Where the CPM scores over the BJP and Congress…

If you thought only the Congress and BJP were singing their way to the 15th Lok Sabha election, then visit the CPI (M)’s official campaign website! One of the links in the website reads ‘songs’ and once you click on it, you are led to four CPM campaign songs – Mehengi Roti Sasti Jaan (Unaffordable food, cheap lives), Haalat Desh Ke Maange Badlao (The situation in the country calls for change), Vikalp Naya Lao Is Baar (Vote for a new alternative this time) and 100 Mein 33 Lekar Rahenge (Will get 33 in 100, in the context of the 33% Women’s Reservation Bill). (http://www.vote.cpim.org/node/1352)

Party politburo member Brinda Karat had, earlier this month, released a compact disc containing these four audio songs though I chanced upon them only today.

I have to admit, I was pleasantly surprised after listening to the songs which are based on themes ranging from price rise and hunger to women’s reservation. These are the broad themes being used by the party in its campaign. The songs are melodious and original (unlike Congress’s Jai Ho and BJP’s Bhai Ho!) and the lyrics are relevant, stimulating and intelligent.

While the first and the third songs have amazingly peppy and catchy tunes and you take to them immediately, the second song is slow yet powerful. Though most of the songs have an anti-Congress tenor (presumably because it was at power at the center), they are not negative or degrading to the party but rather, they concentrate on the problems of the country (whether or not we agree with the CPM’s assessment of our situation is a different issue.) Unlike the BJP’s ‘Bhai Ho’, which is a direct and juvenile counter to the Congress version of the song, the CPM campaign songs are more dignified and do not seem like a childish response to somebody else’s creative (or lack of it!) attempt.

Or for that matter, these songs are not narcissistic and self-indulging like Congress’ ‘Jai Ho’, which concentrates more on praising the party than making the voter aware of its future agenda.

The fact that the CPM does not have resources to match up to the Congress or the BJP is well known, which perhaps explains why these songs are not being splashed across our TV screens or FM stations.

Which party gets my vote behind the Electronic Voting Machine remains a secret, but the CPM definitely gets my vote in the ‘Best campaign song’ category.

Jai Hind’s comments:

No doubt CPM has been innovative in creating their political campaigning material. I would call it ‘Good Marketing’ but unfortunately low on budget.
But that doesn’t ensure they would act for good without vested benefits after they are elected.
And moreover, I am totally against gender-based reservations. Rather you should ensure that everyone(irrespective of gender) gets proper and equal education, opportunities and recognition.
You should go through Sakshi‘s post

Originally published on livemint (via @livemint)

Should there be Death Penalty for Rapists??

ANOTHER RAPE incident has come in light in Delhi/NCR. The rape of MBA student in Noida just shows the helplessness of our legal system. I have always felt that the basic reason why the rapists are not afraid of committing the crime is the loopholes in our legal process. As it is our judiciary walks with snail pace and on top of it the weak laws make it even more comic.

With this latest incident there needs to be discussion on whether or not there should be death penalty for the crime of rape?

Many penologists and jurists believe that it deserves to be punished as seriously as murder is. I feel that if serious crimes were meted out with stricter and harsher punishments, their numbers would reduce considerably. The rape has over the years has become one of the most heinous crime in a civilised society. Of all the cases reported, there are figures which say that every 26 minutes, a women becomes target in our country. And if you include the unreported cases then I feel that the number will run in seconds not minutes.

Over the last few years there have been so many incidents of rape where children and elderly have also been targeted. The National Crime Records Bureau (NCTB) data also clearly points to the profile of the average rapist – over 75 per cent were known to the victims. In fact, nearly 10 per cent were relatives. Another disturbing aspect was that about a quarter of the rape victims were minors. Cases of incest are also increasing. Fathers rape their own children, brothers rape their own sisters. The victim of rape is ravished like an animal for the fulfillment of desire and lust of another man and which undermines the integrity of the victim, physically as well as mentally.

Justice Arjit Pasayat observed: “While a murderer destroys the physical frame of the victim, a rapist degrades and defiles the soul of a helpless female.

” Article 21 of Constitution, which guarantees the right to life and liberty to men and women both alike, but whether it is really imperative to take a decisive step towards extirpating this evil and make the contemporary and future society a safe haven for women. I think yes.

