As many as 331 women were raped last year in Jammu and Kashmir, out of who 307 victims were known to the offenders, says a report released by National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB).
The data released says there have also been 20 attempts to rape. The 331 cases include 6 rapes committed by close family members, 21 by relatives and 61 by neighbours.
In the backdrop of growing violence against women, Rising Kashmir reporter Haika Sajad talked to women in Srinagar about the issue.
Sumaira Mir, Secretary at Kings Whiteline Society (NGO)
There is so much violence against women in Kashmir. Be it at their in-laws or even at their parents’ home. When a widow comes back to her parents she is not treated with respect as if she was a born widow. People nowadays are educated but they don’t know how to use it properly. They have become only bookworms with no awareness. Parents are equally responsible as they educate their daughters, but do not teach them to become independent. From day one they teach them to be submissive, results are before us. When they are harassed they don’t dare to report it as they have been taught to be silent. Educated men who are indulged in violence are fools.
Nahida BashIr, Studying Bachelor’s in Science (BSC), Third Year at Government College for Women MA Road.
Women are themselves responsible for the violence happening with them. They don’t stand on their own feet thinking that someone will come to help them. Women nowadays are highly educated but still are victims of violence; it is because they don’t know how to make use of their education. Either the society is responsible for it or the male dominance. However, housewives don’t raise their voices as they are threatened and are so much dedicated towards their kids and husbands and they don’t have any concept that they can live without their husbands also.
Insha Noor, II Year student at Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Kashmir (SKUAST)
Ours is a male dominated society with fairer sex facing discrimination. They don’t let girls to do their job and due to which they become dependent on men and are many times criticised by them which is also responsible for the violence. There were so many dowry deaths in Kashmir; it is just an act of showing off their high status in the society.
Sania Muzamil, II Year English Honours Student at Government College for Women MA Road
Forced arranged marriage is the biggest cause of violence against women in Kashmir because girls don’t have their own opinion. Family plays a very important role as it is family which decides the fate of the daughter without asking for her choice at the time of marriage and it ultimately ends up in breaking of a family and hence violence.
Irfana Akhter, a student at Central University of Kashmir
Normally when we think about educated society, we draw pictures of an ideal society where there is equality of rights but practically there has been more violence with rising literacy levels against women. This indicated that although our literacy is increasing but our erudition is same and staged.