A ‘No’ is a ‘No’

“Na sirf ek shabd nahi, apne aap mein ek poora vaakya hai. Ise kisi tarakha ka spashtikaran, explanation ya vyakhya ki zaroorat nahi hoti. Na ka matlab sirf na hota hai.”

Harassment, sexual abuse, patriarchy, oppression and the list of the problems faced by women are never ending. In such an environment, Shoojit Sircar’s Pink was indeed an eye opener. Though it came out nearly two years ago, Pink is a relevant film in today’s world where women are still fighting for their right to live freely and at par with men.

This courtroom drama has won a lot of hearts for exposing the brutal experiences and bitter truths of a life of a woman. It was indeed a very significant movie, giving us an insight on the various laws for the protection of women. The movie gives us a powerful message that the consent of a person is important and when an individual says no, it simply means ‘no’.

The Times of India reported that many government officials thought it would be good to use the film to create awareness about legal aids and resources that we have access to but we might be unaware of. Here are a few terms and laws for women of which we should all know about:

Zero FIR
This means that an FIR can be filed at any police station, irrespective of the place where the incident took place. If you aren’t at the police station which has the jurisdiction to investigate the case or for some reason you go to another police station, you can still file a Zero FIR at the police station near you and they will forward the FIR to the concerned police station.

Bail on Weekends
There is a provision where women and minors can be bailed on Saturday and Sunday. In case you need an emergency bail on weekends, the emergency bail proceedings can be heard at the judge’s house on weekends.

Section 164: The Recording of a Statement
Recording the statement of a victim should be handled with utmost care and importance. While reporting an incident about physical abuse, rape, for example, it is mandatory that the victim feels safe and comfortable. A woman can voluntarily record her statement on camera in a private space with just a police officer and a woman constable.

Section 354
The law states that any person who tries to assault or in any case uses criminal force to assault any woman, intending to outrage her modesty, shall be punished with imprisonment. This is a very powerful legal weapon for women as any person who even tries to assault a woman can be charged under this section of the Indian Penal Code.

Section 503
This section of the Indian Penal Code states that, if any person threatens to injure someone or tries to tarnish their reputation or their property then that person can be held guilty under this section. A person would also be held guilty if they try to threaten the other person indirectly.

Women in today’s world should be aware of all the legal assistance that is provided by the government. As we enter a new year, I urge each and everyone of us, especially women, to be equipped with the knowledge on rights and laws for our protection, for we are the only ones who can protect ourselves.

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