Ashamed is a small word for the activity and similarly for the government apathy in controlling the incidents.
After NIRBHAYA / DAMINI now A small 5 year old child being subjected to such torture both mentally and physically is excruciating and calls for strict action from government and police both. Approximately 460 other Reported cases were held in Delhi After NIRBHAYA / DAMINI Rape case and increasing day by day. But is anyone interested – when the Rape Bill was being debated in the house the total presence of MP’s was around 100 approx. – just goes to show the sensitive nature of the politicians towards such a barbaric act stated Shri Neeraj Bhatia, Social Activist.
Neeraj Bhatia a Social Activist with few other Social Workers participated in a rally to press for demands at PHQ and Home Minister’s residence which was heavily barricaded.
We demand from the Government to work on the following mentioned points very seriously for the Safety and Security of Women in Delhi.
• Compulsory awareness classes in schools, colleges, and corporate offices every year.
• Compulsory training of police on sensitization on women issues and rights.
• Every PS should have 1lady SI and 10 lady constables to tackle such issues
• Every Police Van / PCR must keep 1 or 2 Bed sheets / Blankets + a First Aid Box with all necessary items to cover and give 1st Aid to the Rape Victim.
• Only woman police (in plain clothes with ID) to visit the victim (either home or hospital or any other convenient place) to lodge FIR. Whole meeting to be video recorded. Visit to police station should not be compulsory. Police visiting victim should be in plain clothes.
• Dedicated phone line to lodge FIR for rape and molestation cases. This should be answered only by women staff. All calls should be recorded.
• Women to given equipment that can be used to raise alarm and/or connect directly to nearest police post (need to see if there is any such technology is available).
• Amend existing law to increase sentences for rape convicts to life time imprisonment, and molestation convicts to 5 years RI. Proper and clear definition of rape to be incorporated in the relevant law.
• Public vehicles (buses, cabs and others) should display a specific fluorescent color on the vehicle in the night to signify a lady travelling in the vehicle so that such vehicles are highlighted in eyes of public and police and necessary attention is provided by police. People defying this law should be fined heftily. AND/OR we can make switching on the cabin lights compulsory in the night in all vehicles.
• Fast-track courts to be set up hear cases on crimes against women. The victim should be called to the court for minimum possible time and a representation should be allowed. If possible, such cases should be heard by woman judges.
• Implement 7 directives of the Supreme Court order of 2006 in the Prakash Singh case to bring in police reforms. Directives 2, 3 and 5 should be implemented immediately as ordered by the Hon’ble Supreme Court in letter and spirit.
• Implement Model Police Bill drafted by the police Act Drafting Committee in 2006, which is largely in line with the above-mentioned Supreme Court order.
• Police officers to public ratio in India should be as per UN standards – 222 police officers per 1,00,000 citizens. This will reduce the burden on overworked policemen to a great extent, increase their work-life balance, make them happier in life and reflect that happiness while dealing with citizens on a day-to-day basis.
• All persons involved in operating public transport system such as drivers, conductors, cleaners, owner of buses should be sanitized by the Police authority and a compliance report be filed with the government and this report be made public. A transparent and unbiased process should be developed to verify all such operators including domestic helps and security guards deployed in societies and corporate offices.
• At least 25% of the posts (at all levels – state, district, and PS ) should be reserved for women. Have women personnel at all levels in a police station will provide required representation in policing and help in restoring women’s confidence and trust in police. A women-all team should be constituted in all police stations that will look into cases of crimes against women always, without any exception.
• The concept of Thana committees (including police and civil society) should be implement in letter and spirit. At least 25% seats in such committees should be reserved for women to provide proper representation. Such committees working and appointments should be done in an objective and transparent manner to increase and encourage common people to help police in policing.
