Here come the girls to patrol the Rape Capital

A NEW initiative is being launched a year on from the rape and murder of a 23-year-old in New Delhi, the city now coined the Rape Capital of the World. Not just any boring governmental initiative, oh no. Girl power in leaps and bounds as females are recruited as a commando force to patrol the no-longer safe streets.

Activists of Indian National Congress with black bands around their mouths block traffic during a protest against a gang rape and murder of a 16-year-old girl  (Photo: AP via The Telegraph)

Activists of Indian National Congress with black bands around their mouths block traffic during a protest against a gang rape and murder of a 16-year-old girl (Photo: AP via The Telegraph)

India’s new Woman & Child Welfare Minister Rakhi Birla thinks recruiting ex-military personnel to train women volunteers will boost safety for women on the streets and decrease the rates of rape and sexual assault on women.
Since the murder of Nirbhaya in 2012, rape and assault insecurity has only heightened, and in turn provoked increasing numbers of demonstrations, urging changes to be made to the punishments of those found guilty of such crimes. 

The Government were forced to introduce tougher sentencing and laws against criminals, however this hasn’t help lower numbers of reported crimes. Quite the contrary in fact, because since 2012, figures (according to The Telegraph) of reported rape have increased from 706 to 1330 and number of reported sexual assaults have skyrocketed from just over 700 to more than 2800 in just a year.

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These shocking statistics could be down to two things- is it that criminals are growing more vicious despite the more serious penalties, or are the newly enforced laws increasing the confidence of victims to come forward, in hope of seeing some form of justice?

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Well, I don’t know. Girl power and all that, and of course women and men should have the freedom to feel safe on the streets of their towns. But will they really be taken seriously? Even armed with martial arts and army combat knowledge, are they a match for the questionably patriarchal society? Hmmm…

Read the full story on The Telegraph website here.

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