Expressing her concerns over the rising rape incidents in the country, women's activist Yogita Bhayana, who has been actively working for rape victims, has urged the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to take suo motu cognisance on recent cases including the Hathras gangrape.
Bhayana has asked the NHRC to frame a mechanism to make India a "rape-free nation". "Thus, I request you to kindly take an appropriate cognisance on the above said cases and work on the mechanism to make India a 'rape-free country'," Bhayana said in her letter to NHRC.
"I would like to highlight and draw the attention on the topic regarding the safety of women in our beloved country. I am deeply perturbed with the brutal rapes committed in Utter Pradesh along with atrocious murder of these very young girls. In 2018, a woman was raped every fifteen minutes, reveals data from the National Crime Records Bureau. There were 33,977 rapes reported that year," said Bhayana, who runs a foundation called People Against Rapes in India (PARI).
She added that the gangrape which took place in Hathras in Uttar Pradesh on September 15 has not only shaken our country rather around the world people are concerned about the safety and security of women in India.
"The culprits involved in this particular incident have surpassed all levels of atrocities on the girl which is extremely shocking and sad. Hence, girl succumbed to her injuries. I have personally observed the lacklustre attitude of the administration and police in this particular matter," read the letter.
The anti-rape activist who is working for the past two decades in this field also highlighted that a new phenomena has been noticed that culprits would not leave the victim alive so they go beyond the levels of inhumanity in killing the victim. The Hathras victim's tongue was cut and her spine was broken with multiple fractures.
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