The Real Reason Why Sexual Harassment Go Unreported
Glittering India|March 2018

There are two types of thinkers around us, positive and negative ones. Of course, not a lot but many around us thinks positive. The positive thinkers tend to think good about humans around and all that is going to happen with them will also be good.

Achita Ahuja

Positive thinker might think that negative thinking might lead to undesirable outcomes. But what is been reported or emphasised in the news these days is terrible and frightening. Every day news suggests how many women are being abused around the world. The news reports also suggest that how so many turn a blind eye towards women abuse issues and are still getting worse. The people turning their blind eyes show a definite support to continuation of abuse by not taking a stand to speak up or fight against it. This is not only frightening but also reveals the magnitude of prevailing societal issue that should no longer be ignored. The top most issue in women abasement is sexual assault.

Sexual assault is a term that includes sexual harassment, unwanted sexual contact, child sexual abuse, incest and rape. Sexual contact becomes assault when a person is unable to or does not give a consent to that sexual contact or activity. But this definition excludes marital rape, same sex crimes and sex with a minor below the age of sixteen as rape. According to the available data rape is the fourth most common crime against women in India. According to NCRB (National Crime Records Bureau) annual report of year 2013, there were 24,923 rape cases were reported across India in the year 2012.

Out of these, 24,470 cases were committed by a known person to the victim i.e. 98% of the cases involved perpetrators known to the victims. Recent data suggests that more than five rape cases being reported on an average every day in the national capital in 2017. A total of 2,049 rape cases, 3,273 molestation cases and 894 cases of eve teasing cases were reported in 2017 which is opposed to 2,064 rape cases, 4,035 molestation cases and 621 cases of eve teasing cases were reported in 2016 (according to the statistics given by Delhi police).

Beyond these statements India has been characterised as one of the “countries with the lowest per capita rates of rape”. A large number of rapes go unreported. The willingness to report the rape has increased in recent years, after several incidents of rape received widespread media attention and triggered public protest. This led the Government of India to reform its penal code for crimes of rape and sexual assault. According to NCRB statistics of year 2015, it has been reported that Madhya Pradesh has highest number of rape reports among all other Indian states, whereas Jodhpur has the highest per capita rate of rape cases. Most of us who read the ever increasing headlines today of well-known figures in the media, politics or entertainment who have been accused of sexual harassment or assault, are outraged and want to do something concrete to change what’s happening. But yet, so many of those who know about and see the abuse right in front of them don’t come forward to speak or fight openly against it.

Why are so many turning a blind eye?

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