• All market areas, high density roads, and all public transports (buses and taxis) should install CCTVs. The working of such cameras should be inspected on a regular basis and the report should be shared with the government and made public. Clear responsibility should be set to ensure proper working of such cameras and any non-compliance should be dealt with harshly according to law. Cost to install cameras in market areas and public transport can be borne by the market associations and vehicle owners, respectively. Cameras for roads can funded by the state governments and central government in case of union territories.
Out of the above only one suggestion has been implemented on paper nothing more has been done. Congress is ruling at Centre & state and still Delhi is unsafe for anyone except politicians as they are well guarded.
We can only pray for good sense to prevail as our PM, Sonia Gandhi and all other politicians only render lip service and usual visit to hospital rather than creating effective mechanism to reduce such instances commented Shri Neeraj Bhatia, Social Activist and State General Secretary of National Youth Party
Its amazing how magical the age of 16 is! There is a whole big section in Wikipedia just on the age of 16! I have reproduced parts of that so that the importance of this age can be better understood. Here goes (courtesy Wiki):
And two more features which is the subject of this post:
So yes, I am a big supporter of the government’s move to reduce the age for consensual sex to 16. Its clear from developmental data that 16 is the new 18 and there really can be no reason to arrest young adults of age 16 for expressing their new found “wisdom”.
What I am keen to see is the reaction of the religion-based parties of the country. The Muslims are obviously going to oppose the move, considering how orthodox their agenda has traditionally been. But I am quite sure even the Hindu parties – most notably the BJP – are going to oppose this move. There has been this eerie silence from the BJP in the run up to this decision by the government. It’s like the BJP has been holding its horses till the government decided. Well, now that it has done so, expect a furious retort from the BJP! And what about the Left parties. Now I would normally expect them to be liberal minded, but in an election year, anything is possible. So lets wait for the fireworks!
The BJP will of course tell us that “bharatiya sanskruti” is under attack. That an Italian lady is messing with India’s “ancient” traditions. That this government is asking young people to break the “maryada” even though as Sandeep Dixit of the Congress has clarified recently that the move is not intended to promote sex amongst the 16 year olds. It is only meant to decriminalize the issue. The BJP can also be expected to accuse the Congress of trying to woo the youngsters; that this is just a way of getting their votes (even though voting starts at 18, youngsters would surely appreciate this move). And so on and so forth. The fun begins now!
The issue that this positive step raises however is about the age of drinking. I have argued many times that drinking per se is not such a bad thing. It becomes bad only when drinking is abused. Raising the legal limit for drinking to 25 makes us look like a prudish society; certainly out of sync with our liberal ambitions. Besides, the question gains a lot of new currency – now that the age for consensual sex has been lowered. What possible reason can the government give for increasing the age for drinking? If we trust the young to be mature enough to handle a complex subject like sex, why can’t we trust them with something far less complex (and harmful) like drinking?
The one last important point with respect to the age 16 – and again in line with the same logic as described above – is that the age for defining juveniles should be brought down to 16. A 16 year old of today is physically stronger than an 18 year old of 50 years back, thanks to much better nutrition levels. Also the exposure to worldly news and views is far more today, so youngsters grow up far faster.
Those who argue that 16 year olds are still babies, and not worthy of being called adults, should consider some of the readily available statistics: Just look at the under 16 cricket team – they are all strapping young men capable of cricket….and much more! So many songs have been written about the age of 16, and I can’t think of anything more appropriate than Bryan Adams’ “Summer of ‘69”, composed not surprisingly when he was 16 (the album was released in 1985)! Want more? Justin Bieber, the “young” heart throb of millions around the world (followed by 36 million on twitter!) released his first full length studio album “My world 2.0” when he was 16 (this info also from Wiki). Here’s one more. Sachin Tendulkar was exactly 16 when he made his international debut, playing against Pakistan. So “koi shak” about 16????!
The real truth is that the decision to lower the age for consensual sex to 16 is a good one. The government must follow this by lowering the age for drinking also to 16 (for light drinks). This is the new world. Life begins early!
