Show your empathy to animals not to rapists.

Urmila Chanam
Posted April 7, 2019 from India

The sentence for rape should not be lesser than life imprisonment and under no circumstances, even ' good behaviour' during the jail term should the rapist be released because an offender is a time bomb ready to explode with newly gained confidence of getting used to living in the jail, its no more a big deal anymore, full knowledge of the loop holes within the system like knowing how to get out of jail and tolerance to social stigma of being a rapist. Whatever holds back a man from raping again does not hold true for the rapist who has served a term in the jail. The sentence is not just about punishment as it is about protecting society. The rapist of the Mumbai minor  who killed the little girl and dumped her in a public toilet was just released after 5 years in jail for another rape of a minor in 2013. The jail authorities were impressed with his good behaviour during his term and set him free. They are as much responsible for the rape and murder of the minor. Please do not send your girl child for any errands. Do not nurture empathy for any man who is a rapist if you are in the law enforcement agencies like police, lawyers and judge. If you see small children unchaperoned, assist or accompany them home to parents and family. Do not be tolerant to child pornography, this is related to escalation of violence against children. Police if you find a rapist in your jurisdiction make it your life goal to keep him behind bars. Practice your kindness on animals instead.Just like development agencies, NGO and Government of India partnered to reverse the HIV/AIDS epidemic in India its time to address rape of women and children.

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Jill Langhus
Apr 07
Apr 07

Hi Urmila,

How are you doing?

Thanks for sharing your sad, and true story:-( I'm wondering, though, if the rapists received therapy while in jail if this would solve the problem of resources and space, i.e., then the country, government and taxpayers aren't continuing to pay for all these men to stay in prison after they have receive the necessary therapy and a good evaluation before contemplating releasing them. I'm not saying, by any means, they should be released just because there is a cost involved or they have served their term. I'm saying there has to be a better way to deal with the problem rather than releasing them due to space, monetary, or "good behavior" reasons, or keeping them in indefinitely. Also, I think at the core, beyond the rape issue, is a deeply embedded lack of respect for women and abuse at home that creates the problem in the first place, that also needs to be addressed before the issue is resolved.

Hope you're having a good, rest of the weekend:-)

Urmila Chanam
Apr 07
Apr 07

Thank you sister, Jill for throwing light to the investment required to keep offenders inside jail. I am not sure if we have counseling within jail for rapists and other sexual violence or other types of crimes against women. What exists as policies and guidelines do not get implemented in the goodness in which they were inducted and the impact we want to see, does not materia;ize. I mean how would we be sure a rapist has reformed? What would be our indicators? For instance, in the Mumbai case we still do not know many things- who were these people who set him free, what was the nature of relationship between these authority and the rapist? What mechanisms monitor the rapist after he is out of jail. All these steps have one context that will not cease to be- patriarchy and the value that men are always right. YOu are right sister disrespect for women, changing sexual behavipur, abuse, ineequality and disadvantaged position of females all contribute to this social evil. Thanks once again for discussing this with me.
Love always,
Urmila Chanam,
India

Jill Langhus
Apr 07
Apr 07

You're welcome:-) Yes, I think it's a relatively new concept, although I haven't followed it at all. I know they were going to do this in parts of the U.S. but I'm not sure how successful it was/is or how the monitoring or screening goes for that either. I just feel like it's not a long-term solution to have all these rapists in jail, and, yes, I would imagine that they just repeat the pattern after they are let loose again. I've heard that about many criminals. The core issue is why are these men, or certain men, hateful towards women, and what caused it in the first place. And, then work from there to resolve the issue.

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Lisbeth
Apr 27
Apr 27

Honestly, do you notice how some animals behave cautiously? Sometime I water why human having a conscience cannot do same or much better.

The other day I watch a short video of a mother dog who will not allow her owner take some of her baby puppies.

Later, when this man went to sleep without a blanket the dog took it and covered him. Protecting him from cold. You see! Even a human with conscience will not do this.
Thanks for sharing dear.

Urmila Chanam
Aug 28
Aug 28

Indeed, we have to learn humanity from dogs and other animals. If we could be so patient, tolerant and forgiving like animals, where would there be any trouble, sister?

Beth Lacey
Jul 09
Jul 09

Yes! You are so right!
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Urmila Chanam
Aug 28
Aug 28

Sister Beth why is there forgiveness of proven sexual crime cutting short of the sentence? I fail to understand this.