No More Rassana Case Campaign: seminar on Sexual Violence And Socio-Economic Status: An Assessment of Law And Justice For Rape Victim organized

 

As a sequel to ongoing No More Rassana Case Campaign, a one day seminar on Sexual Violence And Socio-Economic Status: An Assessment of Law And Justice For Rape Victim, was organized at Ambedkar Hall Janipur on Sunday. Panelists from different walk of life participated and in one voice condemned gruesome act committed upon an eight years old gilr by some people recently in Hiranagar area of Kathua district.

Addressing the jampacked Ambedkar Hall, Advocate Talib Hussain who is also spearheading the moment narrated the wrath of Police and administration they have been facing from day first.

“The family member of victim, even the entire nomad community in the area is being threaten by some elements”, he said and added that they were not even allowed to collect drinking water by the majority community of the area. “They are being intimidated to leave the place or get ready to face consequence”, he said, Talib also expressed his gratitude of civil society from Jammu and Kathua for showing solidarity with the victim family. “I’m happy that some peace loving people, who believe in equality for all are supporting us”, he added.

Iqbal Bhatt, a scholar, who has been working over nomad community in state, said that rule of law need to be established in country. “The Community, is facing discrimination since long”, he said and added that the community has on 60 persons who went for further higher education after completing their graduation. “No work on the community has been done, one access some literature about the community from Archive Department, too in Urdu and Gojri language”, he said and added that the students from the community also suffering from social stigma. “There are not confident to reveal their identity as Bakkarwal, as they have met discrimination for being nomad”, Bhatt said and added that even the doctors, if the nomads visit hospital do not touch them.
Another Scholar, Ruchi while speaking on the occasion said that despite being able to do anything equal to men, the women are being considered as weak, and inefficient by the Patriarch Indian society.

“Even our religious texts discriminate with us”, she said and added that a girl can’t go for night out because of insecurity surrounding them. “It had been decided prior to my birth, what I will wear, what I can eat, where I can go etc..the girls/women in India have been caged by the patriarchy”, she said.

Advocate Pawan Kundal in his address said that the crime against women is not new, one can find assault on the dignity of women in our religious texts, where a brother had married to real system and father made daughter pregnant. “The reforms took place during the period of Goutam Budha time in our society”, he said and discussed some provision of laws that provide free and fair investigation to a victim.
Another Scholar, Meesha in power relation women are always considered as weak as compare to males. “Males also keep them on higher position in hierarchy, so women have less scope in the society”, said and questioned social identity of rape victim is disclosed. “A woman is woman, whether she is from any religion or caste, she suffers like other women”, she added. “In case of the victim of gruesome act, as her identity, as nomad also remain prime focus; the culprits are getting support from some section of society on the basis of religion. And the culprit had admitted that he committed the gruesome crime to create fear among the nomad community in the area”, she added.
Advocate, Ashok Kumar Basotra, in his address appreciating participation of youth in the campaign said that it shows that the youth took the torch for justice.

“Free and fair investigation, mean unbiased conduct of investigation without any influence, Police have role to collect the evidence in very independent way, but in India, the influential highjack the investigation, where a sitting judge, hear case against himself, the Chief Minister, Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath dismisses all case against him”, he said and added that as per constitution of India, except of sitting President of India and Governors have immunity, but that too till their term is completed. “Once their term gets completed they can be summoned”, he added. “We need to established rules of law in the country, once it is done, even the Prime Minister of Country cannot escape the action”, he said. Expressing resentment against Heranagar Police for allowing some people to take out rally in favour of culprits, he said that Police can arrest them. “We respect all women, but we also expect justice for our daughters, if they go against us, certainly they will be next target of inhuman act, as they are supporting the culprits. Basotra, also said that in any investigation, DNA test play good role with 100 percent conviction, if a free and fair investigation is done.

 

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