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Delhi gang rape case: Country mourns but will the govt act?
The whole country is grieving the death of 23-year-old gang rape victim who breathed her last in a Singapore hospital on Saturday. Not only aam aadmi, film stars and politicians are also taking part in candle-light vigils to pay respects to the brave girl. However, real question remains unanswered: will she get justice or not?

THE TRAGIC death of the deceased medical student has outraged the whole country but the main question that everybody is asking is whether there would be any change in the attitude of society towards women.

“I do not think there will be any change. In this incident politicians want to be in limelight with their statements. What have they done on such issues before?” asked Malvika Umang, student of Human Rights studies in Shillong.

The tragedy has shaken the country. Young people have come forward and demonstrated that they care for society and women. Enough people raise their voice in favour of respecting the dignity of women and at this stage government cannot overlook them. It is still to be seen whether the measures and assurances given by government prove effective or not.

Anusaka Dewan, an educationist said: “Earlier we have seen similar movements against corruption led by Anna Hazare. Even at that time government called special session of Parliament and promised to implement the Lokpal Bill. Now this movement and bill are only on papers. How I can expect our sexual harassment bill will pass? It needs strong political will. Change in our society too if government is thinking to take tough action against culprits.”

“Rape has become the weapon of choice for men. Our movies and serials are incomplete without rape or gang rape scenes or violence against women. It naturally leaves negative effects on so many males and teaches them to disrespect women. Agree we cannot stop anyone from watching films or so but at least producers should leave positive messages at the end of movies or serials. Awareness and education is the need of the hour,” added Dewan.

“It hurts me when my 10-year-old daughter asks about explanation of rape and I am unanswerable,” Umang told this citizen journalist .

The government can bring strong legislations but who will take accountability for their implementation when police forces have no authority and autonomy to deal with such situations. Actual problem remains with police reforms and slow judicial system.

“I do not believe that any victim will get justice in 90 days. Our laws and system are completely dubious where a terrorist like Ajmal Kasab lived up to four years with the help of lawyers. Main issue is that there are many loopholes in rape and sexual harassment laws, which males will not like to amend. First, government should make this crime a non-bailable offence,” observed Kavita Kashyap, High Court lawyer from Jammu.

It is better nation should also discuss that all measures should have an impact on the psyche of the criminal mind. They should think twice before committing any such crime due to the fear of punishment. The security, law and order management, and state-of-art technology can also improve the situation to some degree; however, there is a need to deal with society, poor educational system, mushrooming population and unequal rights to women. Overall, collective efforts will help to stop heinous crimes like gang rape. Nation salutes Delhi’s rape victim who lit a flame that will never extinguish.


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