UNiTE to End Violence Against Woman

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25th November is observed as the International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Woman; on the same 25th November, 2013 newspapers from Assam carried a number of cases of violence against woman. Some of those were horrific and inhuman in nature. A young woman was brutally raped, when she was going to take her son back from school in Kalajan of Lakhimpur district and she succumbed to death at GNRC Hospital, Guwahati. Another Dulumoni Gogoi, a 22 year old house wife was missing and her dead-body was found in the bank of river Disang. A house wife Jesmin of Digboi couldn’t bear the inhuman violence and atrocities by her in laws for dowry and finally left her in laws along with two young children. Another newly married woman Gitika was murdered by her in laws and was thrown into a pond in Sarukhetri of Barpeta district. Sujata, a mother of three children was brutally killed by her drunken husband in Jagiroad of Morigaon district of Assam. Akita Parbin, another 21 year old pregnant woman was brutally killed by her in laws in Dhaligaon area of Chirang district.

These are few cases which were reported in two vernacular newspapers in a single day. Can we imagine how long will be the list if we add all such cases reported in all newspapers published from Assam on a day or so forth? And more horribly, how many of such cases have been going unreported?

We have Dowry Prohibition Act, domestic violence Act and even we have added the sections like 304B, 498A etc into the Indian Penal Code, but the graph of crime and violence against woman is still in upward spiral! Where the problem does lies?

Let’s have a reality check, my younger sister Abida was also brutally murdered in 2005 by her in laws. I had to fight for almost two years to register the case. I had to seek the intervention of human rights commission and CID’s woman cell just to register the case! I had to cross many junctures, where I was supposed to pay bribe. Can you imagine the amount of pain when you are asked to pay bribe to the doctor who conducted the Post Mortem of your deceased sister?

You can’t be assured that the relatives of the victims of the cases reported on the International Day of Elimination of Violence Against Woman will not have to go through the same trauma and suffering as like as me? The accused husband of deceased Akita Parbin is an oil smuggler; he knows how to manage the police and administration. In fact he can buy system. If this is the situation, how we can expect that violence against woman will decrease?

The theme of 2013 International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Woman is “UNiTE to End Violence Against Woman”. Pandit Nehru wrote much earlier that only legislation cannot solve the deep rooted social problems. We need to unite to fight and eliminate these social evils.

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