RAPIST NEEDS TO BE KEPT IN THE POLICE CUSTODY FOREVER AS WHEN THEY COME OUT THEY TRY TO TAKE THE REVENGE ON VICTIM AND THIS CASE IS ONE OF THE LIVE EXAMPLE OF THE SAME. INDIA HAS THE HIGHEST NUMBER OF ACID ATTACKS IN THE WORLD, BUT THE WORST CONVICTION RATES. AS IT IS OFTEN THE CASE WITH OTHER CRIMES AGAINST WOMEN, THE VICTIMS ARE USUALLY WOMEN BETWEEN THE AGES OF 14 AND 35 YEARS, AND THE ATTACK OFTEN OCCURS AS REVENGE FOR REJECTING A MARRIAGE PROPOSAL OR SEXUAL ADVANCES, SHOWING THE PECULIAR MINDSET OF MALE ENTITLEMENT AND POWER, AND NO RIGHT FOR A WOMAN TO REFUSE…

The scars of a rape victim were not even healed when her rapists scarred her with another agonizing pain for a lifetime. A woman who was in her late 20s was brutally gang-raped and filmed 4 months back. And now, on Tuesday evening, she was allegedly attacked with acid by unidentified masked men while she was on her way home after a hearing in the district court of Farrukhabad.

The woman has identified, two of her attackers were among the rapists, who were out on bail. According to police, the victim was found near Rakha village, close to the central jail of Fatehgarh, around 8.30pm after she was returning home from the court. She was dragged into a car by four men and taken to an unknown location where she was assaulted and later attacked with acid. She was taken to Farrukhabad Lohia Hospital. The doctors said that the woman suffered 55% burn injuries.

Dr. Neeraj Yadav, the emergency medical officer at Farrukhabad Lohia Hospital, said, “She has suffered 55% burn injuries on the back. The woman has been referred to Kanpur government hospital’s burn ward

The survivor narrated the incidence as “I was heading home when four men wearing masks dragged me inside a car. They kept me at an unknown location for a couple of hours and assaulted me. Later, they poured acid on me and pressured me to withdraw the case.”

Akhilesh Shukla, the survivor’s counsel, said, “She had moved an appeal in the high court to seek cancellation of bail plea of the two accused men.”

The police said, “The woman has alleged that the attack was perpetrated by the two accused who were out on bail. We are investigating the matter.”

A FIR was lodged in May after the woman was raped by Ajay Pratap Singh, divisional engineer of BSNL, Amar Singh, sub-divisional official, another employee of the telecom firm Yogendra Singh and Baljeet Singh Sardar, a soldier.

She was raped at Ajay Pratap Singh’s residence where the victim worked as a domestic help. While SDO Amar and Yogendra were recently granted bail by the district court, the bail plea of Ajay Pratap, who is lodged behind bars, is still pending in the Allahabad high court. The fourth accused Baljeet Singh is absconding. The four were booked under IPC section 376 D and IT Act.

So how can we fight this crime? We can learn from Bangladesh, which had an extremely high number of cases and has been able to combat the problem to a great extent. First, an acid attack case in the country has to be tried speedily. Investigations must be completed within 30 days. If the investigating officer needs more time, she or he has to inform the court and only two extensions of 15 days are given. If the officer fails to complete the investigations or is found to be corrupt, she or he is liable for punishment. The case has to be decided within 90 days. Second, Bangladesh has severe punishments for the crime – up to capital punishment. Third, unlicensed production, import, transportation, storage, sale and use of acid can attract a jail term from three to ten years. The stringent laws and their implementation have seen the number of attacks fell from 500 during 2002 to 71 in 2012.

What do you think can be done? Leave your valuable comment.

SOURCE: LAUGHING COLOURS

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