Women should be aware of their Rights. The fact that they can freely express themselves, is enough reason for them to not stay quiet during any situation! With increasing crimes and unbothered responses, women need to be aware of their rights and work towards spreading its importance around, even more! A few Rights mentioned might help women immensely!
Privacy. OK. Please.
A horrifying incident and the nation wants to know its details? Ever bothered about the emotional trauma it places on a woman? Interrogation is important but for every minute detail to be revealed, one must be comforted, understood with a lot of patience and effort.
The Right to Privacy ensures that a woman can record her statement privately in front of the magistrate without interruption or being overheard by anyone else. She can also ask for a lady constable or a police officer in person. The cops have to give the privacy to the victim without stressing her in front of the masses.
Is it too late now to say sorry? Never!
Very often, a crime affects the victim even after it has been committed. Instead of punishing the culprit, the victim only suffers the brunt of it all; be it her reputation, dignity, family, threats or blackmail. Sometimes there is no turning back but a miserable life ahead.
If only a little courage is drawn, under the Right to Untimely Registration, women can register a complaint even if it’s very late and the police cannot deny or refuse it. The self-respect of a woman comes before anything else and she cannot be denied of it. This right can encourage victims to punish the culprits no matter how late it gets. A crime is a crime, the sooner you speak up, the more it encourages women to realise their importance and identities.
Don’t Stay Out Late at Night. Definitely Not at the Police Station!
A woman might have committed a crime but what if she didn’t and is arrested for no reason? In any of the above scenarios, a woman cannot be arrested after sunset and before sunrise.
The Right to Arrest claims that even if a woman constable accompanies the officers, the police cannot arrest a woman at night. This prevents unnecessary harassment by the police at wee hours. If a woman has committed a serious crime, the police have to get it in writing from the magistrate explaining the need to arrest her at night.
Rape Doesn’t Have Multiple Definitions. Report it.
Neglecting a crime due to zero medical proof? As disgusting as it sounds, a case of rape cannot be dismissed even if the doctor says that the rape hasn’t taken place.
According to the Right Towards Crime and Not a Medical Condition, a woman has the right to have a copy of the medical report from the doctor. Rape is a crime and not a medical condition. It is a legal term and not a diagnosis. The only statement that can be made by the medical officer is that there is evidence of recent sexual activity. Whether the rape has occurred or not is a legal conclusion and the doctor can’t decide further on this incident.
An Appraisal for Sex? Hell No!
Quirky comments, stares and restless urges for sex suddenly bothering you? Harassment should never go unnoticed in any organisation.
The Right to No Sexual Harassment has led to A Sexual Harassment Complaints Committee that should prevail within every organization. In reference to a guideline issued by the Supreme Court, it is mandatory for all firms to set up such committees to resolve matters of sexual harassment. It is necessary that the committee is headed by a woman and comprise of 50% women members with one belonging to a women’s welfare group.
Pamper My Rights. I Might Carry the Future President!
A woman might literally carry the future of tomorrow. Give her the time and space to be able to nurture an upcoming leader!
The Right to Maternity Benefit states that a woman employee who has worked in an organisation for a period of at least 80 days during the 12 months preceding the date of her expected delivery is entitled to receive maternity benefits like maternity leave, nursing breaks, medical allowance, etc.
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