Prashant Pandey (TOI)
One of India's most well regarded editors recently asked me, albeit rhetorically, 'But where is Rahul? That is the question everybody should be asking. Is it enough for him to occasionally come out of his house, show his dimpled cheeks, sometimes roll up his kurta sleeves, and then go running right back inside? He should be doing so much more.'
To an extent, the Congress has now, finally, answered the question. 'Rahul Gandhi, the son of Sonia and Rajiv, is here in the middle of us, in the party vice-president's chair, as larger than life as a Gandhi in India should be,' they have said in unison from the chintan shivir in Jaipur. 'And there he will soon be,' they have added, pointing to the PM's residence in New Delhi. They have clapped, looked heavenwards to send out a small prayer of thanks and announced this to the world with a glee and hope that's apparent in the common citizenry when the son of an emperor inherits the throne. For now, the rising storm in the anxious hearts of Congressmen and old party loyalists has been quelled: We will all go to the promised land in Rahul's ark.
The seas, though, will not so readily part for Rahul Gandhi. He has finally agreed to a voyage that will be judged by history, but it comes at a tough time. Perhaps never has it been more challenging for a Gandhi to say 'I am ready for the reins.' Unlike Rajiv, his father before him, and Indira, his grand mother, Rahul has to deal with an India that looks like it has after six decades of freedom been exorcised of the omnipotent spirit of the Gandhis, of the only surname we can think of that transformed itself into a grand, almost undying title.
It is clear the 42-year-old has to deal with a generation increasingly at odds with the prevalent politics of the nation, a bunch of people who will take to the streets in protest far quicker than ever before, who will fervently blog, face-book and petition online their way out of injustice, who will rally behind un-glamorous old men keeping fasts in the name of corruption, who will brave water cannons in winter against brutalities they know don't exist in the civilised world. He has to do business with those who will vote not for legacy but for labour, who have genuinely now after an eternity of pretence shown openly that royalty doesn't have a place in a democratic republic, and that the olden days of grovelling are over.
Rahul must have weighed all this. That's why such a prolonged silence. He knows what it'll mean for him, his family and his party to be seen walking on this tough road ahead. The burden he will carry, he realises, will be heavy. There are big battles everywhere. And the tentative sparring he got into in the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections of 2012, where the Samajwadi Party stormed back to power leaving a Congress in disarray to actually wonder if they hurried in sending a lamb to the wolves, hasn't helped matters. The Rahul charisma didn't work, the Gandhi coat of arms didn't matter. Of course, he did put up a brave struggle. No one should take that away from him. The Congress in UP had frittered too much to be able to dent the citadels of Mulayam and Mayawati. One man could hardly have made a difference.
Then, apart from falling fortresses, with regional chieftains going to war, winning on their own and reducing the Congress to a small 'big party', there is the large threat of an imploding, directionless BJP suddenly finding its centre of gravity in Narendra Modi. The Gujarat strongman is everything Rahul is not, and there are signs that he has takers for his brand of bravado, Godhra be damned. Industry has already, without a tinge of guilt, feted him; Bollywood has too. And so have foreign governments who had till now put ethics over economy, distrust over diplomacy. The latest win in polls in that state has fortified Modi's position and he has built on it to portray himself as a doer and changer vis-a-vis an unsure Congress unable to fight graft, terrorism, crime and economic depression.
It may help the party that Rahul, a nice young face from the Gandhi stable with substantial integrity records, will in the days to come be projected as a counterfoil to Modi or anyone else with prime ministerial ambitions. However, if things don't go according to the script, Congressmen will know exactly which door to rest their case at. If Rahulji could not, we cannot, will be the chorus. That may possibly hasten the Congress's demise as a national entity and backfire like nothing else has till now.
But it may just work, too, if Rahul learns from Manmohan Singh's mistakes, recognises the aspirations and expectations of a young country, and projects himself as a man who can make destinies, of people and nation.Rahul Gandhi should start building that boat.
By Anand Soondas
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