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Education on sexual crimes: SC notices to home, law ministries

delhi Updated: Jan 22, 2013 00:21 IST

The Supreme Court on Monday issued notices to the Union government, Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Women and Child Development, Ministry of Law and Justice and Ministry of Information & Broadcasting on a PIL, seeking installation of effective measures for promotion of awareness and education relating to the importance of women in society.

The petitioners — advocates Vasundhara Pathak Masoodi, Geetika Kapur and Sushant Singh — have sought that students be educated on sexual crimes against women at the elementary level to ensure that sexual offences are eradicated, and they attain their rightful position in the social order. This would change the mindset of the society towards women, they added.

Filed in the wake of the recent brutal gang rape-cum-murder case of a 23-year-old paramedical student in Delhi, the PIL also seeks to frame guidelines for setting up social security schemes — not just limiting it to compensation. Schemes related to insurance cover and employment security should be envisaged to rehabilitate rape victims in India, the PIL added.

It stated that though laws and regulations against such crimes were increasing fast, there was a need to “promote awareness and education relating to sexual violence in India, and other directions in the forms of interim measures to safeguard the fundamental rights of women, including security...”

The PIL also wanted the government to come up with a framework for the implementation of a special scheme to compensate rape victims within three months.

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