Rural women not free from violence

ONE THING is clear from the Sunday?s incident in Sajeti village is that even the rural women are not out of harm?s way, but the acts of villagers would definitely give a lesson or two to the perpetrators.

india Updated: Jan 10, 2006 00:23 IST

ONE THING is clear from the Sunday’s incident in Sajeti village is that even the rural women are not out of harm’s way, but the acts of villagers would definitely give a lesson or two to the perpetrators.

Two youths, identified by police as Kunwar Lal Prajapati (25) and his accomplice Gyan Prakash Sankhwar (28), tried to rape wife of Chote Lal Kumhar at Harbaspur village under the Sajeti police station. When miscreants were trying to overpower her, she raised an alarm and hearing her screams, dozens of villagers came to her rescue and thrashed them soundly. The two succumbed to their injuries on the spot.

However, SHO Sajeti Shriprakash Yadav said five out of the eight named-accused were arrested. Commenting on the incident, he said, “It is an outcome angry and illiterate villagers, for whom social respect is paramount.”

There are several Sajeti like incidents in the urban areas too. Fed up with police apathy, local residents, instead of taking the police help, try to take the law onto their hands. A few months ago, local people beat up a lumpen element badly when he passed on obscene remarks on a girl at Sotewala temple in Kidwai Nagar.

Similarly, in Juhi area when a girl put up resistance, two youths attacked her residence. Irked over this, local residents badly assaulted the two. In another incident at Kalyanpur when a tenant tried to rape the daughter of his landlord, he was also badly thrashed.

Police inaction is the reason behind spurt in crimes. They failed to provide respite to the victims of acid assaults. The poor victims like Arti Srivastava, Puja or Razia have been left or forgotten by the society and spending their life in solitude.

Incidents of eve-teasing and molestation are countless but interestingly, in most of the incidents either the police refused to register case against the accused or dilly-dallied to the extent that the accused got settled after getting married to some other girl or had migrated from the city.

Meanwhile, reacting sharp on such incidents of eve-teasing and molestation, SP Crime Sripati Mishra said, “I have alerted the Women Helpline and urge people to avail the facility by informing them at the earliest.” “Any crime against women is a social crime and it is the responsibility of everyone in the society to defeat this menace,” he added.

First Published: Jan 10, 2006 00:23 IST