Rape runs in the desert


The brutal Sikar rape of a five year old hasn’t led to protests or stirred the society or  our human values enough. As the child quietly battles for life in the hospital, Rajasthan Post finds the desert state has always been been in the forefront of recording rape cases, as latest data show

The brutal rape of a five-year-old child in Sikar district of Rajasthan last week and the consequent police hesitancy and delay in filing the case, should not come as a rude shock for this desert state.  

For the state’s staggering statistics in rape cases seemed to point out that its people have now become immune to such shocking news and they do not feel enraged enough to demand harsh punishment for the crime’s perpetrators or take a stand against the law and order situation in the state.

The latest data of National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) records Rajasthan as the second highest in the number of rapes after Madhya Pradesh.

 

In terms of rape cases, Rajasthan has recorded the second highest numbers of rapes with 3,759 sexual assaults cases followed by Uttar Pradesh with 3,467 cases.

The report also revealed that the maximum number gang rapes were reported in Uttar Pradesh with 573 cases followed by Rajasthan, 414 cases in the year 2013-2014.

The state figures under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012, reveals a dismal picture. Jaipur leads the districts with 458 cases that have been registered over the past years. Kota comes second with 358 cases. Dungarpur has recorded 167, Nagaur 142, Sirohi 54, Jalore 67, Bikaner 64, Tonk 76, Churu 90, Alwar 170, Rajsamand 67, Bhilwara 150, Bundi 116, Jodhpur 108, Chittorgarh 151, Bharatpur 117, Dausa 46, Jhunjhunu 95, Baran 123, Ajmer 156, Sawai Madhopur 72, Jhalawar 152 and Pali 174 cases.  

In the recent rape case, the 5-year-old girl was sleeping by the roadside along with her family in Sikar when unknown persons abducted her and later dumped her in a garbage dump nearby after raping her. The victim at Jaipur’s J K Loan hospital continues to battle for life even as she has had to undergo three-hour surgery.

What was more shocking than the rape was the indifference of the police who refused to  find the child. The child’s  mother was turned away by three police stations and a police chowki near the railway station when she went to report her missing daughter. Finally, the child’s brother found her in a heap of garbage.

Another rape case of a 11 year old girl in  Sikar had also raised eyebrows in 2012 but it seems not to have shaken the police.

In 2012, the child was brutally gangraped in Sikar and left for dead in a field.

Her mother hailing from Bihar  worked in a nearby plastic factory and she would often accompany her mother to work being the youngest of seven children, consisting of six girls and a boy.

On 20 August 2012, she and her sisters had gone to watch a film and while they were returning to their house, a jeep pulled up next to them and one of the men inside the jeep reached for one of the girls, but failed to grab her. Another, however, did manage to grab hold of the 11-year-old and they sped off, dragging her half a kilometre  on the road.  She was then held down in the rear seat of the jeep while the two men allegedly raped her multiple times before dumping her in a field the next morning.

After she was found and taken to a local hospital, doctors advised shifting her to a Jaipur hospital due to the extent of her injuries.

These brutal gangrapes of minor children seems not to have stirred the police and the administration enough. Even though Human Rights Commission takes cognizance of these cases, nothing really happens other than compensations and free medical expenses.

The authorities continue to feign ignorance and look the other way, while the state’s shocking statistics continues to tell a different story.

 

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