thenews.com.pk 21 Sep, 2020 03:15 am

The curse of Medusa

The curse of Medusa
Rape is a crime dictated primarily by a twisted psychology. It’s about power, not pleasure. It’s about asserting control. So while demands for public hanging and castration feel...

Gender sensitivity and gender equality must be added to the new Single National Curriculum.Besides, there are subtle ways of addressing contentious issues, like making sure gender sensitivity teachings remain about equality and not turn into gender wars.Chairman of the Pakistan Ulema Council Hafiz Muhammad Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi has issued a decree that DNA test report sshould be admissible as evidence in rape cases.What will bring all these different initiatives together would be the human touch, like making it mandatory for rape cases to be overseen by women police officers, having women Medico-Legal Officers run rape-kits, for the state to provide strong legal assistance to rape victims and for the government to bring in legislation making any sort of ‘reconciliation’ in rape cases illegal.

Like when you think you know who killed Prof Plum you stop looking for the actual killer, society stops looking for the underlying psychology of rape and goes to sleep happy at having avenged the discomfort caused to their sensibilities.On the contrary, they should be dealt with promptly and severely so that no rape goes unpunished.

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