In the news: Facing up to Rape
May 18, 2012 Leave a comment
An editorial in The Hindu today (18 May 2012) on poor conviction rates and delayed justice for those who report rape in India. ‘Facing up to Rape’ points out that increased reporting of gender and sexual violence (up from 2919 in 1973 to 20,262 in 2010) has not been matched by an increase in conviction rates (in fact, down from 37 per cent to 26 per cent in the same period).
This is something all of us at Prajnya always worry about, as we think up and organise programmes, workshops, etc. We urge women to be bold, to assert themselves, to report crimes, to end the silence. But it sometimes does seem like we’re creating the demand without any supply to meet it. And somewhere, that doesn’t seem right. No easy answers of course, but this seems as good a time as any to voice our concerns.