On December 18, 2012, India has seen how an exaggerated crime can fuel extreme mob mentality in the country that can take the life of one innocent person.
Well, the incident in Delhi is indeed shocking and need to be dealt with strong hands but what is more shocking is to learn that the nation did not even understand the extreme hype created by the media and some hooligans. We know how media only focuses on even small protests and makes it big, and protesters seeing media coverage become more aggressive, media start more coverage and the cycle continues. As a result, the protest snowballed into a mass hooliganism.
We have also observed that for next five / six days how a section of media only focused on rape cases and some TV journalists started claiming eve teasing on camera. Well, none of us understood actually what did those guys say or whether they were from the media house itself just to create a sensational news. Especially when we know how the Guwahati rape case was fueled by a journalist to create such a news.
Based on this one single incident women’s groups demanded an amendment to all laws made for women, including 498a and DVA and some laws in the making like SHWB.
Let’s look at the amendments sought in the various legal provisions based on this single incident –
- 498a – In 2010, SC has termed this as ‘Legal Extortion’ as 98% such cases turns out to be false. Many families of men have either committed suicide or gone bankrupt fighting such cases and undergone extreme coercion by young women. Death penalty demanded for this crime as an amendment from current 3 years imprisonment.
Domestic Violence Act – The main two legal recourse given to women in this is uncontested maintenance and right to live in a shared household. Husbands are asked to maintain even the most abusive and adulterous wife and many have lost their own house because the wife got the residential rights and the actual owners (including aged parents and others) were given restraint order. So the rightful owners were thrown out of their own house simply on a complaint. A woman’s false affidavit is considered more powerful than the evidence submitted by the husband. Coupled with this there are many other extreme facilities provided to women under this act and people undergoing this case know how difficult it is to face this humiliation. Based on Delhi incident Death penalty demanded in these cases too.
‘Rape’ laws were sought to be termed as ‘Sexual Assault’ henceforth, encompassing many other crimes including different forms of harassment. It was India’s unanimous decision (or should I say hypnotized India’s decision) to reward Death Penalty for these accused, too.
‘Consent Clause’ which is a major defense for a rape accused is demanded to be eased out so that a victim can decide whether she has consented even at a later stage. “Merely submitting to an urge is not enough to prove the innocence of the accused” – Well in simple terms it means any woman can sleep with a man and later term that as a rape. This is how Live-in relations are termed as rape in India today.
It was raised that all rape Victims to get Rs. 2 lakh compensation. Well, if you have thought it will be given only after the case is proven, you are wrong. It has to be given on filing the complaint. I don’t need to say that now this financial incentive will encourage more women to file such criminal cases. In absence of any punishment for the false accuser, such cases are sure to increase. So if you have ever thought that one needs to commit a crime to be accused, you are wrong. Already DV ACT has proven to be a silent killer to many.
The sixth demand is to pass Sexual Harassment at Workplace bill without any amendment. So under this bill, any woman in any working relationship can accuse a man of harassment and the man has to pay her 50% of his salary, while the investigation goes on. Organizations are asked to set up a committee consisting of at least 50% women employees and with people experienced in working on women related issues. If an organization doesn’t have such employees, they will have to recruit such women from outside women’s NGOs under their payroll. These women will not work for the company but will only work on harassment related issues and advise women employees for filing such cases. India is sure to experience a higher rate of filing workplace harassment cases, with this being kept outside the purview of RTI and the accused not given an opportunity to appeal at a higher court this will surely deny justice for men even at the workplace.
Last but most important, Marital rape is to be made punishable offense. Now an intercourse during separation period can be termed as marital rape and is punishable up to 2 years; but under the changed situation, if a woman thinks of any act as rape, she can file a complaint against her husband. Nowadays, women file false 498a and DV cases with many other cases of divorce. So under the changed condition, the wife will also file false rape case (husbands get ready for another bonus case on your divorce). Since India has already demanded death penalty for the rapists, all those Indians need to be ready to be hanged under ‘marital rape’ as well.
We have already seen that under various sections dealing with crimes against women, how false affidavits are given more weight than any evidence the husband produces. In most of the cases, husbands are made to pay fine, alimony and maintenance to their wife even if the wife is wrong. That is how we see even the most abusive and adulterous wife get husband’s money, property and still claim victimhood. Many husbands commit suicide as they don’t see any justice for them. They lose their job, lose parents, proclaimed as criminals but still maintain their wife. A husband even on his job loss is asked to maintain his adulterous wife and her illicit children and on not obeying the order, the man is sent to jail, his property is sealed by the court.
We already have a miserable state of affairs for Indian husbands under all these family laws, yet the recent demand of the nation to make the provisions even stringent will only make life impossible for men in the country. Women will file criminal cases now just to settle scores with other men and men will be vulnerable to legal extortion everywhere at all ages. They will not have any option but to run away from women, in order to save their lives.
Women will also not be spared. With less number of marriages, everyone will be more lonely and will not find a match easily (or maybe ever).
Overall we will have a nation with screwed up relations, lonely frustrated people, increased drug abuse, increased crime rates and a situation like a civil war.
Congratulations India! You have just ensured your own death sentence!!