It is time for the law makers to formulate more stringent laws. Right now are laws have so many loopholes that it is very easy for the rapist to walk free. The sentence of punishment ranges from one to ten years. If the accused is influential, he may even expiate by paying huge amounts of money and get exculpated.

The time has come to give death penalty for the crime of rape to the conscienceless criminals. If death sentence is given to such convicts, so as to deter the rest, then no doubt that the graph of rape cases will come down considerably. Though there can be some other alteration but it is very essential that we need to overhaul our judiciary. We need to study the laws, the process and then apply a job which can cater to the larger interest of the society. If such step is not taken then the victim of every rape will not be a woman but humanity.

This is how the other half lives

Female shop assistants first made their appearance in Kurumbur bazaar after STD booths [phone booths] opened in this tiny town.

Before their advent, one did not see girls behind shop counters here. After all, this was rural Tamil Nadu, where the only two places women worked were either in the fields or as domestic help.

Then things began to change. The utensil store hired a salesgirl, then the ice-cream shop and soon there was a fair sprinkling of girls in the town’s shops.

When Indian Oil Corporation opened a petrol pump here, it hired girls to dispense fuel to customers. They were paid as much as the boys, were given the day shift while boys worked the nights.

S Kuruppaya, who has been running the petrol pump for two years, says many girls have come and gone during this period.

M Devi is 22, has studied up to class IX and belongs to the village. After working at the STD booth for Rs 500 a month, she moved to the petrol pump. “Here, I get Rs 1,800 a month,” she says.

“Many girls from my street work in a textile showroom in Chennai. They live in a hostel there. My mother did not allow me to go there though I wanted to,” she continues, insisting that her photograph be taken in such a way that it didn’t show her face.

Since her elder brother moved out after marriage, she lives with her mother who works as a farm labourer earning Rs 40 a day.

“I like the work here. It is better than working in the paddy or banana fields where you have to work under the blazing sun and sometimes in pouring rain.”

She does a 10-hour shift, coming in at 8.30 am and leaving at 6.30 pm. Apart from her salary, she gets Rs 10 as expense money everyday. She also gets tea twice a day.

Her co-worker is L Stella, 43. After working at a printing press before, she had left the job to look after her home for a couple of years but a need for money forced her to take up the job at the petrol pump.

At the printing press, she earned Rs 1,500 a month, here she makes Rs 2,000.

Every morning she comes to work after sending her little son to school. In the evening, since he comes home before her, she rushes home at the end of her shift.

“I have never worked in the fields, I am happy this pump employs women. Normally in the village women are employed only in the agriculture sector, and I don’t know that work,” says Stella, whose husband is employed in the army and is usually away.

Working in a petrol pump is not easy. The women come across drivers who are rude, obnoxious, or in a mood to flirt. Often they have to put up with vulgar and sexist remarks. Moreover, the smell of petrol, diesel and oils is overpowering.

They have not heard about the NREGA, the government’s National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme to provide employment for 100 days at Rs 80 daily in the rural sector. But even if that were to start here, they say they are not interested. “If we wanted to work in the sun, we would have gone to the fields. That is less hours of work for the same money.”

Field workers make Rs 40 for working from 9 am to 1 pm and Rs 20 for a two-hour shift in the evening. But they do not work everyday. Work is seasonal and irregular.

People earning five or six figure salaries, may find it strange reading about women who make Rs 60 a day. But this is how the other half lives, and we should not forget that.

 

Source: Rediff

Can India ever be safe for tourists?

