Monday, December 21, 2015

How much we know about sexual violence and our rights?

1. According to 2015 World Literacy Report, India is a country where 72.1% of the population are educated. Still we are ashamed when we come to know out of 100 women 99 suffered from sexual violence in our society. This is also understandable the educated men and women are the major culprits in sexual harassment cases hiding inside the society. Which is the cause mostly women who feel insecure and powerless to speak and stand against such people in power and position.

But before that, there is a lack of knowledge about Basic Human Rights in women and such ignorance is another unpleasant condition. Amnesty International India's #KnowYourRights is an e-learning platform where women can learn their basic human rights by spending half an hour. They can teach the same to others in the society. Knowledge is a basic weapon which can help them in occasions just by standing against the barbaric sexual cruelty.
Amnesty International India

2. We born of a mother and many of us have sisters at home. A person should understand that they are just not like a dog or cat to fulfil their sexual desire by forcing any women in the society. Understanding the meaning of the word "LOVE" which makes us being human that is not forcing our physical desires but involved equal respect.

3. A woman is respectful and she has the same rights to live freely in the society anytime, anywhere. She has rights to get the education, walk safely in the street. Many highly powerful, educated, doctors, lawyers, journalists, executives and women celebrities also become victims but they fear about the higher society values and their popularity in concern which causing damage. The leadership among the high educated women in this country is missing which is very harmful for the common women to understand their rights. Most sexual harassment cases silenced by either life threats or giving money or other such opportunities.

What are your rights to report against sexual violence?

● Sexual violence does not only include physical harm. The law was changed in 2013 to
cover a broader range of offences, including sexual harassment, voyeurism and stalking
● One can file an FIR against sexual violence in any police station, not necessarily the one
nearest to the incident.
● One can register a complaint either over phone or e-mail. But to complete the FIR
registration one must visit a police station
● An FIR can be filed by a friend, witness or a family member too. But they must have the
full consent of the survivor and the survivor must be willing to be part of the investigations
● If a survivor of sexual violence is physically or mentally disabled, a police officer must visit
the survivor to register the FIR
● Police cannot refuse to file an FIR. If refused, the police officer can be punished under the law
and you can register a complaint with higher authorities.
● A woman police officer must be present when you file an FIR against sexual violence
● After registering an FIR, one is entitled to a court-appointed lawyer. But it is good to
consult your own lawyer.

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