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Shattering the Silence: Wrestlers' Protest Unveils India's Alarming Reality

Published: Jun 9th, 2023 01:37 pmBy lazarus Dias

Introduction :

India, a nation known for its rich cultural heritage and diversity, is grappling with a dark reality—sexual harassment and violence against women. The recent protest by wrestlers against sexual harassment sheds light on a pervasive issue that demands our immediate attention. We must recognize that rape is not limited to politics, religion, or caste—it is a gender issue that affects the fabric of our society. This blog aims to create an authentic push to confront the harsh truth and demand stringent action from the Indian Government.

The Disturbing Statistics:

The National Crime Records Bureau's (NCRB) 'Crime in India' 2019 report paints a grim picture of the deteriorating law and order in the country. Shockingly, every 16 minutes, a woman is raped somewhere in India. This means that approximately 88 rape cases are reported daily. The data reveals that Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh have the highest number of reported rape cases, with 6,000 and 3,065 cases respectively. These numbers reflect a 7.3% increase in crimes against women compared to the previous year.

Unveiling the Trauma:

It is crucial to understand the immense trauma experienced by victims of sexual harassment, including wrestlers. When these athletes are subjected to such heinous acts by federation officials, it not only disrupts their personal lives but also impairs their ability to focus on their sport. The post-traumatic stress they endure can have far-reaching consequences, jeopardizing their careers and mental health

Discrediting Baseless Motives: Critics often attempt to undermine the credibility of those who come forward with allegations of sexual harassment. However, a closer examination reveals the unfounded nature of such claims 

1)   Attention-seeking:

Wrestlers who have reached the pinnacle of success, earning international recognition and respect through their hard work and medals, have no need to seek attention through false complaints. Their achievements speak for themselves

2)   Shame and stigma

Women who experience sexual harassment face immense societal pressure and shame. Wrestlers, who are already under public scrutiny, would be even less likely to draw attention to themselves through false allegations, considering the additional stigma attached to such incidents. Victims are aware of the shame and character assassinations they must go through during cross examinations in a court. It is a herculean task to get permission from the family to report a sexual offence.

3) Political aspirations:

Wrestlers' celebrity status makes them attractive candidates for political parties. Thus, the notion that they have political motives for their protest holds no water

4) Underreporting of sexual crimes:

The NCRB data is only the tip of the iceberg. The taboo associated with reporting sexual crimes, fear of tarnishing family reputation, and inadequate trust in the legal system contribute to the gross underreporting of incidents. It is estimated that only 15-20% of crimes against women are actually reported, leaving countless victims without justice

Unifying for Change:

To combat the prevalent issue of sexual harassment, it is imperative for all women in India to unite and demand their rights. Sexual assault is not about Politics or Religion or caste, it’s a gender issue. Only through collective action can we hope to change the narrative. Courageous victims who come forward need our unwavering support, not skepticism or character assassination. It is crucial to hold perpetrators accountable and demand strict punishment.

Conclusion :

The wrestlers' protest against sexual harassment serves as a wake-up call for every Indian to confront the alarming reality of gender-based violence. We must acknowledge the authenticity of their claims and the trauma they endure. By taking a stand, demanding justice, and raising awareness, we can create a society that protects the rights and dignity of every individual. Let us join hands as one India and work towards eradicating sexual harassment, leaving no room for doubt or Indifference. Don’t wait till it reaches your door as it will be too late.

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