We need systemic change to ensure women’s safety
With reference to Samar Halarnkar’s article The death of Kali (Maha Bharat, July 19), the Guwahati molestation case has once again exposed the voyeuristic face of our society. Police inaction, coupled with the National Commission for Women’s faux pas, have exposed many flaws in our system, which is supposed to ensure speedy justice for the victim. We need systemic change in the way the authorities deal with women-related crimes. From sensitising people holding different offices to setting up special fast-track courts, a lot needs to be done to make women in India safe. India can take pride in calling itself an equal society only when it achieves this.
-Ashok Goswami, Mumbai
The incident validates the United Nations’ calling India the most dangerous place in the world to be born a girl. From foeticide to rape, from dowry-related domestic violence to human trafficking — a woman’s existence remains threatened throughout her life, leaving her unsafe both at home and outside. It’s high time we stopped allowing such crimes to occur. Many people don’t raise their voice against atrocities on women, thinking that such incidents don’t affect their lives or the lives of their near and dear ones. They don’t realise that such an attitude is what motivates the perpetrators.
-Manish Nainwal, via email
Mamata must support the UPA
This refers to the editorial It takes two to tango (Our Take, July 19). West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s decision to support UPA’s presidential candidate Pranab Mukherjee exudes political prudence. One hopes that she will continue to support the UPA, which is important to introduce many bills that are gathering dust in Parliament.
-Pramod Srivastava, via email
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