance to his otherwise fast track law and order in the state of Uttar Pradesh.
The Allahabad High Court has appointed an amicus curiae and ordered the Yogi Adityanath government to file all the details of the case.
Earlier on Thursday the High court came down heavily on the Uttar Pradesh police for its negligence in filing an FIR on the rape.
In its report the court said,” if this is the conduct of the police in the state whom will the victim approach to register a complaint?” If this is the stand you’re repeatedly taking then we will be forced to observe in our order that law and order have collapsed in the state.
The teenager girl from Uttar Pradesh’s Unnao district accused Kuldeep Singh Sengar and his accomplices of raping her in June 2017 also claiming that the culprit’s brother Atul Singh Sengar had beaten up the victim’s father over his refusal to withdraw the FIR from police.
The case took an ugly turn when the victim’s father was killed in police custody. Six policemen have been arrested for allegedly thrashing the victim’s father, who along with his family members had to commit suicide in front of Yogi Adityanath’s residence on April.
The victim’s father eventually died at the hospital after complaints of stomach ache.
Briefing the media Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath assured that no matter how influential the accused is bound to face the law, with the CBI taking over the course of legal proceedings.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also broke his silence on the case, while addressing a gathering on occasion of the inauguration of Ambedkar museum in New Delhi.
“Incidents being discussed since past two days cannot be part of a civilized society. As a country, as a society, we all are ashamed of it. I want to assure the country that no culprit will be spared, complete justice will be done. Our daughters will definitely get justice,” he said.
We seriously hope that prompt action to such criminal cases can reestablish our faith in the judiciary if dealt firmly, with the victim’s family facing minimum harassment during the media coverage and legal procedure.
Also, the social media playing a major role in reaching out to each and every person in the country to appeal for quick justice against the crime, without infringing upon the privacy and sensitivity of the victim’s family.