“A system is needed to keep in check such behaviour.” says Abu Azmi.
What kind of behaviour do you think is this sentence referring to?
“Having boyfriends and girlfriends has become a fashion in cities. This is why incidence of rapes is higher in urban areas compared to rural parts of the country,” he added. [With boyfriend? Abu Azmi’s out to get you.]
So how does Abu Azmi suggest we ensure girls who are with their boy friends are not assaulted by criminals, rapists, molesters or various Indian-Taliban-like senas? Efficient police? Better transport services after dark? Increased patrolling? Better lit roads? Fast track courts to ensure law of the land is respected and feared?
Sadly, no. He doesn’t even seem to be aware that Indian women have the legal right to choose their partners and husbands; or that rapists and non-women do not have the right to put a system in place to prevent women from accessing public spaces before or after dark, with or without a non-woman. Here’s what he has to say.
“Girls should not be out with their boyfriends when it is late in the night. A system is needed to keep in check such behaviour.”
“Young girls and women must not roam around with any men except their parents, brothers or husband,” Azmi said here. [Western culture to blame for rapes: Abu Azmi]
Are the rapists and molesters, a ‘system in place’ to ensure women ‘roam’ only with their family members? Does he really believe that rapists do not rape women who are with their brothers, or husbands or parents?
And if Abu Azmi ever read newspapers, he would know that boyfriends, jeans or mobiles do not cause sexual assaults; patriarchal mindsets and misogyny do.
“I don’t know how my daughter reached Dalbir’s room. I raised an alarm after I saw her coming out of his room crying and her clothes stained with blood oozing out of her private parts… reached Dalbir’s room but he was nowhere to be found…” said the victim’s mother.
The ‘minor’ rape victim is two and half years old.
“My father-in-law Suresh would come home on the pretext of having tea and would rape me. I informed my mother-in-law but instead of helping me she warned me against revealing it to anyone. Encouraged by this, my father-in-law kept on raping me and even my husband turned a blind eye. My brother came to take me home in December and it was then that I shared my plight with my family,” said the victim.
The victim’s family had taken the matter to a local panchayat in Hisar and got Suresh to face the panchayat. He reportedly admitted to his folly and promised not to repeat it. He offered to take the victim back to Gurgaon and raped her en route.
The woman allegedly called up her family on Monday to inform them and they in turn reported the matter to the Sector 5 police station.
[Note: In another case they ‘let off a rapist with a few slaps’]
So while Azmi etc worry about ‘misuse’ of rape laws, one panchayat in Hisar lets off a rapist with a ‘promise not to repeat it’, another panchayat there has banned jeans and mobiles for girls to prevent rapists from raping. [Link] Doesn’t make sense? Remember they think rape is loss of virginity.
When they ban women from interacting with men and when they ban cell phones, what exactly are they banning?
How do Abu Azmi and the likes of him define rape? How do they hope to prevent sexual assaults on women and children by preventing women from choosing who they live with, marry or divorce?