It could not have been a more shameful ‘World tourism day’ for the Indians, that a German tourist was kidnapped from outside a plush five star hotel in the heart of Chandigarh and was raped and molested by six unidentified people.
Lakhs of tourists visit several parts of India every year. The Indian government may not have left any stone unturned in its endeavor to attract foreign tourists by advertising all over the US and UK, but the harsh truth is that the Indians themselves do not feel safe let alone foreign tourists. This is not the first time than an incident of molestation has occurred with a foreign tourist.
The German victim had come to India on September the 23rd and with another German friend for the marriage of her friend. She had gone to the Taj Hotel with her friend and her husband for a cup of coffee. She came out of the Hotel for a smoke and this is when six unidentified youngsters in a Scorpio pulled her into the car. The victim further alleged that she was taken to different places and molested and raped by these individuals. The license number of the car given by the victim unfortunately turned out to be that of an autorickshaw. The police is investigating the case whereas German officials from the German embassy have made their way to Chandigarh to help in the investigations and to be of any help that they can to the German victim.
The shocking incident that took place in one of the safest and the most urban cities of India has come as an eye opener for every one. Indian tourism industry has been witnessing tremendous growth which is largely due to the foreign tourists who visit the country every year. If the bomb blasts in the cities o Jaipur, Ahmedabad and Delhi were not enough such cases could further deter foreign tourists from making frequent trips to India.
Another reason why the police investigation authorities need to take this case seriously is because this is not the first time that a foreign tourist has been molested or raped in India. In the month of February, young fifteen year old Scarlet Keeling who had been holidaying in Goa was found to be brutally raped and murdered. Her body was recovered after a few days. The case had shocked the entire nation, even as Scarlet Keeling’s mother made her way to India. In the month of May, in the land of the Taj Mahal Agra, two young Korean tourists were molested by their rickshaw driver. The Taj Mahal is visited by more than ten lakh foreign tourists every year and this number is only expected to grow.
The Indian government will have to be stricter in dealing with such cases as the reputation of the country is at stake. India was always considered to be a safe haven for foreign tourists and was known for its hospitable culture. But such incidents of molestation and sexual abuse in the past few months will go on to tarnish the reputation that India had of being one of the most preferred tourist destinations of the World.

Mayawati makes it to the forbes most powerful women in the World

The magic of Maya seems to have just begun as the Bahujan Samajwadi Party Supremo made her debut in the Forbes most powerful women in the World. The list of hundred includes three other Indians- Sonia Gandhi, Indra Nooyi and Kiran Mazumdar Shaw.
Mayawati may have not quite made it to the post of the prime minister but she has definitely made it to the omnipotent women of the World list released by the Forbes Magazine. Mayawati made her debut at the 59th position whereas Congress chairperson Sonia Gandhi was present on the 21st position. A fall from her last years sixth rank. The other Indians who made it to the list include Pepsi CEO Indra Nooyi and chief of Biocon Kiran Mazumdar Shaw. Indra Nooyi had moved two places from here last year’s 5th place to a commendable third place this year whereas Kiran just completed the top hundred list by coming in at the 99th position.
Mayawati’s debut into the list may not come as a surprise to many political critics as since becoming the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, she has gone from strength to strength. From having ambitions of becoming prime minister of the country to being the assumed head of the third front of Indian politics, Mayawati has made her agenda in politics very clear from the beginning. The trust vote on the Indo US deal may have not gone her ways, but it is a known fact that her political career has risen tremendously in the past few years and who knows her ambitions of leading the country one day may soon be realized. Sonia Gandhi’s position in the list seems to have fallen  bit after she let Primeminister Manmohan singh take the limelight and face the contentious issues relating to the Indo Us nuclear deal while herself maintaining a low profile for sometime. But never the less Sonia Gandhi continues to be strongest woman politician in our country.
The Forbes top 100 list was topped by the German chanceller Angela Merkel second year running. The second position went to Federal Deposit Insurance Corp Chairman Sheila C Bair of the United States of America. Hillary Clinton may have not been selected as the Democratic nomination for the President in America but American women have dominated the list with six of the top ten belonging to the States. Wallpoint CEO Angela Braly and the US secretary of State Condolezza Rice also make it to the top ten. Hillary Clinton herself came in at the 28th place. Other notable women who can be found in the list are Oprah Winfrey at the 36th place, Melinda Gates at the 44th and Queen Elizabeth 2 on the 58th position.
Indian women may not be getting their due in our society but Forbes has acknowledged the power of the Indian women by including four Indian women in the top 100 list. All the women mentioned have achieved several milestones in their powerful careers.  It is interesting to note that these four women come from politics and the corporate world both of which are supposed to be dominated by the Men. Hence these women represent the ambitions and the aspirations of millions of other Indian girls who too want to push the glass ceiling and reach for the Sky. These women truly epitomize the Indian woman of today- who is confident and wants to reach for the stars.

