The National Commission for Women (NCW) has taken cognisance of the incident where a woman aged 35 years, was allegedly gangraped in Dumka, Jharkhand. “Chairperson Rekha Sharma has written to Director General of Police, Jharkhand seeking adherence to guidelines of Ministry of Home Affairs of completing probes in two months in cases of sexual assault,” said NCW in its statement.
Reports suggest that the woman was allegedly gangraped while she and her husband were on their way back from the market. The complaint registered at Maffasil Police Station states that the husband was held hostage during the incident. The police have nabbed one person and the hunt for other accused is currently underway, as confirmed by DIG Santhal Pargana. He has however, refuted reports that 17 men were involved in the crime, as reported by Indian Express.
In a reckless comment, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Shivanand Tiwari has blamed “consumerist culture” for such incidents in tribal areas where crimes like rape were unheard of. “No one could’ve ever imagined that a girl/woman would ever be raped in a tribal area. There was no rape in the tribal culture but the consumerist culture that began to bring in modernism, presented women as articles for consumption,” Tiwari was quoted as saying by ANI.
He further said, “Item dance in films, ads, pornographic content on phones prepare the mindset for rape. Just making stringent laws won’t end it. As long as the situation that incites people for rape persists, you won’t be able to stop it”.
#WATCH : No one could’ve imagined there would be rape in tribal area. Item dance, ads, pornographic content on phones prepare mindset of rape. Just making stringent laws won’t end it. As long as situation that incites for rape persists, you won’t be able to stop it: S Tiwari, RJD pic.twitter.com/xVg6jvDp3G
— ANI (@ANI) December 10, 2020