Every day while going through the newspaper we find many news stories on atrocities committed on women including outraging their modesty, appearing either on the front page or the following pages.
In many cases accidents and crimes, bystanders simply stand around or walk past, without helping the victims. This was seen in several high profile cases, including Nirbhaya rape case in Delhi, in the Swati murder in broad daylight in Chennai’s Nungambakkam and recently in Andhra Pradesh’s Vishakhapatnam.
On the afternoon of 22 october 2017, a woman was allegedly raped by a drunk man in broad daylight on a footpath along a busy road in Andhra Pradesh’s Visakhapatnam.
According to the police, an auto driver who was on the road shot a video of the incident and reported it to the police.
Nobody helped that woman even after seeing her getting raped
The passers-by did not come to the aide of the woman, instead an auto rickshaw driver recorded the crime on his mobile phone. The woman was sitting under a tree when drunk Siva, the accused, sexually assaulted her.
Accused Siva made threatening gestures at passers-by, which discouraged them from helping the woman, police said. An auto-driver somehow recorded the crime, which took place on Sunday afternoon, and called the police. The video shows several people passing by but no one stopped to help the woman.
Police sent the woman to King George Hospital for medical examination and arrested the suspect after the police control room received a call regarding the incident. He has been booked under section 376 of the Indian Penal Code that deals with rape.
In Nirbhaya rape case also, no passer-by helped the victims
In Nirbhaya kand also passers-by left a gang-raped Indian student lying unclothed and bleeding in the street for almost an hour. Her friend too was beaten up by the rapists and was lying in the pool of blood.
More cases of assaults on women
This particular incident has once again started the discussion about how unsafe women are. According to police records, until June 2, police has registered 52 rape cases in 2017 out of which 9 were gang rape cases.
Apart from this, more than 100 cases of molestation and 45 cases under Prevention of Children from Sexual Offences (POSCO) have also been registered which again questions the security of women in the city.