Tuesday, 17 November 2015

5 PROACTIVE ACTIONS TO FIGHT RAPE CULTURE

5 PROACTIVE ACTIONS GOVERNMENT OF INDIA NEEDS TO TAKE TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF WOMEN

HANGING 6 PEOPLE WON'T CHANGE THE MINDSET OF 1.252 BILLION PEOPLE

SAFETY is a basic human right. According to Article 3 of United Nations- Universal Declaration of human rightsEveryone has the right to life, liberty and security of person- Why the women in India have been deprived of this right?

There are 5 things INDIAN GOVERNMENT needs to do for half of the population of the biggest democracy of this world- INDIA.


1- Rape Crisis Centers: Rape Crisis Centers that provide quick, efficient and much needed medical and psychological support to rape survivors









2- Amendment of Juvenile Justice Law- The custody of juvenile sex offenders has to be waiver by Juvenile Justice System to adult court so a juvenile sex offender can be tried as an adult.









3- Teen Sex Education- India can't leave the sex education of its youth in the hands of television and film media wagon which sings and dances to the tunes,
"Main toh tandoori murgi hun yaar, gataka le saiya alcohol se."
These are the lines of a famous Hindi movie song which broadly means, "Women are like Tandoori chicken to be devoured with pleasure along with alcohol by men"










4- Raising Boys- The root of misogyny and patriarchy is deeply engraved at home in every Indian household where the MOTHER teaches her SON how he is SUPERIOR to his SISTER. The culture of misogyny starts at home. Teach the boys- DON'T RAPE not the girls DON'T GET RAPED





5- Mental Health Awareness- No child is born in this world to become a RAPIST. He takes a long route on his journey to become a rapist. A society that fails to pay attention to children faces a youth that CAN'T BE CONTROLLED.
No Indian wants to hear that s/he comes from a land of 100 rapes a day! 
NOW is the time to take a stand for a better India, a better World. 




Kirtida Gautam is a clinical psychologist and author of Dark and Gritty YA #iAm16iCan. Follow her on Twitter @KirtidaGautam  

Friday, 6 November 2015

DECEMBER 21st, 2015- Can Nirbhaya rest in peace?


On December, 21st, 2015, the Juvenile that raped and was responsible for Nirbhaya's death will be released from rehab center.
In 16th December, 2012, the woman who was full of life, who had worked hard to EARN respect was brutally attacked and left to die on the roads of the Capital of our Motherland India.
I don't believe that vengeance should be the goal of law enforcement agencies of any civilized society. NO. But I don't understand the apathy of the state in India which is not ready to accept the most basic thing about criminal behavior.
In any healthy society, the fear that criminals have of law has to be higher than the fear that the society have of criminals
In India, does sexual predators have that fear of state? Are they told by state, IF THEY WILL DARE TO RAPE, they will be punished and punished severely. Or are they told, YOU ARE JUVENILE BOYS- BOYS MAKE MISTAKE.
Sorry to MISINTERPRET the message of state, but to my ear, it's the later one. The state is not ready to look in the nature of SEXUAL CRIME and TEENAGE SEXUAL BEHAVIOR OF HUMAN MALE. Their law which provides CARE and PROTECTION to the underage criminal for crime such as rape is a JOKE.
I wish that brave soul, Nirbhaya, may rest in peace. But when the boy who played an instrumental role in ending her life will walk free from rehab. Will she rest in peace? I have my doubt.

Kirtida Gautam is a clinical psychologist and author of the novel #IAm16ICanRape: The War Against Rape Culture
Twitter @KirtidaGautam