#Ambedkar: The Status of #Women Says Much About A Nation!
I measure the progress of a community by the degree of progress which women have achieved…So long as you do not achieve social liberty, whatever freedom is provided by the law is of no avail to you. ~ Dr. B. R. Ambedkar (1891-1956, Architect of the Indian Constitution and Leader of the Dalit Community)
Last week, a 10-year-old girl, who went with her parents to register a complaint of rape was jailed instead! Later on, under media pressure she was released but the police insisted that she was not raped! Further more the villagers have threatened to stone the family to death if they don’t withdraw the complaint! The reason for this bold abuse of a rape victim, a child, is that she belongs to the Dalit community which is the lowest caste in India, and the rapist is an upper-caste Rajput.
As corrupt as the police is in its systematic harassment of rape victims in India, it is girls and women from the Dalit communities who face the worst abuse. In India’s hierarchical patriarchal structure, caste is a compounding factor in the violence inflicted on women. Upper caste men see it as their privilege to rape girls and women of the lower caste, and have the legal and criminal system on their side! It is estimated that in India at least three dalit women are raped every day!
Here’s a look at the cases that made it to the newspapers in just the first 2 weeks of April 2013!!! For every case that gets reported, there are dozens more that are not:
Birabadi, Haryana (April 13, 2013): 16-year-old Dalit Girl gang-raped by 2 men
Valmiki Tiger Reserve, Bihar (April 13, 2013): 7-year-old Dalit girl raped by a forest guard
Bhubaneshwar, Orrissa (April 12, 2013): 15-year-old Dalit girl gang-raped by 4 men
Rohtak, Haryana (April 08, 2013): 13-year-old Dalit girl raped
Varanasi, UP (April 05, 2013): 16-year-old Dalit girl gang-raped by three