2 years and almost 3 months ago (16 December 2012), the 23-year-old ‘Nirbhaya’ was the apple of her parents’ eyes. Her parents, who had taken out loans to fund her studies, were a rare model Indian family in which the daughter came first and led the way, They had invested everything in their daughter. Nirbhaya would have become a physiotherapist and gone on to support her family. But her parents hopes ended when she finally succumbed to the horrific injuries she suffered in a gang rape that shocked the country.
At that time many political parties and leaders come forward to show their support, BJP and Narendra Modi were at the forefront in all this. Modi gave many speeches and statements against the ruling party Congress, Ex-PM Manmohan Singh, Sonia Gandhi and Ex- Delhi CM Sheila Dixit. Nirbhaya Case was also one of the major reason for Congress defeat in 2014 Lok Sabha Elections.
In Lok Sabha Elections, Modi said that if Bhartiya Janta Party party come in power then Women Empowerment is their main intention. And as it happens Modi won the elections with the majority. And then the vision looks come true when Maneka Gandhi announced in July last year that the Modi government planned to launch Rape Crisis Centres (Rape crisis centers are community-based organizations affiliated with the anti-rape movement that work to help victims of rape, sexual abuse, and sexual violence) in every district in India. However, with the excitement of a stunning political victory this government has also staring back in to the dirty politics, the project now stands scrapped. The Telegraph reports that instead of 660 Rape crisis centres that were supposed to come up in the country, we will now have just 36, one in each state.
The budget for the project has been slashed from Rs 244.48 crore to Rs 18 crore.
“Our information is that the PMO (Prime Minister’s Office) has remarked that the police are sensitive enough and that there is no need for such centres,” The Telegraph quotes Jagmati Sangwan of the All India Democratic Women’s Association.
Sangwan in the article, raises a question that immediately pops up in our mind after reading about the government’s new plan. She asks, “If a woman is raped in Jaisalmer, say, she will not go to a crisis centre in Jaipur.”
‘Nirbhaya’ has come to represent an idea, in our country. Instead of being a reference to the December 16 rape, this word is a strong stand against the dismal state of women’s safety in India. Approximately 92 women are raped, everyday. ‘Nirbhaya’ is a living reality.
And by downsizing the initiative to institute rape crisis centres, the Government just proved that ‘Nirbhaya’ has already been forgotten.
Jaise Naagnath Waise Saanpnath !!