A Mothers Plea for Abortion rejected by High Court

In a landmark ruling by the Bombay High Court on Monday, the abortion plea of Haresh and Niketa Mehta was rejected. Niketa Mehta was twenty five weeks pregnant but the doctors had advised her that her to be child could face problems after birth.
But the ruling given by the High Court makes us question the laws our system has. Should a mother be not allowed to abort her child even when she knows that the child on birth will be born with physical abnormalities and may not have a good standard of life? This case has again raised questions of ethics and morality in society. Aren’t the laws written by the legislators for the benefit of the people? Of what good are the laws, if it leads to the suffering of a young mother?
In this specific case, after more than twenty weeks of pregnancy, Niketa Mehta’s doctors had advised her that the child could face complications after birth. He could be asymptomatic till the age of seven. He could even need a pacemaker right from the time of birth because of the problems in his heart. Would a happily married Mother ever want to abort the baby if it was because of severe complications?
Here is a couple who went ahead and challenged the law for they though it was inappropriate. There have been questions raised in society and a raging debate is on. One of the reasons why the plea of the Mehta’s was rejected by the bench of judges headed by Justice RMS Khandeparkar, was the medical report given by the JJ Hospital. The report given by the JJ hospital astonishingly underwent a change in a days time. The conclusion of the medical reports given earlier read that there was “A fair chance that the child will be born incapacitated and handicapped to survive” whereas surprisingly on the day of the case in the court, this report had changed to “Least chances that the child will be born incapacitated and handicapped to survive” No one really knows what caused the U turn in the medical reports of the JJ Doctors though the Doctors of JJ hospital meant that it was a typo in the first medical report. Whatever the reason may be, the couple has the sympathies of the judges as well as the entire nation as Justice Khandeparkar said that the current law dated back to 1971, but it was not in the power of the judges to change the law. That power was only with the legislators.
The change in the law that the family wanted to be seen was with respect to the section 5 of the MTP Act which allowed for the abortion of the child even after twenty weeks of cases but only in the cases where the mother’s life was in danger. The family wanted that the condition of the baby should also be included in this section especially if the baby is set to be born with congenital abnormalities or disabilities.
The case could have gone against the Mehta’s though they still have the Supreme Court to appeal to, but the questions raised by this case can not be answered instantly. This sensitive issue will have to be discussed by the legislators as the law dated back to 1971, and today no one wants their child to be born with disabilities for very one wants their child to be happy and content. Can this case be equivalent to Mercy Killing? These questions will take a long time to be answered but for now the Mehta’s will have to be content with the ruling of the High Court and go ahead and have the baby.

Women Paraded Naked and We Enjoyed It!!

WomenA mob of 70-80 men groped and molested two young women for some 15 minutes on a busy main street in India. The police respond with: “Don’t blow it out of proportion, you are creating a mountain out of a molehill”
You type “Women Paraded Naked India” and you will get at least 10 pages with the similar news.Researcher says Men rape, molest, drag because they believe they have the right to control and to punish women who do not obey their rules of behaviour. It is an expression of unequal power relations between men and women. Such unequal power relations are not the result of nature or evolution but societies which, through legislation and social custom, have made women second-class citizens.
So we have done it again!!
The latest news is from Raipur, Chattisgarh that two alleged call girls were thrashed, stripped and paraded naked couple of nights back. The incident took place barely few hundred meters from the CMs residnce. Though police tried to save the girls from the mob but this type of crime is surely showing the cynical nature of Indian Society.
The status of women in a society is a significant reflection of the level of social justice in the society. The constitution of India guaratees equal rights to both men and women. Yet in the last few months we have witnessed at least half a dozen of incidents where the women have been paraded naked in the village, cities, towns by the so called ‘saviour of the society.’ In one case a women was paraded naked for just stealing the fruits from a farm. It seems that men enjoy seeing women naked and this psychology just shows how a stupid and foolish man can be? The others want to be the part of big “tamasha” and media shows you LIVE pictures, what a scene?? Right?
You have numerous incidents of the molestation. Most women have experienced, at worst, sexual trauma, and at best, inappropriate touching, grabbing and physical intimidation. The last thing they want is to put themselves into a situation where they are subjected to more of this.
Let us consider this case only. Why are two girls being paraded naked? What about the men who called them, if they were call girls? This is irony in India that we never see the broader picture and are very happy to palliate the situation. And this is the best way to do that? How cum we drag the men involved in the court because they might be having some political backing or they are so venerable that it is just impossible for us to think that they are involved!!Thus the men carry on to show their “prowess” on poor girls.The society is still running away from the truth that punishing girls for their alleged sex crime, why don’t they take action against those men involved? There are many stages to this crime where men only work.(Pimps, Dealers, Buyers, Sellers)
The people are surely lacking some morality and ethical values. They are just spineless. The bystanders are to be blamed as well because they let such a thing happen right under their nose, like cowards, without principles. The great ‘men’ will say “Maa Chod Denge Usski” when in the herd but they don’t dare to stand up and show courage when it is required. It seems that they have lost their balls somewhere.Lack of morality is another major problems pervading our society these days. This problem is manifested in all the spheres of life. Sorry to hurt the sentiments of ‘men’ out here but the fact is that Most men act so tough and strong on the outside because on the inside, we are scared, weak and fragile. If you feel that i am wrong then show some courage when you see such mishappening next time. The problem also lies with our generation as well which is very “Environment friendly and Animal friendly” but weak at morals, courage and ethics.

