At the backdrop of the latest rape case that left the nation numb, here is a list of key learnings that can be further refined and communicated to all women from varied socio-economic backgrounds in the country, and help them get that much closer to Justice.
The following is based on the theory that we have strong laws for crimes against women in India, but the implementation of these laws is at a complete failure. Hence, based on the observations of the happenings in the last few months, I have come up with a short list of steps, that though might be a little hard to follow, are not completely impossible, and if done correctly, might bring up the chances of justice being served to a near 100%. Hence, this piece provides suggestions that are purely reactive in nature.
Here’s a quick list at those steps.
1. Loose all apprehensions : Easier said than done for most, but unfortunately a necessity today. If you feel your modesty has been threatened in any way, loose ALL your apprehensions, and follow the next steps.
2. Get That FIR : By hook or by crook. Hardsell it by waiting for hours. Or get it through somebody that holds some influence in the local police station. Anyhow, get that FIR. It is imperative that you make your complaint formal.
Now for the hard part – Making these guys (The Police) work for you.
Solution – Call for help. Make some noise.
3. Meet Your New Friends – Women’s Rights & Security NGO Workers : If there is one thing that has worked successfully for the victims in the recent rape cases, it is the various women’s groups and associations across the country. The role that they have played in getting justice for women, be it a case as heinious as rape or your daily eve teasing, is immense.
Long story short – Call them. ALL of them.
You can also save the following government provided women helpline numbers, although I don’t suggest you should count on these much for obvious reasons (Clue : “government” provided)
Maharasthra (022)-10920; Uttar Pradesh 1090; Gujarat (0265) 2486487; Punjab 1091; Tamil Nadu (044) 26530504; Haryana 1091; Madhya Pradesh (0755) 2661813; Rajasthan (0141) 1091
For other area-specific numbers, click here.
4. Call AAP : Call the local office of the Aam Aadmi Party, state your case, and simply ask for help. Helpline : 09718500606. They are at present the doctors of mayhem for justice. Not extremely media friendly at present, but they will certainly help. Also might not respond to every small incident.
5. Local Media : Call your media friends if you have some. Ask them for help. If you manage to successfully execute points 3 and/or 4, you probably won’t need this. But get the number of the editor of that local newspaper / magazine, save it with you as a precaution.
6. Social Media : Share details of your case on the social media. The idea is to basically let everyone know about this. Update your status on facebook : I was sexually molested in the Delhi Metro while going to work by this guy – And upload the picture of the guy. Etc. If you think this is too much, refer to point 1.
The idea is to basically call EVERYBODY and make a LOT of noise.
BOTTOMLINE : Remember, if your case makes it to the media, you have a much bigger chance to get justice. Lastly, what fans the confidence of the accused and further encourages them to boldly and openly do what they do, is the comfort of the knowledge that YOU, the victim, will never be as bold and as open as them.
Think about it.