Selling falsehood at UN – Rule of Law Appears Farce
By Pravin Patel, National Convener & Trustee, Forum for Fast Justice
Recent spurt of violence on the streets & also in shelter homes for children & Women raises serious questions, where is rule of law? When I look at the situation, it reminds me of the statement made by official Indian Delegation at the 27th session of the Universal Periodic Review Working Group at the United Nations Human Rights Council, led by the Attorney General Mukul Rohatagi who said that “India is a secular state with no state religion,” He also said “the Indian constitution guarantees freedom of religion to every individual.” And also “the Indian Constitution enshrined various provisions for the protection of the rights and interest of the minorities; India make no distinction between caste, creed, colour or religion of a citizen.” He also said “We believe in peace, non-violence and upholding human dignity. As such, the concept of torture is completely alien to our culture and it has no place in the governance of the nation,” Sri Rohatgi also said that India has enacted a range of laws to address sexual assault and other gender based crimes. “We have overhauled the legal framework for dealing with child sexual assault,” He also stated among major initiatives of the government, cited “Beti Bachao – Beti Padhao – Celebrate the Girl Child and Enable her Education”
In sharp contrast to what has been stated at global level when we compare the same with situation back home, many questions pops up in our mind. If what is stated by an official Indian Delegation at United National platform is true, than questions arises, What about repeated hatred spread against innocent Muslims and series of murders of innocent Muslims by terror gangs, posing themselves as cow protectors. It is an open secret who killed Ikhlaque, Pehlu Khan or Rakbar and few others! Police gets wrong message when killers are garlanded in public by a union minister, not to say about others.
“Beti-Bachao” appears no more than a mere slogan when we look at the hard realities of crime that are committed against minor girls and women. Murder of a minor girl after her gang rape at Kathua in J & K, a law maker belonging ruling party forcibly rapes a girl for months but police forces father of the victimized girl to withdraw the complaint, but on his refusal to do so, was brutally tortured within the police station who succumbed to injuries and died with multiple injuries all over his body. This reminds us of the statement made by official Indian delegation at UN I quote again, “We believe in peace, non-violence and upholding human dignity. As such, the concept of torture is completely alien to our culture and it has no place in the governance of the nation,” There are many more incidents of violence and sexual assault against women including minor girls including in the Ashrams run by Babas/Saints, Shelter homes, girls hostels etc. It is shocking to know that Policeman, law makers, Babas/Saints, Shelter home in-charge of shelter homes, hostels also find their names amongst those who are charged with rape or attempt to rape or molestation of women and children. Despite stringent laws have been enacted to punish the rapists, incidents of rapes have increased.
According to Crime in India – 2016’, published by the NCRB at North Block in New Delhi, Rape cases have reported an increase of 12.4 per cent from 34,651 cases in 2015 to 38,947 in 2016. Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh reported the highest incidence of rape with 4,882 (12.5 per cent) and 4,816 (12.4 per cent) respectively, followed by Maharashtra 4,189 (10.7 per cent) during 2016. When we look at the crime committed against women, scheduled tribes (ST) and scheduled castes (SC), again Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh remain the worst performers in most categories with high rates of crimes against them.
When we look at NCBR 2016 and statement made on May 4, 2017, at the 27th session of the Universal Periodic Review Working Group at United National Human Rights Council; Question is raised, who is right and who is wrong! Let the readers decide.