Punjab, Haryana finally wake up to female infanticide

THE HAND that rocks the cradle, rules the world! Marilyn Monroe was asked how does she feel being a part of a man’s world. She said as long as I am a woman in it, I don’t see a problem. Alas, if she were an Indian girl, her reply would have been different.

Welcome to ‘Incredible India’. Our Constitution grants equal rights and privileges on the basis of sex. But as Amartya Sen had written in ‘Argumentative Indian’, the biggest crime begins against women, at the place where they are meant to be the safest, in their mother’s wombs. Women don’t go missing as young girls, wives or mothers but they go missing even before they are born. And it is the society that is to blame for this, for the real perpetrators of the crime are amongst us and they go scot-free every time.

Female FoeticideThe states of Punjab, Haryana and Jharkhand have the worst sex ratios in the in the country. According to the 2001 census, there are only 874 women with respect to 1000 men in these states. The national average was 933. In fact, the sex ratio of Punjab has never gone above the national average. According to the 2001 census, the worst sex ratio in any state was Haryana’s. It had only 861 women per 1000 men in the state. What is shocking is that at the time of Independence the sex ratio stood at a healthy 946, but over the last 60 years it has fallen to 933. Thus, instead of improving it is becoming worse.

Finally the states of Punjab and Haryana have woken up to this crime. The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee called for a Samaj Chetna Lehar (Social Awareness Campaign) to encourage young couples to have a girl child. The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee had earlier announced that they would be putting up cradles outside the Gurdwaras, so that people could come and leave their girl children instead of killing them or abandoning them in the open. Chandigarh, which is one of the richest cities in India, has one of the most skewed sex ratio that you would ever see.

The figures are shocking to say the least. It is 777 females for a thousand males. In these states, female infanticide has been on the rise and drastic steps have to be taken to curb this crime. In temples and Gurdwaras in Chandigarh, after the morning prayers the priest will have the job of preaching to the devotees about saving the girl child. Being done at religious places, it will definitely have an impact on young couple’s minds.

The Pre-natal Diagnostic Techniques (Regulation and Prevention of Misuse) Act (PNDT) was implemented in the year 1994, but is misused in all parts of India. Abortion rates are increasing by almost 80 per cent in some states like Punjab and Haryana. Figures by United Nations say that about 7,50,000 female foetuses are aborted every year in India. And these figures only constitute cases, which come out in the open, otherwise female infanticide continues unabated in the dark by bribing taking doctors.

The government has also thought of chipping in by trying to bridge the gap between the two sexes in parts of Punjab and Haryana with the Conditional Cash Transfer Scheme as it is followed in many other Latin American and Central American countries. In districts, where the sex ratio is really poor, the government will be offering cash incentives to families that have a girl child. Every newborn girl who has been registered will be given Rs 5000. And this won’t be the end of the largesse, at various stages of her education also, she will be given incentives. This scheme may work for the poor, but alas! Illegal sex determination happens among the affluent as well. This is where one believes the society needs to make a change. Some of the richest couples in Punjab and Haryana are guilty of killing their girl children. This is the mindset of the people, which only we can change.

India as a country reveres more goddesses than any other in the world. Even when female infanticide occurs right in front of our eyes, we stand mute and indifferent. We say ‘Vande Mataram’, we award movies like Mother India, but when it comes to having a girl child, even some of the richest couples refrain from doing so. It is really tough being a girl in a man’s world in India because her very right to live or be born is not granted to you.

“Incredible India” notion is a SHAM

RapeDESPITE REPORTS of increasing incidents of rape of foreign tourists at popular tourist sites, there seems to be clear apathy towards the whole issue of tourist safety in India.

