It's a little barbaric, but here's why we agree with Uma Bharti's stance on torturing rapists

It's time we made rapists pay for their sins.

Dipannita Saha Dipannita Saha Feb 13, 2017
At least Uma Bharti is not blaming the victim. Photo Courtesy: Twitter/Anusha

How many times have you wished for a rapist or a molester to be punished in such a way that he never dares to even look at another woman? A punishment so severe that it would make a person think twice before violating a woman's person space? If you said innumerable times, then you would be happy with what Uma Bharti has said.

During a political rally in Agra recently, the Water Resources Minister, said: "Rapists should be tortured in front of victims until they beg for forgiveness."

While giving a reference of the infamous Bulandshahr rape case, where a mother and her daughter were gang-raped, she said that the Uttar Pradesh government had failed to give the victims justice.

"The rapists should be hung upside down and beaten till their skin comes off. Salt and chilli should be rubbed on their wounds until they scream. Mothers and sisters should watch so they can get closure," the BBC quotes her saying.

Bharti also went on to say that when she was chief minister of Madhya Pradesh, she took the same attitude.

"I would tell the cops to hang the rapists upside down and beat them so hard that they would cry out. I would tell women to watch through windows of the police station. When a policeman objected, I told him people who behave like danav cannot have human rights. Their heads should be cut off like Ravana's," she added.

While it seems a little too inhumane, we agree with what the minister is saying. At a time when our political leaders have tried to justify acts of violence against women, it is important to have deterrence.

Politicians have made statements like "boys will be boys and mistakes happen", some have even compared women to cars and said that they should be parked at home to avoid being molested. Leaders like Abu Azmi have time and again blamed the western culture and women's clothes behind incidents of molestation and rape.

Also read: Andhra assembly speaker compares women to cars, says they should be parked at home to avoid rapes

But, here is a leader, who is not only a woman but also understands that since law is clearly not strict enough, maybe it's time for some vigilante justice. We are not disagreeing to the fact that she could have talked about more concrete measures for women safety--or made sure that they are implemented--but maybe it's time that we resorted to an eye for an eye.

Because let's be honest, we don't need more Nirbhayas, and we definitely don't need cases like Bengaluru mass molestation cases. We also don't need false promises and shoddy implementations of laws. We need action--pronto.

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