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(An)archy Named Patriarchy

Patriarchy often tends to believe that women are nothing, but commodities! Patriarchy loves war, as it satisfies the male ego and the female body becomes the reward not only in the battlefield, but also in post-war scenario! How could the Indians forget this fact? From history books to broadsheets, there are enough evidences. The 2018 Nobel Peace Prize has once again reminded us of that painful truth.
The Nobel Committee has honoured two persons, who are vocal against the oppression of women, with the Peace Prize this year. One of them is Nadia Murad Basee Taha, while the second one is Dr Denis Mukwege. Twenty-five-year-old Nadia is a Germany-based Yazidi-Iraqi human rights activist who was kidnapped and held captive by the Islamic State (IS) terrorists for three months in 2014. Nadia feels the pain of rape victims as the IS warriors had used her as a sex slave and repeatedly raped her in those three months. The girl, who once claimed that more than 3,000 Yazidi girls were subjected to sexual abuse by the IS terrorists, has become the mouthpiece of them.

On the other hand, Dr Mukwege – the Congolese gynaecologist who founded and works in Panzi Hospital in Bukavu – has become the saviour of the rape victims in Africa. Dr Mukwege – who specialises in the treatment of victims of sexual violence – is popularly known as “the world’s best expert on repairing injuries of rape”. A couple of years ago, Dr Mukwege had urged the UN to draw a red line against rape as a weapon of war, just like chemical weapons, biological weapons and nuclear arms. Indeed, the job is difficult, keeping in mind that fact that well-planned incidents of sexual violence against innocent women are taking place in troubled areas across the globe on a regular basis. To disrespect female bodies and to own their private parts and wombs are symbols of conquest. Perhaps, it’s the easiest way to get rid of the enemies.

Dr Denis Mukwege

It is expected that the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize will certainly prompt the South Asian nations to introspect about the way they treat women. After the partition of the Indian sub-continent in 1947, women were reportedly brutally tortured in the territories ceded to (erstwhile) East and West Pakistan (now Bangladesh and Pakistan). The wounds are still there in history! Even after 1947, India experienced riots so many times and both the parties targeted the females in most of the occasions! More than 300 women were reportedly raped during 2002 Gujarat riots. At least 100 women were heard being raped in northern Indian city of Muzaffarnagar in 2013. They are yet to get justice. Although seven women in Muzaffarnagar lodged a complaint of rape, six of them withdrew their complaint after being threatened by the perpetrators and not a single rapist was punished.

The 2018 Nobel Peace prize has attacked the tolerance of the state (and of the society) towards violence against women. The Patriarchy teaches girls not to protest against torture and to accept the reality. The Patriarchy also teaches them to remain silent, or else they will have to face the consequences for disrespecting the men. The patriarchal state is committed to silence the girls. The #MeToo movement helped the girls break their silence in 2017. From sexual harassment at workplaces to rape during a war, all sorts of violence against women should be considered as crime and the perpetrators should be punished. Actions, like this, should not be tolerated and the guilty should be brought to book!

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