Already, several prominent countries, including the US, UK, Australia, Canada and France have issued warnings on the law and order situation here through the travel advisories they circulate to their citizens planning to visit India. They have specifically warned women tourists about the possibility of physical harassment and molestation in major tourism destinations like Delhi, Agra, Goa and Himachal Pradesh. In 2007, there has been a spate of rapes. The Incredible India tag the government seeks to promote surely rings hollow to the victims of such savagery. Some of the incidents that came to light were:

  • On New Year’s Eve, molestation of tourists was reported from Mumbai and Kochi.
  • A British journalist has alleged she was raped by the owner of a guesthouse in Udaipur where she stayed last week. 
  • In another incident in Rajasthan, a 28-year-old American tourist was allegedly molested by a priest in a temple in the Hindu pilgrim town of Pushkar. The priest was subsequently arrested.
  • In March last, the son of a senior police officer was found guilty of raping a German researcher in Rajasthan. 
  • Also last year, a Japanese tourist complained that she was drugged and raped by a group of men in Pushkar. 

Molestation in MumbaiUntil November 2007, a record 4.4 million foreign tourists had set foot in India, double the figure within this decade. This is however an insignificant number compared to China’s 45 million, Singapore’s 7.5 million and Spain’s 55 million. The problem is that though we’ve been able to increase tourist arrivals, little has been done to create the infrastructure to host these visitors. The security aspect, which is important, has been neglected for long.

Those associated with tourism in the country, are worried about the spate of crimes targeting single women from abroad and have urged authorities to check the trend. This not only maligns the image of our country but affects the economy as well. Tourism industry is one of the main contributors to our GDP. India has always been considered a very peaceful country, but these rape and molestation cases have been affecting the country’s image. Tourists will have to be reassured that they are safe here; otherwise we may see a decline in arrivals, especially of foreign individuals.

Women Unsafe in India

I found this article in Times of India.

A plastic surgeon accused of sexually assaulting his patients; a doctor charged with the rape of a 10-year-old; a mob stripping two women in public; a hotel owner held for raping a tourist; a Russian doctor molested and a UK tourist raped — all this in a span of less than a month. What explains this trend?

ViolenceAre we as a society reaching a new low? Or is it just that such cases are being reported more often?

NCW chairperson Girija Vyas says:

These men think they have the right to assault women and they are meant to be assaulted.

What’s striking is the change in profile of the molester. An NRI recently assaulted a mall staffer, another molested a cabin crew member on board.

Jitendra Nagpal, a psychiatrist, says:

Not only do we lack value education, but we also lack lessons in life skills. A person indulging in such acts may show some unusual traits as a child that need to be worked at. Parents and schools should not overlook if a child is short-tempered or moody. Children need to be taught anger management, methods to cope with stress.

Vyas agrees:

We need to teach children early that women must be respected and in this, a family plays a vital role. A child who sees his mother being harassed every day will never learn to respect women. Parents should be very careful about their action in front of kids.

Some blame it on the changing lifestyles. There is a feeling that youngsters are getting too much too early. Says B M Tripathi, senior doctor, AIIMS:

Alcohol makes a person loose control over self. Normally a person would not indulge in such acts but under the influence of addictive substances, it’s easy to lose ones’ understanding of what is right and wrong.

Nagpal attributes the spurt in such crimes to increase in work pressure and stress. Clinical psychologist Aroona Bruta refuses to buy this argument, though. She says crime against women can’t be a stress-buster.

“There has to be a pathological disorder that will make a person indulge in such acts. In most cases, molesters
do have an abusive history or they have been a victim themselves.”

She adds:

“The expression of sex has become very free. With information easily available on internet, TV, mobiles, it’s easy to fall prey to ones whims.”

Lack of fear of punishment also acts as a catalyst. Says Sandeep Malhotra, psychiatrist,

People know they can easily get away with such crimes. Even good samaritans do not raise their voice, as they fear getting entangled in a long judicial process.

He further adds,

“Maybe the country is not ready for a cultural transition. People are not able to cope with the freedom and open society which the country is moving towards.” Bruta says,”Men are not able to face competition from women. It’s a way to put them down.”

However, all is not lost. Says Girija Vyas,

Thinking pattern of men can be changed. It’s not that tough to teach them. All we need is to educate them young.” She adds, “Our law needs to be modified. We need gender-based training and a more sensitised media. Victims need to feel secure and have more faith in the police.

Adds Bruta:

We definitely need more stringent laws, but a strict and quick implementation of those laws is also essential.” So, is it time for a complete overhaul of our society?