Aamir Khan’s ‘Satyamev Jayate’ raise voice against rape

The second edition of the talk-show ‘Sayamev Jayate’ was aired on Sunday. And host Aamir Khan once again hit the right cord with his viewers by dedicating the episode to fighting rape.

The episode titled ‘Fighting rape’ began with the recounting of the December 16, gang rape case, in which a 23-year-old physiotherapy intern was brutally gang-raped in a Delhi bus.

Including reports of some more cases of acid attack, rape and molestation, the actor shared the statistics of rape cases in India stating that around 1,01,041 rape cases were reported till 2012, of which 3,563 were convicted in a year. In 11,446 cases the accused were set free or cases were withdrawn and 86,032 cases were still pending.

He talked about the actual picture of victims of many such crimes. The show threw light on how the three main basic foundations of Police, medical-aid and justice dealt with the gruesome crime in the country.

Aamir told his audiences that after the Nirbhaya case, some changes were made in the Indian law, which said that not lodging a FIR in such cases was illegal and the complainant should also receive a copy of the FIR. In case, where a police officer refuses to report the issue, one can complain to SP or ACP and the concerned officer would have to undergo two years’ imprisonment under section 166.

The episode pointed out the lack of proper training given to medical students to handle such cases as well.

Aamir also focused on the controversial ‘two-finger test’ that rape victims, even little girls have to undergo. It was also pointed out that the test was used by doctors to train other doctors in an incident.

The actor interviewed two rape survivors, Urmila Singh Bharti, a Dalit from Madhya Pradesh, and, also Suzette Jordan, who come out in the open shedding anonymity, known as the ‘Park Street rape victim’ to fight for justice.

Quite a number of known faces such as Justice Usha Mehra, Amita Gupta, a social activist and some unknown faces, too, joined him for the discussions.

The actor was quoted saying, “In the end we don’t have to blame the system, it is actually about the mindset of the people. Society should target the accused instead of making it difficult for the victim.”

“We should not compromise to fear. A nation changes when people raise their voice against the atrocities,” he added.