Double standards of government on womens safety in Telanagana

Lata Jain

With crimes against women having escalated at an alarming rate in the past few years, Hyderabad’s women have safety and security at the top of their mind. Keeping this demand in view and to keep the women voters happy the Hyderabad police have come up with several measures towards the safety of women.

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Lata Jain

Andhra Pradesh recorded a 15.11% rise in crime against women last year with 25,998 cases registered in 2013, and rapes and molestation rising alarmingly. In the last two and half months, more than 100 cases have already been reported across police stations, which activists say are worrying statistics.

Taking a step towards ensuring women’s safety in the newly formed state of Telangana, the Chief Minister, K.Chandrashekhar Rao has started a 24-hoour helpline service. The toll free number- 181, will be available for all women related issues.

To avoid harassment on social media, he asked officials to explore ways in which it can be controlled, close to what China and Gulf countries are doing.

Setting up a 24-hour helpline, enhancing policing and effective implementation of IT Act are among measures being proposed by Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao for women’s safety.

Measure was aimed at dealing with all cases of harassment of women including physical and mental abuse. She teams is doing a mammoth job to protect women.

The old city meanwhile continues to be a hotbed for crimes against women with daily cases of molestation’s, abductions and now even a thriving bride bazaar-where under aged girls from poverty stricken families are sold off to foreign ‘buyers’.

Despite the extent of crime, faith of women in the police is almost non-existent. While the women is still feeling insecure, instead of curbing the loop holes to the safety of women the government is opening more number of bars which will function 24X7.

The nightlife in Hyderabad has gotten a fresh lease of life with improved hospitality, extended happy hours and even women bartenders. This emerging IT city will soon be revving up in the bars and pubs with the blessings of the state government and the man behind this ‘extra kick’ for city youths is no one else but the Telangana CM KCR.

“No amount of policing is going to change things unless the perception of women in society changes. While the government is talking of she teams and several other safety measures for women safety it is the same government who is forming policies which would only add to the insecurities and sexual assault of women.

The double standards of the government, can never assure safety to women in the IT corridor or the city. More bars, toddy shops, late hours of service of liquor at bars are surely not a sign of safety for women working late hours. There is a close nexus between drinking and rape cases. This is proved with statistics.

It’s become common knowledge that alcohol is a major factor that contributes to sexual assaults. USA Today published a story quoting doctors and experts who point out that alcohol is the most common date rape drug, far more likely to be used to incapacitate a victim than “roofies” are.

Several magazines and research analyst have written and proved with statistics that young women should avoid getting drunk, since it’s been proven that drinking is “closely associated” with sexual assault, the dialogue about alcohol and rape has been re-opened.

This entire conversation is predicated upon the assumption that the presence of alcohol increases the likelihood of rape, so we need to encourage college students to drink less. Women activists have played into a decades-long tradition of framing that discussion specifically around helpless women a method of victimization that feeds into rape culture. But even when the discussion revolves around the predators rather than the victims, how strong is the correlation in question? Will getting kids to drink less actually get them to rape less?

National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism study estimated that alcohol is present in about half of sexual assaults, although researchers noted that’s a rough estimation because it’s hard to gather data in this area. It’s certainly possible that alcohol encourages them to push the boundaries of consent further than they would have otherwise. And it’s undeniably true that alcohol is one of the tools that rapists use to prey on women and lower their defenses.

Last year, a user on the social media site started a thread to give them a platform to explain what motivated them to commit sexual assault. The thread was eventually removed, but not before it garnered hundreds of comments. One of the comments that went viral came from a man who described himself as a “serial rapist” during his college years. He wrote that he began forcing himself on women because he liked the “thrill of the chase,”

He points to a largely undiscussed aspect of sexual violence: often, the “drunken victim” was targeted as a victim before they took a sip of alcohol on the night of their assault. It didn’t matter how much they ended up drinking. A survey in 2012 of rapists enlisted in the navy found that the vast majority of men who had committed rape admitted to raping multiple victims, and many of them said they used alcohol as one of their tools

Alcohol contributes to sexual assault through multiple pathways, often exacerbating existing risk factors. Beliefs about alcohol’s effects on sexual and aggressive behavior, stereotypes about drinking women, and alcohol’s effects on cognitive and motor skills contribute to alcohol-involved sexual assault. Despite advances in researchers’ understanding of the relationships between alcohol consumption and sexual assault, many questions still need to be addressed in future studies.

A survey published in a medical journal shows that the majority of campus sexual assaults occur when women are incapacitated, primarily by alcohol. Vast majority of incapacitated sexual assault victims (89%) reported drinking alcohol, and being drunk (82%), prior to their victimization. “A surprisingly large number of respondents reported that they were at a party when the incident happened, with a significantly larger proportion of incapacitated sexual assault victims reporting this setting (58% compared to 28%). The majority of sexual assault victims of both types reported that the incident happened off campus (61% of incapacitated sexual assault victims and 63% of physically forced sexual assault victims).”

In college years, fraternity houses and off-campus apartments are the sites of choice. Outside of college campuses, private homes are the preferred venues for underage drinking parties, offering up multiple rooms for binge drinking, drug use, and hooking up. The data are telling. Some 60 percent of female victims were first raped before age 18. And 20 to 25 percent of female college students experience completed or attempted rape.

All of a sudden, it becomes clear that preventing sexual assault is a much more involved process than simply encouraging young people to chug fewer beers but it does have an impact and the government has to rethink on its policies of granting more licenses, toddy shops and allowing pubs to function late hours.

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