The Violence towards Women
Almost everyone in their lives have experienced some sort of bullying of varying degrees against them: be it physical, mental, or even cyber. If not a person will know someone who has been abused and have seen the effects violence of any nature has on that person. It is emotionally draining on the victim’s body, mind, and spirit. Sometimes these acts can even lead to the death of the victim, be it suicide or murder. Therefore, violence toward women is no laughing matter. It is a real issue that many women have to bravely face on a day to day basis.
But just how many women actually suffer from violence, anyway? In truth that is a hard statistic to estimate, but it is believed that“[b]etween 15 and 76 percent of women are targeted for physical and/or sexual violence in their lifetime, according to the available country data” (“Fast Facts: Statistics on Violence Against Women and Girls” 2011). This statistic raises another question, why might such a huge gap be present amongst countries? There could hundreds of reasons why a person being abused does not come forward. At least in the cases of rape occurring in India, however, it appears that one of the causes maybe the government’s lack of action towards rapists. Two recent rape victims highlight the phenomenon very well; both of their true identities are unknown to public. The first is that of seventeen year old girl who committed suicide. Although she had formally registered her rape to law enforcement, reportedly it was those very police who were pressuring the young woman and her family to drop the charge. Since then the officers involved have either resigned or are on suspension. The other victim has received far more media attention. At age twenty-three she has been dubbed Damini by the public. After her rape she was nearly at death door. Even after being brought to a hospital in Singapore she eventually passed away. Damini’s death sparked mass protesting that has called for Indian government to make reforms for rape and violence toward women much harsher. What is more frightening is that these two women are not alone in the experience they shared. It is estimated that in 1971 to two thousand four hundred eighty-seven people were raped. This figured jumped to twenty-four thousand two hundred six in 2011(Singh et al. 2013). That means that there are thousands of women who have suffered just like Damini in India alone!
However, it is important to remember that India is not the only country in world that has to deal with issues of violence towards women and the bureaucratic tape that accompanies it. For example, the United States Congress has repeatedly tried to pass a revision Violence Against Women Act, which would expand present regulations provided funds for provides “grants to state and local offices for legal assistance, transitional housing, law enforcement training, stalker databases and domestic violence hotlines” (Abrams 2013) . One of the reasons that the act has not passed in the past was the controversial singling out it would give lesbians and Native American Women (Abrams 2013). Still the fact that the Violence Against Women Act is continually being debated shows not only how complex the issue is, but just how prevalent it still is for American society. Other examples of how violence against woman has affect people across the globe can be found at http://onebillionrising.org/reason (“Another Reason to Raise ” 2013).
Around the world women are being violated each day. Behind all the statistics and numbers that are used to describe these events are women who are suffering with the stress of the event or have died, just like Damini. Thankfully, there are people out there who stand up against this violence and dare to make a change, like those protestors in India that are campaigning to for government reform (Singh et al. 2013). However, government action can be a slow process, like the expansion of the Violence Against Women Act has shown to be (Abrams 2013). Still, proper government reform that helps to end violence against women is something that is well worth the wait.
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