In July, Two women were forced to walk naked in front of a crowd in the Indian state of Manipor after being sexually assaulted. The video of the event went viral on social networks and unleashed a wave of ethnic violence that left dozens dead. Last month, Another woman was stripped naked and paraded on the streets of Hosa Vantamuri in Karnataka. Two cases that add to the group rapes of packs or mobs that are suffered – including minor girls – in this country, some ending in murders by stoning or violence. A sad reality in India, which has ended adopting as a “tradition” the fact of parading women to “punish them for their actions or those of their relatives.”
According to the Indian constitution, men and women are equal in rights and discrimination based on the individual’s sex is “formally prohibited”, which suggests that it is a country that guarantees equality. Nothing could be further from the truth, Women are considered an object, the scapegoat and someone to blame for any social problem.
These are events that are not isolated, as they occur more and more frequently. Reports say that most of these incidents have their origin in family or caste conflicts. Thus, heSexist violence in this territory has increased in recent years, and although it causes a great social upheaval or shocks global society, such situations continue to take place.
These are not isolated cases: women, forced to walk naked or be raped as “punishment” in India
In 2014, A 45-year-old woman was paraded naked on a donkey after being accused of killing her nephew; a year later, Five women were stripped, paraded and whipped by members of a higher caste after one of their daughters eloped with a boy of their same lineage; A 23-year-old woman was punished for being pregnant and allegedly leaving with another man in 2021, and a similar case took place in August of last year, when Another woman was the victim of the same accusation by her husband and her in-laws. Likewise, an eight-year-old girl was the victim of another event that caused shock worldwide after being sexually assaulted and stoned to death by several men.
All of these cases occurred in different cities, but they are just a few examples of the incidents that are reported. In 2023 alone, up to 83,344 cases of this type were registered and more than 85,000 women affected, according to data collected by BBC. Of course, many other events of the same nature are not reported due to fear of being questioned by the relevant authorities, in a society in which men’s testimony is more credible and, therefore, women have many chances of losing out.
In India, Women’s bodies are treated as a battlefield, which, being related to their honor and that of their families, makes them responsible for everything that concerns them. A double standard, since the praise always goes to the man, who is given the role of merit in helping a family move forward, while the punishments fall on the women.
The judicial authorities highlight “the importance of collective responsibility” and toughen the law so that a “tradition” that does not cease ends up becoming extinct, in a world increasingly focused on equality although, in some cases, it seems to be left behind.