- Posted June 22, 2014 by
RAPE: A SOCIAL CRIME AND IT’S SOMETIMES RIGHT
I would like to point out how disgusted and disgruntle I am at Mr. Babulal Gaur, who is a member of the ruling Pakistani parliament, for his recent statement citing that “Rape is a SOCIAL CRIME, which depends on men and women. Sometimes it’s RIGHT, sometime it’s WRONG. ”
Mr. Gaur are you insinuating is it wrong to say NO to someone who makes sexual advances at you? Obviously it is, else 20 years old Muzammil Bibi of Pakistan would not be hanging from a tree. Instead, she would have been alive today.
Ms. Muzammil was viciously raped, strangled and hanged earlier this month in the impoverish Layyah area of Punjab province in Pakistan, by three ANIMALS according to the police. Wait! Let me correct myself, not animals but MONSTERS.
These monsters defile her, a human being and then murdered her for their own self-gratification. As I address you Mr. Gaur, I still cannot fathom why such irresponsible statement would ever be uttered from your mouth. Instead of condemning the act, you instead, stated that RAPE is sometimes right?
Rape is one of the most heinous crimes imaginable, it is absolutely NOT a “social crime.” Rape is a type of sexual assault usually involving sexual intercourse or other forms of sexual penetration initiated against one or more individuals without the consent of those individuals. The act may be carried out by physical force, coercion abuse of authority or against a person who is incapable of valid consent, such as one who is unconscious, incapacitated, or below the legal age of consent.
According to the United Nations (UN), rape can occur anywhere, even in the family, where it can take the form of marital rape or incest. It occurs in the community, where a woman can fall prey to any abuser. It also occurs in situations of armed conflict and in refugee camps.
However, it seems that Mr. Gaur has forgotten what his own country’s law states on such matter. Well, Pakistani law defines rape as sexual intercourse in the absence of a valid marriage and without the consent of the victim. Pakistani law does not recognize marital rape as a criminal offense. Yet sexual intercourse with a girl under the age of 16 is always construed as rape, whether or not she is a consenting partner. I have read and read and I have not found where the document states that rape is a social crime.
Nevertheless, Muzammil, it is reported that you fought your attackers with all your might. However, it’s a shame that you had to die. I must commend you for strong resistance to the injustice that be-folded you until the very end. Sick crimes of ignorance and sexism continue to plague the world, such event demonstrates the worse example.
Therefore, as I have always done and will continue to do is to stand in solidarity with those across the world who fights against such violence and condemns acts of discrimination against women. I am repulsed by such hideous behavior and Mr. Gaur you should be too.
Muzammil may your soul rest in peace and your attackers behind bars.
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