LAKHIMPUR, UTTAR PRADESH: A senior police officer said that a three-year-old girl was found dead in a sugarcane field Lakhimpur Kheri. She was sexually assaulted brutally before being killed and this is the third news coming from the place in three weeks.
Superintendent of Police, Satyendra Kumar Singh, said that he himself will go to the fields to find evidence linking to the accused and if possible slap them with the National Security Act (NSA).
The girl's family alleged that the accused abducted her due to family enmity.
Earlier, a 17-year-old Dalit girl, who left home to fill a scholarship application, was found dead outside her village. She was sexually assaulted and her mutilated body was found near a dry pond.
Before that, a 13-year-old girl who went to sugarcane fields was sexually assaulted and killed.
Recently, a 15-year-old girl who was molested by three men killed herself.
The status of women and children's safety from sexual violence became a concern for human rights activists. Congress and SP leaders started attacking the Yogi Adityanath-led state government over the law and order situation in the state.
Violence against women and children is a major human rights issue. Gauhati High Court had observed that rape is a violation of a person's fundamental rights. Sexual violence is often used in the communal, caste, and political context.
Girls from marginalised caste are raped and killed as "punishment" for entering privileged caste men's land or field.
Sometimes, that obvious powerplay compels them to enter and abduct young girls from vulnerable people in villages.
Therefore, rape is one of the worst forms of exploitation directed against the marginalised section of women and children.
Added to that, women and children are forced to restrict their mobility and sacrifice fundamental rights for their safety as rampant rape culture and power play have only let this crime happens for decades.
Due to the stigma and slut-shaming, women who survive the atrocity don't report it.
Some times the accused, film the atrocity and share it on porn sites and social media pages to further harm the victim.
India as a nation has strong laws to protect women but the rampant existence of these crimes, which can be measured based on the number of videos that come on porn sites, only raises questions regarding the authorities' efficiency.